The urban era has only just started. According to the latest figures from the United Nations, around three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities by the year 2050. Perhaps understandably, an entire generation of urban planners and developers, traffic and environmental experts, local politicians and municipal energy providers are queuing up to participate in related EU projects with one thought in mind: how do we prepare our cities for this additional population pressure?
What will they look like?
To ensure smart cities become attractive, adaptable and, above all, sustainable living spaces, cutting-edge IT is being exploited on a widespread basis to achieve this end. But what exactly are smart cities and how do they differ from existing communities? What aspects of urban life are affected? And how are city dwellers reacting to this digitalisation of their living environment? There is no definitive answer to any of these questions, but the basic function of geodata is deemed extremely important in addressing them.
Basis for healthy urban growth
INTERGEO sees the smart city as a basis for healthy urban growth and is presenting itself as a platform for this dynamic sector of the economy. The topic is a focal point during all three days of the INTERGEO CONFERENCE, with sessions devoted to “Local authorities and digitalisation”, “Smart city” and “Lighthouse City Germany. This aspect of the programme will trace the steps involved in achieving smart city status and underline the importance of geoinformation throughout this process.
Networking at SCS
SmartCitySolutions (SCS) will act as a meeting point for international providers of smart city tools and those responsible for urban development, mobility and the environment in cities and communities. Smart City is an ecosystem of solutions and the SCS platform will highlight its many facets, bringing together solutions providers and the cities themselves so that they can compare different approaches, enter into dialogue, and build on what has been achieved to date.
Smart city solution providers, urban developers and planners, environmental and traffic experts, economic development specialists, urban consultants and local authorities can discover the urban future – in Frankfurt from 16 to 18 October at INTERGEO, the accompanying conference, and the special part of the trade fair devoted to SmartCitySolutions.
Further information on this year’s event can be found at: http://www.intergeo.de/