If we want a bright future then we need to get smart

Technology can make everyday life more sustainable, connected and enjoyable – if we box clever, according to speakers at last Thursday’s Smart Cities and Regions Summit in Dublin, writes Róisín Kiberd

19th May, 2019
From left: Mark Kellett, group chief executive, Magnet Networks; Dr Carol Gibbons, director of ICT commercialisation and sector manager for electronic clients, Enterprise Ireland; John Halligan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Declan Byrne, technical sales specialist, Topcon; Professor Dirk Pesch, School of Computer Science and Information Technology, University College Cork; Miquel Estapé, deputy director, Open Government of Catalonia; and Frans-Anton Vermast, strategy adviser and international smart city ambassador, Amsterdam Smart City All pictures: Maura HIckey

‘Data is the new oil.” The line from data scientist and mathematician Clive Humby is often repeated, but few follow up with the rest of the quote: “It’s valuable, but if unrefined it cannot really be used.” The Smart Cities and Regions Summit, which took place last Thursday at Croke Park, explored perhaps our biggest national opportunity yet concerning data: to use technology to make everyday civic life more sustainable, connected and enjoyable....

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