The IEEE is taking on the smart city challenge, naming five initial cities for initial research and development projects. The five cities are Guadalajara, Mexico; Wuxi, China; Trento, Italy; Casablanca, Morocco; and Kansas City, Mo. in the US.
The message was delivered by IEEE Smart City Initiative chair Gilles Betis at the IEEE’s first Smart Cities Conference at Guadalajara, also called Mexico’s “silicon valley.” The move brings the world’s largest professional association in the technology field with some 430,000 members across 160 countries behind smart city development.
At this point, there are no concrete guidelines for setting up smart cities. At the conference, topics covered include the environment, healthcare, Internet of Things, transportation, homes and buildings, open data, smart manufacturing and logistics, and smart grids.
Perhaps the sentiment is put best by IBM’s Doris B. Gonzalez, who noted “smart cities are so new, no one is an expert.” IBM is currently running a “smart cities challenge” program to determine the technologies needs of cities.