Barcelona -the third smart city in the world and first in Europe, according to Juniper Research (2022)- is the Mobile World Capital and has a powerful ICT sector that connects, facilitates and empowers all the multiple smart solutions.
These solutions range from efficient energy systems and smart transit solutions (parking, public transport, etc.) to predictive security models or water usage solutions, not to mention telehealth and m-Health, improvement in tourism and commerce (computer systems, payment methods) or management in terms of learning and education. You can search our database for Catalan suppliers of smart city solutions.
Smart city companies in Catalonia grow by 7.3%
A study elaborated by Catalonia Trade & Investment (2022) shows that the smart cities sector in Catalonia is made up of 471 companies, with a workforce of 46,077 people.
In relation to 2018, the number of companies has increased by 7.3%. Their collective turnover, solely linked to the smart city sector, came to 10,445 million euros, a growth of 7.5% compared to 2018. This figure represents 4.3% of the Catalan GDP, proof of how important this sector is for Catalonia’s business environment.
The sector is largely made up of small and medium-sized companies (88.5% of the companies are SMEs), and 26.3% of them are startups. Moreover, 56.7% of the Catalan smart city companies export, and 13% are foreign subsidiaries.