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Metropolitan Solutions



Metropolitan Solutions Conference

Safety and Reliability of Urban Infrastructures

First 24-hour live global conference - We cordially invite you to take part in this global dialog at Metropolitan Solutions Conference 2012.

Metropolitan Solutions 24-hour live global conference

Metropolitan Solutions 24-hour live global conference

Save the date: 6 to 7 November 2012, from 3 am (PST), 2 pm (CET), 9 pm (CST)

They may not seem to have much in common, but on 6 and 7 November 2012, the cities of Hannover (Germany), San José (USA) and Shanghai (China) will be united by the premiere of the Metropolitan Solutions Conference. The live, 24-hour extravaganza will span three time zones as it roves around the globe between its three home cities via Internet linkup.


The Conference

Premiere of 24-hour live global conference

  • Three locations, three time zones, six keynote themes
  • Live webcast
  • 6 to 7 November 2012, Hanover - San José - Shanghai - Hanover

Urbanization is a global trend that is rapidly gaining in importance, particularly in Asia and the Americas. As their populations grow, many of the world’s big cities are waking up to the challenges of accommodation, safety and security, utility supply, communication, mobility and environment management.

The Metropolitan Solutions Conference will have physical locations in Hannover, San José and Shanghai – an innovative format that will give participants on three continents direct access to Conference content, speakers and information. And, of course, all those who are unable to participate in person will still be able to keep up with proceedings via our 24-hour live webcast.

Its partners include companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Phoenix Contact, Festo, Rittal, Siemens and TÜV Rheinland.

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Keynote themes

Safety and Reliability of Urban Infrastructures

Each location will feature expert discussion on its own two themes in addition to the main theme.


  • Stable Energy Supplies en Route to a New Energy Mix
  • Critical Infrastructure and Smart Cities


  • Reliable Telecommunication Networks for Municipal Administration and State-of-the-art Crisis Communication
  • Mobile Systems and Wireless Networks in Urban Environments: A Source of Added Risk?


  • Reliable Water Supply, Waste Water Disposal and Sewage Treatment for Smart Cities
  • Efficient Traffic Management and Reliable Mobility Concepts for Smart Cities


Speakers by List

As of October 12, 2012 - subject to change

Jürgen Arnold Hewlett Packard Deutschland
Chief Technologist & Strategist, Böblingen (DE)

Dr.-Ing. Manfred Bayerlein TÜV Rheinland AG
Chairman of the Management Board, Cologne (DE)

Mr. Zhao Chunfeng Phoenix Contact
EIT Automation manager of marketing department, Nanjing, (PRC)

Paul Cosgrave Center of Digital Government
Senior Fellow, California (USA)

Greg Dixson Phoenix Contact USA Inc.
Director Product Marketing, Harrisburg, (USA)

Eduard Emde ASIS International
President, Wassenaar (NL)

Adolfo Guerrero Cities Development Initiative for Asia
Head of Cities Development Initiative for Asia China Office, Shanghai, (PRC)

Dr. Jochen Köckler Deutsche Messe
Member of the Managing Board, Hannover (DE)

Andreas Luttmann Hannover Fairs International GmbH
General Manager, Hannover, (DE)

Ms. Jinghong Miao Phoenix Contact
Nanjing, (PRC)

Madame Gui, Minzhen China Urban Water Association
Vice President (PRC)

Jack Nehlig Phoenix Contact USA Inc.
President, Harrisburg (USA)

Konrad Otto-Zimmermann ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Secretary General , Bonn (DE)

Chandrakant Patel Hewlett Packard Labs (Interim)
Director and Senior Fellow, Palo Alto (USA)

Mr. Dr.-Ing. Pinsheng Du Phoenix Contact R&D and Engineering Center Co. Ltd.
Vice President, Nanjing (PRC)

Dr. Reinhard Priebe European Commission, Brussels
Director for Internal Security, Directorate General Home Affairs (DG Home)

Dr. Steve Purser ENISA - European Network and Information Security Agency
Head of Technical Department, Heraklion-Crete (GR)

Dr. Eckard Roos Festo
Head of Industry Segment Process Automation, Denkendorf (DE)

Stephan Schmidt TÜV Rheinland AG
Member of the Management Board, Cologne (DE)

