Presentations

Creating an Intelligent Foundation for Smart Cities
With two-thirds of the world’s population living in cities by 2050, the question around how to increase and enhance services to address these growth challenges remains. Utilizing IoT is one way cities can prepare for and manage this through aggregating, normalizing and analyzing a range of data from connected sensors and city assets. However, future-proofed smart cities need a solid foundation, and this session will outline what that should look like.

This session will argue that the first step in the development of the smart city is to decide what the connectivity layer will be. This is critical because with any new technology, standardization is necessary to enable seamless interoperability between solutions.

During this session, we will discuss how to overcome the new operational challenges that the complexity of multiple smart city systems brings. For example, to achieve greatest value, a smart city program should leverage horizontal platforms that solve common operational challenges across all connected programs. Or, for cities starting with a clean slate, leaders should plan out a unified, strategic vision for turning the city smart to avoid fragmentation from the beginning.

Sanjay Khatri,Head of Product Platforms – Cisco Jasper

Connected Cities, A Blueprint for Smart Government
Cities are the engines of innovation, economic prosperity, and social transformation. Today, cities around the world are growing at a tremendous rate. By 2050, 70% of the worlds population will be living in cities. Learn from Salesforce the key components that make up a Connected City and vision of the city of the future.

Mike Salem, Lead Solution Engineer – Salesforce
Geo George, Industry Lead, State & Local – Salesforce

Plumbing the Connected City
Connected and Smart Cities push the boundaries of technologies from edge to enterprise. In addition, they also push organizational boundaries. Information should be shared not just between agencies that are used to sharing information already. Agencies and departments as well as independent businesses and individuals may want to opt-in to data sharing to drive a more connected and evolved experience. Flexibility and openness versus vertically integrated solutions are a key requirement for connected solutions flexibility on the edge with multi-vendor sensing, multiple protocols (that must be supported for short and long range communications), the ability to ingest and aggregate data across devices and protocols, as well as, to make the information available based on access rights and privileges will be a differentiator.

Cities need an ecosystem of partners and capabilities from sensor to sunset – that enable them to build out solutions with a broad range of sensing and connectivity capabilities, data platforms on premise and in the cloud, and analytics. With software solutions to easily plumb the data from the sensors to the data platforms as well as capabilities to remotely monitor and manage the assets and ultimately ensure the secure and responsible destruction of assets that protect connected cities, we are guiding innovation forward.

Ashish Parikh, VP, Global IoT Platforms & Solution – Arrow Electronics

Developing New Smart City Projects
ComEd is currently collaborating with the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville to create a Community of the Future – a place where the utility and area residents and leaders are engaging in a co-design process to fully leverage the strength of the smart grid and related technologies to enhance everyday lives of community members.

Understanding that it can only bring value to this smart community by educating customers and stakeholders and partner with them to establish priorities, ComEd, is exploring a broad range of offerings – from microgrid technologies, smart streetlights and EV charging stations to new Energy Efficiency and Demand Response programs among others. This presentation will also examine how ComEd is creating the Community of the Future in Bronzeville with residents and businesses. It will include a discussion on the targeted community and partnership outreach strategies.

Fred Gomos, Manager, Smart Grid Programs- Commonwealth Edison
Susan Olavarria, Manager, Corporate Affairs – Commonwealth Edison

City of Cleveland: Not Just Your Conventional Smart City Deployment
Deploying a long-term integrated video monitoring and data analytics solution across an urban landscape is challenging under any circumstance. Doing it under a tight timeline with the specter of the Republican National Convention coming to town, along with a throng of visitors and global media, is downright daunting.

Attend this session to learn from Larry Jones, the IT Program Manager for the City of Cleveland, how he led the city’s effort to identify, test and implement the solution in time for the RNC and beyond. He will discuss the large-scale effort, variables, and challenges faced. Larry will be joined by Tony Sereda from Motorola and Howard Katz of RAD who will consider the deployment from a technological standpoint. Mr. Sereda will discuss how intelligence-led public safety solutions are transforming the way cities process and operationalize large volumes from disparate data sources to quickly assess complex urban environments, allocate limited resources, and deploy personnel. Howard Katz with RAD will discuss the challenges and network architecture requirements for reliable transport of numerous real-time video, audio, and data feeds, and how the deployment addresses unique challenges posed by the Cleveland cityscape.

