• Based on a comprehensive solution

Thanks to Smart City Center solution based on technology from IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center, the managers of key services for the present and future of a city can see indicators in real time and use the information to make better decisions.

In order to cross-reference the data obtained and establish new policies and forms of behaviour, a structure has been introduced consisting of the following:

  • > 32,000 sensors that collect water consumption data in real time
  • > WiMAX communications
  • > GIS system
  • > RFID-tagged garbage bags
  • > Intelligent lampposts
  • > ERLEA vertical solution for water management, waste collection and road cleaning

• Examples already up and running

After a great deal of work, we are happy to share some of the examples already up and running.

1. Incident monitoring

The people of Bajo Bidasoa have a smartphone app (or a tool in the case of the area’s public service professionals) that allows them to enter texts, photos and the geographical locations of incidents related to water management, refuse collection, traffic, etc.

Smart City Center records all of these incidents, monitors the number of incidents open and the average resolution time. It also monitors the correlation between the weather conditions and the number of incidents by type in order to facilitate decisions about prevention policies.

2. Street lighting monitoring and control

Smart City Center uses WiMAX communications to obtain real-time consumption data for intelligent lampposts. If a lamppost stops working, an alarm is activated in Smart City Center and a maintenance incident is opened.

This means that abnormal behaviours in energy consumption can be detected and street lighting incidents can be identified and solved more quickly.

3. Water and sewage system monitoring

Smart City Center shows the real-time capacity of each section of the system thanks to the data captured by 32,000 sensors. If the system’s capacity falls below a certain percentage, the indicator turns red. Smart City Center also monitors water consumption. In this case the indicator turns red when the average daily consumption is higher than the guideline level established by URA, the Basque Water Agency.

Furthermore, Smart City Centre provides information regarding water consumption versus weather conditions (temperature and precipitations), which means that consumption forecasts can be established. And by combining this information with digital mapping priorities can be established when planning the renovation of infrastructures.

4. Citizen behaviour analysis

In addition to water and sewage system monitoring, a group of volunteers (a fraction of the total) in Bajo Bidasoa are placing RFID tags on their garbage bags to generate information about who puts bags in the local refuse containers, when they put them there and what is inside them. Smart City Center then uses this data to:

- Cross-reference waste generation and water consumption to determine whether there is a pattern of behaviour with a possible impact for different policies.

- Analyse how waste generation varies according to weather conditions with a view to optimising refuse collection services.

5.Parking surveillance

A camera has been installed in Irun’s busiest square to monitor parking at the bus stop. If a vehicle parks illegally, the driver is alerted to the fact by loudspeaker. Both the camera and the loudspeaker use WiMAX communications to transmit data.

• And with visible results!

Although we would much prefer for you to visit us here at SmartLand Bajo Bidasoa and see the results first-hand, here are some of the most important benefits we've already achieved.

  • > Brand improvement. Thanks to better water management, we have been able to recover several neglected areas and turn them into leisure and recreational spaces, like the banks of the urban streams, the Bidasoa estuary and the local beaches.
  • > More efficient use of resources. For example, water leaks are down by 70% and sewage pumping costs by 40%.
  • > Promotion of local entrepreneurship. The project has served as a pilot experience to encourage local entrepreneurs to develop new technological products that are now being sold worldwide and have created 35 high-skilled jobs.
  • > Greater transparency and public participation. There is a long tradition of public participation in Bajo Bidasoa and the use of new technologies has now pushed it to the next level.