Smart Cities and Urban Transformation Training and Study Tour in Barcelona 2024

Smart Cities and Urban Transformation Training and Study Tour in Barcelona 2024

Program Overview

With ever-increasing urbanization, cities have been expanding rapidly across the globe. Today, around 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This rate is expected to hit 68% by as early as 2050. Approximately 75% of global energy consumption will soon be attributed to the cities of the future. Meanwhile, current estimates suggest that numerous urban areas in the developing world are likely to suffer from energy shortages. Providing essential public services while building energy resilience has already turned into a real challenge for many countries. The concept of Smart Cities has evolved as a response to this struggle enhancing various aspects of urban living, improving efficiency, and sustainability.

Smart Cities and Urban Transformation Training and Study Tour has exclusively been developed by Risalat in Barcelona to help you leverage smart city-scale technology. By applying the latest generation of data-driven analytics, you shall embrace the true power of agility and automation for better city management and enhanced resident experience.

Target Audience

This training program primarily targets public officials and city administrators who are willing to explore ways to integrate smart solutions into their urban infrastructure. It could benefit a variety of professionals including but not limited to the following:

  • Urban planners and architects
  • City administrators and officials
  • Policymakers
  • ICT professionals
  • Environmental and sustainability specialists
  • Professionals in the transportation sector
  • Engineers and technicians

Program Objectives

The ultimate goal of this program is to help delegates form foundational knowledge and vital skills for the planning, implementation, and management of smart city initiatives. Upon the successful completion of the program, the delegates are expected to:

  • Understand the core concepts and principles of smart cities.
  • Comprehend the technology behind smart cities including IoT, AI, and blockchain.
  • Support the integration of smart technologies into urban planning and design processes.
  • Work across data, appreciate the importance of data security in smart cities, and stay cautious of relevant cyber risks.
  • Help deploy and maintain the physical smart cities’ infrastructure such as sensors, communication networks, and other connected devices.
  • Support the adoption of sustainable practices in the development and operation of smart city projects.
  • Optimize public service delivery through the application of smart city technologies.

Program Contents

First Day

  • The evolution of Smart Cities – what are they?
  • The Principles of Smart Cities
  • Key technology for Smart Cities (IoT, AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Data Analytics and Visualization)
  • Integrating smart technology into urban planning and design
  • What is meant by sustainable urban development?
  • Smart Infrastructure Design

Second Day

  • Data collection methods and sensors
  • Big data analytics and its application in urban planning
  • Data security and privacy
  • Sensor networks and communication protocols
  • Smart Grids
  • Sustainable energy management
  • Intelligent transportation systems

Third Day

  • Smart City governance models
  • Policy development and regulatory landscape
  • PPPs for Smart Cities Projects
  • Involving and engaging citizens
  • Sustainable smart city development
  • Climate-smart urban planning
  • Optimization of public services delivery

Fourth Day

  • Smart healthcare and telemedicine
  • Public Safety
  • Emergency services delivery
  • Ethical smart city development
  • Cybersecurity risk management
  • Incident response and recovery planning
  • Smart city trends and emerging technologies

Fifth Day – Full-day study tour

The last day of the program shall entirely be dedicated to the study tour. This exposure shall provide participants with firsthand experience of successful smart city initiatives, technologies, and best practices. Throughout the day program delegates will have a chance to explore real-world implementations, engage with subject-matter experts, and gain practical insights regarding smart city transformation.

Program Methodology

Smart Cities and Urban Transformation Training and Study Tour focuses on practical skills development, knowledge enhancement, and exchange regarding smart city development. The structure of the presentation, exercises, simulations, case studies, discussion questions, and modeling assignments derive from the target audience’s needs.

Proven adult-learning methodology and principles guide the entire process intending to maximize the effectiveness of the delivery and create a long-lasting impact. Practical exposure targets exchanging knowledge and best practices between delegates and RCI partner organizations.

Host Country Profile

The city of Barcelona has been considered as “the most wired” by many. Citywide Wi-Fi and an astonishing number of hotspots cover almost the entire territory with free access in buses, metro, and markets. As Barcelona has the highest number of smartphone penetration, the government has created numerous apps to deliver public services to its residents.

The city hosted the first Smart City Expo and World Congress to promote “a self-sufficient city of productive neighborhoods at human speed, inside a hyper-connected zero emissions metropolitan area” in 2011. Barcelona serves as a role model when it comes to the improvement of urban infrastructure via technology. Smart choices have been used in waste disposal, street lighting, bus transit systems, city bike systems, irrigation systems, and noise sensors just to name a few.

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