Track Chair : Ms. Fatema Al Hammadi
Smart cities are not considered the future nowadays. Smart Cities are here and they are rising highly to be aligned with the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) which are influencing the government services all over the world. “A Smart City is defined as a city that operates in an ambitious and innovative manner covering areas of economy, people, governance, mobility, environment, and living. Such innovation is to be built on the smart combination of support and active participation of self-decisive, independent and aware citizens.” Source: The Government Summit: Thought Leadership Series, Smart Cities: Regional Perspectives
Smart cities consist of intelligent investment in human and social capital, and in modern communication infrastructures and transportation technologies, which promote sustainable economic development and an excellent quality of life, without counting on enlightened management of natural resources, all through a quality service offered to all the city dwellers.
The technology in smart cities varies greatly based on the needs of that particular city and the financial capability to adopt such technology. Moving towards smart cities requires a holistic framework to govern the implementation and connect all the aspects needed according to the citizens needs in alignment with government laws and regulations.
This track will foster the discussion on the transformation of cities to smart ones, starting from building the capable infrastructure to support this transformation to citizens’ engagement. This track shall allow the showcases of real smart cities as success example and best practice to follow in different aspects: telecommunication, health, education, governance …etc.