The global Smart Cities market is expected to grow from $411.31 billion in 2014 to $1,134.84 billion by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of 22.5% over the 5 years. Digital or Smart Cities use innovative technologies in complex urban environments to increase and improve performance. For the public sector this means faster processing at lower costs, more informed decision making and fewer errors. For citizens it means more convenient access through digitisation of government services and e-interaction with services such transport, healthcare, education amongst others.
The City of Cape Town is exploring Smart City best practices and solutions to create Digital Cape Town. This includes the four pillars of Digital Economy, Digital Infrastructure, Digital Government and Digital Inclusion and the City is developing a Digital City Strategy. Accelerate Cape Town is hosting Andre Stelzner, CIO at the City to share this strategy and how business can engage in delivering Smart City solutions. We will also hear from Damien Callaghan, Senior Director at Intel on the Internet of Things to shape Smart Cities. Intel has worked on a number of global Smart Cities projects and also draws on expertise from their Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable & Connected Cities, a research program bringing a multi-disciplinary approach to Smart City connectivity and sustainability.
Join us on 16 Oct where we will unpack global best practice, what is possible and what the City of Cape Town is planning for Digital Cape Town. We would also like input from business with regards to what you see as enablers and inhibitors to maximising digital technology in Cape Town, so please complete our Digital Cape Town survey. Special thanks to Vodacom for sponsoring this event.
André Stelzner is CIO of the City of Cape Town, and chair of the City’s Digital City Work Group. Andre is a civil engineer graduate who spent much of his professional life as a municipal engineer. When he moved to IT, he was responsible for the implementation of the City’s SAP-ERP system in 2002 which was one of the largest SAP implementations in local government globally. In 2009, he was appointed as CIO and spends his time guiding the City’s digital agenda of which the implementation of municipal telecommunications infrastructure is an important component.
Damien Callaghan is the Senior Director for Solution Development at Internet of Things Group at Intel. Damien has 30 years’ global experience in the telecommunications and high-tech industries, and previously led worldwide Business Development in Intel’s Services Division. He also spent many years as an Equity Deal Maker at Intel Capital, their VC arm investing in technology companies and start-ups. IOT is the next great wave of technology paradigm shift following on from its predecessors personal computing, mobile telecommunications and the Internet.