Dr. Osama El-Hassan Q1) What does “Smart City” mean to you? Smart City can be summarised to three keywords: “responsive”, “data-oriented” and “trusted”. Future smart cities should provide personalised services to its citizens to ensure it is resolving civic problems and enhancing individual’s experiences with public and private service providers. The use of Big Data and Small Data is instrumental to reach such objectives. I believe that a Smart City should develop its own innovative solutions and technologies to resolve its civic problems and support its individual citizens, rather than being a mere consumer of solutions and technologies developed by vendors or other countries. In other words, a Smart City should be a true contributor to global knowledge.

News 7 Q1) What does “Smart City” mean to you? A Smart City uses technology to improve service delivery to its constituents. However, the temptation is to focus on IoT technology as Smart traditionally relates to sensing, control and actuation. In my opinion, the industry is shifting towards a broader definition of Smart that could be better called Digital Cities, that looks to blend IoT with core operational IT, Big Data, Analytics and mobile development. The other big change is the increasing focus on Human Centred design. The traditional model of IT solution development as an engineering heavy discipline has be preceded with a strong discovery and design phase that looks to fundamentally examine how technology can facilitate the delivery of services in a way that is meaningful to constituents and has tangible impact.

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Q. What is ekin Technology's role in smart cities today? ekin Technology is a leading technology developer of intelligent safe city and traffic management systems for smart cities. We offer a wide range of open platform software and hardware integrated end-to-end solutions that are fully designed, developed, manufactured, marketed and maintained by ourselves.

News 7 Q1) What is IFC's role in smart cities today? In the 21st century, cities are critical to economic growth and poverty reduction across the world. About 80 percent of global GDP is generated by cities and 70 percent of the population in emerging markets is expected to live in cities by 2050. Therefore, cities are key to IFC’s mission of promoting economic growth and development through the private sector. IFC, which is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, works with cities to develop smart and efficient infrastructure projects throughout the entire project cycle: advising on optimal technologies, bringing in private sector expertise, and financing and designing optimal financing solutions.

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