July 7, 2020 | 9:30am BST

The Future of Smart Cities: Smart Cities 2.0

The smart cities conversation has been happening for some years. Smart mobility has gained traction in many parts of the world, but traffic routing is the tip of the iceberg. The increasing use of sensors and IOT can be applied to any type of infrastructure. 

Given that 99 percent of city infrastructure isn’t smart, technologically speaking, there’s scope to do so much more. Whether it’s intelligent grid control or building automation, or smart storage solutions. Today, the need for smarter, more adaptable cities has been accelerated by Covid-19. It’s one route to help us get to the next normal, to get back to work, to life.


July 7 - Tuesday

9:30 am

Opening and Welcome Remarks


9:35 am

A Sensory World

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how the use of sensors is key – whether it’s using wearables to monitor distance from others, or a sensor for contactless temperature measurement. As we adjust to this new situation, sensors will continue to grow in importance. When you consider that two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, urban spaces will need to be smarter about catering to human needs. All-sensing infrastructure that can tap into peoples’ wishes is one way to reach this goal. How can this be achieved?



10:00 am

Balancing the Line

It’s a question with no straightforward answers. Any benefit derived from all-sensing infrastructure brings with it the inevitable issue of data privacy. How do you get the balance right between making people’s lives easier, safer and convenient without infringing on their privacy?



10:25 am

Construction Box Clever in Smart Cities



  • Sonia Baldeira

    Senior Analyst, Infrastructure & Building, Bloomberg Intelligence


Sonia Baldeira

Senior Analyst, Infrastructure & Building Bloomberg Intelligence

Stephanie Bodoni

EU Legal Correspondent Bloomberg

Gus Hosein

Executive Director Privacy International

Stuart Jackson

Senior Director EMEA Blackberry EMEA

Nate Lanxon

European Technology Editor Bloomberg

Cedrik Neike

CEO Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Eric Peyrucain

VP, Connectivity Airbus

Dr. Marianne Reeb

Futurologist and Manager of Society & Mobility Pioneering Mercedes-Benz

Sophie in 't Veld

MEP Dutch political party D66


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