How Smart Cities Improve Wellness for Citizens and Businesses

How Smart Cities Improve Wellness for Citizens and Businesses

To succeed, smart cities need to support personal connections and a sense of purpose as well as safety and efficiency. Stephen Brockwell of Esri shares his thoughts.


Smart cities use data and integrated technologies to increase efficiency, security, and productivity, but it can’t end there. Smart cities need to make life better for those who live there, using technology to help people connect with people, their broader community, and ultimately a greater purpose. Stephen Brockwell of Esri shares how new software platforms and ubiquitous computing in the cloud are creating new opportunities in the development of smart cities, but he also points out the risks. He cites the Songdo International Business District in South Korea as a smart city that ended up feeling empty and disconnected, despite being designed with the latest technology and the best intentions. He sees Amsterdam as a smart city success, with a range of systems and services that support the local culture and are tailored to the history and present-day realities of the place. Ultimately, Brockwell points out that, when it comes to smart cities, the process followed is as important as goals and outcomes.

About the speaker

Stephen Brockwell is senior product owner at Esri for AEC integration, working with leading AEC firms and their customers to define the future of integration between GIS and BIM processes and technology. He has managed teams developing a range of products and applications related to design and geographical information for companies including Geovision, SHL Systemhouse, and Autodesk, and he’s played a key role in projects at France Telecom, First Energy, NVEnergy, City of Vancouver, and Pacific Gas & Electric.

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