Overview of 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022

The emergence of ‘Smart Cities’ has accelerated the digitization of city ecosystems, with positive economic, environmental, and social outcomes. The 8th Smart Cities Asia conference will focus on digitally enabled technologies in 2022 that will drive socio-economic activities and bring about a return on investments to revolutionize the “live, study, work, and play” dynamics of local communities and urbanized centres. Attracting international attention to the many varied case studies of fast urban growth and high-tech deployments in Asia Pacific cities is a primary focus of this conference.

Conference Agenda

0800 - 0900
Registration of the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference - Day 1
0900 - 0910
Opening Remarks for the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference - Day 1 by Chairperson
0910 - 0915
Welcome Remarks by Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference

The global smart cities market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 20% during the forecast period (2021-2026). More and more of us are living in cities – the UN predicts that 68 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. And this means our cities are facing growing environmental, societal, and economic challenges. By making cities more innovative, we can overcome some of these challenges and make cities better places to live. Hear from this session about:

  • Adoption of technologies and platforms is increased by 30% of cities with automation, IoT and AI blending physical and digital for an improved infrastructure connecting the city with its citizens.
  • The change in the lifestyle with the prediction of 40% of cities using digital space planning tools for homes and hybrid workspaces, creating an innovative, sustainable lifestyle for citizens.

We have built our democracies on the principle of good governance, which is a great starting point for ensuring public welfare and the development of the state. However, people are losing their trust in the system due to limitations of good governance, e.g., corruption, non-cooperation with the citizens and unfair policies. Therefore, innovative governance is created to improve the situation by creating a cooperative environment for citizens and businesses. Hear from this session on: –

  • How can we unlock the value of governance through cloud-based analytic solutions to achieve improved findings with continuous monitoring?
  • The governance risk map to crystallize the connection between areas of risk governance and the mitigating actions to take, identifying the potential bridging gaps across the spectrum of governance’s strategic, operational, process, technology, and talent areas.
1025 - 1055
Morning Refreshments

Cities are the next frontier for artificial intelligence to permeate. As smart urban environments become possible, probable, and even preferred, artificial intelligence offers the chance for further advancement through infrastructure and industry boosting. Opportunity overflows, but without thorough research to guide a complicated development and implementation process, urban environments can become disorganized and dangerous for citizens. Hear from this panel on: –

  • How do emerging technologies change our lives, and what is emotional AI’s state of the art in smart cities?
  • To design an ethical life in smart cities, the appropriate data subjects’ rights, and governance mechanisms for invisible sensing in smart cities.

It is evaluated that, as 5G networks hit the decks of the transport industry globally, over 700 million cellular IoT vehicles are foreseen to be operational by the end of 2024, with a significant portion destined for the automotive industry. Vehicles controlled using the 5G network could easily bypass traffic congestion and other obstacles creating a more efficient form of transportation with the input of data from all corners connected to the vehicle’s internal system. This session speaks on: –

  • Data privacy and security to ensure the complementarity of public transportation by upgrading the transportation systems via 5G.
  • Implications of the digital transformation of big data for the connectivity between vehicles and cloud computing, using AR/VR to provide real-time road data, and making manual navigation assistance smarter and safer will be addressed.
  • Strengthening of the grid infrastructure to be able to adapt these technologies at a faster pace.
  • Condition-based monitoring systems lead to self-healing designs, which will enable the modernization of the power system to an automated microgrid.
1315 - 1400
Networking Luncheon

Can our buildings get smarter in providing a more dynamic and sustainable environment for a city? It is nearly impossible to envision a city without conjuring an image of its skyline or an outlook of the buildings that fill it. Smart buildings’ digital brains can transmit signals and ‘communicate’ with one another. This is a crucial step toward creating “microgrids” stabilizing the primary grids, reducing the overall energy demand and abnormal internal performance. Hear from the expert on:

  • Building automation increases convergence with central analytics platform delivery for a deeper insight into integrated data in an intelligent building structure and performance.
  • The shift of digital transformation towards positioning itself as a digital leader in the built environment for a residential workspace that is livable and sustainable for its citizens.

