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Positioning Albacete in the European context of smart cities: an energy and environment study according to ISO37120

Autor: Enrique Arias Antúnez
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Otros autores: Gloria M. Pérez-Bustos Muñoz (Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha); Luís Orozco Barbosa (School of Computing Engineering, University of Castilla-La Mancha); Manuel Castillo-Cara (Sciences School, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería Lima)
Tipo: Comunicación técnica escrita
Temática: Calidad ambiental y salud; Energía, eficiencia y cambio climático; Movilidad; Tecnología e innovación
Documentos asociados: Doc. Escrito
Smart Cities have emerged as a key and strategic concept towards the development of sustainable and user friendly cities. Towards this end, the use of novel information-and –communications technologies should set the basis on developing solutions enabling a better use of resources while improving a wide spectrum of services. Furthermore, Smart Cities should also provide new business and employment opportunities to their citizens. Even though, a large number of cities around the globe have already joined one or other Smart City initiative, many medium and small sized cities are still struggling to find their way on setting their priorities and defining their agenda. The development and investment on novel Smart City solutions requires a careful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses to establish a strategic plan. Furthermore, the contribution of research and educational centers should prove of great help not only on the analysis of the current situation, but on the training of professional capable of contributing on the development of novel solutions. In this work, we follow the indicators in ISO37120 in order to set a starting point on the Smart City agenda of Albacete: the largest city of the Castilla-La Mancha region, Spain. We focus our attention on the energy and environment indicators: two strategic sectors on our region. In order to better diagnose the status of the city of Albacete, we graphically compare the results of our analysis with respect to other European cities whose data are reported in the World Council on City Data Open Data Portal