The Smart City Campus aims to bring together businesses, technology and innovation centres, universities and other players linked to urban technology and innovation, to promote synergies, generate co-creation spaces (incubators, laboratories) and test beds for urban solutions.
Located in the heart of the 22@ district, it integrates key elements of Barcelona's industrial heritage, such as Can Ricart, La Escocesa and Ca l’Alier. Redeveloping these centres into smart buildings will enable parts of our heritage to be maintained and revalued, as well as complemented by new buildings, while attracting new business investments from companies such as Cisco and Schneider Electric, from ICT research centres and from the Barcelona InstituteofTechnology (BIT).
BIT and the Smart City Campus are examples of the public-private partnerships Barcelona has been pushing, to promote the city as a research and development platform for new market opportunities that result from the Barcelona Smart City. The establishment of the Internet of Everything (IoE) in the city, and the search for new business models and commercial strategies in the smart city sector, are promoting and facilitating public-private partnerships, while strengthening business and the city's international competitiveness.
Ca l’Alier: the first iconic building in the Smart City Campus
The renovation and conversion of this old factory into a zero-emissions smart building will maintain the existing structure, respecting its original design, but add new features to turn it into a prototype energy self-sufficient habitat, with intelligent resource management and sustainable, environmentally friendly building criteria. It is in this new space that the multinationals Cisco and Schneider Electric will establish their technology innovation and development centres.