5G and Smart Cities Interplay – Will 5G make smart cities a common reality?

Duration: 7 Hrs (Live: 3 hrs.; Recorded: 4 hrs.)

5G is not just an evolutionary upgrade of the previous generation of cellular networks, but it is a revolutionary technology envisioned that will eliminate the bounds of access, bandwidth, performance, and latency limitations on connectivity worldwide.  5G technologies bring in a universal connectivity angle that has not been present in the earlier generations of wireless technologies. With the potential for 5G networks to provide anytime anywhere connectivity to anything, the number of applications or domains which can leverage this kind of connectivity will be quite large. 5G will be the connectivity fabric of a new era of information technology that will transform every sector of the economy and society. 5G has the potential to enable fundamentally new applications, industries, and business models and dramatically improve quality of life around the world via unprecedented use cases that require high data-rate instantaneous communications, low latency, and massive connectivity for new applications for mobile, eHealth, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, smart homes, Industrial IoT, to name a few. 

Many application domains have started looking at 5G and 5G-like technologies to leverage the new features and facilities provided by the networks like ultra-high speeds, ultra-low latency, connecting massive number of devices which need on and off connectivity, and other such requirements. 

Smart Cities are considered as one of the high priority Application domains for 5G. The operation of Smart Cities relies enormously on IoT, and 5G wireless networks are expected to be the great IoT enabler. By offering faster connections, more reliability and higher capacity at lower costs, 5G is a critical piece of the smart city puzzle, allowing cities to access the necessary fast connections to their infrastructure, devices and people. 5G offers the capacity to enable additional smart city capabilities and applications that require high-bandwidth and low-latency. 

India, beyond developing a Unified Digital Infrastructure Reference Architecture for Smart Cities, is already looking at developing a 5G inclusive ICT Architecture for the Smart Cities’ Digital Infrastructure and defining a smooth migration path from contemporary architecture to the 5G inclusive ICT architecture.

The 5G revolution is therefore the enormous boost needed by cities in order to drive the creation of truly smart cities and regions, bringing about the improvements in social, environmental, and financial aspects of urban life that are needed to support our growing global population.

Our goal, during this track of the IEEE 5G Summit, is to provide a platform for communications and collaboration between industry, government and research on the state-of-the-art in smart cities and 5G across India and internationally. The objective is to provide a clear picture of where we are today, where we are heading with the future of humankind and how 5G can serve as an accelerator in making smart cities a common reality across the globe.

The track shall have eminent speakers from Smart Cities, ICT & 5G domains sharing their perspectives covering the cross-cutting topics around the 5G & Smart Cities (Infrastructure) interplay like – Vision, Strategy, finance and Standards; Urban Planning, Infrastructure, Buildings and Security; Connectivity, Mobility and the Environment; and conclude with a Live Panel discussion providing some valuable actionable insights to the stakeholders of Smart Cities & 5G Ecosystems.



Keynote Session Live 

September 11, 2020. 11:00 – 14:00 hrs. EDT (15:00 – 18:00 hrs. UTC)

Welcome Address & Theme Talk – N. Kishor Narang

Keynote Address

  1. Narendra Mangra, Wireless Advisor, GlobeNet LLC. USA
  2. Sander Dolder – Vice President of Initiatives – Smart and Sustainable Cities at NYCEDC, NY, USA
  3. U. K. Srivastava – Principal Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, New Delhi, India
  4. Mohamed Essaaidi – Head Smart Systems Lab, ENSIAS College of Engineering, Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Keynote Panel Discussion

Theme 5G & Smart Cities Interplay – Will 5G make smart cities a common reality?


  1. Victor M Larios – The University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
  2. Joel Myers – Co-Chair of the IEEE IoT Initiative for Smart Cities
  3. Manojit Bose – Sr. Advisor, Smart Cities, India
  4. Andrew Boedigheimer-Thiessen – Division Chief, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration), USA
  5. Clayton Banks – CEO & Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem, USA
  6. Narendra Mangra, Wireless Advisor, GlobeNet LLC. USA

Moderator – N. Kishor Narang, NARNIX TECHNOLABS, INDIA

On Demand Keynote Talks – Available from 00:00 hrs. EDT (04:00 hrs. UTC) 

