BARCELONA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Barcelona City Council has awarded a 30-month contract to promote the development of CityOS, an experimental operating system that streamlines the collection and analysis of information across all city services to help anticipate needs and improve citizen's advice and assistance services. In line with Barcelona City Council's technological sovereignty strategy, CityOS will foster citizens' control of data and the common good by incorporating the principles of responsible innovation and ethics in data management.
The contract has been awarded to Collaborative Innovation & Municipal Organizations (CIMO), a joint venture comprising Cellnex Telecom, Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and the ENGIE Group. Driving the CityOS project will make it possible to create new solutions, strengthen existing ones and improve citizens' services by providing more and better assistance and benefits.
CityOS is designed to leverage the technology needed to strengthen Barcelona's position as a city that is innovative, sustainable and works for the common good. The possibility to analyse data through CityOS will increase the efficiency and efficacy of city services, helping to improve predictability and anticipate emergencies, provide real-time support to decision-making and improve citizens' quality of life and the control they have over their data. The system will operate through an extensive network of sensors that capture data from multiple sources, which will gather information to be reviewed using state-of-the art information analysis methods.
The CityOS project is designed to be replicated in other cities, thereby setting up a global network that will position Barcelona as a world leader in innovative, responsible and ethical services to citizens. CityOS is an open source solution, enabling data exchange between cities and the creation of an online community that will help to develop and expand the system. This will extend the current Sentilo community, originally created by Cellnex Telecom and Barcelona City Council, which is the current basis for capturing data from the sensors that the City Council has distributed throughout the city.
About Cellnex Telecom Cellnex Telecom is the main independent infrastructure operator for wireless telecommunication in Europe. It offers to its customers the space they require in these sites in order to install and maintain their own communications network equipment and transmit data and voice wirelessly. Also, provides highly advanced audiovisual services to broadcasters at local, regional and national level. It also develops solutions in the field of “smart city” projects that optimize services to the citizen via networks and services that facilitate municipal management. Cellnex Telecom also plays a relevant role in the deployment of safety and emergency networks for the security forces.
About the ENGIE Group
ENGIE places responsible growth at the core of its activities (electricity, natural gas, and energy services) in order to take on the main challenges for energy transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, lessening and adapting to the climate change, safety in supply and efficient use of resources. The Group develops efficient and innovative solutions for individuals, cities and companies, based on its experience in four key sectors: renewable energies, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technologies.
In Spain, ENGIE is reinventing itself and is facing the challenge of becoming a reference in energy transition, based on its experience, highly qualified human capital (around 2,000 employees) and exhaustive knowledge of the Spanish and global energy market. ENGIE was a pioneer and participant in energy liberalization in Spain, and for years has been the leading Spanish company in energy efficiency services. The company is client-focused, committed to innovative and efficient solutions customized to each stakeholder.
The strengths of ENGIE: Multi-industry experience in energy efficiency services that range from conception and design, through setting up installations and customized energy solutions, to operation and maintenance, among others: its positioning in the gas chain and renewable and thermal energies and, particularly, in its consolidated presence in the Spanish market in the combined cycles of gas and renewable energies (hydraulic and photovoltaic); its extensive experience in selling electricity and gas; and its enormous capability when providing customized solutions for each client and activity. For more information about ENGIE visit us at www.engie.com/www.engie.es.
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
The CIMO will create the IT infrastructure – building the operating system and data analytics capabilities, and providing project management and analysis of the data collected by the system. As part of the CIMO, Accenture will develop models that use machine learning and advanced analytics techniques for forecasting, simulation of various scenarios simulations and complex event processing to uncover actionable insight that can optimize the city’s urban services.