Technology is evolving, moving from one-off connected homes and connected facilities to more comprehensive connected cities—and construction companies are going to have a big role to play in building this connected city of the future.

Next week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA, www.gsma.com, London, England, will unveil the future of the connected city, including a town hall, department store, apartment, electrical store, hotel, café and lounge, office, a car showroom, and a street.

As technologies advance for each part of a municipality, contractors building facilities, roads, bridges, and more will need to understand how technologies function in order to incorporate them into structures being built. As an example, civil contractors building roads may need to incorporate sensors and intelligent transportation systems into construction in order to provide more efficient methods of transportation.

An interesting example of connected infrastructure coming out of next week’s Mobile World Congress is the connected port solutions, which use technology to gather data about both road and sea traffic control to improve logistics and operations in order to create an intelligent harbor. Deutsche Telekom, www.telekom.com, Bonn, Germany, is working with SAP, www.sap.com, Walldorf, Germany, to offer such smart port logistics.

Deutsche Telekom is also working with IBM, www.ibm.com, Armonk, N.Y., to provide mobile technology to improve urban services such as public transport, energy, security, and water management.

Energy management continues to take center stage in many connected city initiatives. For example, Vodafone’s, www.vodafone.com, London, England, Energy Data Management solution, solar energy production monitoring, remotely controlled street lighting, and digital signage enable greater efficiencies in a smart city.

As the connected city begins to take off, contractors will need to understand how different technologies are advancing in various parts of urban infrastructure. City officials and project owners might begin to demand such technologies in infrastructure and buildings, and contractors will need to help build up the next-generation connected city.