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Smart Cities UK

Smart Cities UK

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Smart Cities UK – Overview

Smart City UK is seeing more and more examples of smart city transformation. Key ‘smart’ sectors utilised by such Cities include transport, energy, health care, water and waste. Against the current background of economic, social, security and technological changes caused by the globalization and the integration process, cities in the UK face the challenge of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development simultaneously.

A smart city is a place where the traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses.

With this vision in mind, the European Union is investing in ICT research and innovation and developing policies to improve the quality of life of citizens an make cities more sustainable in view of Europe’s 20-20-20 targets.

The smart city concept goes beyond the use of ICT for better resource use and less emissions. It means smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities, and more efficient ways to light and heat buildings.

And it also encompasses a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer and secure public spaces.

Creating Resilient Cities will lead the way on addressing the best practice examples on smart transformation from across Cities within the United Kingdom whilst disseminating guidance and information transformation within waste, energy, transport and other key smart sectors.

Why Attend

  • Meet the challenge of managing infrastructure and smart city initiatives concurrently
  • Establish your position as an expert in telecommunications, utility, transport and security initiatives
  • Access opportunities within the regions
  • Partner with the right clients to help them overcome their smart city designand planning challenges  by offering them smart growth solutions
  • Share your expertise on best practice applications
  • Understand the needs of public authorities for integrated solutions for transport, utilities and infrastructure and how your products could help them meet their sustainability requirements
  • Develop salient and robust business models from advanced communications, sensing, renewable,  and microgrid technologies which are explored on the day.
  • Learn techniques to collaborate with communities, vendors, regulators & community business stakeholders.
  • Make connections and network which is necessary to implement your Town or Cities future vision
  • Shape your current regulatory policy to adapt to changing business models & technologies
  • Understand the design processes to help improve innovation while learning how to create a more sustainable future for your region or organisation.
  • Develop policies building healthy businesses, regions, and communities.

 Who Will Attend

  • Policy makers/strategists
  • Asset owners
  • Economic Development Officers
  • Directors of Environment
  • Directors of Energy
  • Directors for Infrastructure & Planning
  • Directors of Health
  • Banks, financial institutions and investment companies
  • Legal and accounting companies
  • IP and patent companies
  • Local & central government agencies and public sector organisations
  • Housing associations, suppliers & contractors
  • Architects, surveyors, town planners & urban design companies
  • Economic development & regeneration practitioners
  • Technologists and technology developers

Full Programme

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Smart City Expo World Congress

Smart City Expo World Congress 2015

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By 2050, an additional 2.8 billion people will be living in urban areas compared to nowadays. What’s more, at our current rate of emissions, by 2032 we will have exhausted our carbon budget and pushed global temperatures 2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Will we meet these challenges head-on? What kind of cities will we have created by then?

Barcelona’s Smart City Expo World Congress 2015 will continue to investigate the most innovative developments transforming our cities. The event is the best meeting point for companies, public administrations, entrepreneurs and research centers to show, learn, share, network and gather inspiration to support the development of cities of the future. Participants will have the opportunity to share knowledge, innovative projects and strategies with experts and leaders from the smart city community to tackle the challenges faced by our cities.

The Event

From theory to practice – Major companies and investment companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs, opinion leaders, cities… All sharing the same physical space where ideas and projects for smart cities become a reality.

The Smart City Expo World Congress is the only international event on the smart cities’ calendar bringing together over 400 cities around the world, more than 200 companies, 400 speakers and the leading institutions and experts in urban transformation. Here are some of the main strengths:

The event boasts the top experts on the cities of the future

The Smart City Expo World Congress program features some of the most innovative speakers on urban technology. It is structured along six main themes (Smart Society, Technology, Governance, Energy, Mobility and Sustainable City), and amongst the 400 speakers we have Parag Khanna, regarded the world’s leading geopolitical analyst and a former adviser to US President, Barack Obama; architects Kengo Kuma and Deyan Sudjic, who will discuss the creative process within urban environments; futurologist and sustainability expert Alex Steffen; Janette Sadik, an expert on urban mobility and New York’s former Transportation Commissioner; and Vaclav Smil, a scientist specializing in energy and demographic analysis.

