Smart Cities & Communities: Shaping the Future
- 15 March 2016
- 08:30 - 16:30
- Manchester Conference Centre
The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. The UK will need to apply emerging technologies in a coherent and cost-effective manner to thrive - particularly in a competitive, post-Brexit landscape. This conference programme will present models and initiatives that operate at national and local levels to deliver integrated services and information that citizens need - assessing how they can be adapted to the UK's infrastructure, geography and economy to create a coherent strategy for a Smart Nation that embraces transformation in the way services are delivered in cities, towns, healthcare, connectivity and agricultural settings.
Keynotes and panel discussions will spotlight smart metropolitan and agricultural initiatives such as:
The blueprint for a Smart Nation is provided by Singapore, which aims by 2024 to be the first nation to achieve this. Whilst the Singapore model cannot be transposed en-bloc to the UK – the geography of the two nations is completely different, with Singapore having a much higher population density - there is much that can be adapted to benefit the UK:
Multiple barriers are obstructing local authorities in the UK from taking advantage of Smart initiatives. The absence of accessible knowledge and learning materials available to councils, a lack of appropriate training opportunities and damaging cuts to local authority budgets result in abandoning projects that, if the resources were available, could make considerably impacts on local housing, transport, health and social care issues. The next generation of cellular network technology could open-up new possibilities for communities in the UK, including improved public transport, enhanced security, free internet access, IoT connectivity and reduced carbon emissions.
The roll-out of 5G in the UK could help to bridge socio-economic gaps between communities, with quick and easy access to free, high speed internet - communities that have been locked out of opportunities due to a lack of connection can begin to access online capabilities.
'The speed of ICT development creates unprecedented opportunities and risks. It can make it practically impossible for governments to develop appropriate regulation in order to avoid dangerous outcomes... The complex dynamics between ICT development and ICT governance can be described as co-evolution. Rather than playing the role of clients for technology companies, cities should be partners and enablers in ICT development, regulation, incentivisation and implementation. Essential in the co-evolutionary process will be the development of appropriate new governance structures to ensure that sociotechnological development is guided towards societal goals.'
Sustainable Smart Cities: Applying Complexity Science to Achieve Urban Sustainability,
United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.
This presentation will explore the complex regulatory dynamics at play in the co-evolution between governance and Smart cities, Big Data and the Internet of Things.
A Smart Nation will embrace cleaner, cheaper, faster, greener transport networks. The digital revolution, as in all areas, has profound potential to support the adoption of more equitable, efficient and cleaner transport. This presentation will look at the potential socioeconomic and environmental gains from the UK's comparative advantage in developing and deploying clean and intelligent mobility technologies that can transform transport infrastructure - particularly prescient, as Britain seeks new trade deals and carves out global economic and soft power advantages.
Part of the wider N8 Research Partnership, DecarboN8 is a new research network comprised of experts from the North’s eight most research-intensive universities collaborating with government, industry and the third sector to explore new ways of decarbonising transport in the UK. The DecarboN8 programme aims to create an innovative test bed environment allowing for the trialling and accelerated adoption of low carbon transport solutions – with a focus on tackling surface level emissions from cars, vans, busses HGVs and trains; accounting for 26% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the project is currently taking applications for seedcorn funding from research teams across the UK; encouraging new inter-and-multi disciplinary collaborations, the development of Early Career Researchers and teams utilising a place-based approach reflecting the diversity of people, places and journeys currently under-served by the dominant focus on city-centres and commuter travel. Some areas of interest that the network has identified through local stakeholder consultations, workshops and from its thematic priorities, include:
Professor Greg Marsden leads on the DecarboN8 project as is Professor of Transport Governance, part of the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.
Agricultural productivity must increase as the global population grows and the amount of farmland-per-capita decreases – agrifood and environmental policy must lead to sustainable food systems, protect natural resources, secure food supplies that meet individual and collective needs, as well as encourage good decision making along the production, distribution, consumption and disposal chain. The N8 Agrifood network combines the expertise of the North’s eight most research-intensive universities, collaborating with government, industry, NGOs, SMEs and charities to confront the full scope of food security challenges, structuring its work into three research themes; sustainable food production, resilient supply chains and healthier consumption.
The agriculture sector is being disrupted by the digital revolution; using new technologies, farmers can grow crops with greater efficiently, monitor harvests more precisely and reduce carbon emissions. Emerging technology at the forefront of digital agriculture include:
This presentation will look at Smart systems approaches to solving agricultural challenges, improving animal welfare and reducing carbon emissions across food systems and chains.
A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.
The Amsterdam Smart City Project is a world-leading exemplar in smart energy and transport, open data and citizen engagement. The project connects local government, knowledge institutes, private sector innovators and citizens, facilitating collaboration on Smart projects across the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area through online channels and offline events – the ambition being, to build the right consortium of people with the capabilities to build reactive social and technological infrastructures that facilitate and accelerate sustainable growth, ultimately aiming to become a futureproof city. This session will discuss how an open, collective approach to developing Smart cities - inclusive of municipalities, communities, corporations and SMEs is the best way to build an urban space that responds to the needs of citizens.
Traffic is time-consuming and according to government figures, has risen by almost a third in the UK (traffic rates rose from 255bn miles travelled a year in 1990, to 328bn in 2018) – contributing to carbon emissions in the UK despite the introduction of more fuel-efficient vehicles on our roads. A Smart Nation would address these sluggish gas emissions; but how? Flying cars have long been a hypothetical solution to traffic, but the smart solution may be under our feet as opposed to above our heads.
Networks of underground tunnels are being developed across the globe for multiple reasons, including:
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• Discuss the development and enforcement of policies/safeguards to protect Smart cities from malicious disruptions of data, digital infrastructure and infringements on citizen’s rights.
• Engage with Smart solutions that tackle the challenges of modern society, such as sustainable transport and commuting, efficient waste disposal, traffic congestion management and extensive internet access; all working in unison with environmentally conscious solutions to secure sustainable technologies and reduce net carbon emissions.
• Learn more about the increasing prevalence of IoT devices in agriculture and the interconnection of IoT within Smart cities; as well as discussing the next advancement in commercial use.
• Learn more about the global introduction of 5G networks and the UK’s roll-out; discuss the plethora of uses for 5G, including free internet connection for all, autonomous vehicles, facial recognition technologies and reduction of carbon emissions.
• Network and knowledge-share with domestic and international peers, developing shared solutions to common challenges.
• Improve your understanding of the potential dangers presented by interference with data and surveillance technologies.
• Assess the potential for local/central government(s) to improve the lives of citizens with the aid of Smart city initiatives.
• See how Smart City technologies can provide citizens with innovative improvements in health and social care.
• Learn how free blanket internet access provides opportunities for groups who have historically suffered from digital inequalities.
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