Larry Jones, IT Program Manager – City of Cleveland
Tony Sereda, Manager of Product Market Development – Motorola Solutions
Howard Katz, Director of Strategic Accounts – RAD

Harnessing Connected Lighting to Empower Smarter Cities
The latest innovations in digital technology and data collection/analysis are empowering city officials with information and insights into how people interact and engage with the city. But exactly how do cities harness and implement technology designed to improve livability, resiliency, sustainability and economic prosperity? Connected public lighting.

Lighting is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere people work, travel, shop, dine, and relax. Digital communications and energy-efficient LED lighting are revolutionizing urban lighting infrastructures already in place, transforming them into information pathways with the capacity to collect and share data and offer new insights that enable, and really drive, the smart city. This session will discuss current smart city implementations and explore how connected lighting can act as a backbone for IoT functionality and provide value beyond illumination.

Susanne Seitinger, Global Sub-segment Manager for Open Spaces in Professional Systems – Philips Lighting

The Benefits of Industry Standards from Smart Lighting to Smart Cities
Today cities face many challenges on the way to become smart cities, including deciding on state-of-the-art technology when developing a large variety of public services ranging from outdoor lighting and waste management, to E-Mobility and many other applications. Most of these services are long-term investments and will be in use for decades. Besides fostering competition and negotiating the best pricing, public purchasers prefer to invest in open systems to guarantee continued access to future-proof solutions. Leading cities are increasingly looking to select interoperable solutions across their systems.

Professional management of street lighting control systems is a first step towards Smarter Cities and reducing energy consumption. A standardized management interface for street lighting networks, luminaire controllers and other smart city applications enables interoperability and future proofs the systems.

Daniel Noiseux- TALQ Consortium & DimOnOff

Empowering Smart Cities Through Network Outsourcing
Cities everywhere are investigating technologies to make them smarter and more efficient. However, at the same time, they need to ensure their quest to become more technologically advanced doesn’t interfere with the delivering the core services their customers rely on.

The City of Riverside, California, faced this struggle as it began to convert its antiquated electric fault system to a networked smart system. The City quickly learned there was a big difference between having a core competency in building and managing an electricity network than in building and managing a communications backbone to support its next-generation grid and the applications to manage it. By collaborating with a public IoT network operator, the City was able to outsource the IoT backbone and focus its energies on its core competencies, resulting in faster implementation and ROI.

This session will:

  • Help the audience understand the end-to-end network implementation process, from considerations on network topologies, application selection and final network deployment
  • Explain time to market benefits achieved through network outsourcing
  • Discuss additional technology applications Riverside is considering because it has access to a network built specifically for IoT traffic

Tom Gregor, President & GM, Machine Network – Ingenu

Smart Cities: Is Your City Ready?
According to the UN State of World Cities report, the number of urban residents is growing at 60 million every year. The analyst firm of Frost & Sullivan estimates that cities will spend $1.5 trillion by 2020, an annual growth rate of 22.5%. Whatever numbers you use, smarter cities of all sizes are capitalizing on new technologies and the diminishing cost of IT infrastructure to create a ubiquitous network of connected devices, smart sensors, and big data analytics to transform their systems, operations and service delivery.

Forward-thinking leaders recognize that although tight budgets, scarce resources and legacy systems frequently challenge their goals, new and innovative technologies can help turn challenges into opportunities.Getting real-time information and remote management for transit, traffic control, intelligent street lighting, waste and recycling, all while keeping budgets under control. Being smarter can change the way our cities work and help deliver on their potential as never before. Join Richard Halliday for a discussion of a number of solutions and strategies to position your city to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead.

