Antonio Jose Lopez, a student of MCS and Telefónica Product Manager: "Before making a Smart City you need to know how a city works."
Antonio José López Navarro (31 years old) is the technical Product Manager for Telefónica and a student at MCS this year. Until a month ago he was the technical manager for the Platform for Smart Cities of Telefónica, but now he has become part of the strategic team for the IoT at the same company.
How did you learn about MCS?
I learned about it from talking to José María de Lapuerta (director of MCS) via my former director in Telefónica, Paco Jariego.
What encouraged you to take the course?
I wanted to know the different tools used to plan a city, as the basis of my work is in Smart cities (and before making a Smart City you need to know how a Smart City works).
How is MCS helping your professional career?
So far, it has not changed. But for now, the course looks very interesting, both professionally, and personally, as it helps me understand why things in the city where I live are the way they are.
How is MCS going to help you in your professional future?
I am gaining a lot of knowledge for future needs.
Are you doing or have you done a project with masters students or teachers?
I am developing a Venture Lab with several students in MCS. We are working on an idea to offer co-working spaces following the Airbnb model: online, simple and without compromising quality. It is called Nomad Co-working, and it is focused on people who need a workspace for a few hours / days without the constraints of regular monthly payments.
Tell us more about projects related to the masters field which you are working on right now.
• Telefónica Platform Smart Cities: Based on open interfaces FIWARE, a public-private project of the European Union, which aims to promote the creation of open code for European start-ups. We want to offer a set of technologies to integrate data from various sources (sensors, but also systems in Town Halls), and integrate them into open-data tools, business intelligence and big data. One of the latest developed cases is the City of Valencia.
• IoT (Internet of Things). We are working with all kinds of everyday objects designed to connect Internet technologies, both in cities and in industrial or home environments.