Simon Giles, Managing Director and Industry Lead - Global Cities, Accenture

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.

Patrick Avato, Lead, Climate Business, Europe & Central Asia, IFC

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.

Fatih Aydın, Managing Director, EurAsia Strategies

News 72012 yılında küresel büyümenin azalması, dünya ticaret hacminin yavaşlamasına bağlı olarak gelişmekte olan bazı ülkelerin büyümelerinin de olumsuz yönde etkilenmesi ve gelişmiş ülkelerdeki yüksek işsizlik oranları gibi olumsuz tablolar sürekli gündemdeydi. Her ne kadar dünya ekonomisine olumsuz bir görünüm yerleşmiş olsa da, güzel haberler gelmiyor değil. Geçen hafta okuduğum ‘Akıllı Şehirler’ konulu bir rapor 2013 yılında başta gelişmekte olan ekonomiler olmak üzere dünya ticareti için olumlu sinyaller veriyordu. Geçtiğimiz hafta yayınlanan ve Asya pazarına yönelik hazırlanmış raporun konusu son zamanlarda gündemin popüler başlıklarından akıllı şehirlerdi. Raporda, her ne kadar akıllı şehir projelerinde Avrupa pazar payı olarak liderliği elinde bulundursa da, Asya’nın hızlı bir yükselişte olduğu vurgulanıyor.

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