Workshop General Chairs:
Dr. Antonio Skarmeta Univ. Murcia/OdinS, Spain
Prof. Stephan Haller Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Dr. Noboru Koshizuka The University of Tokyo
One of the latest trends in the ICT world is to embed smart objects in cities, aiming to make them “smart”. Many cities around the world have already a strategy for applying “smart city” concepts with the inclusion of technologies of the Internet of Things (IoT), others are in the process of drafting a strategy for this. The goal is to infuse “intelligent” behaviour in municipal environments, mainly for improving the services that are provided to the citizens and to improve efficiency. Already a multitude of devices in many cities are connected to the IoT and there are various projections about billions of devices that will be connected to the Internet in the near future.
The societal challenges manifest themselves most clearly in cities: increasing and dense populations pose challenges regarding transportation, efficient resource usage, safety and also quality of life, and also the OECD sees “cities as the hub for data-driven innovation”. According to another recent study, “the city will require platforms which act as facilitators of digitalization and usage of data culminating in big data” and “the smart city will need to work with platforms on which data can be analysed and shared with other sources as well”. In that sense . Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) could be instrumental in the use of abatement technologies that address energy consumption inefficiencies