Smart Cities Will Take Centre Stage at MWC.

Author:Baker, Richard
Position:DATABASE AND NETWORK INTELLIGENCE: SHOWS NEWS
 
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"At MWC 19 we'll see plans and prototypes for smart city infrastructure demo-ed and mapped by exhibitors, with the Country/Territory pavilions and GSMA's Innovation City offering stages for playing out ideas for connected environments. This will span everything from autonomous vehicles to utilities management in smart office blocks, showcasing the benefits smart cities can bring.

"However, for smart cities to evolve from the ideas stage to reality, there are significant data challenges that must be addressed. Much of the data needed to inform smart city planning currently exists in siloes. Lacking the ability to join the dots between data sets, stakeholders will be unable to derive value from smart city projects.

"What's needed is an approach which marries both macro-level and micro-level views of the urban environment: visibility of every element and end-point in a smart city, and the ability to map this onto expansive real-world environments, in real time. Information on crime locations, for instance, can be mapped with street lighting provision to...

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