Barcelona – “smart city” in progress
Barcelona has been a leader from many years in urban technological innovation
- November 25, 2017 09:35
- Monika Dimitrova
To rethink the smart city from the ground up, means to rethink technology, focusing on what it can do to serve the people. The Spanish city is reloading its smart city initiatives.
Barcelona has been a leader from many years in urban technological innovation. It is open to testing the internet of things with a municipal network of 500km of optical fibre, free WiFi routed via street lighting, and sensors to monitor air quality, waste bins and parking spaces. Today the aim of the city is to turn that into an internet for citizens.
The technologies help to make Barcelona’s public services more efficient and less harmful to the environment. Sensors reduce the amount of water used by city parks, saving money and also reduce the consumption of a resource that is scarce in the city. Bus users benefit from more quality services, information updates at bus stops and simplified ticketing.
Source: Financial Times
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