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 will present Smart 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, healthcare, towns, connectivity and agricultural settings.
Keynotes and panel discussions will spotlight smart city and digital 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.
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.
A £250million project is underway in the North East to transform Middlesbrough into the digital city in the UK. Announced in October 2019, the plan represents the biggest investment in the town’s storied history to date and is expected to create 2,000 new jobs – half of which would be in the digital and creative sectors. This presentation will give further detail as to the vision set-out by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Middlesbrough Council for the UK’s Digital City.
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.
Agricultural productivity must increase as the global population grows and the amount of farmland-per-capita decreases. 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. Though less overt in the daily lives of citizens than Smart initiatives like 5G, autonomous transport and IoT connectivity; digital agricultural has just as much transformation potential.
Some of the new technologies that are at the forefront of digital agriculture include:
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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