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Barcelona expands its smart city management

A single source of information will be created that will help municipal authorities to anticipate needs and improve citizen’s advice and services

Barcelona wants to be positioned as an innovative city, working for the common good
Barcelona wants to be positioned as an innovative city, working for the common good

CityOS leverages open-source data, allowing data sharing between cities and creating an online community to develop and expand the system

CityOS is part of the Barcelona City Council's strategy to promote technological sovereignty, public leadership and responsible innovation

Collaborative & Innovation for Municipal Organisations (CIMO) has won a 30-month contract to promote the development of an operating system that streamlines the collection and analysis of information across city services in Barcelona. CIMO is a joint venture comprising wireless operator Cellnex Telecom, professional services firm Accenture and energy company ENGIE Group.


In line with Barcelona City Council’s technological sovereignty strategy, CityOS will foster citizens’ control of data and the common good by incorporating the principles of responsible innovation and ethics in data management.


CityOS is designed to leverage the technology needed to strengthen Barcelona’s position as an innovative and sustainable city that works for the common good. The possibility to analyse data through CityOS will increase the efficiency and efficacy of city services, helping to improve predictability and anticipate emergencies, provide real-time support to decision-making and improve citizens’ quality of life and the control they have over their data.


The three companies say the project will help to create new solutions as well as strengthen existing ones. The system will operate through an extensive network of sensors that capture data from multiple sources, which will gather information to be reviewed using the latest information analysis methods.


The CityOS project is designed to be replicated in other cities, setting up a global network that will position Barcelona as a world leader in innovative, responsible and ethical services to citizens. CityOS is an open source solution, enabling data exchange between cities and the creation of an online community that will help to develop and expand the system.


This will extend the current Sentilo community, originally created by Cellnex Telecom and Barcelona City Council, which is the current basis for capturing data from the sensors that the City Council has distributed throughout the city.


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