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EVENTS: TJ LIM JOINS CCW SINGAPORE AS SMART CITY SYSTEMS TRACK CHAIR“Smart Cities, built on machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, will radically change the way we live in our increasingly urbanized societies - but only if industry can overcome current market barriers,”Hilary McMahon, Director of Research, Carbon War Room.
SMART CITY SYSTEMS WORKING TRACK Maintaining economic growth and improving living standards in cities against a backdrop of finite resources might once have been a daunting prospect, but significant recent advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) have given rise to a new class of technologies, known as ‘machine-to-machine’ (M2M), and with these, a new opportunity for cities. A truly smart city will have integrated connectivity, and will leverage multiple data flows to digitally optimize all of its systems, including its infrastructure and government services, from transportation to energy, from security to healthcare, from waste to water – in short, across all aspects of its built environment and use of resources. Recent projections suggest that M2M will hit $1 trillion in revenue by 2020, and reduce greenhouse gases by 9 billion tons annually. In particular, M2M applications for Smart Cities & Public Transport represent a sizeable opportunity, with predictions that the market will grow from 59 million connections in 2011 to 512 million in 2020. And the Asia-Pacific region drives the most revenue, in the global M2M industry accounting for 59% in 2011 and predicted to remain as high as 44% by 2020. However, in spite of its enormous potential, the adoption of M2M technologies for Smart City management is lagging. The Carbon War Room has found a number of market barriers causing this lackluster industry performance, including high upfront costs, the complexity of M2M systems, a lack of data- and information-sharing, a siloing of city management operations, and a lack of standards for the technologies or a common platform to support M2M applications. The CCW Working Track on Smart City Systems will bring together leading experts from the M2M industry and key Smart City user groups in an effort to discuss the recommendations being made by the Carbon War Room for overcoming these barriers and accelerating the deployment of Smart City M2M technologies. Attendees will address questions around information sharing, technology standardization, financing, and the roles of various stakeholders in the Smart 
City opportunity.
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORETeng Joon (T. J.) Lim  is a Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, and currently serves as the director of the Communications and Networks area. His research interests span many topics within wireless communications, including energy-optimized communication networks, multi-carrier modulation, MIMO, cooperative diversity, cognitive radio, and random networks, and he has published widely in these areas. He has served/is serving on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (ETT), IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and IEEE Signal Processing Letters.Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and then Professor at the University of Toronto’s Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a researcher at the Centre for Wireless Communications in Singapore, one of the predecessors of the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R). TJ obtained the B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge in 1996.
WHY ATTEND?At CCW Singapore, diverse participants identify and analyze the most pressing barriers to market growth in their industries, and develop solutions for overcoming those barriers. Although CCWs consider complex issues, the resolutions they generate are concrete and actionable, capable of accelerating the deployment of clean technology.Day One:• Working track groups will identify the key challenges facing their industries• Via collaborative discussions, the groups will develop strategies for overcoming those barriers. Day Two:• Groups take their most robust ideas and pitch them – Dragon’s Den style - to our exclusive panel of industry experts and innovators.• These solution strategies, and actionable roadmaps for pursuing them, are published after the event.Beyond the Event:• Actionable ideas are taken forward either autonomously by CCW participants and their networks, or together with the Carbon War Room.WORKING TRACKSMaritime ShippingEnergy Efficiency in the built EnvironmentSmart City  SystemsWaste
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