Dirk Seewald Innominate Security Technologies AG
Chief Executive Officer, Berlin (DE)

Dr. Ole Schröder Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany
Parliamentary State Secretary, Berlin, (DE)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Thoma
Director, Ernst Mach Institute, Freiburg / Chairman, Fraunhofer Group, Defense and Security Research (DE)

Dr. Anke Tuschke BDEW
Member of the Management Board, Association of Energy and Water Industries, Berlin (DE)

Prof. Dong Wei Urban Planning Society of China,

Rob Welton Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector Enterprise Solutions
National Business Manager, (USA)

Meg Whitman (t.b.c.) Hewlett Packard
Chief Executive Officer and President, Palo Alto (USA)

Liu Xuan-Hua
Hamburg Consult China

President Mr. Li, Zhen Dong China Urban Water Association
Vice Minister of Construction, Beijing (PRC)

Conference format

24-hour live global conference

The Metropolitan Solutions Conference will be staged on 6 and 7 November 2012. It will be attended by live audiences and simultaneously witnessed by online viewers via live webcast. The Conference will traverse three time zones and three locations around the globe and run for between four and five hours in each location.

It kicks off on 6 November at 2 p.m. local time in Hannover, Germany. Eight hours later it will switch to San José, California, where it also starts at 2 p.m. local time. Then, eight hours after that, it will commence in Shanghai, China, at 1 p.m. local time.

The Conference will end with a special closing ceremony on 7 November in Hannover. The closing ceremony is an opportunity to bring together the various findings from the three conference locations, formulate a closing summary and present video statements by high-ranking government representatives.


HANNOVER - Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 5.00 am (PST), 2.00 pm (CET), 9.00 pm (CST)

The first Hannover session is themed Stable Energy Supplies en Route to a New Energy Mix. The presentations will explore ideas and options for creating cities that are able to manage energy and resources sustainably while at the same time remaining economically viable and competitive.

The second session is dedicated to Critical Infrastructure and Smart Cities. Intelligent technical infrastructure is the control room of any properly functioning city and is critical to big city life. Intelligent technologies are indispensable if we want our urban infrastructure to be state-of-the-art, efficient, networked, reliable and secure. No city can grow, compete and prosper over the long term without an intelligent technology "backbone."

Program overview

SAN JOSÉ - Tuesday 6 Nov. 2012, 2 pm (PST), 11 pm (CET) | Wednesday 7 Nov. 2012, 6 am (CST)

The second stage of the Conference will be held in San José in the heart of Silicon Valley and will get under way with a close look at Reliable Telecommunication Networks for Municipal Administration and State-of-the-art Crisis Communication. Maintaining data security, data access control and effective emergency response capabilities in megacities requires high-performance, complex IT systems and specialized, high-speed data networks. These systems must be totally failsafe in order to guarantee vital interdisciplinary data flows at all times.

Session 2 of the San José program is themed Mobile Systems and Wireless Networks in Urban Environments: A Source of Added Risk? Flexible, perpetually available IT and communication technology has become part and parcel of everyday life. But the convenience of mobile IT and permanent data interchange via 3G networks often comes at a price: security. Among much else, this late afternoon/early evening session of the Metropolitan Solutions Conference examines solutions for minimizing these risks while improving and guaranteeing the reliability of mobile data flows.

Program overview

SHANGHAI - Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 9 pm (PST), 6 am (CET), 1 pm (CST)

The third leg of the Conference will be held at the SNIEC exhibition center in Shanghai, China. The presentations and discussions in the first session come under the banner of Reliable Water Supply, Waste Water Disposal and Sewage Treatment for Smart Cities. Innovative supply and distribution systems are vital to the continued viability of China’s rapidly growing megacities. State-of-the-art sensors, integrated systems and mobile communications are the key to actively monitoring, evaluating and optimizing China's largely static water and wastewater infrastructure.

The second Shanghai session is all about Efficient Traffic Management and Reliable Mobility Concepts for Smart Cities. Traffic volumes in China's bustling megacities are now absolutely enormous. Proactive traffic management systems based on flexible transport systems, intelligent IT networks and communication technology have the potential to prevent traffic jams at peak times.

Program overview



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