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Frost & Sullivan: Moving the Smart Cities Idea from Concept to Reality
Date:7/23/2013

onserving energy and reducing carbon emission by either implementing micro-grids or full-scale smart grids," said Frost & Sullivan Energy and Environment Principal Consultant for North America Farah Saeed.  "Early projects witnessed added benefits such as the creation of new professions and jobs, as well as new businesses entering the market due to the appeal of smart city solutions.  Examples of smart cities include the Envision Charlotte project in North Carolina, which is a public-private funded initiative centering on conserving energy, waste and water by applying smart technology and behavioral change."

The opening session will be followed by City of Columbus Chief Security Officer Miki Calero who will host "The City as a Customer" Executive Insight session to evaluate how global urbanization is creating unparalleled opportunities for business.  As cities strive to become smart, sustainable and secure, they require innovative products, service and solutions, which then calls for an extension in business development models, including public-private partnerships.

"Both federal and private funding is instrumental in promoting innovation and interest in smart cities," noted Saeed. "Early benefits are enticing more cities to adopt these initiatives; however, the rate of transition will vary, and the intent to deploy will oscillate between the decision to rectify energy, security and public service issues (such as traffic, safety, etc.). Public concerns regarding privacy issues, customer reaction to inconsistent messaging, and unclear standards may discourage cities from making prompt decisions, but it is the future of cities as the world becomes increasingly more connected."

The final Smart Cities Solutions Think Tank session, "Ask the Experts!  Panel Discussion – Creating the Smart City," features Gamble, as well as General Manager an
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