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Madrid hosts the Smart Cities National Congress

Madrid hosts the Smart Cities National Congress
Madrid hosts the Smart Cities National Congress

At the Congress, numerous experts on different areas have talked about issues like Social Innovation, Urban Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Government, Economy, Smart Tourist Destinations, Islands and Smart Rural Areas. 

The second edition of the Smart Cities National Congress, one of the most ambitious initiatives of the Spanish Government in the Smart Cities field, is held this week in Madrid, the town where MCS is also held. Actually, Javier García and Raffaele Sisto, alumni of the MCS, participated with a paper about Spanish cities performance. This paper was included in a Book Of Chapters of the Smart Cities Conference. Also, this congress positions Madrid as an international reference for City Sciences.
 
At the Congress, numerous experts on different areas have talked about issues like Social Innovation, Urban Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Government, Economy, Smart Tourist Destinations, Islands and Smart Rural Areas.
 
The interest in Spain for the Smart Cities field rises year by year, and the Smart Cities International Congress is a good example of this. This initiative is part of Spain Smart Cities Network, a program that provides ideas and technology to a network of cities reaching 75 partners today, with places like Madrid, Barcelona, ??Santander and Malaga at the head positions.
 
To join this club, the cities submitted must prove having an innovation and networking system, committed to creative industries and high technology solutions. In addition, they should have developed a strategy focused on sustainable management and improving citizens’ life quality, with initiatives on energy saving, sustainable mobility, eGovernment, care for dependents or security strategy.
 
According to Inés Leal, the Congress director, "Madrid has made great investments in sustainable mobility, with Bicimad and a new rental system for electric vehicles. The City Council has also tested a warning system in trees to prevent them from falling and causing damage to pedestrians", she says.
 
But the projects presented at the conference go beyond the capital of Spain. Some of these ideas have already been discussed in MCS classes. Among the projects presented, we can include:

  • Intelligent irrigation in Murcia.
  • Barcelona: grants for citizens who buy electric bikes.
  • Also, Barcelona has opened a line of metro with automatic driving. This is the longest of its kind in Europe (20 kilometers).
  • Hearing system for deaf tourists in Valencia.
  • ntelligent lighting system in Gijon.
  • Malaga and its work for reducing levels of CO2 in atmosphere. 
And many, many more projects to come in the future. Many of them (we are sure) will have MCS students as their main characters.

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