Happy New Year for Smart Cities Everywhere!

Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative


First of all, it is not too late to wish all of our readers of the IEEE Smart Cities News Bulletin a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2015.

Following the launching phase in 2013, last year saw the ramp up of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, which resulted in the further development of Guadalajara pilot activities, including white papers produced by working groups, the first set of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) designed and started by Guadalajara University, recruitment of the first group of students to collaborate to our Initiative, and last but not least, the organisation of a successful one-day conference track on Smart Cities during the WCIT worldwide exhibition in Guadalajara in October.

In parallel, we started recruiting other cities for the Initiative, and selected Trento in Italy and Wuxi in China to join Guadalajara, totalling three IEEE Core Smart Cities. Trento quickly kicked-off its activities in December 2014 by hosting a successful workshop.

The interest generated by the Initiative was so great that we created an IEEE Affiliated Smart Cities program to expand the network of collaborating cities. In 2015 we expect to see many new applications to become affiliated, leading to potentially many hundreds of cities sharing their experiences, lessons learned and best practices.

The involvement and the commitment of IEEE volunteers was key to our success. They helped establish and mobilize their local ecosystem around the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, bringing together municipalities, universities and industries.

In 2015, we will see many more important milestones achieved.

From the Guadalajara team, the first MOOC on Metrics will be available for registration on the EdX platform in February, and three other on-line courses will follow by this summer.

Trento will issue its first whitepapers, recruit the first batch of students, and it will start producing MOOCs. The Wuxi kick-off is planned in May, with strong support from the Wuxi municipality, Jiangnan University and the IEEE local section.

These are all meaningful developments, but the most significant and exciting activity we are looking forward to this year is the first IEEE Smart Cities conference in Guadalajara, Mexico taking place 25-28 October, so please save the date!

This will be the forum for meeting IEEE Core and Affiliated Cities representatives, and to exchange information and ideas with the growing network of IEEE volunteers and smart cities experts from around the world who will make our cities and our citizens smarter for the 21st century.

Please enjoy this issue of the IEEE Smart Cities news bulletin.


Gilles Betis
IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Chair



Gilles BetisGilles Betis leads the Urban Life and Mobility action line of EIT ICT Labs (http://www.eitictlabs.eu/innovation-areas/urban-life-and-mobility/) and is chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, and member of the French IEEE Section, in Region 8. As an engineer in Thales, during more than 20 years, Gilles has been involved in the design of complex systems in IT transportation systems. Holding positions of product line manager, marketing manager and solution leader, he has been constantly involved with prospective, innovation and product design matters. Through a holistic and systemic approach, he always linked up emerging behaviours and societal needs to innovative technological solutions. Gilles is an Engineer graduated in 1987 from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, France.


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