Smart Cities can help reduce the detrimental impact of urbanisation on the environment and improve the quality of urban life. These are cities in which infrastructure, utilities, services, homes, and more are connected via the Internet of Things and 5G and use artificial intelligence technologies to optimise the flow of goods and people. At the heart of smart cities strategy is data solutions. As an example, during COVID-19, data collection and analytics helped smart cities implement technologies and apps to track individuals who have picked up the virus or need to stay at home and self-isolate. In some cities, pavements were widened to encourage smart mobility, and the addition of pop-up bike lanes allowed people to get around while keeping their distance from one another.
Many Asian cities are leading the smart city development. In greenfield smart cities, it is relatively easy to embed new technologies, smart mobility, and sustainable infrastructure from the ground up to make cities more sustainable and efficient as well as improve people’s quality of life. The problem comes in retrofitting existing cities. Key questions include what to retrofit, build or rebuild to ensure cities improve livability, promote economic growth and enhance sustainability? What is the next big thing in technology used in smart city development? How can existing smart cities overcome key security and privacy issues with IoT or data collection that may impact citizens or businesses?
Confirmed panellists and moderator include:
Investment Strategist, RBC Wealth Management Asia
President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd., Hong Kong and Macao
Julia P Vella (moderator)
Co-Head China, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG
Financial technology has disrupted the financial services industry for consumers and businesses alike, making it easier and more convenient to use mobile payments, online lending, and digital currency.
Over the last past 18 months, Fintech has become a definite game changer in the way we consume on a daily basis. Over the last past 18 months, more consumers shifted online for their banking and shopping needs while adapting to a touchless and contactless society. FinTech can offer low-fee products and services, and facilitate access to SMEs to receive online bank loans from virtual banks or government’s business relief funds much quicker. What are the new emerging trends and developments to watch out for in Asia’s Fintech sector? How can businesses capitalise on the opportunities?
Confirmed panellist and moderator include:
Juan Aronna (moderator)
Managing Director, Head of Investment, Solutions and Products, RBC Wealth Management Asia and International
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