Some of the world’s top urban development and transformation experts will be at the event, which focuses on a range different initiatives being undertaken around the world
With the theme of Cities for Citizens, the sixth Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) kicks off in the Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via Exhibition Centre today. It is the biggest ever, hosting the representatives of 600 cities, 576 exhibitors and more than 400 speakers.
Some of the world’s top urban development and transformation experts will be at the event which explores different initiatives being undertaken all over the world to empower citizens and to make cities more human. The congress programme is based on seven key themes: Technology, Society, Governance, Sustainability, Mobility, Safety and Innovation and Start-ups.
Companies showcasing their latest technologies and urban solutions at the event, which runs between 15 and 17 November, include Bosch, Cisco, FCC, Ferrovial, Fiware, Huawei, MasterCard, Microsoft, Philips, SAP, Seat, Siemens, Suez, Telefonica and ZTE.
Among the solutions showcased are a street lamp capable of monitoring traffic and air quality, and recharging electric vehicles; autonomous vehicles or cars capable of detecting free parking spots in the city while driving and share that information; headphones designed to allow the blind to move freely in the city; and a folding solar panel suitable for both urban and domestic use capable of unfolding itself at sunrise, follow the sun and store energy.
Smart City Expo combines business and knowledge with the objective of driving forward new projects that will make our cities better places for their residents and for the planet as well,” said event director, Ugo Valenti. “Citizen empowerment and the circular economy will be the key themes of a show that is bursting with innovative urban solutions for the future.”
SCEWC is also repeating its collaboration with the 4YFN (Four Years From Now) entrepreneurial programme of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona and GSMA to design the event’s enterprise, innovation and start-up agenda. The conferences will have a particular focus on initiatives based on mobile technologies with a view to encouraging the development of solutions in the sphere of smart cities among technology start-ups, and achieving better scalability of projects to help strengthen their global impact.
SmartCitiesWorld will bring you news from the event over the next three days.
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