IIC Singapore – TRPC Forum: Smart Cities – What makes them “smart”?

Date: May 19th 2015
3.00pm – 6.00pm

Venue: Microsoft Singapore, Level 22 (Conference Room) – One Marina Boulevard (NTUC Building)

IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, is organizing a forum on Smart Cities in Singapore.
On behalf of IIC Singapore, TRPC invites you to participate in this forum on May 19th.

This session will follow Chatham House rules. As seating will be limited for this session please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Download the Briefing Paper here: Smart Cities 19 May Briefing Paper
Download the Event Summary here: Smart Cities 19 May Event Summary

About the Forum:

What is “smart” as in Smart City, Smart Nation? And how achievable are the aims of smart city developments? Are greenfield sites and brownfield sites totally different when it comes to building a smart city? What are the essential components, if any, of a smart city? Does ‘smart’ give a competitive advantage to a city in the world economy, or just make it a more convenient place to live and work?

The social aims of a smart city are ultimately about improving the welfare of those who live and work there. Welfare can mean jobs, incomes and housing, education and health. Welfare also implies a safe and clean environment, and an environment that balances the material needs of a city with the recreational needs of its citizens along with the diversity of nature. And, green without the fauna and flora that thrive in green environments is only a colour.

But there are economic and political aims and ambitions involved. How much of what is “smart” is simply being adopted anyway by different sectors, such as transport, health, architecture, the use of AI and of data analytics? Singapore has opportunities to export ideas, expertise and tested technologies, and to showcase a Smart Nation.

Or, is a Smart City just Smart Politics?

This is an expansive topic that covers a multitude of areas, such as:

• Architecture and design
• Monitors, sensors and telemetry
• Smart networks
• Big data analytics
• Legal frameworks
• Cybersecurity
• Building a smart ecosystem
• Standards

This forum aims to set the stage by identifying ways to think smart about smart cities.


1. Smart Cities: Characteristics, Infrastructure, KPI’s & Data Analytics – The What, Why & How:
Dr Sekhar Kondepudi, Associate Professor of Smart Buildings and Smart Cities, NUS; Vice Chair of ITU Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities)

2. The Infocomm Media Masterplan:
Aileen Chia, Deputy Director General, IDA

3. The CityNext Initiative
Stefan Sjoestroem, Vice President for Public Sector, Microsoft (Asia Pacific)

Moderator: Jeff Paine, Managing Director, PS-engage

3. Regional perspective on Smart Cities:
Gordon Falconer, Director, Smart Cities, Schneider Electric

4. Smart transport systems for Smart Cities:
Bob Deiter, Vice-President, Strategic Opportunities, Cubic Transportation Systems (Australasia)

Respondent: Bob Fox, Director, Foxcom

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