Cisco hosts workshop in Abu Dhabi
Discussions focused on ICT, urban planning, pressures on urbanization, ageing populations
Cisco hosted its Smart+Connected Communities Institute workshop, which addressed urbanisation challenges and trends in the Middle East, in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The workshop also looked at and the role of ICT in making cities into Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). The workshop was co-hosted by the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC). Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities Institute (S+CCI) is a global nonprofit industry initiative developed in partnership with local governments, industry players, academia, and nongovernmental organisations.
The Institute creates a virtual and physical forum to develop new thinking and practices to face the challenges of urbanisation. The Institute focuses on governance, information and communications technology and new models of public-private partnership aimed at achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability.
"Urban planners are used to putting utilities and infrastructure at the heart of city planning. Communities of the future are addressing the challenges of this new world by thinking about the network as an Urban Services Platform to deliver services that meet citizens, governments and economic requirements. As this significant global market transition continues, Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities initiative will help cities bring sustainability, economic development, improved public services and city management and a better quality of life for their citizens," said Amr Salem, director, Emerging Markets Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco.
The workshops in Abu Dhabi were attended by over 60 senior-level delegates from across the Middle East and worldwide.
Delegates heard 18 industry professional from the public and private sectors, as well as academics and NGOs share their knowledge and experiences around the use of ICT to build sustainable communities.
Main topics of discussion during the workshops were ICT, urban planning, the pressures on urbanisation, ageing populations, the growth and expansion of cities in the Middle East and the shift in population to emerging nations and how the role of ICT can address those challenges.
"Communication infrastructure is a key component in delivering world class smart citizen services to a world class smart city. We have hosted this workshop with ADSIC today to address the challenges that developing cities are facing in the Middle East and the role of communication infrastructure plays in enabling a smart city," said Wayne Hull, director and general manager, Cisco, UAE.
Speakers at the event included Yvon Le Roux, vice president, Smart + Connected Communities, Global Public Sector, Cisco, Karim Sabbagh , Booz & Co., Stephen Oeme, Hyder, Christopher Sorensen, Masdar, Taher Al Dabbagh, Mobily, Peter Sharrat, WSP as well as other industry professionals.