Johnson Controls, Aspen Institute lead Smart Cities discussion

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Johnson Controls Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alex Molinaroli led a discussion of Smart Cities and related topics at a dinner co-hosted by Johnson Controls and the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., on March 16, 2017.

Molinaroli and Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, shared their insights on how the Internet of Things is revolutionizing the urban landscape and built environment, enabled by advances in networked sensors, machine-to-machine communications, data analytics and real-time decision making. The audience included business leaders, academics, government officials and representatives from non-profit organizations.

The thought leaders also considered how governments around the world are investing in innovative technologies and private-sector solutions to make their cities safer, smarter and more sustainable.

What are the best ways to bring innovative technologies, such as smart building and smart city technologies to market, and deploy them in an economically viable way to make improvements to the everyday lives of consumers?

Other key trends discussed included:

  • What are the best ways to bring innovative technologies, such as smart building and smart city technologies to market, and deploy them in an economically viable way to make improvements to the everyday lives of consumers?
  • How can communities harness the power of big data from internet of things technologies to improve efficiency and resilience, while also increasing the safety and security challenges posed by interconnected electrified systems?
  • How can the development, and eventually deployment, of autonomous vehicles change the dynamics of city planning and make for a smarter, less congested urban landscape?

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. The company’s 130,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities.

The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Based in Washington D.C., it has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world's most complex problems. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

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