Enabling Technologies

Mar Santamaria, co-founder at 300.000 km/s, chaired at the Smart City Expo World Congress an enabling technologies session in the congress area including:

- The keynote Urban Digital Transformation through Smart City by Jung Hoon Lee:
The outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 has affected daily life around the world, especially in urban spaces where many people live together. The development of various innovative technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution such as Artificial Intelligence has accelerated, and this change is improving the quality of life while leading the digital transformation of these urban spaces. The presentation examined how cities are digitally transformed focused on 'Urban Intelligence' suggesting challenges and the future direction of smart city developments.

- The keynote The Lifeblood of a 2.0 Smart City by Jaime Durbán:
Advance public services, stronger community engagement, use of resources with minimal waste. The growing availability of data increases the benefits of becoming a smarter city tenfold. Yet, many cities are unaware of the pitfalls associated with data usage. In this session together with Milestone, different layers of data, as well as data sharing and open platforms as enablers for 2.0 Smart City successful initiatives were reviewed.

- The roundtable The Emerging Data-Driven City with Chabel Aoun, Ulrich Ahle, Zoe Eather, Sabina Dimitriu and Constance Nebbula:
The value of data continues to gain momentum, as urban data integration projects and platforms continue to be deployed and used worldwide. Datasets, as well as data analytics, prove their value in different fields such as transport, urban liveability, and crime prevention. The session answered questions such as what lessons can be learnt from data-driven cities? What are ways to collect data to make better decisions? What is the best way to guarantee the openness of data while guaranteeing citizens’ privacy?