How can we make our cities smarter? The learnings from Telefónica’s Smart Santander project

More than half of the World’s population lives in cities and this proportion is increasing day by day. As urban environments are becoming more densely populated and more complex, cities face challenges in a number of different areas: congested transport infrastructure, air quality and pollution, energy efficiency and climate change.

We believe digital technology –including connected sensors, machine to machine communication, Cloud Computing and Big Data– can be used to help overcome these challenges, create smarter cities, and improve quality of life.

We were therefore proud to have been given the opportunity by the European Union to be lead partner in Smart Santander.
SmartSantander proposes a unique in the world city-scale experimental research facility in support of typical applications and services for a smart city.
Have a look of what the Mayor of Santander thinks about the “Smart Santander initiative

Indeed, Telefónica has deployed more than 25.000 devices (sensors, intake devices, action devices, cameras or mobile devices) making the city of Santander the world’s most advanced Smart City. Additionally, over the last four years, we have worked with a consortium of public and private sector organizations enabling the city with the following services:

–    Real-time view of traffi c jams and available car parking spaces.
–    Precise measurement of air quality and ozone levels across the city to ensure they are kept to within EU standards.
–    Remote dimming of street lamps on empty streets or when there is full moon, for example. New bulbs are also automatically ordered when needed.
–    Optimized watering in city parks so no water is wasted.
–    Only garbage bins that are full are collected, minimizing needless trips by municipal workers (coming soon).
–    Traffic jams and accidents are tracked in real time.

And the Smart City Platform keeps growing….