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Eight companies make shortlist to create smart city OS for Barcelona

Iain Morris
December 23, 2014

Eight companies including IBM (Armonk, NY, USA), Accenture (Dublin, Ireland), Capgemini (Paris, France) and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems (Bonn, Germany) have reportedly made it on to a shortlist to roll out smart city technology in the Catalan capital of Barcelona.

Local authorities plan to improve the management of services for citizens and organizations through the use of smart city technologies.

According to a report from the Cinco Dias publication, the other shortlisted companies are Abertis Telecom (Barcelona, Spain), Cofely (London, UK), Schneider (Rueil-Malmaison, France) and Indra (Madrid, Spain).

“To gain flexibility, improve response times and citizen satisfaction, it is necessary to have a ‘brain’ that helps to analyze in real time all the information about the city,” say sources familiar with the project, according to Cinco Dias.

Barcelona is said to have launched a public consultation on smart cities more than a year ago, attracting feedback from some 13 companies.

The next phase of the selection process will reduce the number of companies eligible to participate in the final tender to just six.

The winner will be expected to build a future operating system for the city, according to the press report.

Barcelona plans to publish final details of the tender in January and estimates the contract will be worth about €2 million over a two-year period.

It also notes that it will become the fourth major city in Spain to have launched a smart city project of this nature, joining Madrid, Valencia and La Coruna.

Other cities are also focusing on the use of smart city technologies to improve the management and use of facilities such as street lighting and parking.

Madrid, for instance, has been looking to smart city innovations to improve waste management, irrigation and lighting.
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