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Challenges for the development of smarter and sustainable cities – Smart City Expo World Congress

29 de November de 2017


by David Hahn, Project Delivery Manager en Pyxis, Co-Founder & Director of Services at Kinetix.

The 2017 edition of Fira Barcelona – Smart City Expo World Congress took place from November 14 to 16 in Barcelona and represents, so far, its best edition with more than 18,000 visitors.

The director of the event, Ugo Valenti, said that these figures confirm that the congress “has become an annual milestone unavoidable for all those involved in the transformation of cities and for any company in the sector of innovation and urban solutions.”

“There is no other event in the world capable of attracting so many companies, cities and talent,” he said.

The event occupied 30,000 square meters of exhibition with the presence of large technology companies and gathered representatives of 700 cities around the world.

The city of Montevideo, for the first time, had its pavilion in an exhibition space of more than 60m2, where 8 different state and private companies of Uruguay, including Pyxis, have shown the progress of ICTs in Uruguay and especially applied to development of Smart Cities.

As Pyxis, we present our idea of Digital Proximity, which will be materialized in a project that we have just started (with the agency Amén and Equipos Consultores) for the Montevideo City Hall, with a projected 2-year project.

From the technological side, in this edition of the fair, we could see the latest developments applied to a city, many of which would seem to come out of a science fiction movie: drones-unmanned taxi for 2 passengers, monitoring centers of the city three-dimensional and handled by moving hands in space, intelligent management and classification of waste, and a long list of etceteras.

But from the conceptual point of view, what this fair left us is much more. These are the great challenges posed to develop smarter and more sustainable cities to face the great current and future challenges of the cities of the 21st century.

In these concepts we can find topics of:

Governance: e-democracy, e-government, multi-level governance, open data, open government, open innovation, policy framework, integration of services, transparency.

Mobility: connected and autonomous vehicle, electric vehicle, logistics optimization, mobility as a service, multimodal transport system, non-motorized mobility, intelligent parking, pedestrian strategy, sustainable urban mobility, traffic management.

Security: cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, disaster recovery, emergencies, public safety, regulation and security technologies.

Economy: accountability, new business models, cooperation model, business initiative, development, investment, public procurement, public-private partnership, collaborative economy, social economy and value for the user.

Sustainability: air pollution, alternative resources, climate change, geo-information, green areas, ecological construction, intelligent construction, lighting, open spaces, population growth, regeneration, strategic planning, urban design, urban agriculture, public services, management of water, waste management, renewable energy, zero carbon.

Circular economy: blue economy, commercial model, circularity design, ecological design, food, industrial symbiosis, job creation, low carbon emission, logistics for circularity, flow of materials, packaging, plastics, product as a service, productive cities, regenerative system, recycling, restoration, refabrication, resource efficiency, reuse, repair, supply chain, urban mining, zero loss.

Society: co-creation, co-production, culture, digital divide, education, e-health, e-learning, empowerment, equity, inclusion, knowledge, participation, population growth, quality of life, social innovation, social services, well-being.

Data and technology: advanced analysis, big data, blockchain, business intelligence, urban platform, data management, data visualization, digital modeling, disruptive technologies, distributed architectures, geo-information, interoperability, network infrastructure, sensors and connectivity and integration of services.

Based on these pillars, strategic planning in the medium and long term and beyond the management of a government, will be key to the intelligent and sustainable development of cities.

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29 de November de 2017