The Barcelona City council is strongly involved in the city transformation towards a real Smart City and is taking the European leadership in that process. More than ten years ago, it made a significant investment to deploy a corporate broadband network based on F.O. connecting all public buildings. At present, more than 300Km of optical fiber are connecting over 120 public buildings and offices throughout Barcelona City. For instance, in the Barcelona 22@ project, the city has identified dark optical fiber as a key infrastructure to foster economic development in the city. The Barcelona City Council has thus started the deployment of a dark optical fiber network to promote competitiveness among telecom operators, while rationalizing their infrastructure deployment and stimulating the delivery of NGN services. In parallel, aiming to fight digital divide and promoting the use of internet resources and services, the city council launched a city free Wi-Fi internet access network to citizens in public spaces, which today has more than 300 access points across Barcelona. Nowadays, the city is currently dealing with the creation and management of a large network of sensors of diverse and multi-purpose types and is intending to achieve this in a horizontal way by having a unique multi-purpose, scalable plug-and-play platform to manage the entire sensor network, while at the same time, allowing a sensors to be used by multiple applications for varied purposes. This platform is being developed as an open innovation facility to be used also as a test bed for sensors manufacturing companies. The Barcelona City Council has a wide experience in European projects, some of which are briefly explained in the list below:
– ICING (Intelligent Cities of the Next Generation): An FP6 project9 aimed at developing a prototype approach for effective e-access to city administration, a multi-modal, multi-access concept of eGovernment.
– FIREBALL: This FP7 CSA project is aimed at establishing a coordination mechanism through which a network of Smart Cities across Europe engages in long-term collaboration for adopting User Driven Open Innovation to explore the opportunities of the Future Internet.
– OPEN CITIES: A project aimed to validate how to approach Open & User Driven Innovation methodologies to the Public Sector in a scenario of Future Internet Services for Smart Cities.
– CitySDK: CitySDK aims to create a Smart City Application Ecosystem through large-scale demand-driven CityPilots that package and align key smart city application areas to an open source service developer toolkit.
– iCity: The iCity project aims at making a step forward in the co-creation of services of public interest by third parties (developers, small and medium enterprises,…) that are pushing for their space as service providers in the urban spaces of Smart Cities. The project intends to develop and deploy an approach to allow these interested parties to create, deploy, operate and exploit services based in the use of available public information, digital assets and infrastructures in cities.