  1. Barnik Chitran Maitra – Managing Partner & CEO Arthur D Little, India & Southeast Asia
  2. Allan Friedman – Director, Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), USA.
  3. Dr. Dilip Krishnaswamy – Senior scientist, IBM Research – Bangalore, India.
  4. Ken Davidson – Director of Product Management, Cisco IoT, USA
  5. Darran Anderson – Director of Strategy and Innovation, Texas Department of Transportation, TX, USA
  6. Fawzi Behmann – President, TelNet Management Consulting Inc. USA
  7. Xiao-Jun Wu – Director, Institute of Science & Technology, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
  8. Satish Jamadagni – VP, Head of standards, Reliance Jio, India
  9. Sri Chandrasekaran – Director – Standards & Technology, IEEE India


Speakers’ Profiles:

Kishor Narang, Technology Philanthropist, Innovation & Standardization Evangelist

Kishor is currently leading the Smart Cities Standardization Globally as Vice Chair – Strategy & Convener of Reference Architecture Work Group in IEC Systems Committee on Smart Cities and Project Leader of IEC Standards – IEC TS 63188 ED1 – Smart Cities Reference Architecture Methodology & IEC 63205 ED1 – Smart Cities Reference Architecture; and also, as Co-editor of a few ISO Standards in ISO/IEC JTC1 Committees. Member Steering Committee – OCEANIS (The Open Community for Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems); Member UL STP 3600 on ‘Measuring and Reporting Circular Economy Aspects of Products, Sites and Organizations’. And Standards Column Editor in IEEE IoT magazine.

At the National level, he is leading the Smart Cities Standardization work in ICT & Electrotechnology domains as the Chairman of LITD 28 – Sectional Committee on Smart Infrastructure at BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), where the main focus is on Standards development for Unified & Secure ICT Architecture for Smart Cities/ Infrastructure.

Professionally, Kishor is Technology Consultant, Mentor & Design Architect in Electrical, Electronics & ICT with over 40 years of professional experience in education, research, design and consulting. Over 30 years of hardcore Research and Design Development Experience in Solutions, Systems, Products, Hardware, Software & Firmware (Embedded Software) in fields of Industrial, Power, IT, Telecom, Medical, Energy and Environment, and over 10 years of Consultancy Experience to different segments of business & industry.  He has over 200 Research & Design Mentees in the Electronics, ICT & STI Ecosystems. Professionally, he is an Electronics Design Engineer practicing design & development of a wide spectrum of Products, Systems & Solutions as an Independent Design House – NARNIX since 1981.

Beyond designing & developing some of the most innovative systems & solutions, kishor has developed some complex IPs in Design Architectures in the Fields of High Frequency Power Electronics, Neutral Access Network Operation, Last Mile Communication, Smart Utility Management & Smart Infrastructure.

For last 10 years, deeply involved in Standardization in the Electrical, Electronics, Communication and Information Technology Domains with focus on Identifying Gaps in Standards to address Interoperable Systems & Solutions Deployments and bring Harmonization by defining standardized interfaces to ensure End-to-End Interoperability.

Currently, Kishor is developing a Comprehensive “5G inclusive ICT Architecture for Critical Infrastructure” and leading the 5G Application Layer Standards development in India.


Joel Myers, CEO, DOMILA Limited, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Co-Chair of the IEEE IoT Initiative 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.

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.

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.


Victor M Larios, Director of the Smart Cities Innovation Center (SCIC), The University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Victor M. Larios followed higher education degree programs a the ITESO University in Mexico (BSc in Electronics Engineering) and the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France (MSc and Ph.D.). He is a Full Professor at the Information Systems Department at the University of Guadalajara (UDG). Since April 2014, he is the Director of the Smart Cities Innovation Center (SCIC) and leads a group of researchers in Smart Cities and Information Technologies at UDG. His primary research interests are in Smart Cities, IoT Distributed Systems, Networking, Multiagent Systems, and Data Visualization using Virtual Reality. As contributions, Dr. Larios published more than 70 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and published a book in Serious Games.

Dr. Larios is cooperating in projects with the High Technology industry and government using design thinking and agile methodologies to accelerate technology transfer in living labs. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder and CIO of a consulting company IDI Smart Cities, working in cooperation with Advion Solutions from Finland. The main activities are the market research and the development of coordinated international projects in Latin American Countries and the European Union. More specifically, efforts are in place to introduce the Circular Economy Model as a sustainability component for the Mega-Cities. As a volunteer, Dr. Larios also is a technical advisor for the Guadalajara Smart City project for the Government and international ONGs as IEEE. Victor M. Larios is a Senior Member at IEEE with 27 years of membership and the local leader of Guadalajara Core City at the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative since 2013.


