Notes from the Smart Cities KSB Launch

February 12, 2016



The KSB opened with remarks from Practice Managers Ming Zhang (GSURR) and Doyle Gallagos (GTIDR). After a few riveting presentations on private and public Smart City projects by Dr Jennifer Evans-Cowley (The Ohio State University), Mr Isaac Serrano (Mexico City Lab), Dr Sokwoo Rhee (NIST) and Mr Yuya Nishimura (NEC Corporation), the floor was opened to World Bank staff to share their own project experiences and offer suggestions for a roadmap for future Smart City KSB activities. Detailed notes from these presentations and discussions are found below key suggestions.


Examples of Smart Cities/ICT-based interventions from the presentations:

  1. Dr. Jennifer Evans-Cowley
  • Billboard water purifier, Peru - works by condensing water molecules in the air into drinkable water, up to 96 liters a day per billboard. The water is accessible through a tap at the bottom
  • Smog-purifying Manuel Gea Gonzalez Hospital building, Mexico City - honeycomb shell made out of titanium dioxide that neutralizes smog chemicals in the air
  • New Songdo City, South Korea
  • Matatu Network, Nairobi - citizen-led mapping of informal private transport system through mobile apps to make transport more efficient
  • Bicycle tracks app to help citizens decide which route to take

Mr. Isaac Serrano

  • Mexico City Lab - uses technology and data to provide services and enhance planning/investment
  • "Mapathon” to map bus system, improve neighborhoods, map community assets, increase overall systemic efficiency

Dr. Sokwoo Rhee

  • Focus on reliable, sustainable, scalable models, and on bringing diverse groups together to break silos by learning, designing and working together
  • Smart America Challenge/GCTC Expo - bring together companies working on IoT by interconnecting innovations in tech
  • Key takeaway - Cost of ICT interventions is incredibly small if cities pool their requirements to develop one common system, and then customize it per need. We don’t need to constantly reinvent the wheel.

Mr. Yuya Nishimura

  • Many projects in support with sustainable development goals through international developments banks
  • Broadband Network Expansion: Wireless broadband network in Peru, Colombia, wireless radio access in Zambia, national network laid out in Myanmar
  • (National) ID systems in South Africa, Nigeria, Bolivia, India (including linked bankingservices), UNHCR/UNDP
  • e-Government systems for citizens in Spain, Argentina
  • Energy, transport, water, disaster management, safety and others.

  Staff Roundtable (KM and Roadmap):Discussion of ongoing projects - most are compiled in an open and editable database and some more will be added Sarah Keener

  • 'Call311’ citizens reporting platforms in Latin America, New York. Successful in pinpointing interventions through citizens. Groups responses automatically and ultimately citizens lead for increased accountability, lowered corruption and quick response.
  • Key questions: How can we leverage additional funding for greatest impact (through joint, cross-country interventions)? How to do due diligence in implementing ICT-based solutions?
  • Suggestions: We should try to connect better to existing platforms instead of reinventing them

Arturo Ardilas Gomez

  • ESMA funded case study over many studies on ITS. Energy in Wu Han City.
  • Make data open. Bottom-up approach through mobile-app led data interventions

Hyunjoon ChoGood to group similar projects. Consider user satisfaction Ilari Lindy

  • Community of practitioners working on a bottom-up approach. IoT groups on capacity-building and training. On-site visits in Barcelona (City Lab, CitiSense forum, European Network of Living Labs), BBLs, Webinar series on Smart Cities, Guidebook for Practitioners
  • Potential for e-Course - design approach in three cities

Juni Zhu

  • Competitive Cities Team
  • Citizen Innovation Module. IE Innovation entrepreneurship
  • Key questions: How to develop diagnostic tool for smart city projects? How to collate a repository of case studies? How to work together and delineate responsibilities within WB so that we aren’t reinventing the wheel across departments?

Victor MulasNodal point on many projects, including Barcelona World Congress.

  • Suggestions: connect with UN agencies working on Smart Cities, e.g. UN-HABITAT

Philip E Karp

  • Suggestion: crowdsource peer review comments (Victor V: perhaps through a mailing list for people to become peer reviewers of each others projects