Segovia, a world Heritage site with 52,257 inhabitants, is strategically located in central Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León. It has a privileged natural setting, in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. It is a lively, sustainable city, with more than 1200 km2 of green areas.
These days, Segovia like many other cities faces social, economic and environmental issues where innovation and knowledge play a strong role for its economic development and competitiveness. Segovia‘s economy is based on tourism and cultural heritage and it promotes diversification in productive activities, technological progress and the knowledge economy and society thanks to its various higher-education centres ( The University of Valladolid (UVA) and its Science and Technology Park; The Business Institute (IE); a National University of Distance Education (UNED) centre; and the Artillery Academy higher-education centre)
The municipality of Segovia, as member of the executive board of Spanish Smart Cities Network (RECI) and “Red Innpulso” which are networks of Spanish smart cities that involve different actors working together on the development of innovative technology plans to improve city life, is addressing the “smart city” challenge.
Moreover, the “Smart Digital Segovia” project, will allow Segovia to take advantage of the digital transformation and integration of new technologies in the municipal activity to meet the economic and social challenges ahead. A 2-year plan is currently being developed in the city of Segovia to achieve a more efficient, sustainable, participative and integrated smart city model.
Also, the municipality of Segovia expressed its commitment with climate change impact and the implementation of sustainable energy policies by the intention of signing up to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM).
Celia Polo García-Ochoa