Day 1

1 June 2017

Smart Cities

“The smart city is an alluring vision of the future, in which civic technology such as traffic lights, smart meters for utilities and public transport could all be connected and feed back invaluable data online”

These sessions will cover all aspects of the development and future of smart cities. The track will explore the entire debate and structure of smart cities. They will discuss the effect of digital on the opportunities for smart city development, how to identify and implement an ecosystem within a smart city and also the social and societal considerations such as improving sustainability, quality of life and economic performance. The track will also discuss the energy sector and how changes within this industry fit with smart city development, and explore potential issues of technology, mobility and sustainability.


Smart Cities: Chairs welcome and opening remarks



Keynote Panel: Smart Cities on the move


  • Discussing smart city development across the globe and how does it help the digital transformation between and within cities?
  • The importance of collaboration – how easy is it to replicate smart city initiatives without this?
  • Infrastructure required – lightly touch on this?
  • What are the challenges of for policy makers adopting these new technologies? Discussing relevant rules, regulations and policies in place
  • Expanding beyond Smart Cities into rural settings.


Leadership as the cornerstone for transforming a smart city

  • The role of Government in inspiring, supporting and leading new smart city initiatives.
  • How to support innovation in smart transportation, sustainability, public safety and utilities.
  • Leadership is key for transforming cities, creating collaborations with private and public organisations and embracing IoT technologies and start-ups within your city.
  • Discussing digital ethics and communicating policies to citizens to allay fears around privacy and security.


Driving investment in the Connected City

  • What is driving investment in smart cities?
  • The Zero Capex City – minimising entry costs and thinking about short, medium and long term funding and sustainability strategies.
  • Discussing the wide variety of funding opportunities available from sources such as Economic Development Groups and EU wide initiatives such as Horizon 2020.
  • What is the role of data in generating revenue for connected cities?
  • Partnering with Global Businesses – Private Public Partnerships – benefits and limitations.


Networking Break


Panel: Urban Mobility – Creating smart transport systems

  • Exploring the potential of IoT in the transport sector, both in private and public transportation systems, and how it can help cities to address trends such as traffic congestion, environmental awareness and improving quality of life.
  • What role will autonomous vehicles play in future intelligent transport systems?
  • What are the latest advancements and IoT technologies that enable connected transport systems?
  • Discovering ways in which smart transportation can add business value and generate additional revenue


Traffic management solutions for Smart Cities.

  • How are traffic management solutions utilising the IoT can impact on reducing congestion and emissions, increasing safety efficiency and performance, and improve quality of life for citizens?
  • The role of smart parking, smart signalling and other traffic management technologies in enhancing urban mobility.
  • How data at the heart of transport innovation; utilising data to prevent failure and fatalities and for real time and predictive traffic management.
  • Real life examples from smart cities across the globe.


Networking Break


The Smart Citizen’s role in creating a Smart City

  • How to get buy in from citizens and the benefits of doing so.
  • What do citizens want from a connected government in today’s digital world vs. what are priorities for government implementation?
  • The sharing economy and the effect on smart cities – for example how Uber will affect Smart Mobility.
  • How to get a quadruple helix cooperation model to work.
  • Gamification and VR to encourage civil engagement in Smart City initiatives.
  • Evaluating the success and quantified benefits of a smart city to the citizen and the city


Afternoon Keynote: Sustainable smart cities

  • How can cities apply smart solutions to help them become more sustainable and environmentally friendly, even moving towards carbon neutral?
  • Estimating how energy management will reduce wastage and cut global emissions in areas such as electricity, water and waste management.
  • Strategies for individual businesses to support the path towards becoming a more sustainable and economic city (e.g. smart buildings)


Panel: Smart Cities need Smart Utilities

  • Exploring ways to make cities more effective and energy efficient using M2M and IOT solutions
  • Smart grids as a gateway towards a better quality of life in cities – improving reliability and reducing losses using sensors and cloud based analytics
  • What processes need to be in place to adopt and implement innovative energy such as training of electricians and engineers?
  • Discussing city partnerships with global leading companies to reach smart city goals – benefits and challenges


Infrastructure in Programmable Cities

  • Exploring technologies, ecosystems and toolkits available for open and smart cities
  • Connectivity modes – Wifi, 5G, Fiber, LPWAN –which one is most suitable for your smart city?
  • Scaling device management to city scale – sensors, beacons, apps, NFC and LBS.
  • Analytics and data management across layers, of the cloud, the fog and the core.


Networking Break


Big Data & the City: A Standards Perspective

  • Discussing the challenges of standardising smart city design – the sheer breadth of data generated by smart city initiatives means standardisation is complex.
  • Exploring common set standards set by organisations such as HyperCat, NIST, W3C and the World Council on City Data
  • Promoting interoperability for data created, used, and maintained by a smart city across all sectors, on behalf of, and in collaboration with its citizens.


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