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Global-ICT 2016 media pack

 

Theme: Smart Cities

A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of Information Communication Technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses  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. In many ways, everything becomes more efficiently connected. And it also encompasses a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces and meeting the needs of an ageing population.   The benefits of the future smart city are significant and as more creative uses are made of resources, they are probably only limited by our imagination  Sectors that have been developing smart city technology include: Communication companies, 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’.

Major technological, economic and environmental changes have generated interest in smart cities, including climate change, economic restructuring, the move to online retail and entertainment, ageing populations, and pressures on public finances. Notable examples include: The European Union (EU) has devoted constant efforts to devising a strategy for achieving 'smart' urban growth for its metropolitan city-regions. The EU has developed a range of programmes under ‘Europe’s Digital Agenda". In 2010, it highlighted its focus on strengthening innovation and investment in ICT services for the purpose of improving public services and quality of life. Some estimate that the global market for smart urban services will be US$400 billion per annum by 2020.

Examples of Smart City technologies and programs that have been implemented include: Southampton, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Stockholm.Other key examples include Dubai - United Arab Emirates. The Emirate is targeting 20 million visitors by 2020 - double the number it currently receives. Experts believe that Dubai’s plans to create a “smart city” could produce one of the world’s most-connected and sustainable urban centres. Also, Masdar City is a planned city project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is being built by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the Government of Abu Dhabi.  Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources.  Masdar City is being constructed 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-south-east of the city of Abu Dhabi, beside Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Contributors

Confirmed authors [Name Order]

  • Anne Berner (Ms.), Minister of Transport & Communications, Finland
  • Donna Yasay, President, HomeGrid Forum
  • Ed Ogonek, Board Member & CEO, CENX
  • Hiroyuki Sato, Founder & CEO, DOCOMO Digital
  • Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
  • Klaus Dieter, CEO & Chairman, Hitachi Europe
  • Kristen Michal, Minister of Economic Affairs & Communications, Estonia
  • Mark Prisk MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities, UK
  • Michael E. Lake, President & CEO, Leading Cities
  • Nigel Fine, CEO, Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
  • Rajeev Tandon, Chairman & CEO, Xavient Information Systems
  • Rashiq Fataar, CEO, Future Cape Town South Africa
  • Regina Moran, CEO, UK & Ireland, Fujitsu
  • Robert J. Schena, Chairman, CEO & Cofounder, Rajant Corporation
  • Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, Wireless Broadband Alliance

 


Contribution and Breakdowns

 

Distribution

Total copies: 26,635
 

ITU Telecom World, Budapest, Hungary, 12-15 October 2015

4,000
 
 
Fortune 1,000 companies 7,000
Chairman, CEO...
 
Governments 3,000
Head of state, Ministers...
 
International organisations 2,000
Leading executives...
 
Regional top 100 ICT companies by sales turnover 10,000
Regional chairman, CEO...
 
Africa 750
 
Asia-Pacific 2,250
 
Europe 2,750
 
Latin America 1,000
 
Middle East 750
 
North America 2,500
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