Cisco recently attended Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain where 25,000 attendees from 800 cities came together with a common purpose, to move cities towards a better future.

Cisco’s belief that technology holds the promise of transforming communities, powering opportunity, and creating a more sustainable future was on full display with an interactive booth, over forty theater presentations and numerous demonstrations.

A prominent theme at SCEWC was urban mobility and how technology is transforming critical transportation infrastructure to modernize operations, ensure physical safety, minimize carbon emissions, and secure systems. Achieving these outcomes requires secure, reliable connectivity and a unified, end-to-end architecture and this is where Cisco and its global partners are providing industry-leading solutions to address connected transportation initiatives.

Below are a few highlights from the transportation centric sessions Cisco featured at Smart City Expo World Congress.

EV Charging Station Infrastructure

Economic development, regulations, and public demand are increasing the pace of adoption for decarbonizing transportation. Likewise, the demand for electric cars is booming, with sales expected to increase 35% in 2023. Across the globe, EVs are an important priority of government investment and are integral to fighting climate change and achieving a more energy-efficient means of transportation; however, a side effect of publicly funded EV charging infrastructure that must be considered is the security vulnerabilities that are present, which are well outside of agency enterprise networking strategies.

Read more about the considerations for a secure electric vehicle charging ecosystem.

Modernization of the OT and Traffic Operations Network

Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are providing an innovative approach to how transportation and traffic are handled on a large scale. These smart technologies and their integration into existing systems are providing more flexible, affordable, and accessible multimodal transportation option for citizens. Some specific use cases include:

  • Connected Freight – Using connected vehicle technology that allows trucks to communicate with traffic signals, businesses can reduce the impact delivery and freight trucks have in local communities, improve delivery time reliability, and provide cost savings to participating cargo companies.
  • Connected Fleets – With network connectivity for vehicle-to-everything communication, cities can better understand how to improve resident commuting experiences, upgrade traffic management system, and provide real time information to citizens.
  • Connected Citizens – Automated pedestrian detection and notification technology allows pedestrian crosswalk signs to be extended if someone, such as a young child or a sight-impaired individual, needs additional time to cross the street.

Bringing LiDAR to the Smart Cities

Last year, Cisco and Luminar, worked together to drive the world’s fastest autonomous race cars at the Indy Autonomous Challenge. The same technology used to keep autonomous race cars safe at speeds in excess of 150mph can also be used to improve safety on urban roads and public spaces.

Real-time, highly accurate, detailed data from long-range lidar sensors is making features like adaptive traffic signal control, crowd monitoring, and the design and optimization of roads possible. Discover more of Cisco’s solutions for connected roadways and intersections.

Cisco at SCEWC 2023

Cisco is uniquely positioned to be the bridge between the future of transportation and the secure infrastructure that connects in. At the core of Cisco’s mission lies a commitment to people, ensuring access to transportation services, driving sustainable solutions, and powering a more equitable future for all.


Scott Lantis

Marketing Manger Global Industries