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The Africa Smart Buildings & Infrastructure Summit

Vodacom is the confirmed sponsor of the Africa Smart Buildings & Infrastructure Summit that will take place on 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Innovative technology for smart buildings and infrastructure is transforming the way buildings are designed, analysed, constructed, and managed across the globe. “The time for us to rethink our quality control systems is now and for us all to benefit from information technology that is constructed and developed efficiently for a construction environment,” says Vaughan Harris, Executive Director of the BIM Institute in South Africa.

The Africa Smart Buildings & Infrastructure Summit is Africa’s only platform designed for decision-makers involved in the design, construction and management of their buildings and infrastructure assets. It will look at the future of African cities, from technology evolution to new value adding services, better collaboration, lessons learned, infrastructure transformation and sustainable strategies.

Tony Smallwood, Executive Head of Vodacom IoT says: “Places and settings are ecosystems in their own right in terms of people needing access to data and communications. The summit provides Vodacom with a platform to demonstrate its deep capability in converged communication solutions, from the underlying fibre infrastructure to the Internet of Things solutions. The foundation of any ‘Smart’ building is the collection, transmission and processing of data”.

Information Communications Technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are key topics at this year’s summit. “The core of any smart building is the digitalisation of the building components and ecosystem. Any smart building requires the extraction of data and the analysis of the ecosystem around the building, whether it’s the weather, traffic or parking systems. These play into the smart building so it’s all about the Internet of Things data,” explains Tony.

The Africa Smart Buildings & Infrastructure Summit is presented by the BIM Institute and co-located with African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo and the Digital Construction Expo. The Summit unites the essential stakeholders involved in the design, construction and management of buildings and infrastructure assets all under one roof to define a roadmap for the development of smart buildings and infrastructure in Africa. The innovative programme offers inside access into emerging trends in technology and best practices in planning for resilience, designing for adaptability, creating value and delivering smarter buildings and infrastructure.

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