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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.

 

See the agenda : Smart Cities Agenda