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Round Table “Smart Cities in Russia – Influence the way we live tomorrow”

St. Petersburg, 17.10.2014: IPERF and the St. Petersburg State University, Graduate School of Management (GSOM), kick-off the research initiative “Smart City Russia” with a round table discussion.

Making a city smart to prepare it for the future to come, is not only about mixing and introducing technologies. From three different perspectives: public, private and academic views the discussion shed light on “Smart Cities in Russia – Influence the way we live tomorrow” – in a round table, that took place October, 17th and brought together academics, government representatives and industry experts to kickoff “Smart City Russia”.

Hans Christian Christiansen presented his vision of the role that city administration plays in “Smart Cities”, the importance of such projects for the city development, the possibilities to implement “Smart Cities” under financial constraints and also the most pressing issues major cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam currently face.

Greg Prickril, Director Product Innovation, presented the private sector perspective by answering questions about the maturity of the “Smart City” market; the types of companies entering this market; and the key “Smart City” trends and current drivers. Greg explained existent business models on the smart city market and also shared his observation about current key challenges as well as success factors for private sector engaged in smart city development.

GSOM’s Deputy Director of Graduate School of Management (GSOM) Igor Baranov analyzed the “Smart Cities” development from an academic point of view. He presented GSOM’s new research agenda triggered by the “Smart Cities” initiative; the impact “Smart Cities” research has on regional and urban development and also how to assess cost and benefits of “Smart City” projects. Igor concluded that “Smart City” development requires organizational mechanisms, which drive public-private partnerships, new business models, eco-systems and new markets with new services and new evaluations methods.

Tatjana Samsonowa, Managing Director of IPERF, described how the topic of “Smart Cities” grew in the recent years because of a number of factors. On the one hand, technology has reached higher readiness levels, and gone from feasibility and testing phases to implementations in real environments. On the other hand, technology convergence provides powerful possibilities. Combining the Internet, ubiquitous sensors, big data analytics and mobile communication brings about the means to address the need of growing mega cities to provide their citizens a higher quality of live.  As Tatjana underlined, the timing is right, as users, more than ever, accept and use new technology and businesses growingly understand the possibilities in this area.

To drive this topic in Russia and answer questions like: “What exactly is the status of smart cities within Russia?”, “What are the local peculiarities?” and “How to bring together the different actors?”, Smart City Russia will initiate a dialog with all necessary parties that need to be involved: city representatives, technology providers, and especially users.  In the coming months, Smart City Russia invites actors from the whole eco-system to work on exciting projects that shape future cities: researchers, program developers, executives from public and private sectors, especially from energy, resources, transportation, ICT, logistics, real estate, public safety, finance and consulting industries.

For further information about Smart City Russia, get in touch via contact [at] iperf.eu