How do we "see" a smart city? OGC event highlights location and place needs

Wed, 2014-11-12 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Understanding the location and place needs of a smart city is the focus of the inaugural Location Powers: Smart Cities Summit taking place Dec. 2 in Tokyo, Japan. The event is hosted by the Open Geospatial Consortium, a Council Advisor whose members have been making the world’s location standards for over 20 years.

The free summit will test assumptions of what a smart city is, explore the role of the citizen, and look at how we “see” a smart city, the fundamental infrastructure and how we understand a smart city. International experts will discuss "location intelligence." Among them:

    • Carsten Rosendorf, Middle East advisor at Ordnance Survey International and global expert in 3D and city modelling.  He will discuss how OGC’s CityGML standard provides an organizing framework for the spatial and semantic understanding of urban structures and their uses.
    • Steve Liang, professor at the University of Calgary in Canada and the lead in the development of the SensorThings standard. SensorThings builds on the established OGC Sensor Web Enablement standards and Liang will address how sensors and crowdsourcing of city conditions is a necessary step to smart cities.
    • Rich Carne, recently appointed Chief Digital Officer at MetOffice in the United Kingdom. He will discuss ways to work with cities, transport and citizens to collect and deliver smart weather and climate information.
    • Michi Kohno, Creative City Designers, Tokyo. He will share his experience in developing indicators for sustainable cities including city services and quality of life and how we architect the smart cities of the future.

Important new standards coming
OGC will also use the Summit to introduce two important new standards it says will become indispensable elements of how smart cities share their location information. They are:

    • Moving features: Ryosuke Shibasaki of the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo will conduct the world’s first real-time demonstration of the proposed new OGC Moving Features standard, which gives developers a lightweight and open standard way of tracking moving features.
    • IndoorGML encoding: Joune Li of the Pusan National University will present the recently approved OGC IndoorGML Encoding standard, which gives developers an innovative and easy open standard way for encoding indoor spaces for navigation purposes.

The Summit takes place during the OGC Technical Committee meeting. Learn more.