Smart Cities UK 2019: Connect… Innovate… Transform

Smart Cities UK is the longest serving Smart Cities event in the UK. Now in its fourth year – and supported by Risk Xtra as one of the Official Media Partners for 2019 – the event will be examining the importance of sustainable investment and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals designed to shape economic and social acceleration within UK cities. 

To be held at the Marriott Hotel on London’s Regents Park on Thursday 7 February, Smart Cities UK will once again bring together over 300-plus decision-makers to examine and discuss the key topics impacting Smart City development including Brexit, funding, leadership and sustainable development

The 2019 Conference, Expo and Awards will concentrate on providing the skills, guidance and resources by which today’s practising professionals – security specialists very much among them – can create a smart environment. There will be a determination to address how access to funding, investment and a global economy can drive prosperity, increase employment and tackle society’s fundamental issues.

March 2021 will see the UK formally leave the European Union (EU). Leaving the EU will bring both challenges and opportunities for the UK. We will now need to forge new relationships with European countries and the rest of the world to develop trade and investment opportunities.

The UK will need to develop inward investment opportunities, develop new partnerships, forge new alliances and also new mechanisms to drive economic and social outcomes. UK Cities will need to work closer together, be more flexible in their approach towards problem solving and develop new levers to draw in investment, while at the same time shifting from a one-size-fits-all mentality.

The UK is yet to fully embrace Smart Cities as a concept. It’s still lagging behind North America, Asia and some European cities when it comes to the delivery of smart services, yet plans are underway to drive investment into this key area and good news is around the corner. The potential in the UK is boundless. Leadership is clearly evident when we look towards Bristol, Cambridge and London. We’re also seeing more and more cities including Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester investing to save long-term and transform services.

*Registration for the day commences at 8.30 am. The conference runs from 9.30 am through until 5.00 pm, with the Smart Cities UK Awards taking place between 7.00 pm and 10.30 pm

**Register to attend Smart Cities 2019

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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