Smart cities can be described as those metropolises which aim, through applying various technologies, to manage all areas of cities efficiently and sustainably. There are already 81 cities in Spain which make up the Spanish Smart City Network (RECI). But how are cities changing and why is the smart concept becoming increasingly important in them?
In the final iFriday of the year, Víctor de Ávila, Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at Sacyr talked about five mega-trends which are defining our way of life and will have a considerable impact on the cities of the future. We also chatted with Fernando Lozano, CEO of Sacyr Servicios, who described Sacyr's value proposition in relation to smart cities and the company's positioning with regard to smart services. Lastly, we had the opportunity to discover different Sacyr smart project success stories as explained by Concha Massa, from Sacyr Social, and Gonzalo Herranz, from Valoriza Medioambiente.
Sacyr smart services
By 2030, 60% of the population will be living in cities. This means there will be increasing demand by city dwellers for better services in all metropolitan areas (urban planning, infrastructures, transport, education, health, public safety, energy, etc.). “We have unlocked the value of our ability to introduce technology into cities in six areas: people, mobility, water, infrastructures, services and energy. The essence of Sacyr Servicios consists of meeting all the challenges of cities and those who live in them”, stated Fernando Lozano, CEO of Sacyr Servicios.
Sacyr has been committed to the continual improvement of citizens' quality of life for years, bringing together its proven experience in the latest technologies and offering services of the highest level. According to the executive, “Sacyr's positioning is that of leading the smart services market”. This year, the company launched the www.sacyrserviciossmart.com website, a space which offers a unified vision of the smart services the company is developing.
Finally, Lozano highlighted the importance of “applying smart services both to large cities and to small towns. Everywhere, technology applied to services makes sense”.
Smart project success stories
Sacyr Social assists thousands of people who are dependent, providing them with the help they need in their daily lives. The company carries out initiatives such as the “Sabemos que estamos” project, a programme which allows it to ensure at all times that users are assisted and have a quality assistance service. According to Concha Massa, from Sacyr Social, “very often incidents occur, the care assistant can fall ill and the user can too. But if our worker is unable to visit a home, we have to cover this absence because we cannot leave anybody without assistance. Right now, through our computer programme we can assign a new care assistant to that home and the carer sees the assignment on their mobile just 5 minutes later. All this results in quality of service, which is our prime objective.”
Finally, Gonzalo Herranz, from Valoriza Medioambiente, explained the automatic system to identify non-authorised vehicles parked in urban environments. This model involves detection, processing and guidance to non-authorised vehicles within the monitored area in real time. According to Herranz, “the system makes it possible to increase workers’ efficiency by up to 93% while improving the quality of the services we provide to municipalities”.