Richard Halliday, VP Channel Sales and Alliances – Digi International

Integrating Multiple Networks & Communication Systems for Maximum Interoperability
By 2020, almost 78% of mobile traffic will be handled by small cells, underscoring the need for scalable solutions that absorb growing capacity demands fueled by the IoT and Smart City market. Today, early phases of converging networks are already at play. Derek Peterson, Ph. D., CTO for Boingo Wireless will share a case study that demonstrates a small cell, Wi-Fi and Distributed Antenna System deployment at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The discussion will present the vision around the venues converged wireless infrastructure and explain how the deployment is boosting the customer experience; supporting content consumption and IoT; and supporting an innovative approach to network virtualization.

The attendee will learn how Wi-Fi and existing cellular networks work together to bring an enhanced level of service to users. While the role of Wi-Fi in IoT applications can be critical, the cellular support of DAS and small cells are also coming into play to ensure a seamless experience.

Derek Peterson, CTO – Boingo Wireless

Smart Green Buildings
Integrating a buildings technology systems and constructing a sustainable or Green building have much in common. Using sustainable construction materials, connecting buildings with light, wind and nature is new form of green architecture in smart buildings. Green buildings are about resource efficiency, lifecycle effects and building performance. Smart buildings, whose core is, integrated building technology systems, are about green construction and operational efficiencies and enhanced management and occupant functions.

Part of what a smart building delivers is energy control and can lead to zero‐energy buildings that brings energy cost savings beyond that of traditional system installation, due to the tighter control and renewable energy system integration. Smart and green buildings deliver the financial and conservation benefits of energy management. Other areas of green construction includes storm‐water management, low‐emittance windows, water conservation and reuse, smart glass (electro chromic glass) and cool/green roofs.

Anil Ahuja, President – CCJM Engineering Infrastructure Solutions

Array of Things: A Sensor-Based Fitness Tracker For Cities
Urbanization is one of the great challenges and opportunities of this century, inextricably tied to global challenges ranging from climate change to sustainable use of energy and natural resources. For many urban questions, however, new data sources will be required with greater spatial and/or temporal resolution, driving innovation in the use of sensors in mobile devices as well as embedding intelligent sensing infrastructure in the built environment.

The Array of Things (AoT) is an urban sensing project, involving a network of 500 interactive, modular sensor boxes that will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use.

AoT will provide real-time, location-based data about the citys environment, infrastructure and activity to researchers, the city, and the public. This open, free data will help make Chicago a truly smart city, allowing city services to operate more efficiently and realize cost savings by anticipating and proactively addressing potential problems such as urban flooding and traffic safety. It will also support the development of innovative applications, attract technology companies and talent to Chicago, and provide a unique educational opportunity to train local students in valuable tech skills.

Pete Beckman, co-director of the Northwestern – Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering

Potential Benefits of Connected Transportation
Diverse and sometimes extravagant future visions have been suggested for the potential for improved urban transportation with the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). However, significant improvements are being implemented today, and many others are possible using connectivity, with little or no automated vehicle technology. This presentation scopes out what can be done simply by gathering and exchanging information electronically among elements in the transportation system, including vehicles, travelers (including pedestrians), municipal sensors and signs, and entities that control vehicles or infrastructure.

This presentation discusses types of potential benefits, such as reduction of accidents, congestion, pollution, costs, and travel times, and provides examples of where tradeoffs may need to be made. We will also consider the highly uncertain implications for energy use, and additional steps forward that can only be made with vehicle automation.

Linda Gaines, Transportation Systems Analysts-Argonne National Laboratory

LPWANs in Smart Building, Campus, and City Applications
IoT solutions can deliver significant benefits to city governments and its citizens, and today, mass rollouts of IoT in industrial settings, urban environments, and business hubs are beginning to garner success.

In this presentation, Dave Kjendal, CTO & Vice President Engineering of Senet will discuss how forward-thinking cities have come to recognize that in order to realize the full value of IoT, they must enable a secure and scalable network infrastructure designed to support multiple applications. While there are several options to consider, the emergence of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) has fundamentally changed the smart cities IoT landscape.

