We are experiencing an exciting time of transformation in Marbella. The number of visitors continues to grow and new international brands offering exclusive services are rapidly emerging because of high demand.
To retain Marbella’s status as a luxury destination, we must continue to embrace new models of sustainable urban living based on smart technologies, infrastructure and governance. Through further initiatives to enhance Marbella’s efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life, and continued collaboration at a local, national and international level, we can ensure that Marbella stands out as a leading Smart City, paving the way for a smarter future.
What is a Smart city?
In 2008, 50% of the world’s population lived in urban areas and, according to the United Nations (UN), this figure is expected to rise to 68% by 2050. Creating new models of sustainable urbanisation is a global priority and the “Smart” or “Intelligent” city is no longer just a futuristic dream. Urban areas are increasingly harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance their efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life for residents. These cities use data analytics, advanced infrastructure and innovative technologies to optimise urban services, reduce energy consumption, and promote environmental responsibility.
Citizen engagement is a key feature, encouraging active participation in shaping the city’s development. Smart mobility solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) integration, digital governance, and resilience against potential threats are also essential aspects of smart cities.