Congratulations to UPSI’s Dr Colin Roberts, whose presentation “Will Smarter Cities Be safer Cities?” was voted favourite at the recent Geo Big 5 event: Future Cities. The paper has been nominated for The AGI Award for the Best Paper within the Event Programme and the overall winner of the award will be announced and presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony on the 25th November 2015.
The AGI Awards Ceremony is a prestigious event, which recognises the very best achievements in the field of Geographic information in the UK throughout the year. The awards recognise excellence and foster a spirit of innovation within the industry.
His talk was based on the research to date on emerging vulnerabilities posed by the development of Smart Cities, carried out on behalf of the College of Policing 'What Works Centre for Crime Reduction’, which is jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The research seeks to synthesize the knowledge from a highly technical discourse provided by leading commercial, governmental, scientific and security professionals working on Smart Cities, and what this may mean for policing, crime and society in an accessible way. The presentation discussed the emerging risk profile; the cost, risk and benefits debate; trust and the Faustian pact between providers and users; governance and regulation; and the challenge of enabling society not disabling it.