Best place to do business

The event provides the strategies and tools necessary to drive knowledge sharing forward, develop associations and create business opportunities in this new market for urban solutions and technologies. And this fourth edition is more strategic than ever for the smart industry. More than 200 companies and 400 cities have confirmed they will take part and exhibition space is up by 25%. As well, SCEWC is organizing Smart Activities and Side Events to create synergies and networking between companies, entrepreneurs, cities, research centers and investors.

It’s the best showcase to see the latest trends

Technology and innovation is in the DNA of smart cities. This event brings together innovative solutions that are already being used, and projects and prototypes which represent a step forward in building sustainable, collaborative and efficient cities. Inside SCEWC there are several spaces designed for exhibitors to showcase their products. The central part of the exhibition area is Smart City Plaza, which shows real solutions and initiatives selected as part of SCEWC 2014’s ‘Call for Solutions’ process.

Located in a privileged location

Located amongst the top five smart cities in Europe, Barcelona has committed itself strategically to technology solutions to create a city model that provides more comfort for inhabitants. At the same time, Barcelona is also positioning itself as one of the biggest business and innovation hubs in Europe. A smart city playing host to other smart cities.


Barcelona, the world capital of Smart Cities – From researchers to entrepreneurs. The Smart City Expo World Congress brings together the largest community of smart city influencers. Want to be part of it?

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IoT Week Lisbon

IoT Week Lisbon 2015

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Join us for one week to discuss and prepare future Large Scale IoT deployments

Portugal is well positioned in respect to the Internet-of-Things. Notably, the global Vodafone M2M middleware platform is being developed in Portugal (Lisbon) and also the Bosch M2M&IoT solutions are developed in Portugal (Aveiro). The major Portuguese telecoms like Portugal Telecom and ZON Optimus are now strongly pushing their M2M&IoT business areas. Many champion SMEs are developing solutions and making business in IoT. And also, key cities like Porto and Lisbon are building their smart-city strategies based on IoT technologies and data.

UNINOVA and FCT-UNL are the local hosts of IoT Week Lisbon 2015. UNINOVA institute proudly celebrates this year its 30 years as a well know reference in research and technology development being involved in several research and industry IoT-related projects both at national and European level. Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) is one of the nine schools of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA). FCT-NOVA is a research faculty and one of the most prestigious Portuguese public schools of science and engineering. UNINOVA operates the FCT-NOVA CTS (Centre of Technology and Systems) research centre whose strategic project for 2015-2020 is built around the Internet-of-Things and Cyber Physical Systems.

IoT Week 2015 is organised along three tracks – Industry, Research and Innovation:

Research 16.06.

  • European Research Spotlight/Keynote
  • IoT International research roadmaps
  • Panel consolidating International Roadmap
  • Action plan on Semantic Interoperability for large scale IoT
  • 5G and IoT
  • AIOTI WG3 IoT Standardisation SDO
  • EU-US Smart Cities Workshop
  • IoT Large-Scale Analytics Workshop
  • How will FIRE support the Large-Scale Pilots needs and the Research platforms?
  • Research roadmaps for embedded systems and Industrial IoT

Industry 17.06.

  • European/National Industry Spotlight/Keynote
  • Large-Scale IoT Applications Session
  • International Industry Spotlight/Keynote
  • IoT Supports Session: Technology, Infrastructure, Policy, etc.
  • How cable and telcos supports large-scale Internet-of-Things
  • IoT for Smart City & Mobility Session
  • Retail and IoT
  • IoT Wearables
  • IoT in the Banking & Insurance sector
  • Technologies for Large-Scale IoT: Education
  • Large-Scale IoT needs vs FIRE IoT available offerings and Value Proposition

Innovation 18.06.

  • How to boost Innovations from IoT research, deployments and demonstrators
  • Open Platforms leading Innovation
  • European/National Industry Spotlight/Keynote
  • Non technical challenges to boost innovation
  • IoT Privacy and Society
  • IoT Hackathon Award Cerimony
  • Innovations and experiences from IoT deployments and demonstrators
  • Crowd-sourced services for smart regions and cities
  • Towards Large Scale Pilots experimenting IoT in Manufacturing Ecosystems
  • IoT & Society
  • IoT Security & Privacy

The IoT Week originated in the IoT European Research Cluster (IERC) and has become the pre-eminent event in Europe attracting industry and research from around the world to showcase and discuss the Internet of Things of today and of the future. Since 2014 the IoT Week is organised by the IoT Forum, jointly with a local host chosen by the members of the IoT Forum.

