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Thinking Cities


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Our panel of experts


Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development, Transportation, at Axis Communications


Tip Franklin, senior advisor on smart infrastructure for Schneider Electric’s


transportation division in North America


Simon Giles, Intelligent Cities Strategy Lead at Accenture


Paulo Humanes,


Business Development Director at PTV


Denis Naberezhnykh, Head of Low Carbon Vehicle and ITS Technology in the Sustainable Mobility Group at TRL


Phil Silver, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Cubic


Transportation Systems


Nigel Weldon, Cities Accounts Manager at Siemens


behind how we could use it, because we just haven’t realized what a rich data set we have. “The debate has been domi- nated by the technology companies”, he says, “and we define our smartness purely by whether we’ve implemented one technology or another and we haven’t sought to adapt the business models, we haven’t adapted the governance models or even the financing models about how we approach city service delivery”. He says that’s had the consequence of inefficiency and we


are yet to end up with smart services. “You need both the technology inputs but also the innovation about how you deploy them”. PTV’s Paulo Humanes believes the pertinent issue is how


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the data is used. “PTV fits into the overall Thinking Cities concept in the way that we can plan and optimise transpor- tation. What we have been developing in terms of the smart city concept is how to make use of transport data and make it intelligent. How do we act in an intelligent manner? “Our Optima demand-based forecast product enables us


to forecast traffic patterns within the next 30–60 minutes and identity what is the best scenario that will ensure the city’s traffic flows in a smooth way. We are acting faster than real time, we are forecasting problems and issues and we are addressing them before they actually occur. This helps cities to manage their traffic very efficiently as demand has to be taken into consideration and not in isolation.”


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