CES 2018 begins this Tuesday, 9 January 2018, in Las Vegas, USA, with a new area of focus fully dedicated to exploring smart city trends.

As the conversation on smart cities gets more and more attention, this year’s biggest consumer electronics show in the world has decided to put a spotlight on the topic by launching a dedicated Marketplace (exhibit area) and a full schedule of conference programming related to smart cities.

Presented by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Deloitte, Smart Cities at CES 2018 will explore the future of intelligent cities through connectivity as an entire ecosystem that brings together technologies, solutions, players and audiences in the smart city sector.

“With global spending on smart cities projected to reach $ 34 billion USD by 2020, we are excited to announce this dedicated program at CES as the perfect opportunity for companies operating the smart city space to get together and discuss the future,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association.

For the first time, CES 2018 will showcase leading-edge smart city solutions and technologies in a dedicated exhibit area. The Smart Cities Marketplace will include smart city enabling technology such as artificial intelligence systems, sensors, data analytics, transportation, network infrastructures, and other devices and services.

In this edition, CES will also deliver a comprehensive program focused on smart cities, featuring a full conference program with key thought leaders in this space, including Bosch, Ford, Nissan, Qualcomm and the U. S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao, as the spotlight speaker. The multi-day conference programming will highlight 5G technologies and public/private partnerships, with experts in utilities, health, safety and other public services discussing and looking into what’s next for cities.

According to CTA’s report on the smart cities evolution, there will be at least 88 smart cities worldwide by 2025. The report also found that with 70 percent of the world’s population forecast to live in cities by 2050, the need for sustainable, livable world cities is essential for a prosperous future.

Source: CES 2018

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