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.

Comms MEA - - Smart Cities Special Report -

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…

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