Making Smart Cities Even Smarter

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claudio keynoteDuring the recent Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain, we saw many new innovations and ideas about bringing the concept of the Smart City to life. There were intriguing talks and vibrant discussions. There were earnest exhortations and powerful testimonials.

But in my opinion, one key element was missing.

The reality is that many cities are already embracing this movement. Simply put, certain cities are already smart. They are already leveraging information collected and processed by social intelligence for enhancing construction, security, traffic, infrastructure management, energy, as well as emergency response.

However, there is always room for making smart cities even smarter.

smarter citiesFrom unique political and economic situations to environmental and sustainability approaches, each city is different, and all are highly dynamic.  In addition, each city has a storied past, which plays into developing new strategies and process for being smarter. Certainly, technology is a critical piece of the puzzle.  From a geospatial perspective, the latest innovations provide the foundation for distributing spatial data, and translating it into actionable information that drives process decision-making.

Building a Smarter City has many puzzle pieces, all of which have to be managed at the same time.  From transportation to the environment to development impacts on the daily lives of citizens, these all need to be taken into consideration during the entire process.

smart city crewOf course, one of the biggest challenges is overcoming a culture that is averse to change. Political and business processes have been done in certain ways – often for many decades at a time. It all starts with political leaders embracing the vision for a smarter city, which will pave the way for new opportunities and advancements.

By taking a holistic approach to building a smarter city, it will be possible make changes that will enhance the lives of all citizens around the globe.

 

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Claudio Mingrino

Claudio Mingrino is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships. He is a business development executive with deep expertise in driving and achieving growth objectives in diverse, foreign markets. Claudio has worked in information technology for over 30 years and combines broad experience in sales and market penetration strategies with a solid understanding of business operations management. In 1994 he joined Intergraph as Business Unit Manager of the global indirect channel for Italy and Greece, and later became Country and Legal Entity Manager for Italy in 2000. In 2012 Claudio became EMEA Director for all Hexagon initiatives and, in January 2014, joined Hexagon Geospatial as EMEA Executive Director. Claudio is a lover of sports and finds time to cycle, ski and swim. He is also an avid traveler and likes to spend quieter times reading about art and history.