Track 3: Smart Cities – Better Cities?

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The rapid transition to a highly urbanized condition creates many challenges for the planning, development, and management of cities. 

These challenges call for new thinking by actors such as – architects, urban planners and designers, decisions makers, developers, transportation engineers, utilities providers, social scientists, environmental scientists, economists and notably most recently ICT companies.

Currently, some of the world’s leading businesses within the realm of information and communication technology (ICT) (i.e. IBM, Siemens and CISCO) are collaborating with the energy sector and cities (i.e. Stockholm, Singapore, London, Masdar and Songdo) in testing and developing new ways of collecting and processing information from the urban infrastructure, from buildings and from citizens.

ICT is seen as having the potential to play a key role in devising solutions to many of the challenges cities face today. These range from hard technological solutions in the field of urban energy efficiency, renewable energy, transport, safety, etc., to soft solutions for social interaction, citizens’ participation or global management systems for city administrations. New partnerships between ICT companies and cities are focusing on developing more intelligent and efficient use of resources, that can promote energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint – all supporting innovation and a low-carbon economy.

This track will explore concrete experiences concerning the implementation of “smart cities” projects and the development of new forms of collaboration between cities and ICT companies.