Narendra Mangra, Wireless Advisor, GlobeNet LLC. USA

Narendra has extensive business and technical consulting experience across the end-to-end wireless mobility ecosystem and mobile network deployment lifecycle. His experience spans the academia, industry and government sectors primarily with strategy development, mobile satellite and cellular technologies, and complex network infrastructure deployments for mobile wireless and enterprise broadband communications.

Narendra serves in key leadership roles in technology roadmap development, smart cities framework, standards development, and education. The IEEE initiatives include Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR), Applications and Services Working Group, Summer School Education for Young Professionals, P1950.1 Standard for Communications Architectural Functional Framework for Smart Cities, and the IEEE Public Safety Task Force. Narendra is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University. His current interests include the 5G ecosystem, smart cities, and related sustainable interconnected ecosystems.

Title: “A Comprehensive Framework for 5G inclusive Smart Cities”

Abstract: The increasing urban population growth in cities contribute to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions and exerts pressure on the existing city infrastructure. Smart cities are sustainable interconnected ecosystem of ecosystems that links people, places and things to promote economic development, quality of life, and attractiveness for residents, businesses, and visitors. Furthermore, smart cities are dynamic environments with competing demands for services among a diverse stakeholder mix.

This presentation describes the role of 5G within the smart cities vision and the end-to-end deployment life cycle. It will also include a discussion on selected ecosystems, 5G use case categories and network operations enhancements, primary network components, smart city deployment challenges, smart city performance, and smart city governance implications.


Fawzi Behmann, President, TelNet Management Consulting Inc. USA
Director, IEEE ComSoc North America Region
Chairman, IEEE Communications & Signal Processing Combined Chapter at IEEE.

Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author, entrepreneur and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 30 years in industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networks spanning Service provider with Teleglobe Canada, Communications networking equipment with Nortel Networks and semiconductor with Motorola/Freescale in Canada and US. Fawzi was a principle architect and championed the definition and the developing of integrated pre-IoT telecom alert system and networking management solution at Teleglobe Canada. He was a senior product manager for broadband edge and core nodes with Nortel Networks. Fawzi also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale for SoC networking & Communications product line.

Fawzi is passionate about technology automation and has founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering consulting services in the areas of IOT/mobile/wearable/GGIS technology trends and positioning for smart networking solutions in key market segments such as smart homes & buildings, health & wellness, smart energy & infrastructure and smart communities & Cities.

Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE, and is currently the ComSoc NA vice chair, CTS Conference & PACE Chair, and ComSoc/SP/CS Austin chapter chair. He was the recipient of several awards from Industry and IEEE including CEO Freescale Diamond Chip Award in 2008, and IEEE ComSoc Chapter of the year award in 2015 and Outstanding R5 member award for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Title: “5G/6G: Cognitive Approach to Building Smart Cities/Societies


Dr. Dilip Krishnaswamy, Senior scientist, IBM Research – Bangalore, India

Dr. Dilip Krishnaswamy is currently working as a senior scientist at IBM Research in Bangalore. He received the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked as a Platform Architect at Intel, and as a Senior Staff Researcher in the Office of the Chief Scientist at Qualcomm. He served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications from 2009-2014. He is an inventor on 58 granted US patents and has published 70+ papers with 3 best paper awards.

Title: Configurable Networked Data Management in 5G Smart Cities

Abstract: 5G Smart Cities will have rich possibilities for networking with low latency edge networks, distributed networks, and hierarchical networks. Such networks can be configured on demand to help in the realization of different use-cases. This talk will cover interesting possibilities for hierarchical and distributed data processing leveraging such networks in 5G smart cities, which can give rise to interesting challenges for data management. This talk will also address policy and regulatory-related concerns for data management in such smart cities.


