On 10th July the III International TECHNOLOGY FOR CITIES was held within the framework of the INNOPROM-2015 Industrial Trade Fair in Ekaterinburg. The forum makes an effective platform for integration between service companies and the state sector, for development in the infrastructure of cities. Traditionally the exhibition and business program of this project have primarily addressed the technological aspects of managing urban services – construction of housing and roads, infrastructure, urban improvement, resource management, transport and so forth. The Technology For Cities forum took place with the support of the Ministry for Housing Development of the Russian Federation.
The Forum's plenary session was titled 'How Cities Get Smart – Russian and International Viewpoints”, and experts discussed pressing issues and concerns for modern cities; raised searching questions about improving energy efficiency; and discussed optimisation of resource usage in today's metropolises. During the discussion experts, governmental officials and related trade unions evaluated the central issues and challenges facing modern cities – while those involved in dealing with the processes of developing city infrastructure shared their experiences.
As Ulrich Benterbusch, director of the German Energy Agency (dena) said in his address, “We're dealing with the issues involved in rolling out new technologies in cities – both on the level of the administration of resources, and at the level of the city population too. Our simple solutions – such as those in the public transport sector – can help cut the demand for city resources by between ten and twenty percent. The main difficulty in this issue is bringing transport companies and city administrations together. Broad public awareness and the availability of specific technologies play the biggest roles.”
The key speakers in the plenary session included Kirill Varlamov, Director of Development of Internet Initiatives (FRII); Nikolai Grachev, VP, Executive Director of the Cluster of Energy-Efficient Technologies; Andrei Tikhonov, Board Member at NP "Intelligent City"; Artem Sedov, Head of Laboratory at ISS NIU MSUCE (Smart City), member of the Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency at the Ministry of Construction & Housing, Board Chairman of GC "Big Three"; Bora Kovacevic, a board member of the Green Building Council, RuGBC.
A round table discussion was devoted to the topic of Energy Efficiency: Modernising Cities On An Electro-Efficient Basis – The Search For Replicable Solutions. The partners in this events were the Russian Governmental Analysis Centre; The Energy Efficiency Union NP; and Karat NGO. Experts write that the introduction of energy-saving technology in Russia is going at a snail's pace. “Around the rest of the world, the number of contracts carried out due to energy services ranges from 6% to 13% - with PRC China showing the highest figures. The Chinese deploy this methodology extremely thoroughly in all investment in housing and communal projects. Here in Russia the same figure is lower than 3%” said Irina Bulgakova, CEO of the RAESCO Energy Service Association.
Another major theme of the Forum was taken up by the Development Fund for Internet Initiatives (FRII) – The Role Of The Internet Of Things In Developing Smart Cities. Experts discussed the functionality of 'smart' cities, the priority issues, and integration difficulties in various smart-systems that have been developed independently of each other. The 'smart cities' was also covered in several other round tables and expert panel discussions.
Another important Forum topic was Industrial Projects – New-Build, or Rebuild The Old Ones? This round table attracted a panel of speakers which included developers, and expert opinion from the Russian Guild Of Directors and Developers, who debated issues of infrastructure for re-industrialisation – new industrial developments in urban areas.
Another event which commanded huge Forum interest was a round table entitled The Role Of New Technologies & Manufacturing In Developing Cities & Regions. The event partner was State Corporation DTGroup Regional Development. Speakers talked through the issues and methods of regional development, based on actual plans and tasks.
Alongside the discussions and round-table events, the Forum saw the launch of new urban initiatives. One example was the Shvabe Corporation, which presented its own 'smart city' concept at INNOPROM-2015. Plans include city illumination, providing a safe environment, and improving the comfort level of life for ordinary citizens. The project was reviewed by Russian Prime-Minister Mr Dmitry Medvedev during his tour of the most important exhibitor stands at the Trade Fair.
The Sponsors of the Technology for Cities Project were: Kortros SC, Komi Energy Retail Company CJSC, Regional Airports corporation, and the T-Plus Group.
Partners: The German Energy Agency (dena), NP The Russian Guild of Directors and Developers.
General Information Partner: "Business Quarter" magazine.
More detail about the Forum: http://innoprom.com/about/exhibitions/forum-and-specialized-exhibition-metropolitan-technologies
INFORMATION ABOUT INNOPROM-2015
The Vith INNOPROM-2015 International Industrial Trade Fair took place in Ekaterinburg over 8th to 11th July 2015. During the four days of the event the Ekaterinburg-EXPO Int'l Exhibition Centre, the venue for INNOPROM-2015, was visited by over 52,000 visitors – up 14% on the visitor numbers for the 2014 event (46,000). The theme of INNOPROM-2015 was Industrial Efficiency.
The central theme for the next event, INNOPROM-2016 will be the topic issue of Industrial Networks. More than 600 manufacturing corporations took part in the Business Program of INNOPROM-2015.
INNOPROM-2015 featured five thematic sections: Industrial Automation; Heavy Engineering; Energy Efficiency; Optics & Lasers; and Technology for Cities.
The Partner Country of INNOPROM-2015 was the People's Republic of China. It was the first time that the Partner Country status was awarded at the INNOPROM International Industrial Trade Fair. The floorspace taken by the Chinese national exhibition was 7500 square metres, including 150 companies represented on 33 conjoined exhibition stands.
Seventy countries were represented at the INNOPROM-2015 event. The foreign delegations who attended were represented by directors and owners of leading industrial corporations, governmental representatives including those from Argentina, India, Germany, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, the USA, Japan, countries from the European Economic Union, Turkey, Africa and South Korea.
Directors of Russian and foreign manufacturing corporations signed over 50 agreements (memoranda of cooperation, of intent, and of collaboration; partnership agreements; contracts and agreements) at INNOPROM-2015. The total value of the contracts concluded during the INNOPROM-2015 event exceeded ten billion roubles.
The general information partner for INNOPROM-2015 was Interfax. Media support for the event was similarly provided by Russian press media (Rossiyskaya Gazera, Gazeta.ru, PRIME Economic Information, Russia Beyond The Headlines, and publications included BRICS, Expert, Business Rossiya, Delovoy Kvartal ('Business Quarter'), Izvestiya, and The Moscow Times.
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