Human-centricity can and should be the foundation for building empowered data societies. The City of Helsinki created a couple of tools to enable efficient utilization of sensitive data with the vital principle that the storage, anonymization, and processing of data are separated and that different individuals perform each task. Hear from this speaker on: –

  • How policymakers worldwide can adopt and build systems that use data responsibly and innovatively to create progress that legitimately serves people and communities.
  • Using data responsibly, assuring citizens’ interests are respected and always prioritized.
  • Empowering citizens to improve their own lives through data and increase participation in the overall ecosystem by building trustworthy data relationships.
1530 - 1600
Evening Refreshments

As cities try to recover from the COVID-19 epidemic, the ’15-minute’ city idea has slowly begun to spread worldwide. The goal is to make critical utilities, varied kinds of housing, and additional green areas accessible within a 15-minute walk or cycle. However, no one blueprint will apply to another city, much alone a foreign nation. This panel will address how associated environmental objectives and urban planning efforts might focus on low/zero-carbon emissions to better utilize each city’s mass spaces.

End of the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference - Day 1
0900 - 0910
Opening Remarks for the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference by Chairperson

As per the IDC report, by 2022, the spending on smart cities will likely reach more than $130 billion to make the urban areas and cities more livable with advanced infrastructural facilities and social management systems. This session highlights: –

  • Fulfilling a city’s tasks by driving the digital socio-economic transformation, with routine operations performed by robotic devices and decisions by the city administration.
  • How can the different services communicate together in a city and be prepared for future needs and challenges?

Sydney ranked 18 out of 109 cities in response to citizens’ perception of the depth of innovation’s effect on the quality of their lives as well as economic and technological data by the Smart City Index by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) together with Singapore University for Technology and Design. The ranking is based on citizens’ perception of technology’s impact on their quality of life and economic and technological data. Hear from the government on: –

  • Monitoring the city’s performance using data to transform city operations and policy adaptation avoiding unnecessary costs and delays in services for an improved citizen experience.
  • Citizens’ participation and contribution in making decisions about the city’s planning and wellbeing in urban renewal and the provision of smart infrastructure.
1025 - 1055
Morning Refreshments

Datafication is/will be taking over the decisions and initiatives that cities take with everything driven by data and information technologies. One of the most essential characteristics of it is making the invisible visible – data. We now have the availability of data and the ability to act upon it. Hear from this session on: –

  • Identifying the underlying learned biases in current information systems and diversifying the available data resources.
  • Putting people at the Centre of the digital world in a way that allows them to trust data and technology and to believe that their rights, values and ethics are respected.

Throughout the 2020s, it is estimated that analytic technologies will add $13 trillion to the global economy, impacting virtually every sector in the process – including building up a smart city. It will generate an ever-growing quantity and variety of data that must be processed, stored, and made accessible to the rest of the smart city’s network for ongoing tasks and city-wide analytics. Hear from this session on smart cities demand a decentralized approach to data storage to enable data from devices, sensors, and applications to be analyzed and processed locally before being transferred to an enterprise data center or the cloud, reducing latency and response times.

A cyberattack could potentially disrupt essential critical services, expose personal and financial data, and disable a city’s economy. Not a reassuring perspective for cities increasingly relying on interconnected networks and sensor-based infrastructures to operate and deliver any application that people and businesses need, from energy distribution to mobility systems, street lighting to municipal waste collection, and more. Hear from this session on: –

  • Robust cybersecurity for the infrastructure and application protection to provide cities with intrinsically secure network systems.
1315 - 1400
Networking Luncheon

The starting point should always be that personal data is sacrosanct and must be protected at all costs. The system must make it possible for private citizens to give explicit consent whenever their information is used or processed. Therefore, data processors and controllers in a smart city environment must put in place measures that ensure the security and integrity of data. This session highlights: –

  • Installing an entity that would be responsible for handling the citizen data of the city’s habitants.
  • Improving its communication of data by making it possible to share what it has done with the more personal and sensitive information of the citizens through reporting or notifications via mobile
  • Is there several possible point entries for an attack, and what are the interdependencies of technology between the systems?
  • Could personal data be compromised? What sort of data, and at what scale?
  • What would be the impacts on public trust and on the possible breach into the local agency finances?
1530 - 1600
Evening Refreshments

Despite all these technological investments, municipal officials and agencies struggle to move public safety and innovative city initiatives forward. Their vital challenges are the overload of data, demand for transparency, and departmental silos. More now than ever, decision-makers are being asked to prioritize privacy and cybersecurity at all levels of their smart city framework and openly engage with the community to address their needs and concerns. Hear from this session on: –

