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Smart city dream held back by siloed networks

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  • “Basically, all we have is local area networks and if we can’t break out of that then we can forget about the smart city,” he said. “
  • “There is no smart city out there and for that to happen there needs to be an exponential change,” he said.
  • “What we are seeing now is a strong divide between smart and city.”
  • Rather than focus on achieving the smart city, PCCW & HKT Group is addressing the demand for smart home and smart living services.
  • Speaking on a panel at Total Telecom Congress in London, Dohler said there is currently no such thing as a smart city but rather two separate things – smart and cities.

Centre for Telecom Research calls for horizontal thinking.

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Smart cities currently do not exist and never will, unless siloed networks are abolished, according to the head of the Centre for Telecom Research, professor Mischa Dohler.

Speaking on a panel at Total Telecom Congress in London, Dohler said there is currently no such thing as a smart city but rather two separate things – smart and cities.

“There is no smart city out there yet and for that to happen there needs to be an exponential change,” he said. “What we are seeing now is a strong divide between smart and city.”

Dohler elaborated by telling the audience that there are currently two groups talking about and working on smart cities – those that talk about smart city capabilities horizontally and those that address individual verticals.

“Basically, all we have is local area networks and if we can’t break out of that then we can forget about the smart city,” he said. “We are going to be stuck here for a while so that exponential shift will not come yet.”

Dohler went on to encourage an inside-out approach when it comes to realising the smart city concept, referring to his fellow panellist Paul Berriman, CTO of PCCW & HKT Group, as a good example of someone who has adopted this strategy. Rather than focus on achieving the smart city, PCCW & HKT Group is addressing the demand for smart home and smart living services.

“What PCCW & HKT Group is doing by going inside-out is right. Demand takes time, you have to wait for it and you have to look at the demand side and talk about the value” you bring to the customer, Dohler said.

Smart city dream held back by siloed networks