With the majority of the world’s population set to live and work in Megacities or large metropolitan urban areas, there is urgent need to solve a range of pressing issues, from sanitation and transport, to increasing the effectiveness of education and commerce.
Extensive progress in connectivity, big data, and control algorithms has enabled a whole range of systems and solutions to be developed as part of “Smart City”, “Future City” or “Sustainable City” projects. However, a city can only be considered “Smart” when the right systems are deployed in a coordinated framework; a single or integrated infrastructure; the systems are used effectively and appropriately for the benefit of the citizens and businesses; and when the use, infrastructure and data is safeguarded appropriately.
This workshop looks at the systems, frameworks, control mechanisms, and technologies behind Smart City initiatives, as well as the opportunities, ecosystems, and the global community behind much of the progress. Case studies are used extensively to illustrate and analyse the requirements, as well as the dangers (and associated safeguarding mechanisms). Standardisation, benchmarking and the role of the different players within the various ecosystems are explored, including the role and opportunities for leading and coordinating specific elements of the overall system.
Outcomes and Competency Development
Participants will develop or be able to:
- Effectively assess issues and problems that need to be solved by technology and smart city initiatives
- Evaluate business opportunities within different types of Smart, Future and Sustainable City project
- Contribute much more effectively to strategic debate and agenda setting both within their own organisation and within Smart City projects and ecosystems
- Identify and debate the key technologies available, including their benefits and features – and their likely impact on key issues such as security, safety, cost, standardisation and future development
- Assess implementation options and technology requirements for Smart City systems and solutions
- Develop solutions in a more holistic way, identifying where value can be created for businesses, citizens and city authorities, and (where appropriate), where that value can and should be monetized
- Make decisions on technology implementation and procurement that are commercially viable, minimise risk, and in line with the strategy and goals of the wider organization and ecosystem