IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things
15-18 April 2019 – Limerick, Ireland

VERT6-Smart Cities

Track Description

A Smart City is a complex system, of interwoven ecosystems.  Each ecosystem in a true smart city has an inter-dependency on other ecosystems, be it smart energy, traffic management, smart buildings, and so on, data and services need to be shared to make the citizen experience smooth and efficient, requiring a cross industry collaborative approach. At its core is the need to balance available resources and manage their best use in providing value for citizens, industry and commercial entities, institutions, government and other stakeholders. Furthermore, Smart Cities are people-centered ecosystems, striving for improvements in the quality of life of its inhabitants, their social well-being and stimulating local economies.

Economics and regulatory aspects are playing a major role in fostering the adoption and deployment of Technology. They are a key ingredient in the decision making that translates potential into reality.

Technology advances are continuously contributing to this system. In the background, the Internet of Things (IoT) is proving that data gathering, the sensing of processes, infrastructure, and city management is a basis for improvement and innovation. New IoT capabilities are enabling real-time monitoring of conditions and the performance of city functions, which are driving subsequent analyses. This leads to greater awareness of the state of a city, resulting in a cycle of better planning and the execution of actions that can steer its evolution, improving the use of resources and the well-being of its citizens.

This WF-IoT 2019 track on Smart Cities will explore a global view of the current status of technology, services and trends, discussing the future we wish to chart, and the paths forward, taking into account the many alternatives unlocked by the Internet of Things. The session will also explore the role of open standards in the development of integrated & federated ecosystems, so that platforms can scale and ultimately manage cross ecosystem services.

This session will be of interest to those involved in designing, building or deploying smart city solutions, from academic research, solution providers, suppliers, cities and government, where efficient service delivery, ease of doing business, quality of life and citizen engagement is critical to success.

Track Co-Chairs

Shawn Chandler, PacifiCorp

Shawn ChandlerShawn Chandler is a Director of IT at PacifiCorp, one of the largest Western U.S. utilities, where he is responsible for enterprise architecture, big data analytics, and energy supply management applications.  Prior to PacifiCorp, Shawn was a Director at Navigant Consulting.  He is a frequent contributor to IoT transformation as a conference speaker, and through support of industry associations and publications with written contributions on smart grid, smart cities, artificial intelligence and sensing topics.  Shawn is the Chair of IEEE’s Internet of Things Initiative – Smart Cities Working Group, and also chairs the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Smart Buildings – Loads – Customer Systems Technical Committee.


Joel Myers, DOMILA Limited (Dublin, Ireland)

Joel Myers

CEO, DOMILA Limited, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Vice Chair of the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Consortium Smart Cities Working Group

Leading technologist specializing in the creation and development of innovation technology solutions in the communications and management of services in Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and since 2015 in Business Networking.

Over the past 30 years, he has worked with museums and archaeological worldwide, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pompei in Italy, the Courtauld Institute in London, and The Frick Museum and Metropolitan Museum in New York. His projects in cultural heritage and tourism have covered solutions in digital photo-archiving, reconstructions of sites using 3D virtual reality, augmented reality, and audio-visual mobile applications. In 2008, Joel Myers led a team of developers in partnership with Google Inc. (Mountainview, California) and the Universities of Virginia and UCLA in the creation of Google Earth’s first historical city layer, ancient Rome, launched with Michael Jones (CTO, Google Inc. in 2008) under the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and hosted by On. Gianni Alemanno, the Mayor of the Municipality of Rome in 2008.

His company, HoozAround Corp. is currently commercialising a mobile application called HoozAroundTM. This App offers very close-proximity networking for users to carry out business and social networking based on profile matching needs or interests in real-time, indoors and outdoors. Its aim is to bring people together that would otherwise never meet, face-to-face, in order to create new and more efficient opportunities to grow personally, socially as a city-wide community and in developing business. The app was successfully piloted at the IFA Berlin consumer electronics trade fair in 2017 and at the IEEE World Forum on IoT in February 2018 (Singapore).

Over the past few years Joel Myers has been focusing on the redefinition of the “Internet of People” exploring the goals of the smart city industry movement juxtaposed with the need for humanity to remain connected as physical people on the following 3 themes:

  1. real face-to-face connectivity: people are a city’s most important resource and by bringing them together in a more efficient and cohesive way, a city will grow exponentially, both socially and economically; physical connectivity also fights the growing issues of social isolation that are becoming more and more present in today’s cities, by helping people to meet face-to-face we move away from virtual communities when smaller distances permit it, and create real relationships within cities that offer sharing and giving back social themes, resulting in a happier population;
  2. the social consequences of increased virtualisation and automation; and
  3. the impact of automation on employment and the economy.

Under HoozAround Corp., Joel Myers has also started working together on a new concept in social credits for Smart Cities that provides awards without the possibility of negative ratings, called HooziesTM. Awards given when people meet face-to-face and carry out positive social actions. The aim is to develop a happier city through technology that promotes human interaction, relationship-building, sharing and giving back to the community, on a local, national, and international level.

The work carried out by Joel Myers has been published in international newspapers and journals such as the BBC, New York Times, Hong Times, the Hindu Times, Wired, and Forbes Magazine.

Joann O’Brien, TM Forum

Joann O’Brien

Vice President, Ecosystems & Labs of TM Forum

Joann is a transformative technology leader who recognized early the role of APIs and automation in achieving a true digital strategy.  Joann has led the TM Forum’s Open API initiative from concept to global success as an enabler to the zero integration economy.  Joann has significant experience leading complex large scale transformation programs for a number of global organizations.  She has a mixture of technical and management background, enjoying both equally, she has a BS in Information Technology majoring in Telecommunications from Dublin City University and MBA from Open University.