Consumer or regulator? Role of the State in developing ‘Smart City’ technologies

PASCAL HALL, October 17, 15:35 — 16:35

The example of Singapore illustrates that the State plays a key role in developing ‘Smart City’ systems. Integration of ‘smart’ technologies in the sphere of public services and urban infrastructure allows the Singapore authorities to address the most pressing challenges they are facing: creating a safe and comfortable urban environment, improving the quality of public services and the quality of life. The State is also a mediator that unites entrepreneurs, scientists and citizens with an aim to integrate ‘smart’ technologies into everyday life.
What action should be taken by national governments and city administrations to develop ‘smart cities’?
Should the State regulate the ‘Smart City’ sphere? What areas are of highest priority? Should the State support technology providers?