- Date: Tuesday 4th October 2011
- Time: 12pm BST
- Location: Broadcast live from the London Stock Exchange
It is predicted that by 2050, 70% of the world's population will live in major urban centres, placing cities at the centre of sustainable development. In order to cope with such growth, systems will need to become interlinked and intelligent. In a smarter city energy, transport, citizens and technology come together to form a system of systems, each having far-reaching benefits.
This webinar will explore the different aspects of smart cities, from vision to implementation, and how to assess the value that can be generated from them.
Senior Managing Consultant
IBM Global Business Services
Business Development Director
Dr Cathy Garner
Former Chief Executive
Manchester Knowledge Capital
Service Director Bristol Futures
Bristol City Council
BBC, Sky and ITV
Topics to be discussed:
- Taking a closer look at the key aspirations of smart cities
- Collaborating for success: the challenges and opportunities of managing interconnected projects
- From economic to societal: understanding the different types of value that smart city projects can generate
- Going beyond traditional metrics: taking a holistic approach to ROI
- Financing the future: who will pay and are the correct funding mechanisms in place?
- Lessons learned: a look at best practice smart city projects
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It is predicted that by 2050, 70% of the world's population will live in major urban centres, placing cities at the centre of sustainable development. In order to cope with such growth, systems will need to become interlinked and intelligent.
- Energy – As we move to meet our carbon reduction targets, we must not only reduce the amount of energy we use, but also increase the proportion of energy generated from renewable resources. This requires the development of smart grids, which can adapt to the increasing popularity of electric vehicles and distributed generation.
- Transport – With increasing populations, cities’ transport systems will become increasingly strained. More intelligent traffic flow and improved transport systems, using advance analytics, congestion charges and electric vehicles are some of the methods to tackle this problem.
- Buildings – Many cities contain a large legacy stock of inefficient buildings. To make smarter use of these buildings they will require extensive retrofitting to reduce energy losses, and a network of intelligent sensors which can track and manage the use of energy in the building.
- Citizens – None of these new technologies will have any long-lasting effects unless cities can work towards changing the attitudes of their citizens. Informatics is a way of displaying real-time information to citizens, either through a web portal, mobile app or interactive display, creating a powerful tool to both inform and engage citizens in a wide range of issues.
In a smarter city all these different elements come together forming a system of systems, each having far-reaching benefits. This webinar will explore the different aspects of smart cities, from vision to implementation, and how to assess the value that can be generated from them.
City councils have the opportunity to bring all the different elements of smart cities together, creating a citywide vision for the future.
This webinar will address the key challenges of implementing a smart city project from funding and collaboration to understanding the full range of benefits, providing you with an understanding of how to plan and implement such projects.
From smart meters to smart grids, how we use, understand, and manage our energy use is changing. With the use of electric vehicles and micro-generation increasing, the need for smart grids is growing. Planning and implementing a smart grid requires a thorough understanding of the different systems with which it will be interacting.
This webinar will provide an insight into the different elements which will interact with the smart grid and the potential opportunities and challenges.
Smart cities represent an exciting new opportunity for investment. However as most smart cities are still in their infancy, there remain many unknown quantities in the development and profitability of a smart city project.
This webinar will not only investigate the opportunities for collaboration and funding for smart city schemes, but it will also examine the bottom line for any investor: what is the ROI?
Smart cities will require many large-scale infrastructure overhaul projects as buildings, traffic, electricity and water systems are integrated with intelligent monitoring and management systems.
This webinar is an ideal introduction into the different elements of a smart city project. You will hear from individuals from a variety of sectors, all of whom have experience in implementing a smart city project.
For a city to be truly smart it requires a variety of intelligent and interconnected IT and communication systems.
This webinar will look at smart city case studies to provide insight into the development of these systems.