Barcelona, GDF SUEZ, Cisco and Institutions From All Over the

Barcelona, GDF SUEZ, Cisco and Institutions From All Over the World
Launch the City Protocol 
This Trusted and Open Community Offers Curated Guidance to Help
Cities Build a Sustainable Future 
BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  Barcelona's City
Council, GDF SUEZ, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and more than 30 cities plus
organizations and universities from all over the world have agreed to
officially launch the City Protocol as the first certification system
for smart cities, as well as the City Protocol Society, an
organization set up to manage it. 
The announcement is taking part within the second annual edition of
the Smart City Expo World Congress hosted in Barcelona. It is the
result of an international meeting celebrated in July, under the
title of Building Better Cities Together and the ongoing work around
the definition of the methodology behind creating an urban innovation
model, based on standards definition, platform integration, and
technology and solutions development.  
This initiative is also part of the collaboration between Cisco and
Barcelona's City Council last March that envisages several strategic
projects such as the Cisco(R) Smart+Connected Communities(TM)
platform and a City Framework that will define the information and
communication technology (ICT) aspects of the City Protocol, which
will be embedded into the overall City Protocol model. 
On that basis, City Protocol is a delivery-focused network of global
cities that, in partnership with industry, research agencies and
other organizations, is developing common approaches and solutions to
help cities build a sustainable future. By utilizing knowledge and
experiences of real city transformations, this trusted and open
community offers curated guidance so that cities do not have to
navigate this journey alone.  
KEY HIGHLIGHTS 
City Protocol refers to both a program of activity and to an
organization that is being set up to manage it. 
The program 


 
--  City Protocol (CP) is a new, distinctive and substantial program that
    will enable better understanding and collaboration among the different
    stakeholders (cities, academia, institutions, companies, and society)
    that are involved in the development of more sustainable, efficient,
    cohesive and innovative smart cities. It will deliver benefits both
    within and between cities, by addressing cities in an integrated,
    systematic way.
    
    
--  The program will be developed on an open, transparent, principled and
    collaborative basis, to deliver truly shared, trusted and universally
    useful outcomes. Using a process modelled on the way the Internet
    Protocol (IP) is managed to enable its continual evolution and
    development, the results will be thought out, debated and developed
    openly and internationally, using the best thinking and expertise
    within the City Protocol community.
    
    
--  The CP program will deliver agreements developed to address issues
    agreed by the community. These will lead to both:
    --  CP-endorsed city projects and policies: projects and policies
        tested in cities that can be used as exemplars for other cities,
        along with indicators and certifications for those same projects
        and policies;
    --  Recommendations and technology standards for industry:
        industry-based standards, technologies and solutions which are
        standardized on a CP basis.

  
The organization 


 
--  The City Protocol Society (CPS) will be a membership-based
    organization whose role will be to manage the City Protocol programme.
    Membership will be open to city councils, industry, research
    organizations and other agencies involved in city transformation.
    However, city councils will have the largest representation in order
    to ensure that the CPS is focused around the needs of cities to
    transform themselves to meet the immense challenges they face.
    
    
--  The details of the membership, resourcing needs and other issues will
    be developed by the City Protocol community over the next few months.
    
    
--  The official launch of the CPS sets out the roadmap for the society to
    be fully operational by April 2013.

  
Supporting quotes: 


 
--  Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias: "Mayors and city leaders worldwide know
    that cities are increasingly aware of the chronic issues of ageing and
    mobility, climate change, rising energy costs, the effects of
    increasing congestion and security threats. The City Protocol presents
    an opportunity to handle all these challenges in a more open,
    coordinated and efficient manner."
    
    
--  Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon: "Forward-looking cities such as Barcelona
    and Seoul are embracing the transformation agenda. However, embarking
    on significant change programs is risky, particularly because it is
    difficult to find reliable and relevant evidence to properly evaluate
    the options for major new initiatives. City Protocol will help address
    this issue following a well-defined and common structure."
    
    
--  Stephane Quere, urban development at GDF SUEZ Corporate
    Commercial & Marketing Department: "The whole cycle of innovation
    can only be enabled by solid, trust-based cross-sector partnership
    working. It is only by bringing together the resources and strengths
    of all key stakeholders that cities will be able to meet the
    challenges they are faced with every day."
    
    
--  Jordi Botifoll, senior vice president for LATAM: "As city officials,
    academics and enterprises alike seek to address some of the challenges
    in building and managing smarter and connected cities and communities,
    the City Protocol launch is a successful beginning. Cisco stands
    committed to this important initiative and when we look back to this
    date from the future, we should feel proud of a legacy we created
    together in an open and collaborative way."
    
    
--  Manel Sanroma, director of Innovation, Barcelona City Council and
    coordinator of City Protocol Society Secretary: "The City Protocol
    Society is a trusted community that leverages knowledge and
    experiences in real city transformations throughout the world. It
    offers curated guidance so that cities do not have to navigate this
    journey alone."
    
    
--  Charlie Catlett, senior computer scientist,Argonne National Lab and
    University of Chicago: "The complexity of cities (multiple parties,
    stakeholders, and processes) remains the most significant barrier to
    adopting smart city solutions. City Protocol, however, presents the
    best opportunity to integrate physical city infrastructures, from
    utilities, transportation, and real estate to city services."
    
    
--  Jose Campos,director of San Francisco Planning Department: "The
    debate is no longer about why a smart city initiative is good for a
    city or which available options to choose, but instead about how to
    implement smart city infrastructures and services, including the
    importance of a common language and a structured approach to
    implementation."

  
Additional resources: 


 
--  Video: Anil Menon, president of Smart+Connected Communities and Cisco
    Globalization, announcing the new City Protocol.
--  Video: Cities of the future.
--  Follow ongoing news about the City Protocol on
    http://www.cityprotocol.org.
--  Further information about the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities
    initiative: http://www.cisco.com/go/smartconnectedcommunities.
--  Follow Cisco Smart+Connected Communities on Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/CiscoSCC.
--  Follow Cisco Smart+Connected Communities on Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/CiscoSCC
--  Follow Cisco Spain on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cisco_spain

  
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