In the context of development of Smart Cities there will be high demand for human talent in areas such areas as intelligent city that is set to see a boom.
Cities are undergoing digital transformations in order to innovate and move towards becoming a Smart City. This requires people with new skill sets.
The world is undergoing staggering urbanisation, at the rate of 10,000 people per hour. By 2050, more than 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, according to a report from Cisco Systems.
This is leading to challenges such as more traffic congestion, stressed infrastructure, sustainability issues, increased crime, fewer resources to go around and pressure on educational institutions.
Cities will need to solve these problems to thrive in the future, said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Vice President and General Manager of Services and Chief Knowledge Officer for Cisco Systems, and Chairman and CEO of the Internet of Things Talent Consortium.
Smart cities are intelligent cities that are at the forefront of the next wave of IoT. The purpose of a Smart City is to improve the lives of its citizens by combining technology with physical infrastructure and services to simplify the lives of residents. Creating this infrastructure will also create jobs.
In the city of Paris the average resident spends an estimated four years of their life looking for parking. New applications that allow citizens to log into the city app to find parking or even reserve and pay for that spot in advance, as well as reports on traffic management, are a key to easing traffic congestion in a Smart City.
In a Smart City, “every single sector has to get technology fluent and it has to get digital fluent … to drive long-term prosperity,” Dunn said. This is an issue that both the public and private sector need to get behind, and to transform how they think and how to get people ready for the jobs to solve these problems.”
She said: “We need new types of skills, new types of talent to make this happen. The agenda of cities is to attract the best companies and the best talent. Innovation, the ability to drive new business, the ability to drive new ways to bridge public and private sectors … this is all part of the master plan for generating new smart cities.”