Sander Dolder, Vice President of Initiatives – Smart and Sustainable Cities at NYCEDC, NY, USA

Highly perceptive & even-keeled business development leader with 10 years of effective results transforming organizations and economies towards a low-carbon future by fostering innovation, growth, and systems change. Currently a Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where I design, build, & lead efforts to expand the NYC economy by catalyzing emerging sectors, developing innovation ecosystems, implementing sustainability strategies, and forging public-private partnerships: specialized in strategic foresight, innovation ecosystems, sustainability, impact investing, and organization design; sector experience in urbantech/smart cities, cleantech, telecom, media, emerging tech, chemical, and public sectors; and skilled in project management, due diligence, urban planning, public policy, and public-private partnerships.

Title: “New York City Built on 5G: Creating a Platform for Urban Innovation and Transformation


Xiao-Jun Wu, IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Core City Leader for the City of Wuxi, China
Director, Institute of Science & Technology, Jiangnan University, Wuxi (China)

Xiao-Jun Wu received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, PR China in 1991 and M.S. degree in 1996, and Ph.D. degree in Pattern Recognition and Intelligent System in 2002, both from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, PR China, respectively. He was a fellow of United Nations University, International Institute for Software Technology (UNU/IIST) from 1999 to 2000. From 1996 to 2006, he taught in the School of Electronics and Information, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology where he was an exceptionally promoted professor. He joined School of Information Engineering (now renamed as School of IoT Engineering), Jiangnan University in 2006 where he is a distinguished professor of level two. He won the most outstanding postgraduate award by Nanjing University of Science and Technology. He has published more than 200 papers in his fields of research, among which 60 papers have indexed by SCI and more than 100 papers have been indexed by EI. He has won different awards including international award, national award and provincial award for his research achievements. He was a visiting postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Vision, Speech, and Signal Processing (CVSSP), University of Surrey, UK from 2003 to 2004, under the supervision of Professor Josef Kittler. His current research interests are pattern recognition, computer vision, fuzzy systems, neural networks and intelligent systems. He is an associate editor of International Journal of Computer Mathematics, review editor of Frontiers in Neurorobotics, and editor of Journal of Algorithm and Computational Technology respectively. He is in charge of Wuxi IEEE Smart Cities Pioneering Program, IEEE Smart Cities Initiative.

Title: “Hyper Connecting the City of Wuxi through 5G and AI”


Clayton Banks, CEO & Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem, NY, USA

Clayton Banks is a thought leader for 5th generation (5G) wireless infrastructure for New York City. He serves on the Mayor’s NYCx Advisory Board, and its mission is to propose bold ideas that solve urban needs, improve the way we live, support a thriving economy, and create good-paying jobs.

Clayton Banks is the CEO & Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem. The mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem and other urban markets into Innovation and Technology Hubs. Under his leadership, Silicon Harlem has been focused on building smart city corridors in upper Manhattan and collaborating with stakeholders to provide affordable broadband to all citizens. Mr. Banks has led Silicon Harlem to partner with the Department of Education for New York City to establish an after-school STEM-based startup accelerator, collaborate with the NYC Mayor’s office to assess wireless broadband in upper Manhattan and coordinate a virtual startup incubator for tech-based entrepreneurs. Banks has established and produces the nationally recognized technology conference in Harlem, the Silicon Harlem tech conference, which is focused on next generation internet and its impact on urban markets and economic development.

Title: “COSMOS – A city-scale platform bringing 5G to Harlem and its citizen engagement programmes”


Mohamed Essaaidi, Head of the Smart Systems Lab and Former Dean, ENSIAS College of Engineering, Mohamed V University in Rabat
Former Director International Coop. at Ministry of General Affairs & Governance, Morocco
Founder & Former Chair of IEEE Morocco

Mohamed Essaaidi, Prof. Dr. IEEE Senior Member, received the “Licence de Physique” degree, the “Doctorat de Troisième Cycle” degree and the “Doctorat d’Etat” degree in Electrical Engineering and with honors, respectively, in 1988, 1992 and 1997 from Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetuan, Morocco. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering in Abdelmalek Essaadi University since 1993.

He is the founder and former Chair of the IEEE Morocco Section since November 2004. He is the founder and the General Chair of Mediterranean Microwave Symposium (MMS) since the year 2000, the co-founder and the General Chair of Information and Communication technologies International Symposium (ICTIS) since 2005, and NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Information Security Assurance Co-director, Tetuan, June 3-6, 2005. He is the Chairman of the Scientific Committees of SETIT’07, SETIT’09 (Tunisia) and e-MEDISYS’07 (Morocco) and e-MEDISYS’09 (Tunisia) as well. He was also a member of the Organizing and the Scientific Committees of several international symposia and conferences dealing with topics related with RF, microwaves and Information and Communication technologies and their applications. Furthermore, he is a referee of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Advanced Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal, European Microwave Association Proceedings, Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute Journal.

