More and more administrations are betting on implementing tools to turn their cities into smart cities, a necessary decision for those who want to bet on a sustainable development and an improvement in the quality of life for the citizens who live in them.
The concept of a traditional city is slowly becoming obsolete and many administrations around the world are betting on smart cities. The main difference is that these systems use new technologies to manage their obligations.
Environment, mobility, governance, economy, transport… All this can be managed in an “intelligent” way, although there are different models of smart cities according to how and in what areas technology applies. The ultimate smart city will be the one that unifies all the departments in a single platform.
Smart cities are necessary because traditional cities continually feed the most important problems of this century, such as the increasingly large traffic congestions and the increased impact that people’s activity has on the environment. That is why we must look for solutions outside this paradigm that is already outdated.
The arrival of smart cities is not a question of the future, it is a reality of the present and many cities in the world already apply technologies and tools to achieve greater efficiency in their management and a sustainable and responsible development with the environment.
The IESE Cities in Motion index evaluates the involvement of different cities in the world and classifies them taking into account more than 70 indicators in ten different areas. In the 2017 report, New York, London and Paris were at the head, and the first Spanish city to appear is Madrid, at number 28.
It is necessary to bet on smart cities for better development of cities and, ultimately, greater satisfaction and quality of life of the citizen. Here we leave some real cases.
Urbo – Telefonica
Urbo is one of the most ambitious projects in which we have worked due to its size and the combination of different knowledge areas (Big Data, Business Intelligence, real time data visualization…). The objective was to develop a dashboard model for smart cities.
This solution is responsible for the processing of real-time data from the sensors and their subsequent dumping, with different levels of access and publication of information.
Inside the private portal is where the information is shown in full and has a scorecard for the management and monitoring of results, as well as the generation of essential KPIs reports for managers, managers and technicians.
Not only does it work as a data management tool, but it also has Machine Learning functions, which allows the system to process, analyze and interpret all the information it receives to extract trends and even predict possible future events that recur cyclically.
After all, Urbo functions as a knowledge center from which those responsible for the administration of the city at all levels can make informed decisions thanks to the data they receive in real time.
AQUASIG – Smart Water
While Urbo is a more global management tool, AQUASIG focuses solely on urban water supply and consumption management. The main problem with water distribution is that it is a highly atomized environment, where each urban environment, for a wide variety of sizes and populations, has a different distribution company.
Therefore, this causes a great dispersion in the applied methodologies, the services provided and the tools used, whose systems are so specific that they do not have the possibility of scalability or adaptability to other places.
Other problems must also be addressed, such as the amount of water lost due to leaks in the distribution and supply networks, as shown by data published by the OECD.
Taking into account this situation, this platform is intended both for network managers and citizens in relation to their own consumption of water. The ultimate goal is to achieve a more efficient and sustainable supply system, and also to encourage and make possible water and energy saving habits.
Place of performance: Sevilla, Écija and Puerto Real
Completion time: August 2016 – December 2018
Budget and financing: AQUASIG project (Ref. ITC-20161178), with a total budget of 1.450.408 €, under the FEDER-INNTERCONECTA program from Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, cofunded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and by the EU structural funds.
CEDUS – City Enabler
CEDUS was a project led by Engineering Ingegneria and aimed at the European Institute of Innovation. This was a solution for smart cities that is responsible for searching, collecting and analyzing geolocated data using both public and private sources.
This project had added value, since it also eliminated the barrier that usually exists between the information that reaches citizens and companies, providing value to citizens and to different interest groups thanks to the use of open data.
The problem that this city enabler comes to solve is that, usually, the agencies and companies responsible for services related to the city handle very high volumes of information that often become difficult to process. In addition, data processing portals are usually not connected to each other, so this solution unifies everything and greatly facilitates the work of gestures and decision makers in town halls.
These are some smart cities projects, necessary for a more efficient management of the resources of the cities (traffic, water, energy …), the reduction of the human being’s impact on the environment (garbage, pollution, emissions …) and the improvement of the quality of life of its citizens.