Initiative aims to turn Barcelona into leading international smartport
Government's SmartCAT Challenge 2019 to focus on innovative and digital solutions to improve port's operational capacity
The Catalan government and Barcelona's port authority have come together to find innovative digital solutions for improving the facility and turning it into a leading example for smartports around the world.
The government's digital policy department has this year decided to dedicate its SmartCAT Challenge competition, an initiative to support businesses and tech start-ups, to the port instead of local authorities, as in previous editions.
The aim is to turn Barcelona into "a laboratory, a testing ground for innovative and digital responses to the challenges posed by the port's activities," according to the head of the port authority, Mercè Conesa, on Monday.
Meanwhile, digital policy minister, Jordi Puigneró, highlighted the initiative's goal of turning Barcelona's port into a leading international smartport as part of a "digital revolution" aimed at making Catalonia "a genuine digital hub on the European level."
"[The aim is to turn Barcelona into] a laboratory, a testing ground for innovative and digital responses to the challenges posed by the port's activities"
Mercè Conesa · Head of the port authority
The SmartCAT Challenge, this year in its fourth edition, will invite firms to design innovative tools to improve the operational capacity of the port, with the three winning proposals receiving prizes worth 10,000 euros and the chance to test them out on the facilities.
As an added attraction, the proposals will be presented during Barcelona's International Logistics Fair, from June 26 to 28, and will feature at Catalonia's stand in the Smart City Expo World Congress, to be held between November 19 and 21.
The SmartCatalonia Challenge announcement comes only a few weeks after the port authorities said they will invest 10 million euros into unrolling 5G technology at the facility over the next four years.