Unique speakers share their views in upcoming Smart City Summit

Unique speakers share their views in upcoming Smart City Summit


Terry Group Consulting (TGC) and Oracle are bringing together a unique group of individuals for our Smart Cities Summit on April 30. The insightful group of thought leaders will be sparking off incredible discussion about cities of the future. Keynote speakers, Joel Cherkis, Ashay Prabhu, Neil Glentworth and Lani Refiti share a passion for the pivotal role of technology in our future. 

Steve Terry, CEO of TGC says, “It’s rare to see the calibre of these individuals in the one place. The event is attracting everyone. We have a number of regional Queensland and New South Wales Councils in attendance as well as many Queensland public sector departments.”

Joel Cherkis: Oracle’s Global Vice President—Industry Solutions Group

Head keynote speaker, Joel Cherkis, is Oracle’s Global Vice President—Infrastructure, Government, Education & Health—Industry Solutions Group. Joel is focused on driving industry strategy, applications, cloud and IoT solutions that deliver growth across Oracle’s customer and partner base. 

“I will be talking about the role that technology plays in making cities ‘smart’ and giving a global perspective on what’s working, where, and why,” says Joel. “I will focus on the four pillars of smart cities that include Modern Government Services, Safer Cities, Healthier Cities, and Better Educated Cities and the support needed with modernising the back-office, front-office, platform, and BI/Analytics systems.”

Ashay Prabhu: Assetic co-founder Director

Ashay Prabhu is an Assetic co-founder with over 20 years’ experience in strategic asset management. He has led the development of condition algorithms, valuation profiles and prediction analytics, and is passionate about applying this science to close the global infrastructure renewal gap. The adjunct professor says, “In the future most mature organisations will have assets with genetic intelligence enabling live feed data about asset health, life cycle profiles and patterns of behaviour.”

This will be faster, automated and more accurate than ever so very little human intervention is needed.

“Asset Intelligence is a shift from traditional financial decision making. It will remove human intervention as assets begin to provide neutral signals about their own health and capacity,” Ashay says. “Asset Managers will secure almost infinite amounts of truly reliable data and more importantly in real time.”

Lani Refiti: Security professional, entrepreneur and business technologist

Many may already know Lani Refiti, long-time security professional, entrepreneur and business technologist. He was one of Australia’s first CISSP’s in 2002 and is a long-time contributor to Australian Information Security Association (AISA) formerly serving as Branch Chair and Advocacy Board Member.

Lani has an intriguing background and also sits on the advisory boards of Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, Australian Cyber Security Networks and Signature Films. The busy professional is also a technical advisor for Channel 9 News Queensland and is a regular keynote speaker at conferences on emerging technology. In 2017 Lani co-founded IoTSec Australia, an industry initiative to advocate for secure practices in the IoT ecosystem including smart cities, connected transport and smart health.

During the Summit Lani will be speaking about, “The technical integration and cybersecurity aspects of smart cities.” Lani says, “Smart Cities need to incorporate cybersecurity, resiliency and privacy protections for citizens by design. Privacy in particular will be a challenge as Smart Cities will put the primacy on open data, open API’s and protocols to allow us to connect as many IoT devices as possible to realise the dream of seamless integration and orchestration of IoT ecosystem.”

The integration of IoT will be challenging and complex. To simplify this process we need to rely on open frameworks such as NIST IES-City Framework, IoT Security Foundation and others.

Neil Glentworth: GWI Executive Chairman

Neil Glentworth, Executive Chairman—GWI, is passionate about productivity at a macro level. He is an active advocate of economic growth and known for his no-nonsense advice with a focus on practical ways to leverage data for social and economic outcomes. Neil founded GWI in 2007, growing the business from his kitchen table into a respected national professional services company.

“There’s been an explosion of solutions being offered to help communities become ‘smart’,” says Neil. “Many cities, towns and regions have proudly adopted new technology in a bid to be smarter. While I admire and support the push to use technology, it is critical that decision makers answer the following:

Why are you doing this and where is the community benefit?

During the Summit Neil says he will be discussing how “Digital technology is a critical enabler, though it cannot change the spirit and culture of a city, town or region overnight. What it can do is make that region run more efficiently and allow its residents to get the most out of their experience.”

Neil believes, “at the heart of a town, city or even a region” is a community wanting three things:

  • Value for money (public value) for their rates
  • Responsive and individual delivery of government services
  • A vibrant economy that creates the conditions for jobs and business growth.

A smart city, town or region is one that empowers the community to make a better choice.

Rather than providing broad, comprehensive information, citizens expect a two-way conversation and information to be tailored to their individual circumstances. For a government to be genuinely smart it must see technology as an enabler for providing choice. “Genuine smart cities, towns and regions are those providing choice for consumer services on demand.”

TGC and Oracle are looking forward to seeing you at the Summit.

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