Harnessing Communications Technologies and IoT Applications for the Smart City

  • Posted by Daniel Coran
  • December 13, 2016 2:06 PM GMT
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A special panel session at the Smart Cities International Symposium, January 24-25, 2017 in Chicago will provide a deeper look at technology's role in the advancement and inter-linking of multiple city systems. Featuring top experts from Microsoft, Cisco, and Copenhagen Capacity, the panel will discuss key elements that are making it possible for cities (and not just city governments) to use their existing assets and leverage new tech to become smarter, greener, connected, and more successful.

The speed of technology change has not yet provided solutions to the growing nexus of interconnected urban problems - among them housing availability; natural resource depletion and ecosystem stress; inadequate education and health care; and racial and ethnic inequalities. Successfully harnessing technologies to meet these challenges is a key priority, and challenge, for realizing the Smart City vision. 

A special panel session at the Smart Cities International Symposium, January 24-25, 2017 in Chicago will provide a deeper look at technology's role in the advancement and inter-linking of multiple city systems. Future urban infrastructure will be intelligent, connected, and aware - the challenge is how best to navigate all of the fast-moving developments, especially when cities and companies are being joined in this effort by philanthropies, community-based NGOs, international organizations, and universities. 

Featuring top experts from Microsoft, Cisco, and Copenhagen Capacity, the panel will discuss key elements that are making it possible for cities (and not just city governments) to use their existing assets and leverage new tech to become smarter, greener, connected, and more successful. 

The session will examine:

  • Which types of urban technologies are creating new economic opportunities?
  • What role do citizens and their data play in data-rich, tech-driven 'smart cities'?
  • How are urban communities leveraging emerging technologies to improve service delivery, transparency, and civic engagement?

The panel is just one of several sessions during the two-day Symposium, which will bring together municipal thought leaders and practitioners from around the world to explore the most recent advances and business models in making the Smart City a reality. The proceedings will focus on the experiences of municipal governments who are pushing the envelope and moving toward actual implementation of the Smart City vision. 

'This will be a unique opportunity to zero in on how to enable and finance key smart city initiatives,' says Daniel Coran, editor of the Smart Grid Observer and program manager for the Symposium. 'The goal is to have top practitioners and municipal leaders talk about their experiences and clarify of what is working, how best to execute, and how to pay for it.'

Topics to be addressed over the course of the Symposium include:

  • Leveraging the smart energy grid for other municipal applications
  • Smart lighting platforms and business models
  • Smart homes and buildings within the larger intelligent city context
  • Smart transportation and parking
  • Environmental monitoring and waste management
  • Learning from the leaders: key smart city developments around the world
  • Market trends and growth drivers: challenges and opportunities
  • Phased, cost-effective approaches: efficiency measures that can fund additional steps

Leading cities and other organizations slated to speak at the Symposium include: City of San Jose, Cisco, City of Syracuse, City of Minneapolis, Infobright, Microsoft, CityZenith Corp., Black & Veatch, City of Indianapolis, Kansas City, City of Chicago, Cushman Wakefield, Roosevelt University, Indy Chamber, Itron, University of Albany, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, University of Kansas, and others.

'For municipalities at the early stage of their smart city planning, this will be a great opportunity to develop solid strategies for success,' Coran adds. 'Building off real-world experiences and lessons learned to date is critical.'

The Symposium is organized by the Smart Grid Observer (www.smartgridobserver.com), an online publication that delivers the latest news and information on a daily basis concerning key developments, deployment updates, and market trends in the smart grid and energy storage industries.

For full information regarding the Symposium and to register, visit www.smartcities-symposium.com. 

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