Besides the FIFA World Cup in June, there’s another global event taking place which is expected to attact the attention of millions. That event is World Expo 2010 in the city of Shanghai in China.
Running from May 1, to October 31, 2010, 70 million people are expected to attend the six month long fair.
For more than 150 years, major cities around the world have taken turns to host World Fairs or World Expositions every five years or so. This year, its Shanghai’s turn and they’ve chosen the theme “Better City, Better Life” with a focus on creating sustainable cities of the future.
One important tradition that World Fairs and World Expos have upheld through the years is the showcase of technologies that have contributed to improvements to our lives. These include the typewriter in Chicago in 1876; the telephone in Paris in 1878; television in New York in 1939; space travel in Seattle in 1962; touch screens in Knoxville in 1982; and the monorail in Vancouver in 1986.
In Shanghai 2010, Cisco will be bringing Smart+Connected Communities to World Expo. Smart+Connected Communities is Cisco’s initiative to provide cities and communities with smart and connected solutions for utilities, safety and security, connected real estate, transportation, healthcare, learning, sports venues, and government services.
By providing a network-enabled blueprint for successful ‘smart’ cities of the future, Smart+Connected Communities solutions help transform physical communities into connected communities that can help realize sustainable economic growth and GDP, enable environmental sustainability through resource management and operational efficiencies, and enhance quality of life for residents.
This dovetails nicely with the World Expo theme of “Better City, Better Life”.
Cisco is the only global IT company with its own corporate pavilion and is also the senior sponsor of networking systems and solutions for World Expo. The entire two-storey, 1,500 sq m Cisco Pavilion, will become a showcase for how networking technologies can contribute to building sustainable cities of the future.
Some of the solutions being showcased include: personal TelePresence and green home control for the home, virtual classroom, virtual healthcare, smart travel station, connected bus and smart grid.
It’s important to note of course that these are not just demos. Cisco Smart+Connected Communities are being built in places such as Incheon, Korea and the State of Colorado in the US.
If you happen to be in Shanghai anytime between May 1 and October 31, do drop by the Cisco Pavilion at World Expo.