Microsoft's City Next initiative is designed to offer assistance for cities that enables them to be innovative while turning their smart city plans into reality, do it at their own pace and engage their citizens in the process. City Next offers a broad range of options, from operational efficiency and public safety to education and sustainable environments for people to live and work in.
Now those options have grown. Microsoft has partnered with Finnish offshore software development services company Future Processing to add more solutions to the variety of City Next resources. Among the IT solutions Future Processing will bring to City Next are healthcare and smart water supply systems. Future Processing primarily serves companies in the UK and Scandinavia.
With the number of people living in cities growing at an accelerated rate, and likely to continue growing for the next 10 years or so, finding ways to bring new and expanded services and economic opportunities to citizens grows increasingly important. City Next and programs like it provide support and resources for city leaders to help them achieve those goals.
"Progressive development, including the Internet of Things trend, transforms cities into communication mediums. Therefore, the data generated by citizens can be interpreted in order to look for ways of modernization, savings and enhancements of the quality of life in cities," said Wojciech Zyczyński, Microsoft Sales Director for the Public Sector in Poland. "We believe Future Processing's IT solutions can help us deliver these improvements as the needs of cities now and in the future continue to change."