Title: “Overview of Middle East & Northern Africa (MENA) 5G & Smart Cities Initiatives”


Sri Chandrasekaran, Director – Standards & Technology, IEEE India

Sri has been associated with the IEEE-SA and the IEEE India office for the past 4+ years with focus on standards engagements in India and executing the programs on the Emerging Technology programs within the IEEE-SA. In this strategic role, Sri drives standards related initiatives & programs globally across technology sectors which include amongst others IoT, Smart Cities, Sensors, eHealth and VLSI domains, and also to engage Indian engineering community to global IEEE standards development efforts.

Prior to joining IEEE, Sri was associated with Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (formerly Motorola Inc.) for 18 years, managing a global R&D team focused on Electronic Design Automation.

Sri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Madras University, India and a Post-Graduation degree in Electrical Communication from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Title: “IEEE Standards Impact on Future Connectivity Technologies”

Abstract: Next generation connectivity technologies (5G and future technologies) when deployed over the next several years will provide higher bandwidth, and lower latency than current generation. These technologies will accelerate and provide connectivity to billions of devices and enable completely new market verticals and applications that will transform the way we work and live. IEEE Standards Association is at the forefront of driving these technologies with new capabilities in IEEE 802 and other complimentary enterprise level standards development activities which will be highlighted through this talk. The talk will also provide a brief overview of standards development and how experts can participate in ongoing IEEE SA programs.


Ken Davidson, Director of Product Management, Cisco IoT, USA

Ken Davidson has extensive experience in networking, mobile, video security, processing and distribution and security technologies. In his current role, he is responsible for setting overall strategy, execution of the worldwide roadmap and integration of cellular connectivity management across Cisco’s IOT portfolio, including 5G and Private LTE / 5G.
Ken has been in the networking industry for over 30 years, held positions with a number of Service Providers, networking vendors, and consultancy companies and has been awarded a number of patents. His experience covers portfolio management for a range of access technologies, in addition to routing.
In his spare time, Mr. Davidson is a commercial pilot and is an avid sports fan.

Title: “Shaping the 5G-Powered Smart City of Tomorrow”

Abstract: With migration increasing into urban environments, smart cities offer a way to keep us thriving, both in our daily lives, and in the face of crises like climate change, pandemics, and terrorism. This session explores how 5G can be harnessed to keep IoT-powered cities running – from the humble smart water meter all the way to autonomous EMS vehicles. It looks at success stories of service providers partnering with technologists, enterprises, and governments to define how to use 5G effectively. By illustrating the smart city of the (near) future, I’ll also pinpoint the hotbeds of 5G opportunity – verticals with strong IoT growth projections that are also inherently mobile.


Barnik Chitran Maitra, Managing Partner & CEO Arthur D Little, India & Southeast Asia

Barnik is currently responsible for the Arthur D Little’s regional footprint and as a member of the Global Leadership Team, he co-leads the Arthur D Little’s global innovation centres on Digital Technologies, Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence. With over two decades of management consulting and technology experience, Barnik is an expert in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 5G, a Silicon Valley technology investor, board director, published author and a renowned speaker at key global fora. 

Barnik is also on the Board of several venture funded disruptive technology start-ups in India and the US. He has participated in the creation of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), authored numerous articles in McKinsey publications, co-edited & contributed to the international bestseller Reimagining India: Unlocking the potential of Asia’s next superpower, published by Simon & Schuster (2014). He is the lead author of Arthur D Little’s seminal report India: Surmounting the challenges of COVID-19 published in May 2020. 

Over the years Barnik has counselled CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on technology transformation topics. His expertise in helping leading multinational corporations build technology enabled businesses and advising governments on technology topics such as smart cities, artificial intelligence, 5G and gigabit network deployment informs all his work.  

