Join Global Advantage at the IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Monthly Webinar Series on July 13, 2021.
The concept of a Smart City has been emerging for a number of years; yet in reality it is not widely understood across many domains; including in the engineering community, in part because what constitutes a Smart City is an amalgam of many systems, technologies, business, social and cultural functions associated with the makeup and operation of a modern metropolitan region.
The current pandemic is accelerating the need for cities to transform from independent transactional environments of siloed operations into open data and digitally interconnected cityscapes. Various forms of information and communications technologies are at the heart of enabling cities to become ‘smart’. Moreover, many aspects of engineering are key to creating and operating this interconnected cityscape.
This presentation, by Peter MacKinnon, Senior Associate, and Michael Rowell, Lead Research Analyst – Digital Technologies, will highlight the key characteristics of a Smart City when considering the amalgam mentioned above. This talk will touch on the organization and structure of Smart Cities, the technology components and trends that support a Smart City, and a systems view of Smart Cities with mention of applications such as Intelligent Transportation Systems, eHealth and energy transformation as a critical means to address threats caused by climate change. With respect to energy, a mini-case will be presented on the application of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as an energy transformation platform to support the reduction in GHGs and meet ever increasing needs for electrical energy in the post-pandemic emergence of Smart Cities.