#Asia What exactly does it mean to be a Smart City?

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Charles Reed Anderson says modern Smart City initiatives are not about ecological or social change but infrastructure and cost efficiency

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Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

Charles Reed Anderson (@CRASingapore, LinkedIn, IDC), Vice President, Head of Mobility and Internet of Things Asia Pacific, IDC. 

  • What are the interesting trends in IoT and mobility happening since CES 2016? (Ref:CES on the Verge) [0:58]
  • How are cars classified under mobility or Internet of Things? (Ref: GM and Lyft) [2:36]
  • Getting the IOT ecosystem
    • What is the definition of Internet of Things in 2016 context? [3:50]
    • What is the best way to chart out the IoT ecosystem into a framework such that businesses, vendors and government can navigate? [5:41]
    • What are some examples of smart enterprise? [6:21]
    • Given that most businesses are thinking of IoT for different solutions, are they in danger of solving a two cents problem with $4.99 solution? [7:44]
    • In Asia Pacific, what are the top industries for IoT? [9:18]
    • Is the business case for IoT in the Asia Pacific either driven by cost savings or 10x growth? [10:30]

Also Read: Singapore restructures IDA, MDA to support Smart Nation vision

  • Smart Cities in Asia
    • What is a smart city? [11:29]
    • How does the ideal smart city look like in the near term (1-3 years), middle term (3-5 years) and future? [12:18]
    • Is smart city more about infrastructure or applications for interactions between online and offline world for example, on-demand services? [14:28]
    • What are the facilities and assets for a smart city to manifest? For example, (i) smart buildings, (ii) digital signages, (iii) asset management from real estate to utilities. [15:15]
    • A lot of cities in Asia from China to Singapore are now talking up becoming smart cities, what are the major observations you have seen? [18:58]
    • Should smart cities be driven by government or by private sector? [20:21]
    • Will governments take sides in platform selection in the drive to build out smart cities? [21:15]
    • How does the various stakeholders operate in smart cities: (i) government, (ii) customers or citizens, (iii) businesses and (iv) non-profit organisations? [22:30]
    • Most governments announced their smart cities or nations strategy across Asia, but are there any concrete initiatives that are laid out?What are the interesting examples of smart cities initiatives that you have seen happening? [24:30]

Also Read: The journey to a Smart Nation is most important: Aaron Maniam

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