  • Ineffective department and data silo where city departments should recognize the benefits of sharing information within departments and across entities.
  • Enacting a practical framework for a safer city by bringing all stakeholders to the table to discuss immediate concerns and identify long-term objectives.
End of the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference - Day 2
0900 - 0910
Opening Remarks for the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference by Chairperson

Over the past decade, the pursuit of self-driving cars has excited public imagination and inspired unprecedented collaboration between carmakers and tech innovators. So how close are we to integrating autonomous vehicles (AVs) into our transportation systems? Research shows that many pieces of a highly complex puzzle need to fall into place before autonomous cars become a regular sight on the roads. Hear from this session on: –

  • With the potential to transform everything from our mobility behaviors to how future smart cities are designed, what factors should play a role in delivering a self-driving future?
  • Data is the key to unlocking the potential of AVs, but how could we deduce that we are ready to rely on a self-driving system that can perceive the road better than the best human driver.

Corporations want the travel of employees, visitors, and customers to be as seamless as possible, but this isn’t yet a reality. To create more efficient corporate mobility, city ecosystems and services need enhancing – how does that happen? The answer is greater collaboration and the exchange of mobility data. Hear from this session on:-

  • Enhancing operational efficiency and profits with location technology
  • Electrification of a fleet without range anxiety or charging challenges
  • Exchange and aggregation of data to generate actionable insights
1025 - 1055
Morning Refreshments

The future of mobility will turn to electric, where electric vehicles will squarely be at the centre of climate-friendly transportation options. But as the EV ecosystem evolves, the industry finds itself in a classic chicken-or-egg dilemma: Which should be developed first, the electric vehicle or the charging stations? Hear from this panel on creating a centralized toolkit to identify and coordinate charging requirements down to the individual street level and share information about newly installed charging points so the public is more informed.

  • Evaluating the complexities of implementing contactless payment from an ecosystem of stakeholders to differences in the local environment regarding structure, regulation, policies, and standards.
  • How contactless payments will assist in transforming transit by fare flexibility for new workplace norms, improved security, and privacy, tapping into data, expanding financial inclusion, and improved security and privacy?

Since 2020, automatic ticketing has slowly become a part of the public transport system by simply getting on board for their journey via smartphone. Switzerland is the first country in the world to introduce this system nationwide, with over 160 transport companies participating. Hear from the expert on innovative ways of devising fare scales and making fares equitable, an issue that needs interaction with the public transport networks to harness each mode of strength and promote an integrated journey among citizens.

1315 - 1400
Networking Luncheon

The International Transit Forum confirms that autonomous vehicles and public transit could reduce the visibility of private cars on the road by 90%. Its local prime-time authorities work with transit agencies in enabling open road restructuring to encourage driverless public transport in the streets. With a vehicle steward welcoming passengers and making a loop every 10-minute in the city, Singapore has moved closer to a driverless public transport network with the launch of a new trial of self-driving buses. The expert shares on: –

  • The future of paratransit is infused with technology to create a smooth and efficient transportation ecosystem for the citizens of a city.
  • How much data is too much data inserted into the public transportation capability storage in detecting obstacles and in taking on-the-spot decisions?
  • Maas switching gears to a mobility aggregator in increasing productivity and engaging with citizens to increase ridership and reduce the resistance from citizens.

Lockdowns worldwide have seen streets temporarily empty of cars, offering a glimpse of what our cities could be like without traffic jams. Following that, engineers and technology experts are constantly experimenting with rethinking how we use our roads and reduce congestion post-pandemic. Hear from this session on technologies: –

  • Delivering detection, tracking and classification accuracy of vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists with real-time visualization capabilities.
  • Improving the current transportation infrastructure while working towards a more balanced, intelligent, and optimized infrastructure to communicate seamlessly with the mobility ecosystem of the future.
1530 - 1600
Evening Refreshments

The explosive outpour in on-demand services has created the urgency for faster and more efficient mobility and delivery solutions. Precision and reliability in estimating the time of arrivals, designing the most efficient delivery routes, and precise location accuracy are essential to meet and exceed drivers’ and consumers’ expectations. Whether managing on-demand rides, food, or parcel deliveries, it is critical to be on time with near-zero tolerance for delays. This session discusses: –

  • Opportunities and new developments in on-demand services and delivery
  • How do industry leaders visualize optimizing the last mile to delight their customers?
  • The significance of maps for the user experience in on-demand services?
End of the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference - Day 2
0900 - 0910
Opening Remarks for the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference by Chairperson

With the rise of urbanization, industrialization and consumption comes the addition of expansion of environmental challenges. While technology is the only element that can aid in addressing these challenges, McKinsey stated that using a range of applications to the best reasonable extent could cut emissions by 10 to 15%. Hear from this session on: –

  • Harnessing digital tracking and payments for solid waste reduction
  • Using technology to analyze the air quality in real-time by closely tracking the source of pollution and regulating traffic and construction.

