The Data Visionaries Series: 5G and Smart Cities

October 30, 2019 - 6:30 to 8:30pm Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre

Canada is racing to roll out 5G technologies nation-wide. We must debate how these technologies will affect security, privacy and the relationship between government and technology companies. Delaying the rollout of 5G risks putting Canada at a technological and innovation deficit, but overzealous implementation can lead to unforeseen consequences. 5G will propel smart-city technologies that improve urban and rural life—but the roadmap is still unclear.

This fall, Simon Fraser University explores the opportunities and risks of smart cities and the impact on Canadians.


Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019


5G is coming regardless. It will enable faster mobile speeds, provide instantaneous response times with our Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and improve public safety and infrastructure by providing real-time data to cities. As companies jockey to be the leader in implementing 5G across Canada, what will this mean for Canadians’ data, privacy and access to this technology?

Join SFU and other leading experts as they explore the opportunities and risks of 5G’s impact on smart cities and citizen data.

Suhayya Abu-Hakima, Co-Founder, President and CEO Amika Mobile Corporation.
Stéphane Gagnon, Vice-President of the Communications Research Centre's Applications and Performance Wireless branch University.
Rodney Vaughan, Sierra Wireless Professor in Communications at Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University.

Moderator: Fred Popowich, scientific director, SFU's Big Data Initiative



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