Jochen Kreusel is an exemplary German technology expert who leads a cross-divisional effort for Zurich-based ABB to connect directly to the rapidly evolving smart grid and smart city markets. Click for his thoughtful observations on what he calls the "challenge and chance" for cities today.
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If you think billboards are an annoyance – a sort of visual noise -- you may change your mind after seeing this short video showcasing the "functional" billboards-turned-street furniture created by ad agency Ogilvy & Mather France for IBM's Smarter Cities Project.
Mike Carlson's background helped him become one of the smart grid's true change agents. Today he leads an important part of GE's smart grid and smart city effort. When we sat down to talk we were reminded how perceptive he is. City leaders shouldn't miss his insights on how to get smart city traction.
To streamline communications to police officers in the field and reduce costs, the city of Redlands equipped them with new touch-based smartphones and tablets. While they proved their value in everyday field operations, it soon became clear that their IT team needed a cohesive and centralized way to administer this mobility infrastructure and better support its users in the field. Officials in other cities may be interested in the solution Redlands chose and the benefits gained.
The smart city is something you need to think of as its own ecosystem, suggests Michael Edmonds, VP of Strategic Solutions for S&C Electric. In this Q&A he explains how his company - perhaps best known for building a self-healing electric grid - is connecting the dots between a smart grid and smart cities.
If any company has carved out mind share as a smart cities thought leader, it is IBM. And the man responsible for IBM's smart cities messaging worldwide is Rich Michos. Read what he has to say about smart cities successes, challenges and IBM's smarter planet initiatives going forward.
Reed Pangborn is AT&T's area vice president for government, education and medical. In that role, he is responsible for helping cities "mobilize" their applications.
Philip Mezey combines a distinguished countenance with boyish curiosity and enthusiasm. In 2012, after an external search to find a replacement for the retiring LeRoy Nosbaum, the company realized it had the ideal candidate in house and named Mezey President and CEO.
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Laurent Schmitt is a compact man with an air of old-world politesse. He has worked in several executive capacities in different parts of Alstom, the $26-billion French maker of power and transport equipment. He started with the company in sales in 2000, back when it was Areva T&D (before its acquisition by Alstom). From there, he climbed the ladder through marketing and then roles in strategy and business development.