Bridging the Gap between Industry and Cities

The ‘smart city’ is both a nascent concept and an emerging reality. However, a major gap still exists: the space between city administrations and industry. Smart city technology is available — but new models are needed to make city-wide transformation. City leaders are beginning to look at urban systems in more holistic ways. These new models require sharing information across departments, breaking down silos, involving cities’ own network of best-in-class local providers and stakeholders, as well as best-in class global industrial leaders. This is allowing for city services and systems to integrate more comprehensively, taking advantage of sometimes hidden synergies and interconnections. What cities have been successful at implementing these new approaches? What are they discovering in the process of adopting these new models?

  • Charbel AounSenior Vice President, Smart Cities – Strategy & Innovation, Schneider Electric


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