Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, Head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the smart city pioneer Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies.
Based on my TEDx talk, this keynote will challenge some established hypes around smart cities but also outline opportunities and challenges for the coming years. From the many possible angles, I will focus on the urban Internet of Things (IoT), its underlying technologies, the resulting Open Data and Big Data opportunities, and surprising insights into how citizen perceive their Smart City. I will argue that we are still far off an “Internet” of things, mainly due to mistakes committed in the technology but also business developments over the past decade. I will then expose major research and design challenges which need to be addressed to facilitate a truly connected cyber-physical world, including issues related to Big Data, Open Data and Privacy. This talk is inspired by the numerous issues I have come across with when actually trying to facilitate smarter cities through Worldsensing. Along with the untold challenges, I will outline some viable steps to address these in the hope to facilitate the emergence of truly smart cities.