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Role of Technology in the Development of Sustainable Megacities in Asia

Southeast Asia has one of the world’s fastest urbanization rates at 3.1% annually. 11 of the world’s 19 megacities are already in Asia. Over the next fifteen years, 350 million people will move to China’s large urban centers. As a result, 221 cities in China will have a population of 1 million or larger. Today, the whole of Europe only has 35 cities this big.

How will Asia’s rapidly growing urban centers adapt their infrastructure and mobility models to manage their vulnerability to climate change?

This was the question posed to experts on the panel session entitled: “Megacities -- the making of sustainable marketplaces of the future”.

Munish Khetrapal, Cisco’s head of Smart+Connected Communities in Asia, spoke about how the network can become the platform to help cities solve these problems.

Khetrapal spoke about how Cisco is working with cities around Asia, such as Incheon in South Korea, to integrate networking technologies into city infrastructure, transforming services such as transportation, healthcare and education.

Khetrapal also spoke about the need for a PPP (Public-Private-People) model for such initiatives to be effective.

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  1. Khetrapal made some very interesting comments here. The idea of technologies such as remote diagnostics making health care more accessible to rural Asia is a big step forward in my opinion, not to mention the reduction of average costs to $1 per visit!It is great to see Cisco playing an important role in using technology to make health care more accessible to rural Asian communities.

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