Cityzenith boosts its tech strategy with high level appointments

Several high-level appointments have been made by Cityzenith as it steps up its ground-breaking strategy to cut costs and carbon emissions in the built environment.

The major signings are Dr Sam Kim, as Director of Digital Engineering, and Dr Prasanta Bose, as Chief Technology Officer.

They arrive as Cityzenith begins to create the first real world Metaverse for the decarbonization of buildings, while ramping up its ‘Clean Cities – Clean Future’ initiative through 10 major city partnerships created to cut their emissions and make major operational and fiscal savings.

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The latter is set to expand internationally to more than 300 cities within five years, together with circular economy decarbonization projects involving key Climate Change locations like the Amazon Rain Forest.

Dr Kim is a proven software team manager with expertise in product management, user experience and data analytics at several Silicon Valley players. His stellar CV includes Director of Product Development with Johnson Controls and previously Tyco, plus strategic roles at two more systems companies, Proximex and NetIQ.

“I was impressed by Cityzenith’s leadership in the Urban Digital Twin space and its further potential – now I have a chance to be part of it at a pivotal time. We have so much more we can do with this technology.”

Dr Bose’s CV includes ‘blue chip’ companies such as aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, where he received many company-wide technical excellence awards as part of cutting-edge DARPA, NASA, and internal R&D projects.

As Senior Director of Engineering and Advanced Analytics at Starbucks Technology he also spearheaded development of an innovative AI-powered IOT platform, delivering $400 million a year in cost savings and other benefits for the giant coffee-house chain.

Dr Bose said of his appointment: “I’m looking forward to playing a leading role, leveraging my experience in architecting and building closed-loop intelligent products and solutions to challenging real world problems, powered by this game-changing technology – Digital Twins.”

Cityzenith CEO and Founder Michael Jansen: “I’m thrilled to welcome Sam, Prasanta and other talented newcomers aboard. Recruiting such big hitters proves that Cityzenith is really building momentum, now of even greater importance due to war in Ukraine, where Russia has weaponised oil and gas, highlighting that the world needs to move even faster towards decarbonization, renewable energy and the circular economy.

“Urban Digital Twins are already proving their worth on that front through our Clean Cities – Clean Future initiative: ABI Research forecast Digital Twins for urban planning will yield $280bn in global cost savings by 2030.

“And Ernst and Young has confirmed that Digital Twins can reduce carbon emissions in urban areas by 50-100%, cut operating costs for building asset owners by 35% and boost productivity by 20%.”

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