Barnik earned a B. Technology (Hons), Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Title: “The 5G revolution: How will the 21st century cities shape their “SMART” destiny with 5G


What’s the 5G promise for smart cities? With ultra-high-speed connectivity, low latency, better battery life and the ability to handle millions of users, 5G will be a game changer for the smart city movement. 5G will empower smart cities to light up next generation use-cases such as real-time traffic management, remote patient monitoring and predictive interventions, Augmented Reality guided tourism, Drone surveillance, integrated autonomous transportation systems and improved disaster response. With the enablement of the Internet of Things powered by Artificial Intelligence, 5G will enable limitless smart city applications aimed at empowering the 21st century digital citizen. 

How should cities think about 5G? Smart cities should adopt the role of a proactive shaper of its 5G future where municipalities drive initiatives with public and private stakeholders and support practical implementation to enable the next generation use cases and applications. A distinctive 5G network enabled by fiber connectivity operated in a neutral access/neutral host manner will increasingly become an imperative for speedy integration of new applications required for Smart Cities to achieve its true potential.


Manojit Bose, Sr. Advisor, Smart Cities, INDIA

Manojit Bose, an alumnus of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar, India and Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, India, comes with extensive experience of technology implementation in the government. He has been closely involved with the government on several important eGovernance initiatives and has been deeply involved in leading initiatives in the areas of conceptualizing technology initiatives, program implementation, procurement reforms, data & tech led innovation etc amongst others. Prior to that he spent close to a decade, serving Fortune 100 customers working out of India, US and Japan. 

He has been involved with the Smart Cities Mission in India right from the very beginning in 2014/15, having worked closely with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, and various cities in drawing up their Smart City Plans. During this time he had also co-authored a report, “Integrated ICT and Geo-spatial Technologies framework for the 100 Smart Cities Mission” which was leveraged by various cities in identifying their pan city IT interventions. He has led the conceptualization and implementation of several technology initiatives of the Pune Smart City focusing on technology led innovation in solving complex sectoral problems leveraging emerging technologies in partnerships with leading academic institutions, government agencies and start-ups.

He has also been a member of various technology working groups set up by the Government and has been a speaker in various national and international forums.


Andrew Boedigheimer-Thiessen,
Division Chief, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences,
NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration), USA

Andrew Boedigheimer-Thiessen is the Division Chief for the Telecommunications and Information Planning Division of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the US Department of Commerce. Andrew’s Division is responsible for functional areas that include 5G & beyond standardization, Public Safety and National Security/Emergency Preparedness, commercial mobile broadband test and evaluation, and Quality of Experience assessment for audio and video communications. Andrew leads for NTIA on 5G standards and research & development.

Prior to beginning work at ITS, Andrew was the principal engineer at a startup (Integral Focus) focused on developing cloud based medical office management software. Prior to working at Integral Focus, Andrew was a senior systems engineer for Sun Microsystems and MITRE, along with several successful starts ups including MessageMedia (purchased by DoubleClick), where he managed the integration of acquisitions into the business and managed the system architecture upon the successful integration. Andrew started his career with the National Security Agency out of undergraduate school, working in varied areas.

Andrew did his undergraduate academic work at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in both Electrical Engineering and English. He received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Duke University. Andrew is the recipient of Department of Commerce Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for his work. He is also the recipient of the DJ Atkinson Technical Award from NPSTC.

Title: “USA – Implementing a National Strategy to Secure 5G



U. K. Srivastava, Principal Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, New Delhi, India

Mr. Srivastava as Principal Advisor in TRAI is looking after telecom networks, spectrum and licensing. He is a graduate in Electronics Engineering and possesses Diploma in Management and has 35 years of experience in telecommunications sector. He belongs to the 1983 batch of Indian Telecom Service and is trained in transmission technologies, including optical, radio and satellite communications. He has managed various telecom activities including operations, maintenance, training, quality assurance, standardization and policy. He has been a member of various standing committees on satellite communications.

He was deputed to ITU to serve in Iraq for two years and at ITU HQ in Geneva for a year and half. He has chaired the National Working Group-5 of ITU-T for a period of six years and has convened National Working Group-5 of ITU-R for eight years. He has also been actively involved in National Preparatory Committee (NPC) meetings and finalization of National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP)-2011. He has been associated with various standards development activities of ITU-T and ITU-R and has represented India in various conferences of these organizations. He also served as Vice Chairman of Study group-7 of ITU-R for a period of four years.

