From blueprint to scale: What does it take to be a smart city?

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The Smart City concept is often described as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations and the quality of life for its citizens.

But how do we define the “smartness” of a city? What are the main determinators and who actually decides on the level? Come to find out at our Smart Cities panel discussion at the IoT Show Asia 2016, where you will hear from interesting names.

Frans-Anton Vermast - Amsterdam Smart CityCollaboration to build future cities

Frans-Anton Vermast
Senior Strategy Advisor for Low Carbon and Connected Urban Planning
Amsterdam Smart City

Frans is an expert in searching for the opportunities of novel appliances and services that make cities a more habitable place for it’s citizens where it is pleasant to live, work and play. Working on projects across Smart Work, Smart Grids, Smart Living, Smart City and Electrical Vehicles, he specialises in developing cities as open and user centric platforms as well as holistic and cross silo approaches through collaborative bottom up approaches and citizens engagement.

Apart from best and next practices, Frans is not afraid to share the worst ones and lessons learned to prevent other cities making the same mistakes.

Wilson Ang - IDA - 200Enabling smart cities through standardisation

Wilson Ang
Director – Technology Solution Division
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)

Many cities in the world are implementing various initiatives to improve the quality of life of their citizens and business competitiveness. A smart city is an evolving system of systems – of the old and the new, Wilson believes that we need to improve interoperability between different existing infrastructures and various new initiatives that are coming up. This can be achieved by addressing horizontal integration through standardisation.

Joining us on the panel, Wilson will share the Singapore perspective on how standardisation enables the large scale deployment of smart city technologies and facilitates the communication between actors, technologies and systems.

Setiaji - Jakarta Smart City - USE THIS - 200Deploying technologies to overcome the daunting task

Head of Jakarta Smart City Management Unit
Jakarta Capital City Government

With the rapid population influx, Jakarta presents a unique host of challenges in developing a smart city. The capital will need to become more efficient at delivering public services, solving traffic congestion, managing waste and pollution, and ensuring citizen health and safety – all while attempting to build a connected community.

Joining us on the panel, Setiaji will share significant progress Jakarta has achieved, especially in the areas of implementing ICT across all domains of the public sector to enable Jakarta to do more with less. He will also share some of the key gap areas where the various industry sectors could offer the solutions.

Choi Young-hoon - Seoul Metropolitan - 200 x 200Towards an optimal, ICT-supported smart city

Choi Young-Hoon
Chief Information Officer
Seoul Metropolitan Government South Korea

Seoul also has a highly developed technology infrastructure with the world’s highest broadband penetration: 97.5 percent of South Koreans have broadband connections, and 60 percent own a smartphone. With this foundation, Seoul is positioning itself as both a leading smart city and a model city for tech-enabled sharing.

Leading the Information System Planning Bureau of the city, Mr. Choi is developing new IT services for several projects including free Wi-Fi networks in key public locations, smart government enabled by Big Data administration and other social innovations based on IT technology.

On the panel, he will address some of the roadblocks towards smart cities, which includes technical constraints in retrofitting existing legacy city infrastructure to make it smart, as well as challenges in collaborating with different stakeholders.

If you’re keen to meet  and hear from Frans, Wilson, Setiaji and Choi, they will be speaking on the panel discussion “From blueprint to scale: What does it take to be a smart city?” on Day One, 1 September 2016 at 11:30.

Book now to secure your place at this year’s event.

Held in conjunction with The Commercial UAV Show Asia in Singapore this September 1-2, The IoT Show Asia is part of Asia’s largest emerging technology show, and a one-stop shop for you to identify the opportunities technology is creating for your business.

Comments 1

  1. Luisito C. Castillo

    Smart city is applicable only in cities where the population is limited to a certain degree. But in cities where population is so much like for example in Metro Manila, Philippines is it still applicable? Presently one of the challenges is to have an efficient mass transport system (look at EDSA during rush hour) that will resolve all the congestions in the major thoroughfares. Road infrastructure, with increasing volume of private vehicles the present carriage way(road with) is not enough to accommodate the influx of motorists. Extreme weather disturbance like typhoon Haiyan is a mismatch with all the technology at hand. With all the technology and advancement that we may have the important thing is to always protect the environment. Plant trees everyday. Good day.

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