Expert lays down road map for futuristic cities

Says wireless charging technology through roads not far off

July 07, 2019 01:00 am | Updated 01:00 am IST - Kozhikode

Technology is expected to play a more intense role in the 5G era. The more the availability of data, the more precise it will be.

Through a presentation on ‘Innovation, Technology and Connected Cities’ here on Saturday, Akshay Pottathil, a specialist in strategic planning from San Diego State University, US, laid down a futuristic technology map from which Kozhikode could adopt a lesson or two.

Mr. Pottathil, having his roots in Kozhikode, is the co-director of the Centre for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS) of San Diego State University. He is also known for his ability to conduct accurate needs analysis, assess technical capabilities, conduct strategic planning, build and motivate teams, and manage high-risk projects. At the presentation on Saturday, organised by the Rotary Club Calicut Green City, Mr. Pottathil explained as to how the availability of systematic data could change the way technology was implemented on a day-to-day basis in various sectors such as health care, disaster management, transportation, food, and safety.

Security was one of the concerns he raised. “‘Internet of threats’ was a possibility in the era of ‘Internet of Things’,” he said, explaining how each technology, especially government databases that are based on open source software, could be hacked.

He went on to explain the forthcoming revolution in the field of transportation, with cars becoming self-driven and wireless charging technology through roads for automobiles.

“From the era of information superiority, we are moving to that of information dominance,” he said, elucidating how advance preparedness and knowing the unknown in advance could prevent many a disaster.

Earlier, Mayor Thottathil Raveendran opened the session and invited Mr. Pottathil to repeat the presentation in the corporation council on July 15.

Rotary Green City president Ashokan K. presided over the function.

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