Interview with Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, president of the Spanish Network of Smart Cities (RECI)

DATE November 4, 2020

Interview with Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, president of the Spanish Network of Smart Cities (RECI)

Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, president of the RECI and mayor of Logroño, has been interviewed on the portal ESMARTCITY about the work of the Network and the role of smart cities in the current context.

In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the president of the RECI maintains that “the challenges that arise for smart cities have been multiple, such as digitizing processes and systems, and dealing with change management, a real challenge in our cities.” However, he also assures that “there are great opportunities that we are seeing, because many of the changes in processes and information systems are here to stay.”

In areas such as tourism, Pablo Hermoso has pointed out that “the changes are due to the tremendous impact on our economy due to the closure of borders and the incidence of the virus in the country,” stating that “technology has made it possible to alleviate a small part of This fact and, despite the damage suffered in this sector, we must see the good side, and that is that it has made us rethink our tourism model. In terms of mobility, it has been seen that it is necessary to accelerate changes to make it more sustainable and to improve emissions, noise and air quality parameters. In this crisis, we have invested in accelerating the recovery of public space for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.”

In a context in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have gained great importance, the president of the RECI considers that smart cities are key to achieving these global goals, maintaining that “technology will help us improve in each of the SDGs and to measure all the results, correlate the data and simulate different strategies for implementing measures. Smart cities are here to stay. We need real good practices and facilities to be able to implement them, and we are not only talking about financial ones, but also about administrative ones and the incorporation of new profiles in our organizations with these objectives in mind.”

In relation to the celebration of the VI Smart Cities Congress on September 15, the president of the RECI stated that “Spain is one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of smart cities. We have world-class examples in almost all areas: energy, mobility, platforms, infrastructure, connectivity, recycling, irrigation, air, waste or citizen services. In addition, we have public support in Spain and Europe from entities such as or the European R&D programs.”

Coinciding with the Congress, on September 15 the RECI also held its Board of Directors, where issues such as the Work Plan for the next triennium were addressed. In relation to this, the president has indicated that “we are currently working on developing it around four axes: Government, Social Innovation and Smart Economy; Green City: Sustainability and Infrastructure; Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence; and Municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants. We have reorganized the technological work areas to focus on the new challenges of this triennium, and detect the changing needs of cities. In addition, we will try to promote a methodology that allows us to quickly detect the best technological projects in Spain and so that the rest of our partners can learn about them.”

Looking to the near future, the president of the RECI has concluded that “we are betting very strongly on AI, 5G, sustainability (mobility, energy, air, water, noise), smart tourism, cloud computing and territories intelligent. Our projects will be defined as a result of the work plan that is being developed at this moment and will be related to the aforementioned lines.”

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