Representatives from Prague attended the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Among the innovations, the presentation of the Golemio platform, which analyses city data for further use, attracted the attention of visitors.
Inspired by Prague's industrial history, the Prague stand was conceived as a platform for presenting innovative smart city projects that have been developed in the city. Representatives of the city participated in the event in cooperation with the CzechTrade agency and the city company Operátor ICT, a.s.
"Economic diplomacy is an important part of the city's foreign relations, and our long-term goal is to support the development of the knowledge society and related fields of the future," said Zdeněk Hřib, Mayor of Prague.
A total of eight companies, selected by CzechTrade, presented their products in the field of air quality analysis, urban hydroponic systems, smart technologies for quick repairs of broken roads or intelligent lighting systems. Together with representatives of the companies, the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings of CTU, whose project S.A.W.E.R won the main prize at last year's Expo in Dubai, also presented itself in Barcelona.
The municipal company Operátor ICT, a.s. gained the attention of visitors and other municipalities with the project of the data platform of Prague Capital City. Golemio, which is unique in the context of the use of city data. It is a tool for the collection, storage and subsequent analysis of city data. A team of data analysts presented and showed visitors to the Barcelona Congress the datasets that are integrated into the data platform, which currently has over 120 open datasets.
"We walked every corner of the exhibition, talking to a number of city representatives to confirm that Golemio is the absolute leader in data processing. During the expo in Barcelona, you'll learn all about the latest trends and developments in the use of smart technologies in one place over three days, sitting at the same table, face to face, with representatives from Singapore, Canada and other far-flung regions that you would struggle to connect with. That is why I am very glad that together with the City Council we managed to provide Prague with its own, great-looking exhibition, and most importantly, we had the opportunity to show the whole world that Prague has something to offer to the world," said Petr Suška, member of the Board of Directors of Operátor ICT, a.s. and Director of Smart City, Innovation and Project Management.
Thanks to the cooperation between the private and academic sectors, the Prague exhibition attracted a lot of attention from visitors, including the Prime Minister of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, and the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.
In terms of business promotion and economic diplomacy, this was a unique project, with the city being the main promoter of the event with the help of the state agency CzechTrade. "The presentation of Czech technologies for sustainable development of cities and municipalities could not be missing at the Smart City Expo World Congress. Our exporters are implementing very interesting projects in this area. We have already proven this at the World EXPO in Dubai or by presenting our project City For The Future at the HUNGEXPO in Budapest, which the CzechTrade agency is covering together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Thanks to our cooperation with the City Hall, exporters had facilities at the Prague exposition and based on the synergy with the Prague Technology Centre and the South Moravian Innovation Centre, exporters could also use a special on-line B2B matchmaking platform," concluded Jan Špunda, CzechTrade's internationalisation support specialist for highly innovative SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).
Photos from the event are available here.