Rolf Stein, CEO, explains why “Technology and policy needs to play catch up to the demand for smarter cities worldwide”.
Smart cities use technology to allow growing urban areas to manage the challenges of urbanisation, pollution, diminishing resources and to encourage sustainable economic growth.
Advanced Plasma Power, a UK-based waste to energy and fuels technology provider, took part in a UK Government Smart City mission at the end of 2012 to understand the capacity and potential for urban technological innovation in the region.
The conditions on the ground are ripe for smart city technologies; increasing urban populations and rising affluence leading to rising consumption in South East Asia could benefit from technology to minimise the impact on the environment and optimise the use of resources. However, there is an urgent need for policy to catch up to really drive this agenda forward.
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