Cities will become the habitat of the most population in this century. Internet has appeared in the cities mainly through their citizens. The amount of information and communications that happens through Internet in every city is outstanding. But these data are not open and accessible.

An open, ubiquitous and intelligent Internet can facilitate all this information collection, processing and valorization, transforming it in add-value knowledge mostly for the benefit of the citizens.

Intelligent cities will be based in a set of new technologies like open big data, software defined networks, crowdsourcing, augmented reality or wireless sensors networks, organized finally around a city operating system. We understand the city as a software defined territory based in user-controlled and reconfigurable networks, based in the collective intelligence of their citizens.


i2cat is working with the following use cases and applications:

1) Community

Design of new business models and ecosystems where value can be created both for the citizen that participates in the creation of data about the city, and for the private or public entities who will exploit this data in order to deliver novel services and applications

2) Public Services

Novel technologies to increase the efficiency of the waste management based on low power and low cost sensors that can measure and report the occupancy level of a waste dumpster.

3) Transport and Mobility

Design of lightweight mechanisms to estimate the flow of traffic in a given area of a city, which can then be used to steer traffic in an optimal way, and low cost mechanisms to estimate the availability of parking spaces in areas of high congestion.

4) CityOS

Architecture definition of a City Operative System able to aggregate open data coming from the sensors and citizens, and by means of Big Data and prediction techniques, capable to extract actionable knowledge from the generated data to enhance its public services or to provide value added services.