22nd Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers
SmartSantander: From the Smart City Paradigm to the Digital Single Market
Prof. Dr. Luis Muñoz
1. What do you consider to be an ‘intelligent’ city?
There are different aspects to be considered in the concept of the intelligent city. One refers to a city that is able to optimise the provision of urban services and processes with the final aim of improving the quality of life of its citizens. A second aspect refers to the consolidation of an ecosystem in which knowledge and innovation play a key role in ‘producing’ citizens with new skills leveraging on the co-creation activities driven by the city.
2. In your opinion, what are the most urgent problems that have to be solved on the way to intelligent cities?
The digital transformation of cities needs a review of the legal framework. Much more agility is needed to avoid losing the momentum of each decision. Furthermore, it is important to adopt common standards. This will reduce the cost linked to the adoption of new technologies and services.
3. What are, in your opinion, the most exceptional chances arising with the change towards smart cities?
I think that we are living in a revolution similar to the one we had when initiating digital cellular communications. Cities provide a unique framework for setting up a new economic model in which knowledge and innovation are two fundamental pillars. This will probably reshape society as mobile communications did in the way human beings nowadays work, communicate, and interact.