Cisco, Gale International in smart city partnership

| August 13, 2009

Not long after it announced its partnership with Landis_Gyr in the smart grid and energy sector, Cisco Systems has announced another partnership with another global leader – this time a builder of smart cities, Gale International.

The two companies will work together to bring complementary skills, capabilities and solutions together to create smart, sustainable cities of the future, Cisco said. “The collaboration combines the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities vision with Gale International’s experience as a smart-city builder to provide a connected and sustainable living and working experience to communities worldwide.”

Gale International is the master developer of one of the largest private real estate projects in the world today – the US$35 billion Songdo International Business District located on 1,500 acres near Seoul, South Korea.

According to Cisco, its is working with Gale International at the Sondgo IBD project to jointly develop and deliver a repeatable platform and transformational solution set that will help customers deploy Smart+Connected Communities solutions globally. In April the two companies signed a framework agreement to set up the “Cisco Global Centre for Smart+Connected Communities” in the Sondgo IBD.

“The vision for this new city is truly transformational, giving residents, businesses and government leaders within Songdo the opportunity to experience the city of the future – today. Our collaboration on Songdo IBD with Gale International is a living example of the globally replicable model we are building for Smart+Connected Communities,” said Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer and executive vice president, Cisco Services.

Stan Gale, chairman of Gale International added: “We are globalizing the real estate industry by identifying and deploying integrated solutions in a unique replicable model. City-scale development must fit the needs of the visionary communities daring to undertake them. The city of Incheon is to be commended for their vision. More than a decade ago, they believed that Songdo IBD could deliver a better quality of life and deliver economic benefit to the people of Korea.”

As part of their announcement this week, Cisco and Gale International also revealed they intend to collaborate on the Meixi Lake District project in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. The Meixi Lake District project will be the first city-scale development in China for Cisco and Gale International.

“We are globalizing the real estate industry by identifying and deploying integrated solutions in a unique replicable model. City-scale development must fit the needs of the visionary communities daring to undertake them. The city of Incheon is to be commended for their vision. More than a decade ago, they believed that Songdo IBD could deliver a better quality of life and deliver economic benefit to the people of Korea,” said Mayor Xie Jianhui, vice mayor of Changsha, Hunan Province.

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