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Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a Smart City? What would it take to make such a complex network feasible? And what would it look like to live in a such a city? Are these just the fevered imaginings of science fiction writers or could it be a real possibility?

Let’s dig a little deeper.


Dirk is a member of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Joint Presidents' Group, member of the DIN Presidential Committee FOKUS.ICT and the ETSI representative to the European Commission's ICT Multi-Stakeholder Platform. He is Head of Standards Policy in Nokia, where he is responsible for standardization policy and Nokia’s membership portfolio. Prior to 2007 Dirk held various management positions in the areas of development, research, intellectual property, standardization and marketing in the communication business of Siemens. Dirk has worked actively in standardization for over 30 years on technical, strategic and policy issues in organizations such as ETSI, 3GPP, ITU and OMA. Dirk has been working in mobile communications since he joined Siemens in 1985 starting with the development of the Mobile Communication System C450.

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  • Niels ANDERSEN, Anemone Technology;
  • Rémi ARQUEVAUX, Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances, France;
  • Howard BENN, Samsung R&D Institute UK;
  • Jorge BONIFACIO, PT Portugal SGPS SA;
  • Angel BOVEDA, Wireless partners S.L.L.;
  • Chris CLIFTON, Sony Europe Ltd;
  • Axel FERRAZZINI, GovStrat SPRL;
  • Jochen FRIEDRICH, IBM Europe;
  • Lindsay FROST, NEC Europe Ltd;
  • Marc GRANT, AT&T GNS Belgium SPRL;
  • Simon HICKS, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, UK;
  • Kevin HOLLEY, BT plc;
  • Jamshid KHUN-JUSH, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies GmbH;
  • Magnus MADFORS, Ericsson Telefonaktiebolaget LM;
  • Pierpaolo MARCHESE, Telecom Italia;
  • Markus MUECK, Intel Deutschland GmbH;
  • Adrian NEAL, Vodafone Group plc;
  • Neviana NIKOLOSKI, Phonak Communications AG;
  • Gabrielle OWEN, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands;
  • Heinz POLSTERER, Deutsche Telekom AG;
  • Dominique ROCHE, eG4U;
  • Nick SAMPSON, Orange;
  • Alain STARON, Veolia Environnement SA;
  • Christian TOCHE, Huawei Technologies France;
  • Sebastiano TOFFALETTI, SBS aisbl;
  • Bogdan TOPIČ, SIST;
  • Isabelle VALET-HARPER, Microsoft Europe SARL;
  • Dirk WEILER, Nokia Solutions and Networks GmbH & Co. KG;
  • Helene WORKMAN, Apple (UK) Ltd;
  • Christoph WÖSTE, BMWi, Germany.
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