Barcelona (Spain), November 16th. The capital of South Korea, Seoul, has been selected as the ‘Smart City’ for the year 2021 within the framework of the Global Smart City Awards, which are presented annually by the Smart City Expo World Conference, which is being held these days in Barcelona. .
In this version, Kyiv (Ukraine) was also given special recognition for “using digital services to save lives” during the Russian invasion of that country, which began in February.
The jury for these awards consisted of representatives from the Barcelona City Council, UN-Habitat, the World Bank, the European Commission Delegation on Climate Change and Smart Cities and the Smart City Expo World Congress.
Specifically, Seoul was awarded for its Smart Seoul Platform, “which focuses on digital inclusion policies that guarantee the five basic digital rights—communication, mobility, education, security, and technology use—and provide digital services adapted to socially vulnerable groups.
Similarly, TerraGo Technologies, which is responsible for maintaining and implementing the public lighting network in Chicago (USA), excelled in the Energy and Environment category.
In Mobility, the DIGI-V initiative was awarded to digitize traffic in the German city of Wiesbaden, developed by Yunex Traffic.
The Drone Development Project in Dublin (Ireland) received the Governance and Economics Award; Hackshield, a youth cybersecurity game promoted by Amsterdam (Netherlands), won the award in the Security category; The Atlanta Comprehensive Piers (USA) received the inclusion award.
The 3D City of Buenos Aires (Argentina) project received the Infrastructure and Construction Award; The Smart City Data Platform, in which the Belgian cities of Bruges, Leuven and Roeslarai participated, won the award in the category of enabling technologies.
In terms of innovation, there were two winners: AutoSafety Uganda, developed by Wanyama Autosafety Initiatives in this African country; and the ‘Empowering Cities with Data’ project of the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Finally, the Leadership Award was presented to the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Emilia Saez, and the Governor of Antioquia (Colombia), Anibal Gaviria. EFE
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