Barcelona City Council has awarded a 30-month contract to promote the development of CityOS, an experimental open source 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, one of the main operators of wireless telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructures in Europe; Accenture and the ENGIE Group.
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.