Accra, Feb. 12, GNA -Siemens has launched an extraordinary data visualisation project called FABRIC, which demonstrates the critical role of data in transforming Africa’s urban centres into smart cities of the future. Mr Edmund Acheampong, the Country Manager of Siemens Ghana, who performed the launch performed at the German Africa Business Summit, in Accra, explained that understanding data could help town planners identify a community’s challenges to better deliver services and identify ways to improve that area. The interactive initiative previously launched in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, showcases African ecosystems and how to use data patterns to make smart decisions on connecting people and technology, ultimately building solutions with purpose. The project used Jamestown and immediate surrounding areas as a case study due to the town’s strong culture and powerful history. Thus the data visualisation of Jamestown revealed how among all the challenges the area may be facing; the water crisis is the major one. Mr Acheampong said Jamestown was the perfect place for a project like FABRIC because though the area had its challenges, it showed great infrastructural potential. « Siemens is committed to unlocking the potential of communities through its digital expertise, » he stated. Jamestown, which also houses the Central Business District (CBD), is the hub of major commercial activities within the city of Accra. The town is believed to attract an estimated daily influx of about two million people from various walks of life, who visit for Administrative, Educational, Industrial and Commercial reasons. Though the situation boosts economic activity within the Metropolis it also puts a lot of pressure on the already heavily burdened energy infrastructure, compounded by water, energy and sanitation challenges. Mr Acheampong, however, stated companies with the right technologies needed to step in to make a difference. He explained that Siemens’ Water portfolio covered the entire water value chain from – Water Transport, Treatment, and Desalination to pumping stations. Siemens, in collaboration with the Government and other local companies could, therefore, help work towards building a resilient Accra through intelligent water infrastructure and sustainable energy solutions, which could contribute to Ghana’s industrialisation. « Digitalisation, especially in Africa, creates the opportunity to drive economic growth, » he said. « It creates an opportunity to leapfrog old technologies and employ modern solutions that can help industrialise economies ». « We chose to activate the story of Siemens in Ghana through this initiative because we know how important telling a story through fabric is across cultures and languages in Africa ».