IoT Week 2015 is devoted to creation of ecosystems, partnerships and value chains across the domains to ensure rapid deployment of interoperable and replicable IoT solutions. IoT Week 2015 will contribute to understanding of the future of the Internet of Things in large scale deployments considering the technological dimension but also user acceptance, security and privacy, business models, etc. As such, it will pave the way for the future European Internet of Things Large Scale Pilots (LSP) envisioned for the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17.

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Smart City

Smart Cities Around the World

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Smart City – Definition

A smart city (also smarter city) uses digital technologies or information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance quality and performance of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens. Sectors that have been developing smart city technology include government services, transport and traffic management, energy, health care, water and waste. Smart city applications are developed with the goal of improving the management of urban flows and allowing for real time responses to challenges. A smart city may therefore be more prepared to respond to challenges than one with a simple ‘transactional’ relationship with its citizens. Other terms that have been used for similar concepts include ‘cyberville, ‘digital city’’, ‘electronic communities’, ‘flexicity’, ‘information city’, ‘intelligent city’, ‘knowledge-based city, ‘MESH city’, ‘telecity, ‘teletopia’’, ‘Ubiquitous city’, ‘wired city’.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_city

Smart City Expo World Congress

The Smart City Expo World Congress is the only international event on the smart cities’ calendar bringing together over 400 cities around the world, more than 200 companies, 400 speakers and the leading institutions and experts in urban transformation.

Event details available here for 2015

You might be interested (and a little surprised) in knowing the extent to which cities around the world are collaborating with the Smart City Expo World Congress.

Its still early days as far as development of smart city innovations go, but if yours is not on the list, you might want to ask the powers that be why it is not? Because given the rate at which things change, now would likely be a good time to jump on board this initiative!

eCulture Observations

Spain and Israel seem to have a fervour to develop their Smart Cities in a very big way, with a great many of these countries cities taking part.

India and notably South American countries Argentina, Mexico and Brazil feature as close runner ups, with the USA and European countries making up others that have a good number of cities engaged, though in some case not as many as you might expect?

The UK seems to have only what might be considered a reasonable rather than exceptional number engaged on this initiative, with notably only one in Scotland and none in Wales or Northern Ireland. My home city of Exeter in Devon is not on the list either, so some lobbying to be done here!!!! Good luck to anybody else who takes up the cause for their home city (or even town).

