If you’ve read our article on smart cities in Taiwan, you already know the benefits that smart cities offer your business.
Advanced robotics and automated manufacturing are innovating the supply and transportation industries, bringing in a new age of global trade that is more cost-effective and efficient.
Spain incubates many of the world’s smart cities.
The country has invested heavily in the smart-city industry, through improving transportation, citizen interaction and education, as well as environmental impact.
Here are three Spanish cities that are leading the way.
Santander is the birthplace of smart-city technology in Spain, and arguably the world.
With funding from the EU and several foreign universities, Santander has taken great strides in smart city development.
They’ve created sensors that detect rainfall, so that the automated irrigation system is only activated when the soil is dry. Road traffic is also monitored to improve the efficiency of Santander’s municipal services.
What does this mean for your small business?
Well, innovation is the bread-and-butter of any small business. It’s one of the best tools that small businesses have to get the competitive edge on larger companies.
Santander’s smart-city prowess clearly shows that it’s a global innovation hub. If there’s an optimal way to do business, you’ll likely find it in Santander.
According to the IDC Smart Cities Index Ranking, Málaga is the smartest city in Spain, particularly when it comes to smart energy and smart environment.
Spain’s largest utility company, Endesa, received the Living Lab certificate from the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) in 2017. This marks it as the first power company to be given the honor.
Remote control technologies, digitalization and network automation have enabled power consumption savings of over 25% in Málaga.
Being a member of the ENoLL network means that Málaga is invited to collaborate with other living labs in Milan, Bari and Savona.
Málaga’s global recognition as an innovator makes it very attractive for small businesses. Smarter technology often leads to supplies that are both inexpensive and premium quality; two traits that can give your business the edge over the competition.
Spain’s capital, Madrid, is an information-technology specialist. This has certainly helped its economy in becoming the most powerful in Spain.
Since Madrid is also Spain’s largest city, and a tourism juggernaut, the Spanish government has heavily invested in the city’s infrastructure and smart technology.
That’s right: it’s a smart government too.
Government regulations and bureaucracy, a strenuous part of doing business in some countries, are established with efficiency in mind.
I’ll give you a second to let that sink in.
Even without the smart city designation, Madrid has plenty to offer your business.
But this certainly makes your decision easier.
Are you Ready?
Smart cities offer plenty to small businesses, but they shouldn’t be the deciding factor behind where your business goes.
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