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03 June 2022

The development of smart infrastructure: a central theme of Global Mobility Call

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The conference brings together the international leaders in the sphere of mobility from 14 to 16 June 2022 at IFEMA MADRID

To tackle this issue, highlighting lines of work like the rural, interurban and urban agenda for balanced territorial development, public-private investment and the role of digitalisation

The development of smart infrastructure is one of the most transversal issues when it comes to fostering more sustainable mobility and it is a central theme at Global Mobility Call, a project by IFEMA MADRID and Smobhub that aims to contribute to the economic recovery and energy resilience that is so necessary in light of the current urgent circumstances in Europe.

The Congress which will be held from 14 and 16 June 2022 at IFEMA MADRID will explore how public institutions, large companied, technology developers and entrepreneurs can work towards a more sustainable and secure infrastructure that benefits everyone. For this development, the European Next Generation EU funds are an opportunity to driver new projects towards decarbonised, digitalised and efficient mobility.

Different areas are structured along these lines to boost infrastructure and the rural, interurban and urban agenda for more balanced territorial development; the strengthening of links and communication hubs for a more cohesive Europe; public-private investment; the role of digitalisation and infrastructures for the sustainable energy transition.

As part of Global Mobility Call, on 15 June, at the Main Auditorium, the President of ADIF, María Luisa Domínguez will deliver the conference “Development of smart infrastructure for a more secure, sustainable and connected mobility to the benefit of Society” and will later participated in the debated “Approach to smart infrastructure development as a driver of sustainable mobility through public-private partnership: economic, environmental and social factors”.

On 16 June, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Carlo Ratti will deliver the conference “Urban, Interurban and Rural planning as a necessary factor for a more active, healthy and citizen-focused mobility”. in the Main Auditorium.”

On 14 June, at the New Urban Planning Forum, President of Fundación Metropoli, Alfonso Vegara, will participate in the conference “Smart territory: new perspectives on urban, interurban and rural planning and the impact on the mobility of people and goods.” The same day, at the Sustainable Transport of people and good Forum, Chairman of Ineco, Sergio Vázquez, will do so at the conference “Infrastructure for the intermodality of sustainable transport of people and of people and goods.”

On 15 June, the Managing Director of Arriva España, Antonio Cendrero, will speak at on “Sustainable models of infrastructure and fleets for road passenger transport”. On the same day, the Future Society Forum will see the presentation of the project “SMARTA: analysis and solutions for powered rural transport in Europe: the demographic challenge, connectivity and infrastructures”; by Brendan Finn, MemEx and lead of the SMARTA Project.

15 June will see the presentation “Innovation and development of the skills necessary for the structuring of a robust rural mobility” with the participation of Angelo Meuleman (Inclusion Project); Seppo Ahola (AURORAL Project); Anna Reichenberger (Peripheral Access), and Lei Chen (- DiG - Skara guardian angel). They’ll discuss proposals to increase connectivity and offer a digital environment of interoperable service platforms and the need to overcome the digital gap in rural and urban areas while improving the connectivity and digitalisation of rural areas.