Cities Involved in 2014

Source: Cities involved in 2014

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Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Cañada De Gómez, Casilda, Chaco, Chanear Ladeado, Córdoba, Hughes, La Plata, La Rioja, Mendoza, Resistencia, Rosario, San Cristóbal, San Telmo, Santa Fe, Totoras, Tucumán, Vicente López, Villa Cañás
Australia Melbourne, Newcastle, Parkville, Sydney
Austria Grödig, Innsbruck, Vienna
Azerbaijan Baku
Belgium Aalst, Brasschaat, Brussels, Genk, Gent, Gial, Heverlee-Leuven, Knokke-Heist, Kortrijk, Lokeren. Mechelen. Mol
Benin Aguegues
Bosnia Herzegovina Mostar
Brazil Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cantagalo, Casimiro De Abreu, Curitiba, Divinopilis, Guaruja, Macaé, Porto Alegre, Resende, Rio Das Ostras, Rio De Janeiro, São Bernardo Do Campo, São João De Miriti, São Paulo, Sete Lagoas, Três Rios, Vitoria
Canada Chambly, Kingston, Montreal, Toronto, Wolfe Island
Chile Santiago De Chile, Villa Alemana
China Beijing, Chongqing, Nanjing, Hong Kong, Qinzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang
Colombia Barranquilla, Bogotá, Ibague, Manizales, Medellín, Pereira
Congo Kinshasa
Croacia Dubrovnik , Sesvete, Zagreb
Czech Republic Brno, Prague
Denmark Aarhus, Albertslund, Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, Gentofte
Ecuador Durán, Quito, San Gregorio De Portoviejo, Yachay
Equatorial Guinea Malabo
Estonia Tallin, Tartu
Finland Espoo, Helsinki, Mikkeli, Sipoo, Tampere
France Bordeaux, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Perpignan, Roubaix, Toulouse,
Germany Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Freiburg, Hamburg, Hannover, Oldenburg, Potsdam
Ghana Accra
Greece Igoumenitsa, Larissa, Patras
Guatemala Guatemala
India Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pimpri Chinchwad, Pondicherry, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam
Indonesia Banda Aceh City, Jakarta
Iran Bandar Abbas, Esfahan, Teheran
Ireland Dublin, Galway, Naas, Phibsborough, Portlaoise
Israel Alfei Menashe, Ariel, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Bat Yam, Beer Yakov, Bnei Ayish, Bnei Brak, Eilat, Eilot, Gedera, Geva Carmel, Gush Etzion, Haifa, Herzliya, Holon, Hurfeish, Jerusalem, Katzrin, Kfar Saba, Kiryat Arba, Kiryat Gat, Luzit, M- Yehuda, Ma’Ale Edumim, Mateh Yehuda, Modiin, Natanya, Ness Ziona, Netanya, Petach-Tikva, Raanana, Ramat Gan, Ramla, Rehovot, Rishon Lezion, Savyon, Shoham, South Hasharon, Tamar, Tel Aviv, Tel-Mond, Yakum
Italy Amaro, Turin, Gènova, Lecce, Milan, Pordenone, Povo, Rome
Ivory Coast Abidjan
Japan Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, Yokohama
Jordania Amman


Kazakhstan Astana
Kenya Nairobi
Lebanon Beirut
Latvia Riga


Lithuania Kaunas, Vilnius


Luxembourg Luxembourg
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Malta Malta, Victoria
Mexico Álvaro Obregón, Colima, Guadalajara, México, Puebla, Toluca, Zapopan
Morocco Casablanca
Nepal Kathmandu
Netherlands Alblasserdam, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Assen, Eindhoven, Eursing, Groningen, Rotterdam, Schiphol, The Hague, Tilburg, Utrecht, Zoetermeer, Zoeterwoude
New Zealand Auckland, Wellington
Nigeria Abeokuta, Isolo, Surulere/Lagos
Norway Asker, Oslo, Stavanger
Panama Panama
Peru Lima, Miraflores
Philippines Manila
Poland Krakow, Warsaw
Portugal Gondomar, Lagoa, Oeiras, Portimão, Porto
Qatar Doha
Romania Bucharest
Russian Federation Moscow, Saint Petersburg
Saudi Arabia Jeddah, Riyadh
Singapore Singapore
Slovenia Ljubljana
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
South Africa Cape Town
South Korea Daejeon, Seoul, U-Sung
Spain A Coruña, Amposta, Artà, Artesa de Segre, Badalona, Barcelona, Begues, Berga, Cambrils, Castelldefels, Castellón, Cerdanyola Del Vallès, Cornellà De Llobregat, Dénia, Donostia-San Sebastián, Esplugues de lobregat, Figueres, Gavà, Gijón, Girona, Granollers, Jaén, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Lliçà d’Amunt, Logroño, Madrid, Málaga, Malgrat de Mar, Manresa, Mataró, Mollet del Vallès, Móstoles, Ordis, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Reus, Rivas Vaciamadrid, Sabadell, Sant Adrià del Besós, Sant Climent de Llobregat, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Just Desvern, Santander, Santiago De Compostela, Santpedor, Sevilla, Sitges, Tarragona, Terrassa, Valencia, Valladolid, Vic, Vigo, Viladecans, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Zaragoza
Sweden Gothenburg, Kista, Malmö, Lund, Stockholm
Switzerland Geneva, Wallisellen
Taiwan Taipei
Turkey Besiktas, Istanbul
Uganda Kampala
Ukraine Lviv
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Zaabeel
United Kingdom Birmingham, Bristol, Clevedon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Greenwich, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Redruth, Southampton, Swindon
United States Boston, Boulder, Charlotte, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Redmond, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, Wayland
Uruguay Montevideo
Venezuela Catia La Mar




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