For the future, the ITU has set itself an ambitious agenda and is working on development of additional standards to manage the ICT impact in projects, countries and cities. In the meantime, Symposium speakers offered a compelling glimpse into the work that is now being accomplished on these fronts. Stephen Harper, global director of environment and energy policy for Intel Corporation, who opened his presentation with the provocative quip that the ICT footprint is growing and that is a good thing due to ICT’s potential to mitigate in other sectors, described a number of global Intel initiatves, such as a partnership with the Chinese government to establish priorities in the next Five Year Plan (for more on Intel initiatives, see accompanying video interview). Keiichiro Nakanishi, GM of international standardization/R&D for infrastructure systems at Hitachi described the development of infrastructure solution standards developed in Japan for smart grid, energy and water management, smart navigation and green mobility that achieve balance between “eco” and consumer “experience” and Hyosik Min, the keeper of SK Telecom’s environmental management strategy, offered a case study on the potential for GHG abatement through use of ICTs in Korea, based on first application of the ITU’s L 1410 Recommendations.
But the show stopper was delivered by senior IBM managing consultant, Jean-Francois Barsoum, who drew on IBM’s extensive experience developing instrumented and intelligent solution for cities to offer a ten point “Lessons Learned”: 1) environmental problems are best solved in cities 2) you can’t solve traffic problems with more physical infrastructure alone 3) changing consumer habits – through traffic management, for example – may not require significant investment 4) planning may be more important than technology 5) governance is key 6) planning and strategy are needed to manage the massive amounts of data that will be generated in sustainability initiatives 7) real time data needs to be supplemented with predictive analytics for proactive management 8) inter departmental communication is necessary for project success 9) citizens may act as data contributors through GPS enabled devices and other technologies and 10) there are many definitions of 'Smarter City' that depend on local circumstances, challenges and resources.
And it appears, many definitions of ICT standards....