This document includes a feasibility study on a possible track to analyse issues of security at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC). The aim of the work is to analyse, on the basis of field work – which included interviews with 10 internationally renowned experts in this field – a study of the reference literature, a selection and inventory/analysis of international events and a market survey, the existing developments and gaps in the field of security in the context of international smart city events and related events.

Key Concepts

This report has conceptual and operational objectives. On the conceptual side: to explore how innovation and technology can help make smart cities safer, to problematise the main definitions of smart city and security, and to establish their convergences and related key concepts. In the operational field: to describe existing international events related to these issues, to map the key actors and potential targets of such a track, to assess the relevance and economic viability of a specific security and city track in the SCEWC and, finally, to design precise recommendations for its possible development.


Based on the interviews analyzed, the events studied and our previous analysis, we consider that the existing gap in the field of smart cities and security is located specifically in the field of the relationship between the ubiquity of technology in the urban sphere. and the multidimensional nature of security, which encompasses technical, governmental and socio-cultural aspects. The field of greatest fruitfulness seems to be found in the field of innovation in the development of techno-social strategies that contemplate this multidimensionality. Therefore, we consider that the track should revolve around the relationship between a safe smart city and social innovation. In this sense, it is worth incorporating into the discussion on security various factors that generally appear secondary on the political agenda and in international events, and which are of vital importance for the efficiency of technological security strategies. Thus, various axes of social innovation are a fundamental part that would contribute greatly to the differential positioning of the track as a whole.