Smart Citizen is a platform which offers an alternative to the centralised data production and management systems used by the large corporations that constitute the driving force behind the smart city concept. The project empowers ordinary citizens to gather information on their environment and make it available to the public. Started in 2012 in Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC, the project develops tools for citizen action in environmental monitoring and accompanying methodologies for community engagement and co-creation.

The project involves customised sensing hardware, the Smart Citizen Kit, and a custom online platform with more than 9000 registered users and more than 1900 unique sensors. It is a free/open-source software, released under a GPL license.? Over the past years, the project has been part of multiple EU funded research projects such as Making Sense, iSCAPE, Organicity, Grow Observatory or DECODE. The project has helped local communities to make sense of their environment and address environmental problems in air, soil and sound pollution.

The Smart Citizen project is based on geolocation, internet and free hardware and software for data collecting and sharing.

The Smart Citizen project is based on geolocation, Internet and free hardware and software for data collection and sharing (Smart Citizen Kit – SCKRESTful APIMobile App and, the web community), and (in a second phase) the production of objects. It connects people with their environments and their city to create more effective and optimised relationships between resources, technology, communities, services and events in the urban environment.

This project has been successfully deployed, as an initial phase, in the city of Barcelona and is currently being deployed in Amsterdam in collaboration with Amsterdam Smart City and Waag Society and in Manchester in collaboration with Future Everything and Intel.

In 2019 we present the latest generation of our platform, including the brand new Smart Citizen Kit 2.1, the fourth generation of sensors since the first launch in 2012. The new Kit includes sensors such as particulate matter, noise, temperature, humidity.

This project was born within Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia with both focused on the impact of new technologies at different scales of human habitat, from bits to geography. The project was made possible thanks to the collaboration and active support of MID.

The project was developed in collaboration with HangarGoteo and La Fosca.

Actual partners include:

The people behind the project include:

  • Tomas Diez
  • Alex Posada
  • Guillem Camprodon
  • Alexandre Dubor
  • Leonardo Arrata
  • Aitor Aloa
  • Ángel Muñoz
  • Gabriel Bello-Diaz

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