A smart hello
Welcome to the debut of a new section in CommsMEA: the Special Report. Without further ado, let’s talk about smart cities.
As smart cities become an increasingly prevalent part of our lexicon, it only makes sense we try and understand what it is we’re talking about – or at least understand what others are talking about with increasingly frequency as days go by.”
We need to talk about smart cities.
Actually, we need to talk about a lot of things. But smart cities? Yes, we do – in fact, we needed to a while ago.
Here’s why: what, exactly, makes a city “smart?” What is a “smart city?” What technologies enable them, and what might they look like in the future? And, of course, where do telcos come in?
As smart cities become an increasingly prevalent part of our lexicon, it only makes sense we try and understand what it is we’re talking about – or at least understand what others are talking about with increasingly frequency as days go by.
Hence: our very first CommsMEA Special Report.
Here’s how it works: each month, we’ll be covering a big, hairy, heady, and downright wicked topic that’s generating buzz (and/or causing a few headaches) in tech and telecoms circles. To do that, we’ll be asking clever people in our community – and some from outside the community in order to bring in a fresh perspective – to weigh in, offering up expert insights, analysis, and making some bold predictions for the future. Think of it like this: if the Special Report is a debate society meeting at a local coffee shop, then you, the reader, are invited to pull up a chair and listen in – and even weigh in yourself (we do have social media channels and email addresses we can be reached at, after all).
To help steer the conversation of the Special Report, we also have what’s known as our Knowledge Partner. In short, these are folks who really know what they’re talking about around a particular subject – and want to share their expertise with others. For this first Special Report on smart cities, we have NXN. Suffice it to say, they know what they’re talking about, and have some pretty persuasive arguments to make and valuable advice to disperse – and have been doing it for quite a while. After all, they’re one of the Middle East’s preeminent leaders in just this area.
Oh, and like any debate society, if you have something to say and want to get involved, then by all means get in touch with us, and we’ll get you on the agenda for the next meeting.
But on to the business at hand. Welcome. Come on in, go over to the counter and order a coffee (or tea, if that’s what tickles your fancy, though coming from New Zealand I personally am a bit impartial to a choice flat white), pull up a chair, and sit down. Let the conversation about smart cities begin…
Could Dubai be considered an example of a smart city?