Let’s talk about SmartCities (II): What is ‘smart’ about smart cities? – Mariona Tomàs

smartcity-citizenFrom 15 to 17 November 2016, Barcelona will be hosting the sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, a world meeting point for public administrations in all fields, but especially local ones and companies that work in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to urban services.

Smart cities are in fashion: local governments all around the world are striving to be positioned as such, i.e. cities that use ICT to become more efficient, sustainable and participative. The organicist view of smart cities considers the urban space to be a system of systems: the city is conceived as a flow of data that needs to be monitored and optimised with new technological instruments. For example, the use of sensors on waste containers to show whether they are full or empty would help to plan waste collection rounds better: there is no need for trucks to stop at each container but only at those that are full, thereby saving energy and costs. The same idea can be applied to public lighting: sensors are used to turn on the lights when pedestrians are near and depending on the amount of daylight, rather than coming on automatically every day at the same time. They could also be used in the flow of public transport on the surface, through controlling traffic lights.Llegeix més »

Let’s talk about SmartCities (I): SmartCAT: Catalonia will be digital or not – Jordi Puigneró

smartcatIf you have started to read this article, then you must be someone who’s concerned about the future of our country in a world at the height of the digital revolution. A revolution that compel us to innovate continuously, and not only in order to improve but, most of all, to stay competitive in a world where distances are no longer measured in kilometres or hours, but in megabits. In a digital society, competitiveness will be measured by the capacity to access knowledge in a collaborative manner.

In this regard, the EAPC has always been characterised by its decided investments in improving Catalan public administration through training in and research on public management, and also preparing the staff of public organisations for present and future changes. And now they need to be prepared for digital transformation. This transformation is penetrating all areas of our society: classrooms, workplaces, the urban and rural environment rural, etc. In short, a strategic challenge for the country that we are leading on a nationwide level from the Government of Catalonia’s Secretariat for Telecommunications, Cyber-security and the Digital Society through the SmartCAT programme.Llegeix més »

Parlem d’SmartCities (I): SmartCAT: Catalunya serà digital o no serà – Jordi Puigneró


Si has començat a llegir aquest article, segurament ets una persona a qui li preocupa l’esdevenir del nostre país en un món en plena revolució digital. Una revolució que ens obliga a innovar de forma contínua, i no només per millorar sinó, sobretot, per poder continuar sent competitius en un món on les distàncies ja no es mesuren ni en quilòmetres ni en hores sinó en megabits. En una societat digital, la competitivitat es mesurarà per mitjà de la capacitat d’accés al coneixement de forma col·laborativa.

En aquest sentit, l’EAPC sempre s’ha caracteritzat per invertir decididament en la millora de les administracions públiques catalanes, mitjançant la formació i la recerca en matèria de gestió pública, i també a preparar a les persones de les organitzacions públiques per als canvis presents i futurs. I ara toca preparar-se per a la transformació digital. Una transformació que està penetrant en tots els àmbits de la nostra societat: a les aules, a la feina, a l’entorn urbà i al medi rural, etc. En definitiva, un repte estratègic de país que a nivell nacional estem liderant des de la Secretaria de Telecomunicacions, Ciberseguretat i Societat Digital del Govern de Catalunya amb el programa SmartCAT.Llegeix més »