Helping advance smart cities
14 November 2018
The development of smart cities – enabled, powered and integrated by digital technologies – is set to be one of the crowning achievements of societies worldwide in the 21st century. Already, the everyday lives of people living in countless cities are being made easier, more fulfilling and more secure by the services enabled by technologies. This evolution will likely only continue to expand.
The rapidly developing services, business and citizen-centric opportunities arising out of smart city technology deployments create a dynamic and shifting environment for both government and private sector technology and solution providers. New services and solutions will continue to be innovated as cities become “smarter.” Businesses and government will need to be agile in their relations to help ensure that these solutions are delivering the most value to citizens, government and businesses alike.
You might realize the possible impact, both on cost and life, data can have on building smart cities. The Smart City Expo World Congress, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, aims to help attendees understand the value of making cities smarter while also considering the challenges that occur in these attempts. At this event, PwC will be partnering with Microsoft, where we will have the opportunity to share some of the technology-enabled work we’ve done across the globe to help improve the lives of citizens and solve important problems.
PwC teams will be hosting three sessions on the impact data has around the development of smart cities. Conversations range from discussions about the use of predictive analytics and insights to enhance city governance (traffic, water, power, sewage etc) and how a better understanding of data can inform policies to deliver better citizen services.
PwC India’s Smart City Data Platform will be brought to life in an immersive experience which illustrates the power of data in times of crisis. The platform allows citizens to alert police and people in their contact list when help is needed. PwC will also share insights on smart city development and effective city governance, informed by research and reports from major Indian cities.
The UK firm will showcase a world-first retail insights programme which will help answer the question: how will London’s West End and Mayfair become the world’s number one retail and leisure district by 2020? This pilot data-driven project layered multiple data sources to analyse customer and consumer habits to understand how an extra £100M in revenue could be generated for the retail district. To learn more about the work the UK firm is doing to help build sustainable emerging cities, read our research report or visit us at the event.
Cities as we know it are changing, and the future is here. We are now living in a connected world built on intelligent data – through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, countries are dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide.
Connect with us at the event by stopping by Gran Via Hall 2, Stand B213 from 9am-7pm local time, or join one of our sessions. More information can be found on our event website.
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