From smart waste management services that allows municipalities to optimize collection routs, to smart water management solutions that help utilities manage and monitor water flows, to smart buildings where IoT is used to measure and verify energy efficiency, Low Power Wide Area Networks are poised to deliver on the promise of IoT.

Dave Kjendal, CTO & Vice President Engineering – Senet

Rethinking the Path to Gaining Insight When Smart City Data Gets Too Big
IDC predicts data generated annually to grow from 10 Zettabytes to 180 Zettabytes by 2025. With infrastructures hitting their limitations today, the increased performance and reduction in cost of available hardware will still be hard pressed to keep pace with the growth of data. Throwing more and more hardware with brute force tactics with current approaches is both costly and time consuming to the point where it becomes impractical. A different approach will be required for smart cities and beyond, rethinking some of the conventional paths for gaining actionable insight into data.

In this presentation, Don DeLoach will explore fundamental concepts of an event driven, publish and subscribe IoT architecture, and the role high value approximation based on statistical models will play in making actionable insight a practical reality as we experience the dramatic growth in underlying data volumes.

Don DeLoach, CEO and President – Infobright

A Case Study of Location Aware Device Data Analysis and its Impact on Smart Cities and the IoT
Every day, companies are findings new ways to take advantage of connecting their products to the internet Location aware device such as car-based GPS, iPads and smart-phones provide a continual stream of location data over time. Analyzing this data from a multitude of devices for multitude of people offers both tremendous opportunities and challenges. This session will explore how to use a modern data analytics platforms to address several core questions central to the theme of smart cities:

  • The migration patterns of individuals over the course of a day,
  • Predicting the destination and length of a trip and
  • Identifying highly active and inactive locales

Answers to these and other questions can provide the basis for a multitude of tasks centered around smart cities include ride sharing, dynamic lane adaptation and autonomous car scheduling. We perform a case study with GPS location data and lay out a long term vision based on how the IoT will fundamentally change both the inhabitants of a smart city and its infrastructure.

Marc Hansen, Mineset Product Manager- ESI Group

Leveraging AI to Ensure Secure Sensing Systems for Connected Smart Cities
In future smart cities, autonomous vehicles and smart systems will collaborate with minimum human intervention. Control systems must be able to trust sensors and their data. How do you safeguard against hacks like Stuxnet that can alter data and cause great harm? Self-learning, collaborative systems will be key.

Thiel will discuss the spectrum of threats and attack vectors that collaborative IoT systems in connected smart cities are prone to.He will then discus how to architect systems with those threats in mind, and how artificial intelligence can help, including two example cases:

  • How Tesla and other automotive OEMs secure autonomous vehicles and the collaborative systems with which they need to interact.
  • Toll parking and violation micro transaction systems used in smart cities.

Fred Thiel, Futurist – Thiel Advisors

Ambient Intelligence for Smart Buildings
Ambient Intelligence is the vision of the future where technology will be invisibly integrated into everyday life; it will be embedded in almost any object. Smart devices and sensors are almost everywhere, allowing consumers to interact with them in an intelligent and natural way such as speech and vision. These unobtrusively embedded environments should anticipate our needs and adapt to our individual preferences.

This presentation will introduce the concept of Ambient Intelligence and a practical approach to delivering Ambient Intelligence to smart buildings that are cost effective to adopt and easy to use by the average consumer.

Lawrence Lu, CEO – Phorena Corp.

Voice of a City Using NLP to Connect People to Their Neighborhoods
To address the need for people to reconnect with their environment, we asked ourselves the basic question -Could a connected city allow a person to ask it about the current state of affairs? Could a person provide feedback at the city level itself? What value could people derive from this? How could we pull this off?

This presentation will talk about an experiment that has been crafted and will pilot to illustrate how recent advances in NLP (IBM Watson in this case), and connected devices can allow us to empower people to learn about their environment (our first use case are public parks) and also provide feedback. We believe that a connected city should work bi-directionally. Not only should it allow for data to flow from the city to processing centers, it should also allow people to consume it at their location and on-demand.

Samrat Saha, Lead Technical Manager – Laughlin Constable