SusTech-Talks #2 Nov. 24 – Cognitive Approach to Building a Safe and Smart Cities/Societies


SusTech 2021 is hosting talks on Sustainability leading up to the conference in April 2021.

“Cognitive Approach to Building a Safe and Smart Cities/Societies”

with Fawzi Behmann of TelNet Management Consulting Inc.

Date: 24 Nov 2020
Time: 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM PST

Details and Registration:



Layers of smartness—using technology and data—are being built into cities to make them safer, more efficient and sustainable. Developed cities around the world are actively launching smart solutions, while new and emerging cities are integrating intelligent, connected systems from the start. The big cities of today may not be those of tomorrow. The opportunities are immense—across infrastructure, mobility, energy, healthcare and beyond. Innovative technology applications and their adoption in society offer a turning point. At its core, the smart city is about people and improving the quality of our everyday lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the shortcomings of major cities in times of crisis.

The talk will cover the following areas:

Intro: Current state and challenges of Smart Cities

  • Disruptive technologies enable building solid foundation for smart cities – highlights of current and future of IoT, 5G/6G, Analytics (AI/ML/DL) across key markets
  • Key examples – technology convergence & adoption in new use cases in key verticals such as smart homes, public safety, autonomous driving, healthcare, smart energy and others.
  • Covid-19 accelerate return to new norm with greater innovation, and end-to-end services

Conclusion: Adoption of disruptive technologies and acceleration to a new norm that will help transition to smart societies.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding the mission of smart cities and current situation of 50 worldwide top smart cities and impact from Coronavirus Covid-19
  • Technology Features overview and roadmap of 4G/5G/6G, IoT and AI
  • Sample use cases and power of virtualization and network slicing


Fawzi Behmann is a visionary, thought leader, author and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 35 years in industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications & networks spanning Semiconductor, communication systems and service provider. Fawzi was a principle architect and championed the definition and the development of nation-wide integrated IoT telecom sensing-analytics system and networking management solution complied to ITU TMN M3.000 at global carrier Teleglobe Canada. He was a senior product manager with Nortel Networks for enterprise broadband edge and core product releases. Fawzi, also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale for SoC networking & Communications product line in Austin. Fawzi founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering consulting services in the areas of technology trends, positioning and development of smart networking ecosystem solutions. Explore disruptive technology enablement such as IoT, 5G, virtualization, big data/analytics and security across multiple markets.

Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE, Distinguished Lecturer and IEEE ComSoc Regional Director for North America Board (2020-2021) and chairing  several society chapters (ComSoc, Signal Processing, Computer, EMB, Cons Elec.). Fawzi is the chair for WCNC 2022 and has organized several events such as smart city summit (2019), Blockchain for Healthcare (2018) and Greentech of Smart Cities (2018) and Advanced technologies in Healthcare (2017). Fawzi has been a keynote speaker at several conferences, distinguished lecturer at different domestic and international events and organized panel session at Globecom, ICC, Himss, BHI, Smart connected cities, Enterprise IoT, and others. He has several publications and co-authored book on “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business” published by Wiley.

Fawzi was the recipient several awards from Industry and IEEE. Freescale CEO Diamond Chip Award in 2008, and IEEE Communications Society Chapter Achievement and Chapter of the year awards in 2015 and 2017, Outstanding Region 5 member award for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Most recently, Fawzi received IEEE USA Regional Professional Leadership Award in 2018 and Outstanding Large section and Section Visionary chair for 2018-2019.

Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal; Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Executive MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario Canada.