Patras is the metropolitan centre of the Western Greece Region. With about 214 000 inhabitants, it is the third largest city in Greece. The “Greece’s Gate to the West” has all the necessary elements to transform its citizens’ quality of life through industrial modernization. A major sea-trade hub with a thriving service sector, the city is also the host to three public universities and three research institutions.
The Municipality of Patras has been collaborating with local authorities and technological bodies over the past year to develop the Patras Smart City Strategic Plan. The plan’s objectives are to build an open and smart city and strengthen its digital infrastructure, all supported by a rich research and innovation ecosystem that takes advantage of the highly educated and skilled labour in the area.
Patras has planned several pilot projects in several areas: open digital infrastructure, open data management and e-government, smart power meters and lampposts, sustainable transport, and others.
Patras aims to be among the world leaders in terms of smart city ranking through innovative initiatives to build sustainable, eco-efficient, energy-efficient, zero-emission and fully interconnected neighbourhoods.
Patras was a participant city in the DCC.