New Buenos Aires Convention Center Debuts in Argentina's Tech-Savvy Capital

The Buenos Aires Expo and Convention Center is now open in the elegant Recoleta district of the Argentine capital. The LEED-certified facility has three underground levels beneath the landscaped parks that still adorn that part of the city. The venue is centrally located, near many museums and attractions and in close proximity to a subway station and a number of bus lines.

The 245,000-square-foot convention center offers more than 48,400 square feet of exhibit space, with a capacity of more than 5,000 people. The main auditorium is divisible into three smaller rooms, while a secondary auditorium can be reconfigured as two rooms. The facility also offers a dining area and a full kitchen, as well as administrative offices, a press room and additional flexible spaces.

The venue's inaugural show is this week, in the form of the Smart City Expo World Conference, which runs Sept. 28-30. Nearly 600 cities will be represented at the conference, among its more than 16,000 participants. More than 50 satellite events will simultaneously take place in the city as well, in addition to the presentations and exhibits at the new convention center.

Buenos Aires ranked first regionally in the IESE Cities in Motion List, a list of Smart Cities compiled by the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra, in Spain. City officials will install 1,000 sensors throughout Buenos Aires by November, which will help to gather real-time data and further evolve the destination as Latin America's premier Smart City. The sensors will detect atmospheric and environmental characteristics such as noise level, sun level and other variables, as well as the flow of people and cars, and the presence of demonstrations or protests - allowing city officials to capture and record such data and better prepare for the future.