Collaboration and protection of citizens, key to the development of Smart Cities

Under the slogan “Sharing Design, Innovation and Technology for the Prosperity of the City” ESNE has held a few days that aim to explore the role of design in improving living conditions in cities. The goal of the Urban Thinkers Campus is to find proposals to build what the United Nations Human Settlements Programme calls “The city we need”.

This year, Vector ITC Group moderated and participated in one of the working groups, specifically in the use and consequences of the application of Big Data in the field of Smart Cities. The event was attended by a hundred experts and leaders involved in the daily reality of the city to analyze the influence of design on its prosperity. In this sense, the objective was to define strategies and objectives in cities that have Big Data systems. “The perception of privacy in young people has changed radically,” said Iván Lastra, cybersecurity officer at Vector ITC Group.

While it is true that the user should be informed about the personal data managed by companies, the trend should be aimed at incorporating the culture of “open data” in councils and organizations and consider ingesting the data as one more infrastructure. “We must create “smart citizens” that collaborate and participate in public management,” Lastra added. Big Data protection One of the main problems facing cities of the future is ensuring the use of data for social utility purposes.

Therefore, it is necessary to increase the legal protection of citizens in this area, simplify and make understandable the clauses that accompany data transfers in applications and programs, indicating the future use of the data provided. “We must involve the citizen in the process of drawing up proposals generated with the data provided, facilitating the monitoring of it”, commented Rafael Conde, director of innovation, strategy and technology at Vector ITC Group.

To this end, according to the experts, transparency should be promoted, as well as the communication of the use of data itself. In addition, Vector ITC Group is committed to increasing the exchange of success story experiences between cities and developing a binding strategic vision for administrations with clear objectives on neighborhood rehabilitation in cities aligned with international objectives in areas such as energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, service endowments etc. and other urban policies.

Innovation is largely identified within the field of participation, as a means of empowering neighbors in urban regeneration processes. It is also understood that there is a field for openly developing process management techniques, from a legal and economic point of view, against the backdrop of transparency towards neighbours. “The one-stop shop figure that simplifies management is a useful tool already rehearsed, the aim now is to build confidence so that it is the citizens themselves who collaborate and provide the services of Smart Ctities”, concludes Conde.