Cisco Chile has signed a collaboration agreement with Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago to turn the city to a Smart City. The project aims to improve the quality of life of people, delivering digital information and tools to empower citizens in the territory. Both parties have also agreed to run workshops to develop smart cities together, participate in an Executive Briefing Center (EBC) and make a Smart Cities Protocol for the City of Santiago. The collaboration will also see the Santiago city council joining other cities that are already working with Cisco such as San Francisco and Barcelona. Working with Cisco, these cities have embarked on delivering free Internet wireless for citizens as a basis for the generation of security and transport applications to improve the quality of life.
Gabriel Calgaro, general manager of Cisco
This agreement is further evidence of the commitment of Cisco to provide resources and share best practices for the development of the world, and this way, governments, businesses and individuals can fully exploit the Internet of Everything. Through this initiative, Cisco will improve the lives and businesses, both in public and in private, opening social, economic and environmental unprecedented opportunities.
Claudio Orrego, Intendente of Santiago,
One of the projects that we hope will be emblematic is the possibility to illuminate large areas of population in Santiago ‑ for example, Alameda and some other places in town ‑ so people can access not only free Internet, but also to occupy that infrastructure and the public Internet for the service of citizens," said Orrego, adding, "It is an honor and a tremendous opportunity for Santiago to have Cisco as an ally, company that developed Internet in the world, to make this exchange with other cities, a commitment to service technology for citizenship.
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