Rooftop solar panels are up to 79% cheaper now than in 2010. These plummeting costs have made rooftop solar photovoltaics even more attractive to households and businesses who want to reduce their reliance on electricity grids while reducing their carbon footprints. But are there enough rooftop surfaces for this technology to generate affordable, low-carbon energy for everyone who needs it? This session highlights: –

  • These panels replace the unreliable local grids and significantly reduce air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels for energy.
  • Would the infrastructure be equipped to store enough solar power for large industries like heavy manufacturing and metal processing as they require huge currents and specialized electricity delivery?
1025 - 1055
Morning Refreshments

Deploying low-carbon solutions has been the talk in Malaysia for a few years. Some believe they could provide cleaner energy and solutions benefitting the city and the citizens through reduced emissions by 2050. However, the International Energy Agency found that 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to achieve net zero scenarios depend on technologies that have not yet reached commercial maturity. Hear from the speakers as they discuss: –

  • Decarbonization of the city in architecture future in the green retrofit projects within the complexity of the many different residential design and construction types.
  • Getting energy to deplete both natural resources and emit GHG
  • How do we get and use our energy both depletes natural resources and emit GHG to transition to the local energy networks with grid harmonization capabilities within the city

For commercial building owners, the power to capture and analyze facility performance data is rapidly emerging as a high priority and competitive differentiator. With AI’s application focusing on data about energy consumption and building asset maintenance, the development of these technology tools has enabled data to become a more strategic business asset and for the intelligent building vision to become a reality. Hear from this session on how data collection, consolidation, and analysis improve operational uptime, carbon footprint, economic performance, and occupant comfort and safety.;

Digitalization can make our water management more pre-emptive and predictive. It can ensure monitoring of water conditions, attending to each of the changes in time and addressing any issue before it happens. With digitalization, water utilities can use technologies to adjust the water flow according to demand using remote sensors. This session discusses working together to improve water quality and guaranteeing its supply in cities via rain sensors and radar-guided flood detection systems collecting and transmitting information from various city zones onto one central server.

1315 - 1400
Networking Luncheon

The city diverts about 80% of its waste from landfills and hopes to go “zero waste” by the end of 2023. The goal is to maximize resource efficiency by recycling, conserving and eventually closing the waste loop to reduce waste production through resource recovery. To make recycling more convenient, recycling bins are painted in distinctive yellow to be easily identifiable. Hear from this session on city initiatives that should be taken to invest in IoT-based waste management systems. Also, get real-time data on waste containers, optimize your resources, achieve cost savings, and start driving more sustainable waste management with smart bin sensors.

Streetlights are not noticed daily, but you’ll search for them everywhere. Sensor-based streetlights across the city with the combination of hybrid cloud computing and big data analytics, councils will be able to gain greater insight into how the city works for a more innovative and safer ecosystem. Hear from the panel members on: –

  • Developing a network of IoT systems to facilitate intelligent and adaptable integrated lighting platforms as part of the urban infrastructure of a city.
  • How could the overlapping and disruptions with incoming data for interpretation during unpredictable weather climates differentiate between people, vehicles, and animals?
  • Challenges in implementing policies in a city to assist in achieving the vision of a green economy for the sustainable lifestyle of citizens.
1530 - 1600
Evening Refreshments

Research states that the wise grid market size is projected to be around {US$ 162.4 billion by 2030. The city’s ability to provide resilient electricity to the infrastructure should be flexible to respond actively to surges in energy demand. Supply will be a key enabler to realizing our smart city vision. However, this also remains one of our biggest challenges to date, particularly with the increasing amount of technology-reliant on electricity. This session speaks on: –

  • Condition-based monitoring systems lead to self-healing designs that will enable the modernization of the power system to an automated microgrid.
  • Enable consumers to gain access to their energy data for them to autonomously make decisions on their energy consumption.
End of the 8th Smart Cities Asia 2022 Conference - Day 2

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