Ecaade 2010



Smarter Cities

When is a city turning smart?

Date and time: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Room: HIT F22 - Value Lab

Organizer(s): Norbert Ender
Contact email for registration:
Affiliation: IBM Research, Switzerland

Registration fee: free participation without conference registration.

When is a city turning smart? And what kind of techniques will be involved to do this more efficiently?

In 1900, only 13% of the world's population lived in cities. By 2050, that number will have risen to 70%. We are adding the equivalent of seven New Yorks to the planet every year. This unprecedented urbanization is both an emblem of our economic and societal progress—especially for the world's emerging nations—and a huge strain on the planet's infrastructure. It's a challenge felt urgently by mayors, heads of economic development, school administrators, police chiefs and other civic leaders. Thankfully, help is at hand. Around the world, intelligence is being infused into the way our cities work:

  1. Transport officials in Singapore, Brisbane and Stockholm are using smart systems to reduce both congestion and pollution.
  2. Public safety officials in major cities like New York are able not only to solve crimes and respond to emergencies, but to help prevent them.
  3. Italy, Malta and Texas are applying smart meters and instrumentation to make the power grids in their cities more stable, efficient and ready to integrate renewable energy sources and electric vehicles.

These solutions, and many more, are making a real impact today. But they are just the first step toward a true smart city. The lessons they learn—both technological and in terms of citywide collaborative management—can be spread around the globe.

Technical requirements:
Presentations for this workshop should be prepares in the MS Powerpoint file format.

Submission information:
Applicants to the workshop are expected to submit their presentations (approximately 30 minutes) in powerpoint format by September 6th to the workshop chair.

Contribution may highlight experiences, innovative projects and technologies as well as successful partnership models in turning a city smart.


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