During Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Smart Cities Forum, global industry leaders and experts discussed:
We brought together leading global experts in the fields of sustainable urbanisation, smart building technology, digital infrastructures, 5G, IoT and smart water management to share their insights, knowledge and guidance in a series of expert interviews, panel discussions and live Q&As.
In our keynote presentation, Amy Chen, KONE’s Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, discussed the three significant megatrends changing the way we live: urbanisation, technology and climate change. With over 50% of people already living in urban areas and an estimated 1 billion set to move by 2030, we explored the impact urbanisation has on the environment and what sustainable solutions are available.
Technology is used to transform a standard building into a smart building that can sense environmental changes to optimise and adapt itself accordingly. Our panel of smart building experts outlined the various digital solutions used to ensure our Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion replicates the smart buildings we see in Finland’s cities. We explored the people flow analytics used, property maintenance and energy management software, digital air displacement systems, the unique digital key-based solution in place and the user-led digital elevator experience that will be featured in our Pavilion.
Visa Rauta, Design Director, Global Head of Design at KONE
Forget pens, papers and spreadsheets. Granlund Manager is a mobile-first software that takes property maintenance to the next level. In this use case interview, the Head of International Operations from Granlund and the Business Development Manager and FM Tech Advisor from Sraco discussed how Sraco adopted and utilised Granlund Manager to increase customer value, improve the implementation experience and achieve consistent energy optimisation.
Hacene Terghini, Business Development Director - FM Tech Advisor at Sraco
In our quest to develop more sustainable, context-aware, service orientated cities, it is crucial to build an intelligent technology-driven infrastructure. In this session, we took an in-depth look at the key components needed to make this happen.
Jacques Vermeulen, Director Future Cities at Nokia
During this session, we discussed the proven ways in which LuxTurrim5G, an innovation ecosystem driven by Nokia and 26 partners, helps cities tackle the challenges of urbanisation and climate change and boost sustainable development, enabling their digital transformation into thriving smart cities. LuxTurrim5G offers a holistic solution to these challenges, creating the digital backbone for a smart city – multi-functional smart poles that provide fast 5G connectivity and a city-wide sensor network that brings relevant online data from various sensors, cameras and other devices.
Tommi Roman, Head of Smart City and Emerging Business Development at Vaisala
The Smart Water Management (SWIM) project is a large international joint project led by research institutes, technology companies and water utilities to combine versatile know-how and experience in water management. Experts from SWIM discussed how Smart Water Management solutions for water utilities can improve water quality, safety and security, as well as reduce non-revenue water from the water network.
It is estimated that by 2050, 70% of the world's population will migrate to cities and produce approximately 75% of the world's emissions. This presents significant challenges, causing an impact on city safety, energy consumption, air quality, transportation and the overall quality of life. Many people associate smart cities with technologies; however, to build a smart city, a collection of technological systems are required to achieve relevant city goals. We combine science and technology within the smart city model to solve challenges such as population growth, environmental conservation, transport and energy supply. Smart cities aim to build a more sustainable, adaptable society that provides a higher standard of living without burdening the environment.
Similarly, sustainable urban development is a focal point of the UAE’s vision, with strategic initiatives such as Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan already underway. In a bid to enhance the quality of life for city residents and reaffirm its position as a global hub for business and tourism, Dubai aims to upgrade key urban areas, improve resource efficiencies and increase environmental sustainability. We aim to draw parallels between Finland and the UAE and their collective visions for smarter, greener cities.
Severi Keinälä, Commissioner General
Amy Chen, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Visa Rauta, Design Director, Global Head of Design
Kimmo Mattila, Head of Software and Data Business
Joni Lampinen, Chief Marketing Officer
Janne Summanen, Director of Project Management
Veikko Martiskainen, Head of International Operations
Hacene Terghini, Business Development Director - FM Tech Advisor
Jacques Vermeulen, Director Future Cities
Pekka Wainio, Research Manager
Dr. Markku Heino, Principal Consultant at Spinverse and Ecosystem Leader
Tommi Roman, Head of Smart City and Emerging Business Development
Dr. Jani Väre, Head of Innovations & IPR
Dr. Topi Helle, Managing Director
Mona Arnold, Principal Scientist
Gary Conway, Head of Energy Sales MEA