Our Interest Groups
A Smart City is a multi-domain framework. Therefore, at Smart Cities Network (SCN) we draw people from different domains and professional backgrounds. The domains are organised under verticals known as Interest Groups. Currently SCN has the following Interest Groups and our members are encouraged to join one or more Interest Groups.
City Planning and Built Environment
The SCN City Planning and Built Environment (CPBE) Interest Group consists of smart buildings and city planning enthusiasts, consultants and solution providers. The group will collaborate on pilot projects across ASEAN, leveraging on members own private network and also SCN strategic partners' connection to create potential business opportunities.
The Interest Group aims to attract smart technology companies in AI, location tracking, security and also end users as members for more knowledge sharing and thought leadership opportunities.
Smart Cities by definition, use information and communication technology to collect data which is then used to provide services and manage assets and resources efficiently. Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of this data is absolutely critical to for smart cities to function. At SCN we believe that cybersecurity is a key pillar of Smart Cities.
SCN Cybersecurity Interest Group consists of cybersecurity enthusiasts, consultants and solution providers. The group works with all Smart Cities stakeholders to provide cybersecurity advice and solutions. It also organises events and knowledge sharing sessions to raise cybersecurity awareness within SCN and beyond.
The Smart Health vertical in Smart Cities Network promotes solution providers of health care related solutions focused on the needs of smart cities. We enable opportunities for our members to showcase and deliver diverse health systems that benefit modern smart cities and smart nations.
Our primary focus is on ecosystem solutions that enable healthcare technology innovators to support patients, doctors, care providers, research scientists and all healthcare practitioners in the improvement of public health standards and care. Our ultimate goal, therefore, is to drive relevant partnerships and to jointly develop business opportunities across the region.
Throughout the history of humanity, the rise of cities has played an essential role in the development of human societies. In comparison to smaller communities, cities provide the advantage of protection and security, employment, education, health services, social spaces of engagement as well as an economic dynamism and economies of scale. The opportunities that cities provide today for their population have made them attractive magnets for people. However, growing city populations amplify the negative impact of a lifestyle we have come to adopt with successful phases of industrialization, a linear understanding of the economy: we make, we use, we put to waste.
We are learning that the planet’s resources are finite; that the old linear make-to-waste lifestyle is no longer possible as a foundation for a future for all. One of the key concepts in sustainability is better resource management by Reducing, Reusing and Recycling, better known as the three R’s. This Interest Group aims to make Smart Cities more sustainable by using technology to reduce consumption at the source and embracing the principles of “circular economy” to reuse and recycle resources where possible.