Smart Cities - Barcelona
Barcelona has taken the world by storm with their ambitious agenda to become the Smartest City and they have so far achieved their goals. The city currently has 22 major programs in place with an additional 83 separate projects, which all fit in either one or more of the 12 areas of their Smart Cities projects.
Some of the noticeable projects they have implemented include; ‘Smart’ lighting, ‘Smart’ parking, ‘Smart’ water management and ‘Smart’ waste management. They were early adopters of fibre-optic network over 30 years ago, with over 500 kilometres installed to improve networking throughout the city.
Barcelona is using sensor technology to collect and analyse data collected across the network in order to unlock Internet of Everything (IoE) benefits associated with analysis of data and predictive modelling. Barcelona has decided to do this to “improve the lives of citizens and the companies of the city” according to Coordinator of Smart City Strategy, Julia Lopez. She wanted Barcelona to be the “network of networks” in regards to transportation, energy and technology. To achieve this, they have started work on the reconfiguring of bus routes to make public transport better for citizens; encouraging the use of busses and therefore reducing exhaust emissions.
Other projects such as ‘Smart’ water, ‘Smart’ lighting and ‘Smart’ energy management projects, have been specifically designed to aid the city by bringing all of its sensor data together. There are also projects in ‘Smart technology’ which have lead to; 1,100 lamp-posts using LED technology, 77 remote controlled fountains, 500 hybrid taxis, 294 public electric vehicles, 262 recharging points, 130 electric motorbikes and 400 private electric vehicles, all with the aim to reduce exhaust emissions.
Ms. Lopez stated, “if we can pull this off, I assure you it will be a revolution.”
Smart Cities are visionary urban developments, utilising the integration of information and communication technology with Internet of Things technology to manage a city's assets. We see a wealth of opportunities for clients and consultants in local departments' information systems, the public sector, transportation, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management.