TBS invites you to the event Smart cities in times of pandemics, a webinar that will take place on 19 February 2021 from 2 pm to 7 pm. The event will be attended by some of the world’s leading experts in the field: Kent Larson (MIT, an expert in Smart cities), Samuel Fosso Wamba (TBS, an expert in Big Data analytics and business), or Zahir Irani (the University of Bradford, Vice Chancellor for Academic, Innovation, and Quality); as well as other representatives of institutions and companies from around the world.

What is a Smart City?

A smart city is a city that uses technology to collect data to manage its services and resources more efficiently. This data is collected from citizens, devices, buildings, or assets; it is then analyzed to manage traffic systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste, hospitals, etc. In this way, a smart city can be better prepared to respond to challenges.

Smart Cities in times of crisis

In times of crisis, cities undergo rapid change. In London, the cholera epidemic of the 19th century brought about a great urban transformation that provided the city with sewers. Similarly, the Pla Cerdà was planned when Barcelona was in very unhealthy conditions within walls that did not allow it to grow or develop, also at a time of large epidemics. These examples may seem far away, but last spring we saw very rapid transformations in Barcelona in just a few months. Covid-19 has posed many challenges, and new needs have emerged that have made us consider the city model we want for the future. Technology can provide solutions to these challenges and turn our cities into smarter and more efficient cities.

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