Cities are epicentres for people to live, share and learn. Cities are also essential hubs for efficient production of goods and delivery of services.
Over the last 60 years, cities have become home to about 54% of the global population. By 2050 this is expected to grow to 66%. This concentration of people is an unprecedented opportunity to exploit knowledge, innovation and specialisation of production and services. This opportunity is coincident with a revolution in digital technologies for massive scale industrial automation and data-driven decision systems.
Cities must be equipped to take advantage of this new digital era to maintain the social and economic vitality of a country. Today cities are lacking city-wide digital infrastructures and they face historical impediments. This keynote will explore city automation and trends for cities to sustainably underpin national living standards and international competitiveness.