These are some of the most interesting projects, plans and initiatives that we are seeing in the capital of Spain (home of Masters in City Sciences).
Madrid, like other cities in the world, has already undertaken only some projects related to the Smart Cities field. But in just a few years the city has made great progress, and now is a European reference in this area. These are some of the most interesting projects, plans and initiatives that we are seeing in the capital of Spain (home of Masters in City Sciences).
Management of Public Security (CISEM). It is an integrated building for Security and Emergency. It is a huge high-tech data centre created by the company Indra, which coordinates all the security and emergency incidents in the city, all from the same room.
Traffic Management. With a comprehensive and intelligent model that considers the control of traffic lights, the location of bus stops and the street lighting management.
Platform MiNT. It is an integrated management system for Smart Cities made by IBM, this model, in full development, will reduce the number of contracts related to the services of waste, cleaning or lighting and will open new ways of communication with the City Council integrating all city hall information at the same place. This will allow the administration to pay its suppliers for the quality of the service and not by the amount of resources used, as was done until now. Additionally, citizens will be able to report, in real time, any deficiency (such as a pothole) and control the repair. There are also inspectors, armed with tablets, which will control the quality of the services with photos and recordings.
Bicimad. It is the most modern public bike rental service in Spain. Not only because of its number (hundreds of stations throughout the city) but for quality: all bicycles are electric, and the amount of data collected by this service is really huge. This data will be of great use in the future, for all kinds of transport planning.
Electric car. The commitment to electric cars in Madrid is clear. As we reported in another post, the local government has facilitated the implementation of this type of vehicle in the city, to the point that it is the city with the most charging stations for e-cars in Spain (24) and the implementation of regulation in regulated parking Services that it has allowed the introduction of private electric car sharing companies such as Car2Go.