Barcelona needs technologies and solutions to revolutionize our urban services. Sensors and other technologies will enable new ways of managing urban spaces, making them more interactive, sustainable, and offering entirely new experiences for citzens.
(Vocus/PRWEB) March 23, 2011
Today the City of Barcelona jointly with Living Labs Global announced the results of its first round evaluation of 245 entries from 127 cities in 30 countries, which was carried out by an international expert jury as part of the Living Labs Global Award 2011.
Shortlisted solutions are now invited to provide in-depth supporting information, leading to the announcement of a winner at the Stockholm Summit for Service Innovation in Cities on May 12, 2011. The winner will be invited to carry out a full-scale pilot in the City of Barcelona, to evaluate the impact of the solution and lead to broader implementations.
"Barcelona needs technologies and solutions to revolutionize our urban services. Sensors and other technologies will enable new ways of managing urban spaces, making them more interactive, sustainable, and offering entirely new experiences for citzens" Says Josep Miquel Pique, CEO of 22@Barcelona Innovation District.
Entries were received in response to a call for pilots to deliver new solutions to automate urban services through sensors and other technologies to secure sustainability and quality of life.
Barcelona invites solutions to assist this process of automation to come forward, helping the city continue to pioneer and act as a piloting ground and international reference for innovative companies. The 22@Barcelona Innovation District serves as a focal point for these activities, offering the most advanced wireless and fibre infrastructures, waste management and urban management systems, acting as a gateway for the city as a whole.
New technologies have long played an important role in building the attractiveness and efficiency of Barcelona as a compact city, offering attractive living, investment and working conditions to citizens and visitors alike. Barcelona has operated as a pioneering city in this sense, in areas such as district heating, pneumatic waste-management and transport systems.
About the Living Labs Global Award 2011
Living Labs Global, a non-profit association to promote digital service innovation in cities, announces a joint Award with the Cities of Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Stockholm, and Taipei to choose the companies and organizations that have developed solutions that add high value to users in cities around the world. The Award is organised in partnership with Oracle and Farglory, with shortlists being announced on March 21st and the Winners presented at a Summit and Award Ceremony in Stockholm on May 12, 2011.