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Barcelona’s sensor network will be open to public experimentation.

Is it possible to capture the state of the city in real time? Is it possible to find out how it breathes, how it moves, how it suffers or how it becomes great? If the answer to all of these questions was yes, it would require a lot of people constantly watching what happens every minute of every day in every district of Barcelona.

Impossible, right? What if all of this information was provided by thousands of sensors? That is precisely what the open-source software Sentilo does (the term means 'sensor' in Esperanto). It won the 2016 Open Awards as the most innovative open-source software platform.

The advantage of it being open-source software (published in a repository) is that any city in the world can adapt it and do what Barcelona has done. Other administrations and businesses that want to process large amounts of information can also do it. When we say that "Barcelona wants to go beyond the smart city", it is precisely through this kind of project, sharing solutions and experiences, that this can be achieved.

This network of sensors knows the flow of people and bicycles along the city's biggest roads and arteries, the decibel levels on each street, the temperature of each neighbourhood and the quality of the air being breathed.


Barcelona carries out a pilot test for the CityFlows project at Park Güell

Wed, 24/11/2021 - 15:41

The week beginning 25 October was chosen to carry out the pilot of the CityFlows project funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Urban Mobility in Park Güell.

Pilot project extended for the social robot assistant for the elderly

Wed, 17/11/2021 - 14:30

Social Services. Testing will now start with a new model of the ARI robot with more advanced features.

Barcelona will be discussing inequalities caused by digitalisation

Tue, 02/11/2021 - 14:23

Digital inclusion. A group of international experts are meeting up in Barcelona on 15 November to assess the impact of digital transformation in cities

Gaining a million square metres from cars with the Barcelona Superblock plan

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 17:25

Urban planning. The goal is to regain space for local people, foster life in the neighbourhoods, create new green areas, drive sustainable mobility and favour commerce, restaurants and local industries.


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