Badajoz: a digital success story from Spain
Digital services for the public good
On 25 April 2019, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) published a new success story on digital services for the public good. This time, the success story is about Badajoz, the largest province in Spain. The province has seen young citizens emigrate to more urban areas in search of jobs and a better quality of life. To avoid rural exodus and to increase the attractiveness of the region, the Provincial Council of Badajoz embarked on an ambitious digital initiative.
The initiative provides tools and services based on the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data technologies in order to foster sustainable development by turning Badajoz into a smart province. The Provincial Council decided to improve the cost-efficiency of municipal services by centralising all services into a single smart platform that would optimise internal processes, increase transparency, enhance the overall effectiveness of decisions, and empower citizens with more knowledge and control through intuitive digital public services.
In the future, the province plans to further pilot smart services in other areas, such as in managing parking, tourism, and sports facilities. The province aims to become the national reference for smart territory solutions.