For the first time, Qucit went to the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona: 3 days of trade shows, 844 exhibitors, 146 countries represented. The figures speak for themselves, it is the reference exhibition for Smart City actors.
The objective of the event is to promote innovation in metropolitan areas around the world. By encouraging social innovation, partnerships and highlighting innovative business opportunities, the show allows participants to build together the cities of tomorrow. “Cities to live in“: an ambition perfectly aligned with Qucit’s.
We therefore had the opportunity to exchange with the entire Smart City ecosystem. An excellent baptism of fire for Guillaume and Alix, who joined Qucit last week as Account Executives alongside Marie and Aurélien!
Our stand was integrated into the Creative France pavilion: the space dedicated to French actors in the smart city.
The major cities of the South of France were particularly represented: Lyon, Grenoble, Nice, Toulouse or Montpellier had come with their partners. It was a pleasure to share with them our vision on prediction in order to make their cities more pleasant, sustainable and efficient.
The highlight of this exhibition was undoubtedly the visit of the Mayor of Bordeaux and President of Bordeaux Metropole, Alain Juppé. He presented his smart city project for the metropolitan area, which combines citizen involvement, the development of intelligent transport and a trajectory to 2050.
We had the opportunity to discuss with him about our action in the Bordeaux ecosystem and then present our activities in France and around the world.
One of our main activities was to walk through the huge hall to discover the many exhibitors and we were not too many with three people! An ideal playground that allowed us to meet potential Spanish partners and immerse ourselves in the data ecosystem with IoT, visual recognition and platform providers.
This is a non-exhaustive overview of the innovations that have marked us: the presence sensors integrated into Kawantech‘s intelligent streetlights, the eBike multi-option bike by Siemens, Vaisala‘s solution combining visual recognition and AI to map and diagnose road conditions, and Wegoto, which enables open data to be supplied with very precise data on the urban environment. Concerning the actors of shared mobility in Europe, it is impossible to miss Lime and its scooters. We are now waiting for their offer on all shared vehicles (car, bicycle, scooter…) to complete the mobility offer of European urban centers.
In conclusion, the strong interest shown by visitors and the abundant initiatives of exhibitors show that metropolises and companies are uniting in a common direction: Smart City.