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Registration and refreshments
Opening remarks from the chair
KEYNOTE 1: Vodafone’s smart city strategy
The term “Smart City” does not refer to a technology. Digital services – and how they are connected – are what make a city “smart,” forming a thriving ecosystem of suppliers, operators and partners. However, cities are not static entities and Phil will discuss how urban growth and rapid shifts in urbanisation mean that the challenges to keep cities moving, growing, safe and pleasant places to live will continue to increase. With growth, the demands of the city will change, creating additional use-cases of IoT applications in smart cities. But success in smartening the city is about the long-term transition. This movement needs to start with congestion management, integrated transportation, sustainable/smart housing and environment monitoring, for the fabrication of any modern efficient high-density city.
KEYNOTE 2: Digital Greenwich’s smart city strategy
Digital Greenwich is the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s in-house team, created to develop and take forward Greenwich’s smart city strategy, and lead its work on city innovation. The existence of a dedicated team, reporting directly to the Chief Executive, ensures focus and sufficient weight is given to bringing forward new ideas, new technologies, and new approaches to address the challenges Greenwich faces, and in particular, to address the increasing pressure on infrastructure, services, the environment and communities. Allan will showcase some of the services and successes to date, and outline some of the key areas which will need to be addressed going forward.
Morning break for refreshments & networking
PANEL: Making it all work – Partnerships in practice
Smart Tampere is the strategic development programme of the City of Tampere, in Finland, 2017-2021. The programme is building a sustainable, secure and tech-enabled region in which housing, living and mobility are carbon-neutral, services are user-orientated, and work is flexible and digitally enabled. This panel discussion will show how partnerships in Tampere work in practice, and how they continue to evolve to deliver a world-class place to live, study and work.
5G hyper-connected cities and how to achieve them
The concept of smart cities is fast becoming a reality globally. From iWireless Solutions experience of getting cities connected in the UK, Ravi Mondair explains what a 5G hyperconnected city is and what it looks like, what is required to become a connected city and how to achieve it, describing some of the common challenges and risks.
PANEL: Securing the smart city
Last year more than a billion people suffered a data breach. Safety and security considerations are essential when building a smart city. Whenever new technological solutions are adopted, security must be taken into account. This panel will explore the growing cybersecurity risks in smart cities as more things become connected and complex networks of partners deliver services. How do we minimise the risks and maintain trust with citizens? What innovation solutions are being deployed in practice?
Future cities: Demonstrating use cases and IoT technology applications
This presentation will describe the IoT technology stack and the role for telecommunications companies in the IoT ecosystem, explaining the opportunities that exist beyond connectivity solutions. We discuss specific example use cases from BT’s smart city deployments in Manchester and Milton Keynes, in terms of both technology and business benefit.
PANEL: The evolution of the smart city ecosystem
As non-traditional players enter the marketplace, will the likes of Sidewalk Labs, Microsoft, Samsung and Apple become the smart city integrators, leaving operators as simply connectivity providers? What can these different partners offer to cities? Panellists will share their views, and consider how the smart city ecosystem is evolving and new stakeholders emerging.
PANEL: Sceptics and cheerleaders – a view from the analysts
Leading analysts will provide a snapshot of the smart cities market. What is the real smart city opportunity? How much progress are we actually making? What are the hold-ups? What’s required and are the existing providers/vendors up to the job? How can we accelerate progress? What are the limitations of the ‘smart city’ evolution?
Afternoon break for refreshments & networking
PANEL: Making the business case – where’s the ROI?
How can operators get return on investment in smart cities, especially amid the shift to 5G? Operators and smart city strategists will examine the nitty-gritty of deploying infrastructure, capex increases, and how the revenue opportunity can be accelerated.
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Funding the development of smart cities
Many cities face tough budget challenges. What innovative financing strategies are helping cities transform the vision into reality? What are the pros and cons of these approaches? What does this mean for business models? Paul will consider the various sources of funding, structuring private-public partnerships, sustainable financing strategies and performance-based revenue models.
Closing remarks from the chair
Sarah Wray, Editor, Smart Cities World
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