In the present capacity in TRAI, he is responsible for recommendation to the government on the issues of spectrum management, licensing issues of access, national long distance, International Long Distance, Machine to Machine Communications, Broadband, Satellite Communications, Internet Telephony etc. He is also responsible for laying down regulations for network interconnection, Interconnection User Charge, Mobile Number Portability, charges for Cable Landing Stations etc.

Title: “Robust ICT Infrastructure – Backbone of Smart Cities

Abstract: 5G Technology provides complete transformation of mobile connectivity. It has the potential to serve to the communication needs of various economic verticals be it health, agriculture, transportation, industrial IoT, utilities and smart cities. Together with AI and ML, the 5G technology is capable of providing optimized and affordable solutions to large number of applications.

5G technology is able to configure differentiated services to cater to different use cases and application requiring high speed mobile broadband, low-latency applications, ultra-reliable communication for mission-critical applications and massive machine type communication for low-rate high density IoT applications.

Looking at the connectivity and ICT requirements of a Smart City, it can be observed that diversified kinds of connectivity are required for different applications of Smart cities. There is no single network to cater to all the requirements of Smart city and multitude of connectivity options are being used currently to achieve the objectives.

Features of 5G such as Network Slicing, Network function virtualization, Common API Framework, Service Enabler Architect Layer etc. make it versatile and robust to serve the needs of Smart City applications.


Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Texas Department of Transportation, TX, USA

His responsibilities include leadership and strategic direction for the innovation and continuous improvement of people, processes and technology of the agency. He oversees the Strategic Planning, Information Management, and Research and Technology Implementation divisions. He directs technology and business process improvements, and strategic research and innovation initiatives across TxDOT. He is also responsible for coordinating TxDOT’s strategies and performance analytics. His experience extends across the areas of leadership, strategic planning, operations, portfolio and project management, technology programs, training, tests, experimentation, and modeling and simulation.

Title: “Smart transportation and mobility enablement in the State of Texas


Satish Jamadagni, VP, Head of standards, Reliance Jio, India

Satish is presently the Vice Chair of TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society of India) and the Study Group Chair. In Reliance Jio along with being  Head of Standards he is heading the 5G indigenization efforts also. He has an industry experience of around 22 years. He is active in 3GPP, ORAN, GTI and GSMA. He has around 120 granted patents and quite a few publications in the areas of Telecom, Cloud and AI.

Title: “Data privacy & Security architectures will be key in 5G IoT to enable smart cities


Allan Friedman – Director, Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), USA

Prior to joining the Federal government, Friedman was a noted cybersecurity and technology policy researcher. Wearing the hats of both a technologist and a policy scholar, his work spans computer science, public policy and the social sciences, and has addressed a wide range of policy issues, from privacy to telecommunications. Friedman has over a decade of experience in cybersecurity research, with a particular focus on economic, market, and trade issues. He is the co-author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014).

His work has taken him between the technical and policy research world. From 2014-215, he was a Research Scientist at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at George Washington University based in the Cyber Security Policy Research Institute. Before that, Friedman was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the research director for the Center for Technology Innovation. Prior to moving to Washington, he was Postdoctoral Fellow in the Harvard University Computer Science department, where he worked on cyber security policy, privacy-enhancing technologies and the economics of information security. Friedman was also a Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he worked on the Minerva Project for Cyber International Relations. He has also received fellowships from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the Harvard Program on Networked Governance. He has a degree in Computer Science from Swarthmore College, and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Title:SBOM and Transparency in the software supply chain”

Abstract: Software plays an increasingly important role in 5G networks and the related connected world of devices and applications, and yet relatively little coordinated attention has been paid to the security and quality of the software supply chain. The first step to understanding this supply chain is transparency. This talk will give an overview of a “software bill of materials,” (SBOM) and how greater transparency can drive assurance, better quality, and help mitigate risks and vulnerabilities found deep on our supply chains. We will present on the progress made in an open, international, community-led process, and identify further needed work, potential research, and opportunities to engage.


Smart Cities Track Organizers and Chairs

N. Kishor Narang
Mentor & Principal Design Architect, NARNIX TECHNOLABS, INDIA

Joel Myers
CEO, DOMILA Limited, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Co-Chair of the IEEE IoT Initiative Smart Cities Working Group

Victor M. Larios
Director of the Smart Cities Innovation Center (SCIC), The University of Guadalajara, Mexico


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