Tomorrow the World Congress Smart City Expo opens its doors in Barcelona. Cisco will come with your SCC strategy and will explain how to convert urban nuclei in smart communities connected through the Internet of Everything.

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Cisco participate in the next edition of Smart City Expo World Congress, which will begin Tuesday morning at the Fira de Barcelona and you will conclude on November 21. It will leverage its assistance to analyse the present and future of cities and will explain how to convert urban nuclei in smart communities connected through the Internet of things (Internet of Everything).

For the third consecutive year, the Congress will bring together cities, companies, policy-makers, experts and professionals from different areas interested in transforming cities and ensuring sustainable urban growth.

Smart City Expo World Congress will be structured around presentations, roundtables and exhibition area on topics such as energy, ICT, urban planning, mobility, security or governance and economy. Anne Lange, Director of Cisco IBSG in France, will participate in the meeting entitled "City and urban visualization solutions" that will take place on Thursday, November 21, inside the panel technology and innovation.

Cisco connected cityBy 2050, 70% of the population will be urban

Only twenty cities around the world a hundred years ago they were over one million; Today there are more than 400, and the number continues to grow. According to the UNabout 2,000 million people living in urban centres of this size in 2025. And if today more than half of the world lives in cities, by 2050 almost 70% of the world population will be urban.

"Developing and maintaining the infrastructure of these cities requires a great investment, with the consequent environmental impact and the need to manage resources sustainably," stresses José Manuel Petisco, CEO of Cisco Spain.

Through its strategy Smart Connected Communities (SCC), Cisco has proven experience in the transformation of urban spaces in connected smart communities, working with cities, Governments and partners so that systems and services formerly disparate as health, education, transport, security, energy or water are connected and managed through the same open platform and inclusive.

"The smart cities must rely on Internet and IP networks such as intelligent platform that allows you to make better use of resources and facilitate the transition from the current models of growth unsustainable and complex control models based on sustainable growth in economic, social and environmental terms," explains Petisco.

A first step to achieve this transformation involves harnessing the potential of the Internet of Everything, the intelligent connection of billions of objects capable of generating information that can be used to optimize multiple processes. To provide in the spaces and objects (car parks, factories, streetlights, transportation systems, electricity grids and even medical devices...) of sensors connected to IP networks, urban managers can get information in real time to optimize existing public services and adopt new ones.

Over this network, it is necessary to develop and deploy applications and processes able to convert data into useful information, and that to be based on standards they can then apply in other cities. "The transformation of the current cities in smart cities requires the open collaboration of a broad ecosystem of partners, administrations, organizations, universities and research centres, and is also a business opportunity for companies in many sectors; something that we can verify in this new edition of Smart City Expo World Congress", says the CEO of Cisco Spain.

Fira Gran Via BarcelonaBarcelona 2020 initiative

Cisco, along with a wide range of companies in the industry, collaborates with the city of Barcelona in the definition of the Barcelona 2020 initiative, which aims to transform the city into reference global sustainable urban development and economic engine of southern Europe for the year 2020.

Also is working in the evolution of the City Protocol, an initiative led by the City Council of Barcelona and presented in the last edition of the Smart City Expo that constitutes the first system of certification for cities smart that may adopt is by any core urban of the world.

In addition, Barcelona has launched other projects to make the 2020 Barcelona reality as a dynamic fabric of high-tech companies and will facilitate a Living Lab open to new innovative experiences in the field of public services.


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