Barcelona City Council

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Barcelona is one of the major European metropolises with more than 3.5 million inhabitants. It is the sixth largest metropolitan and fifth largest industrial agglomeration in Europe. Today the city and its surrounding area act as a centre of economic activities related to new technologies and advanced services in the framework of the information society.

The Barcelona City Council is strongly involved in the city transformation towards a real Smart City and taking the European leadership in that process.

More than ten years ago, the city of Barcelona made a significant investment to deploy a corporate broadband network based on F.O. connecting all the public buildings. At that moment more that 300Km of optical fibre are connecting more than 120 public buildings and offices throughout the Barcelona City extension. In the Barcelona 22@ Project, the city has identified dark optical fibre as a key infrastructure to foster economic development in the city. Consequently, it started the deployment of a dark optical fibre network. This network promotes competitiveness among telecom operators while rationalizing the telecom infrastructures deployment and promoting the delivery of advanced NGN services. Operators are using the common infrastructure and offering FTTH and FTTB pilot services. Testing phase started in 22@ district with more than 35Km of dark optical fibre deployed. The tests proved the effectiveness of this solution and now it is extending to other districts of the city.

Two years ago the municipality started a project to extend the corporate optical fibre to reach urban elements (traffic lights, public elevators, parking meters, security cameras, etc.) and to provide corporate access to all the civil servants working on the street (police, fire-fighters and emergency patrols, inspectors and social services). Nowadays, this Wi-Fi mesh network is covering the 30% of the city surface and is being used by close to 20 different municipal services. In parallel, aiming to fight digital divide and promoting the use of internet resources and services, the city council launched a city free Wi-Fi internet access network to citizens in public spaces. This network has today more than 300 access points located in public spaces and is extending its coverage.

Moreover, to promote the development of advanced sensors and city management solutions and foster the use of open innovation practices, the municipality launched in 2009 the “Barcelona City Lab”. It is a part of the city including housing and working spaces and telecom infrastructures to be used by companies as a laboratory to test products in real conditions. Up to now more than 20 projects are on the process of testing their products and inventions in the Barcelona City Lab.


Nowadays, the city is currently dealing with the creation and management of a large network of sensors of diverse and multipurpose types. It is intended to do so in a horizontal way, that is having a single platform to manage the entire sensor network, and at the same time, allowing a sensor be us

ed by multiple applications or for various purposes. To achieve this important point, before providing the city with a specific sensor type for a particular purpose or application, it is intended to develop a multipurpose scalable, and plug and play platform to achieve the integration and m

anagement of all existing and future sensors so as to ensure scalability and reliability to allow total integration of these heterogeneous types of sensor. This platform is being developed as an open innovation facility to be used also as a test bed for sensors manufacturing companies.

Although several vertical pilot initiatives have been deployed in the city regarding specific use cases (noise pollution sensors, traffic sensors, presence…), the focus of the City Hall of Barcelona is to achieve interoperability and full exposure of any kind of sensors to expose their capabilities to future service providers and gather all the information pushed by them to a certain repository, wherever will be handled by data mining techniques. This repository will have an open section with information to be used for different applications and a private one for internal use.

Partner Role

Apart from being the Project Manager of iCity Project, BCN will participate in the iCity project as one of the cities on which to integrate the iCity shared platform and will provide a set of specific thematic areas on which it would be desirable to develop pilots. In this sense, BCN will open up on due time its appropriate infrastructures and data to facilitate the smooth development of applications, services and products by third parties. BCN will also be the leader of WP5 assuming the role pilots' coordinator in order to configure a real Pan-European scenario. At the same time, it will be the leader of WP8 coordinating the dissemination and communication of the project.