Mrs. Irene Compte Executive Director - Urbiotica
Sharing Space - Keynote Speech
Real time information in cities: the next step to efficiency
Information and Communication technologies are already present and widespread in our cities, and they represent an important instrument for managing urban environments.
Especially important has been the adoption of ICT to meet the demands of Public safety, which is now becoming one of the most important challenges for cities, as they grow rapidly in a context of limited space and resources.
But is the IT currently deployed in a city providing us with all the relevant information we need? Or could we go one step further, in terms of data collection, and achieve a more efficient management in all structural city services, from public safety to water sustainability?
The emerging paradigm of the so called smart cities brings along both fascinating opportunities and complex challenges. The way we manage, live and secure our cities is about to take an important step towards the future.
We will share an overview on whats coming next regarding IT, geo-information and cities, focusing on three aspects: the technological infrastructures to be deployed, the type of applications we may expect in the field of Public Safety and the challenges that massive real time data poses on local authorities and citizenship.
About Mrs. Irene Compte
Irene Compte is currently executive director of URBIOTICA S.L., a Spanish company based in Barcelona, formed in 2008 to link urbanism and technology and specializing in a new category: 'urbiotics' (comes from the concept 'urban domotics'). The company provides solutions for the Smart City of the XXIst century, helping urban services to become much more efficient and at the same time providing better quality of life to citizens.
Irene, educated as a Geographer and specialized in GIS management and education for over 15 years, has been an active player of the GIS sector in Spain and Europe in the last decade. Her main focus now is to hybridize the geo-ICT world with the emerging sensor technologies which provide continuous real-time information from our environment. The combination brings along a revolution in the way we will manage resources, services, security and sustainability in our growing cities.