Minsait has further propelled its leadership in the field of Smart Cities following an agreement signed with the City Council of Logroño to undertake, in a joint venture with the local company Suma Info, the implementation of the platform as the technological base enabling a holistic view and management of all city services.
The platform is based on Minsait IoT Sofia2, Minsait's IoT solution, and features an integrated infrastructure with real-time interoperability, Big Data, on premise or cloud deployment and horizontal scalability capabilities. These characteristics will allow it to function as the true control centre of the city. Thanks to the data obtained from multiple sources and devices, it is capable of not only integrating and managing them under rules and predictive models but also transforming them into relevant information, not only for the public, but also for the managers—helping them to take decisions to better meet the needs of the city.
As reported by the spokesman of the municipal government team, Miguel Sainz, the proposal of the joint venture, "provides a robust, consolidated and mature integral management platform solution" which, in addition, contemplates the platform's evolution with a “global and inclusive vision of the city, the administration and citizens".
The commissioning of the Smart Logroño project includes the set of infrastructures, material and human resources and technological services required for the acquisition, transmission and processing of data that will enable the transition from a classic model of independent and hierarchical management to one based on the holistic management of the city, optimising the management processes of urban services and implementing a portal with the open data contents of the municipal Open Data catalogue. The platform also will provide technological support to the Integral Control Centre (CCI), which will in turn provide services to the public and support to municipal services.
This initiative will enable the municipal government to develop advanced services to save energy and reduce maintenance costs and inefficiencies in the day-to-day management of the city. It will also provide valuable information to improve decision-making and to prioritise investments thanks to an overall and integrated vision. Some of the benefits also include the improvement of environmental sustainability thanks to an efficient use of resources and the reduction of the carbon footprint.
Other significant contributions are the improvement of the service and quality of life of citizens, the creation of an open ecosystem to encourage collaboration between companies, organizations, entrepreneurs or researchers and the integration of tools that promote citizen participation—such as notification services in case of emergencies or sharing ideas to improve certain areas of the city, among others.
The first phase of the project has an estimated duration of eight months. It will include the implementation and Go-live of the IT infrastructure of the Smart Logroño platform and the Integral Control Centre (CCI).
On the other hand, the next phase includes support for the daily operation, attention to incidents and the platform's evolution, including consultancy, development and implementation of projects to incorporate content from municipal systems and collaboration in other vertical service integration projects (water and traffic management, lighting, buses or parking, among others). That way, for example, the integration of meteorological information with irrigation management information can make it possible to automatically schedule the irrigation of the parks according to rainfall forecasts.
Indra is one of the few companies worldwide with a comprehensive offering in terms of Smart Cities, which ranges from citizen services, transport and mobility, infrastructure and eco-energy, security and emergencies to the implementation of an urban platform to integrate and manage the city's information.
The company also offers specific vertical solutions for the smart management of traffic and urban public transport, and it has successfully developed projects in countries such as the United Kingdom, Colombia, China, Kuwait, Arabia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru. Some of the most emblematic projects in this area include the implementation of an integrated management solution for London's urban tunnels and technology for traffic management and all public transport in Medellín, an integrated and intermodal concept of mobility that facilitates the combined management and use of the metro, bus and tram.
Other successful projects in smart safety include projects for CEMELPA (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Emergency Centre), CISEM (Madrid Integrated Security and Emergency Centre) or the CUCC (Single Centre for Emergency Coordination and Control) in Buenos Aires, covering security and emergency plans in cities in a comprehensive way. With regard to health and social services, Indra has tele-assistance and monitoring solutions that represent an advance in the quality of life of the chronically ill, such as SERGAS in Galicia.
Finally, Indra has developed solutions for more efficient and cleaner transport and distribution of energy and water in cities such as Lima, Madrid, Manila or Buenos Aires and implemented intelligent tourism management platforms that help transform mature destinations into intelligent ones, such as in La Coruña, Toledo, the Rias Baixas or the Camino de Santiago.