Smart cities
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Today, cities like Pozuelo de Alarcón in Spain face many challenges including the financing and management of modern and efficient infrastructure.

The City saw a need to improve its urban environment and the overall quality of life of its citizens, while keeping in mind environmental impact and sustainability.

Inspired by the demand of its citizens, the City Council of Pozuelo de Alarcón decided to set specific goals to become a cleaner and more efficient, smart city.

These goals included protecting the environment, decreasing energy usage, reducing CO2 emissions, detecting and eliminating any excesses in water and electricity consumption, and controlling expenses.

The overarching objective was the enhancement of the quality and performance of urban services to citizens’ lives through sustainability, community and growth.

Pozuelo de Alarcón’s first step was to launch four projects using Carriots’ Internet of Things platform.

The integrated projects included:

  • Smart irrigation in 11 public parks and gardens with a network of humidity sensors making irrigation more efficient and saving on water consumption.
  • Smart parking in 970 parking spaces with information about free spaces through a mobile app for citizens saving time for parking and therefore improving traffic fluidity.
  • Smart street lighting, by integrating multiple data sources from sensors within Carriots, the intensity of light can be adjusted depending on weather conditions and/or citizen traffic to save money and energy.
  • Energy efficiency in the City Council with more than 150 locations collecting data and providing recommendation to facility manager.

All data is managed via an application dashboard allowing municipal services to make their decisions in real time.

About the technology

Carriots enables the development of vertical applications to manage city services in an integrated way.

This cloud platform enables the collection, integration, storage and analysis of data through sensors and information reported by citizens to better manage municipal services.

In this case study, the IoT company partnered with a local telecommunications firm Orange España to deploy the project.

Pozuelo de Alarcón is now a sustainable city with an innovative, agile and efficient administration.

This project makes Pozuelo de Alarcón a point of reference in Spain, showcasing intelligent urban development, and fostering initiatives that will improve its citizens’ quality of life.

The smart city platform has enabled the municipality to gather real time information on what is really happening within the city.

Today, the municipal lighting system turns on if visibility is impaired because of fog, the automatic irrigation system skips cycles on rainy days, and the overall energy consumption is optimised leading to significant savings.

The platform is also improving traffic fluidity by providing drivers with directions to available parking spaces.

Pozuelo de Alarcón plans on further developing this project by extending the use of sensors throughout the city and adding new functionalities and services to its Smart City platform.

For the smart street lightings project, the City Council used Schréder-Socelec’s sensors and Afeisa y de Arelsa helped to manage remote control modules for the electric cabinets.