Cities. They are the engines of the Canadian economy as well as the place that the majority of Canadians call home. And they’re continuing to grow: according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) City Science Initiative, cities will soon account for 90% of global population growth, 80% of wealth creation, and 60% of total energy consumption.
As Cities in Canada and around the world continue to evolve, many municipalities are looking towards a future of Smart technologies, with the goal of improving efficiency, accountability and public services. By 2030, two thirds of the world’s populations will live in Smart-enabled mega-cities.
Juniper Research indicates that Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices will grow from 13.4 billion in 2015 to 38.5 billion in 2020 – a staggering 285% increase. While the potential benefits of fully-connected Smart Cities are enormous, so too are the risks and unanswered questions that the integration of new technology brings. Will Smart Cities be more secure cities? What are the benefits and potential risks? What are policymakers, citizens and Smart technology companies doing today to ensure that the Smart cities of the future will be safe, prosperous and innovative places to live?
A smart city offers opportunities for innovative organizations... and potential risks for those left behind. You won’t want to miss this chance to hear how smart cities run, how businesses could help, and what management lessons you can take back to your own organizations. Each session will focus on one of four key areas:
Join us to discuss the city of the future, and what that means for Canadians.
Cyber Security 2017 will take on these questions and many others, with the goal of creating a shared vision for the Smart City that is secure, sustainable and entrepreneurial—a city that protects not just its infrastructure, but also its people, its economy, and its future.