Smart Citizen – Fab Lab Barcelona/IAAC/Hangar

Smart Citizen is a platform to generate participatory processes of people in the cities. Connecting data, people and knowledge, the objective of the platform is to serve as a node for building productive and open indicators, and distributed tools, and thereafter the collective construction of the city for its own inhabitants.

The Smart Citizen project is based on geolocation, Internet and free hardware and software for data collection and sharing, and (in a second phase) the production of objects; it connects people with their environment and their city to create more effective and optimized relationships between resources, technology, communities, services and events in the urban environment. Currently it is being deployed as initial phase in Barcelona city.

The smart Citizen project is being crowdfunded by the Spanish platform Goteo, now looking for more backers in its second round campaign:

The SCK is a electronic board based on Arduino (, equipped with the following sensors:

– Air Quality
– Temperature
– Sound
– Humidity
– Light Quantity

In addition, the board contains a solar charger that allows to connect it to photovoltaic panels to be installed anywhere. The board is equipped with a WiFi antenna that allows you to upload data from the sensors in real time to the online platform which is being developed withing the project and which will be based in Cosm (, previous Pachube) .

The Smart Citizen Kit is based on an Arduino shield developed by Fab Lab Barcelona and Hangar. The version that will be funded through this campaign will remain compatible with Arduino, but it will be an autonomous board, which can be programmed from the same development environment (IDE). Improvements will include:

– Improved sensors calibration
– Lower power consumption
– Increased usability in planning and implementation

Computers have allowed us to create content, and Internet we can share it with. Now is the time to act in the physical world using both tools. Through the development and distribution of urban sensor kits, we will use devices to upload information from the environment to the web (as when we send messages to social networks, or we post videos or images) and thereby visualize and share values such as air or noise pollution from wherever we want.

– Tomas Diez, directs Fab Lab Barcelona, and faculty at IAAC
– Guillem Camprodon, Researcher at IAAC and Fab Lab Barcelona
– Alex Posada, founder MID runs Hangar Interaction Lab and faculty at IAAC
– M.A. Heras, Hangar Interaction Lab Engineer
– Alex Dubor, Master in Advanced Architecture IAAC
– Gabriel Bello-Diaz, Master in Advanced Architecture IAAC

Footage Credits:
Platform images from CompleXity project by Alexandre Dubor, Petr Novikov, Giorgio Badalacchi and Jianhong Wu; First Term Sutdio “Many Slow Cities into a Smart Cities”, Tutors: Tomas Diez, Areti Markopoulou, IAAC Master in Advanced Architecture 2012.
Smart Citizen Kit Shield developed by Fab Lab Barcelona and Hangar, 2011. Electronics design: Alex Posada, Miguel de Heras and Guillem Camprodon

  1. Excellent initiative. Congrats!

  2. cool