Smart Port City, the “human” connection between the city and port

Plenary Session 1 : Building a Smart Port City for today and tomorrow

Urban intelligence and the internet of everything constitute a smart port city. These were the opening themes introduced at the 14th AIVP World Conference Cities and Ports. Following on from the welcoming speeches from the AIVP President Jean Pierre Lecomte, the Mayor of Durban James Nxumalo and Tau Morwe, the CEO of the Transnet National Ports Authority and his colleague Lindokuhle Mkhize, head of Planning and Development, it was the turn of the two keynote speakers for the morning to address the conference.
The first was Carlos Moreno, Scientific Advisor of the President of Cofely Ineo from the GDF SUEZ Group, who highlighted the human, rather than the economic aspect of a smart port city, which he explained was "a public space where people live, and the port is the bridge for this space”. On average 10 million people live in mega-cities, which often accommodate mega-ports. “Tokyo will have 37 million inhabitants in 2050, and urban life is vulnerable in this context. The smart city creates a liveable city, before it becomes wealthy in economic terms”.
How does one link up the needs of this urban-port society with modern technology ? With the internet of everything, according to Markus Wissmann, the Head of Smart + Connected Communities Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Cisco Systems. “Big data will double every two years ; in 2030 demand for electricity will have grown by 30%, with over 8 billion appliances connected. We are not referring to mobile phones, but rather fridges, waste, etc. This is why there needs to be a single infrastructure that interconnects hospitals, institutions and naturally, ports". Smart cities and smart ports connected by an urban space where one can live.