TM Forum partners top smart city event

TM Forum has become the exclusive industry partner for the Technology & Data track for Fira de Barcelona’s Smart City Expo World Congress. The event attracts 17,000 delegates from all over world.

This track is all about the latest smart city innovations: TM Forum will influence the agenda, act as the link between Fira de Barcelona and the industry on the specific technology topics and drive industry collaboration. The partnership recognizes the Forum’s role in bringing together communication service providers (CSPs), vendors, cities and other governmental bodies to collaborate and innovate.

“The global technology ecosystem, represented by TM Forum, is of critical importance for smart cities and for Smart City Expo World Congress. Digital technologies are the backbone of the cities of the future and without them urban transformation would be impossible”, said Ugo Valenti, Director, Smart City Expo World Congress.

“That is why this partnership provides us with new ways to reach out to more companies and innovators who are ready to play an important role in the global urban scenario ensuring that cities will be able to benefit from every technology available capable of helping them and helping us to transform into better places”, he added.

Teamwork produces results

Carl Piva, VP Strategic Programs, TM Forum said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the world’s leading smart city event. This provides an additional platform for our membership, where we can connect our global technology ecosystem to urban challenges around the world.” He continued: “We are creating a strong alliance between cities who wish to use technology to drive urban innovation and service providers who can make this happen”.

TM Forum runs a number of initiatives to bolster smart city projects and developments, under the umbrella of the Smart City Forum.  These include: the City as a Platform Manifesto; Smart City Catalysts – proof-of-concept projects developed collaboratively by TM Forum members to address urban challenges – along with Smart City Hackathons; its Smart City InFocus event.  It also provides associated business and technical architectures for smart cities, software tools, Open APIs, and smart city maturity and benchmark model and app.


    About The Author

    Snr Director, Research & Media

    Annie Turner has been researching and writing about the communications industry since the 1980s, editing magazines dedicated to the subject including titles published by Thomson International and The Economist Group. She has contributed articles to many publications, including national and international newspapers such as the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune, and a multitude of business-to-business titles. She joined the TM Forum in 2010 and is responsible for overseeing the content of the Research and Publications portfolio.

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