IT vs Infrastructure in Developing the Smart City of the Future
Monday, October 7
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Austin Convention Center MR 8AB
IBM - VP, Strategy & Dev, Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure
Greentech Media - Sr Reporter
Schneider Electric - VP, Collaborative Innovation, US Smart Cities
Boston University - Professor
This decade, cities will invest $108 billion in smart city infrastructure. With such a large opportunity on the horizon, it’s not surprising that many companies with capabilities in software as well as urban infrastructure are looking to get a piece of the pie. Until recently, IT and energy industry players each had their own unique take on the market. Take IBM’s “Smarter Cities” program that takes a software-centric approach that applies IT constructs to a city’s infrastructure, giving devices intelligence and networking capabilities, or Schneider Electric’s urban efficiency approach focused on modernizing systems to update the foundational building blocks of the city. While each industry tackles smart cities very differently, one thing is certain: the continuing digitization of our world has made the convergence of energy and technology a must, with smart cities becoming the poster child for this new era.
Hear from IBM, Schneider Electric's Melissa O'Mara as well as Nathan Phillips from Boston University as they share their approaches to smart cities, the challenges to deployment and the collaboration needed to make them a reality in this panel moderated by Greentech Media’s Jeff St. John.
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