Panel 3: IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) is offering opportunities for cities to become more efficient by leveraging constant connectivity and sensors from a diversity of devices. Cities today are piloting a variety of technologies, but lack comprehensive strategies to leverage intelligent end-devices. To-date cities have been slow to adopt these solutions, as utilities and telecommunications providers have taken the lead. Coordination is required to prevent these stakeholders from investing in both redundant communications systems and devices. During this panel, we will discuss how utilities and cities are achieving early project wins to create buy-in for larger IoT programs.
- Do cities and/or electric utilities need to be the central actor and consensus builder for public IoT?
- Are smart city plays strictly efficiency, quality of life and cost-cutting plays? (as in not revenue generating)
- Are utilities in the EU prepared to be smart city integrators? How might this compare to other regions globally?