Connected Living 2030: The Technology that Will Power the Future of Smart Cities


How is technology transforming to meet the future of smart cities head-on?

Helsinki, Riyadh, and Shanghai offer a glimpse into this evolution, each adopting unique strategies powered by cutting-edge technology. Helsinki’s smart city blueprint intertwines technological innovation with societal and environmental objectives, creating a hub for collaborative innovation. Riyadh’s ambitious project, a partnership between KAFD DMC and SCAI, focuses on smart traffic management and mobility to enhance efficiency and operational effectiveness. And Shanghai utilizes an e-government portal that gives its residents online access to more than 100 services.

This shift towards inclusive urban development emphasizes the need for equal access to city services and decision-making for all residents. These cities exemplify a global trend towards data-driven, citizen-centric urban environments, heralding a future where cities are smarter, more sustainable, and more inclusive.

What technologies and strategies are pivotal in shaping the future of smart cities by 2030, and how are global leaders in urban development paving the way?

In this episode of Experts Talk, host Daniel Litwin, the Voice of B2B, got answers on the leading tech trends bolstering connected living and smart cities with his panel of industry experts. Davide Pascucci, the Founder & CEO of Bright IIoT; Joel Polanco, the Healthcare/Education/Retail Segment Manager at Intel; Tod Caflisch, the Smart Solutions Tech Strategist at Lumen Technologies; and Markus Nispel, the CTO of EMEA at Extreme Networks explored the foundational technologies and strategies essential for the future of smart cities.

Main Points of Discussion:

  • How IoT and AI are crucial in creating interconnected and efficient urban spaces
  • The need for robust digital infrastructure to support the data-rich environment of smart cities
  • The importance of public involvement and open data access in the development of smart city solutions

An innovator in the field of IoT, Davide Pascucci brings a wealth of experience in developing smart solutions that integrate technology seamlessly into everyday life. His visionary approach has positioned him as a thought leader in IoT applications, driving the conversation on how technology can enhance urban living.

With a diverse background spanning healthcare, education, and retail, Joel Polanco offers a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and various industry sectors. His insights reflect a deep understanding of how technological advancements can transform businesses and the broader societal landscape.

A strategist with a keen eye for emerging technologies, Tod Caflisch excels in identifying and implementing innovative solutions. His expertise lies in navigating the complexities of tech integration, focusing on how strategic tech deployment can lead to more efficient and smarter urban environments.

As a technology officer focusing on the EMEA region, Markus Nispel brings an international viewpoint to the discussion. His expertise in network infrastructure and digital transformation provides a comprehensive look at how different areas approach the challenges and opportunities of building smart cities.

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