How can we make sure our cities share resources, engage citizens and stay connected as they grow?
The answer is: by making them smart. The smart cities movement is about giving urban areas the “technology to solve issues for themselves and the people they represent”, using digital innovation to make cities better places to live and work.
In November 2017, Barcelona hosted the Smart City Expo World Congress. Over 700 cities were represented, and the best of smart city technology. From interdisciplinary laboratories like CitizenLab, to digital research centers like i2Cat and bikeshare solutions Urbikes, the most innovative urban projects came together under the motto: “Empower Cities. Empower People”.
It was the ideal time for us to introduce Citibeats, designed to give city authorities worldwide the power to listen to their citizens and truly respond to their concerns.
Smart cities need smart leaders. Governments who understand their communities will make more intelligent decisions. Citibeats collects and analyzes data from online platforms to create the Citibeats dashboard: a dynamic visual map of citizens’ concerns, which changes as problems get resolved and new ones emerge. Citibeats creates more responsive, inclusive and vibrant cities.
At Smart City Expo World Congress, we selected the first cities and organizations who will use our Citibeats pilot from now until March 2018. Some of the cities and projects excited to partner with Citibeats include Cork city and Doxa.