September 30, 2020 | 9:00am BST

The Future of Smart Cities: Smart Real Estate – Accelerating IoT

With the exponential growth in the IoT industry, large industrial manufacturers and technology giants are looking to leverage IoT to transform real estate. Buildings of the future will inevitably incorporate IoT platforms which combine smart applications and cloud technologies. The benefits are numerous: energy saving, improving occupant well-being (more relevant than ever in a post-Covid world) and better utilization of office space. However, IoT in the building brings with it complexities around data management, questions on the return on investment as well as privacy and legal concerns. How do you balance the challenges with an improved user experience? And what will be the IoT footprint in 2020 and beyond when it comes to real estate?


September 30 - Wednesday

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks


9:10 am

When Will Real Estate Get Smarter?

The business case for IoT in buildings is compelling but in many parts of the world it’s still in its infancy. While adoption in real estate has been limited to date, it’s predicted to grow over the next two years. The reality of Covid-19 will also accelerate the desire and need for smarter real estate. We examine the practicalities of rolling out IoT platforms for buildings and discuss the cost-benefit as well as the use cases.  What learnings are there from those who have advanced further in this field that can be shared?



9:40 am

Securing the IoT

While the benefits of IoT are undeniable, they are also tempered by concerns over security best practices and associated risks. We discuss the digital security risk and the ways to mitigate it.



10:10 am

Closing Remarks



Elisa Costante

VP of Research Forescout

Claire Curry

Head of Digital Industry Bloomberg NEF

Greg Day

VP and Chief Security Officer Europe, Middle East, Africa Palo Alto Networks

Dave Hopping

President and CEO Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA

Katerina Megas

Program Manager - Cybersecurity for IoT NIST

Simon Mulcahy

Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer Salesforce

Alex Webb

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Kareem Yusuf

General Manager, AI Applications IBM


Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. It addresses the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change by connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. SI provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source – with products, systems, solutions and services from the point of power generation all the way to consumption. With an increasingly digitalized ecosystem, it helps customers thrive and communities progress while contributing toward protecting the planet. SI creates environments that care. Siemens Smart Infrastructure has its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, and has around 72,000 employees worldwide.