“Collaboration is Essential for Smart City Development” – ITU Telecom World 2017

Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which has a history of 152 years with main task to establish the global communications standards, including broadband and wireless network, the Telecom World 2017 was held on 25 to 28 September 2017 in Busan, South Korea. The event gathered more than 9,100 industry experts from 131 countries, to exchange their experience on opportunities and challenges in creating smart cities. They also showcased the latest technology developments, such as 5G, autonomous vehicle, quantum cryptography network and so on.

Esri China (HK) Founder and Chairman Dr. Winnie Tang had been invited to speak at a couple of conferences with academics, government officials and industry experts to explore the relationship between smart city and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as their possible impact on major issues, like education. In one of the conferences, the speakers included Mr. Keng-thai Leong, Deputy Chief Executive of Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA); Mr. Allan Phua, Director of IMDA’s Data Innovation Programme Office; Dr. Chi-hyung Lee, President of the Seoul Digital Foundation of South Korea; Ms Idonae Lovetrue, Founder and CEO of Demiurge Technologies, etc.

As smart cities are based on using intelligence from big data analysis to improve city living with limited resources and relatively low investment, Dr. Tang emphasized that collaboration with people, private sector, academia and other smart cities around the world was essential. While most people have high hope on the capability of AI, Dr. Tang thought that AI’s most important contribution should be to help unlock creativity potential of mankind.

Dr. Tang was also interviewed by MoneyToday, one of the most influential finance media in South Korea. During the interview, Dr. Tang shared her vision of the future life in smart city, how information and communication technology (ICT) would play a major role to enhance the quality of life, and how geographic information system (GIS) enabled government and the public to tackle many of the problems of urban life.

Dr. Winnie Tang spoke at a couple of conferences and explored the relationship between smart city and artificial intelligence with academics, government officials and industry experts. The speakers of one of the forums, (from right) Mr. Allan Phua, Director of Data Innovation Programme Office, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore; Ms Idonae Lovetrue, Founder and CEO of Demiurge Technologies; Dr. Tang; Dr. Chi-hyung Lee, President of the Seoul Digital Foundation of South Korea; and Mr. Jean Manuel Canet from Orange Business Services.

The Telecom World 2017, organized by the International Telecommunication Union, gathered more than 9,100 industry experts from 131 countries to exchange their experience on opportunities and challenges in creating a smart city.

Dr. Tang emphasized that collaboration with people, private sector, academia and other smart cities around the world is essential for the development of a smart city.

The International Telecommunication Union showcased the latest technology developments, such as 5G, autonomous vehicle, and quantum cryptography network, etc.

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