Technology Record - Issue 31: Winter 2023

30 MARKETWATCH: EVENT REPORT Cities must increase collaboration, prioritise people and find innovative ways to use new digital technologies to overcome climate change and various other socioeconomic and geopolitical challenges, according to experts speaking at Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC). During more than 273 conference sessions, city leaders, technology providers and other key stakeholders discussed the impact of rapidly growing populations, the rising cost of living, increasing temperatures, the scarcity of key resources, and other issues on cities. In addition, they explored how partnerships between the public and private sectors and the responsible and innovative application of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the cloud, data analytics, digital twins and quantum computing can help cities become more connected, secure, safer and sustainable. Other sessions focused on how cities can curb the climate change emergency and how to use technology to secure them against cyberthreats. “In a world full of challenges, cities really need to work together and take action,” said Ugo Valenti, SCEWC director. Microsoft and several of its key partners exhibited at the event. Technology Record caught up with them to learn how their smart city solutions and services. Read more at: 7-9 November 2023 | Barcelona, Spain Smart City Expo World Congress 2023 We showcased the Accenture Intelligent Mobility Platform solution which leverages Microsoft Azure cloud services, AI, machine learning, data management and Microsoft Power Platform capabilities to help transportation agencies proactively manage traffic safety. This helps to reduce traffic accidents and ultimately save lives.” Accenture Balaji Yelchuru Associate Director The AMCS Platform for Municipalities solution connects and automates cities’ waste and recycling operations and environment, health and safety/environment, social and governance functions to help them easily manage customers and services, optimise logistics, streamline finance and reporting, and leverage the power of AI, internet of things and big data analytics. Available on a modern software-as-a-service Microsoft Azure architecture, the solution ensures high performance, security and scalability, while delivering smarter outcomes in savings, safety, service and sustainability.” AMCS Conor Dowd Senior Product Marketing Manager We showcased the digital twin we created for the municipality of Alkmaar in the Netherlands. The digital twin optimises data management and analysis, boosts transparency, delivers insights into government decisions and bridges the gap between citizens and their local administration. Our collection of digital twin applications helps cities to overcome urban challenges related to sustainability, housing, mobility, and more. These solutions are helping to create safer, greener and smarter cities, which will ultimately improve citizens’ quality of life.” Analyze BV Annelot Treure Project Manager and Business Analyst