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Barcelona: the world’s smartest city?

Many cities say that they are the world’s “smartest”. It’s an easy claim to make, as there is no agreed criteria to define what makes a city “smart”. Barcelona is one of the leading contenders for the Smart City crown, with regular appearances among “Top Five Smart City” rankings and even topping some of them. E&T went to the Catalan capital to investigate.

Smart city graphic

How do we keep air clean, our carbon footprint low, the population healthy and the environment ‘green’?

Smart pavement graphic

Resilience in the grid is crucial, but will smart developments be met by advances in renewable energy?

A graphic showing IP address of houses on a laptop

The web of connections underpinning the smart city needs to be well protected against evil-doers.

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For Eccentric Engineer column
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Mark Harris (freelance journalist)

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Amy Spurling (freelance journalist)

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