Barcelona, one of the world’s top cities in Smart City development, hosts the International Smart City Expo every year. This year, the expo will be held between November 17-19. When Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu attended the Expo last year, he pointed the vast potential and unique challenges posed by the Indian dream of creating 100 smart cities and the highlighted opportunities for small and large agencies that offer various technology to build smart cities.
Albert Martin Torras, Account Development Consultant of the Smart City Expo World Congress, said, “There is no template for a smart city. A smart city is one that is more livable for its citizens. It has to be tailor-made for every city as each city has its unique problems and challenges. Each city has to have its own vision of what it wants to be for its people. India has shown that it has the required political vision but it must now begin listing its problems and priorities.”
The Expo, an initiative of the Barcelona City Council, is supported by the governments of Spain and Catalonia, the World Bank and UN Habitat. The first Expo was held in 2011 and 440 cities from 92 countries participated.