Will COVID-19 change smart city objectives for city planners and utilities?

It’s hard to imagine a city or community anywhere in the world that hasn’t been touched by COVID-19. So how has the pandemic changed smart city/ smart community objectives that were in place before the coronavirus struck? Some of the issues that were lower on the list of priorities are now bubbling up to the surface, Healthcare, energy, and broadband connectivity, for example are now more important than ever.

DISTRIBUTECH International, the annual event for distribution utilities and their partners, focuses on all of the latest trends and innovations in the electricity delivery space. The conference covers 12 different areas of the utility industry, which we call educational tracks – each offering 4 educational sessions. We asked each of our track chairs to tell us about the hot topics in their track right now.

Hear what Houston-based Koustuv Ghoshal, chair of the Smart Cities and IoT track says he’ll be looking out for when he’s reviewing speaking submissions this summer.

Koustuv Ghoshal is Vice President & Head of Consulting & Device Technology Services at Ericsson.

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Jennifer Runyon manages content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International and also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH International. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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