Dublin2050 - Smart City

12th Sep 2016

The world’s population just passed the mark of 7 billion and continues to grow by 75 million a year. In developed countries, life expectancy has now reached 77 years and continues to rise. 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas in 2014 and two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050.

Whilst these mega trends bring with them many opportunities, they also creates challenges that we need to solve. Smart Cities and the power of IT has the ability to help solve large global challenges, but it cannot do it by itself. Only with the right partnerships and the right approach can we together build a safer, more prosperous and sustainable place to live and work.

Dave McCann - Client Executive of the Smart Cities Division, Fujitsu

Smart City Projects in Japan, Would they work in Europe? Dave spoke about:

1. What Japan is doing today and what we could so do in 5 years’ time
2. Kiduku project – Irish based research from Fujitsu. Monitoring and assisting independent living for senior citizens & patient
3. Smart Transport


  • Japan is a Smart City. Estimated to be 5 years ahead of other countries in terms of Smart City development
  • What is a Smart City?
    -It is a city that empowers people
    -It is an enterprise that brings together people, information and infrastructure
    -It is somewhere that is easy to live
  • Japan invests in care for the elderly. They believe the elderly contribute enough in their lifetime to society that they should be looked after.
  • The 3 most important issues with the elderly in Japan are health, security and independence. A Smart City needs to look after it's people.
  • At 40 in Japan you pay an extra 10% tax to help cover the cost of your care in old age.
  • Japan encourages you to have as many renewables as you can which you can then sell back.
  • They also plan to have a fully integrated transport system


Richard Bellingham - Director of the Institute for Future Cities at University of Strathclyde

Richard spoke about:

1. The Smart Cities Institute and the activities that are happening here
2. Examples of the smart city projects that have worked and why and how these projects relate to Dublin and the future of Dublin city
3. The role that universities can play in the building of smart cities

  • Cities need to be flexible. Buildings are always being transformed.
  • Cities consume the surrounding resources - people, fuel, food, etc
  • Crime rates have dropped in cities in recent years but no one knows why!
  • People move to cities - they are rich, diverse and cultural. A further 2.5 billion people are expected to move into cities by the year 2050
  • Economic growth - leverage assets e.g. Uber allows people to set up their own company if they facilitate economic activity.
  • Cities rely on critical systems - transport, food, water, waste, health systems etc
  • What will future cities look like? Look out your window - they will look much the same but with improved underlying systems
  • Good cities are equitable with regards to healthcare, wealth etc.