IBM has collaborated with Spanish towns Irun and Hondarribia to manage and operate facilities through big data with the goal of turning information into insights for deploying public services.
The Bajo Bidasoa area in Spain’s Basque region intends for the Smarter Cities project to analyze large amounts of data using IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center software in order to predict incidents and engage citizens via social platforms, IBM said Tuesday.
Data is examined at the Smart City Center command hub, which city officials use to monitor events and address issues.
“The Bajo Bidasoa region of Spain has emerged as a model for other European cities as they apply leadership, collaboration and innovation to become a more sustainable, liveable area” said Sylvie Spalmacin-Roma, vice president of Smarter Cities Europe.
City leaders worked with technology partners IBM, water management and street cleaning agency Servicios de Txingudi and the Smartland Technologies consortium.
Servicios de Txingudi installed 32,000 sensors for water consumption data collection, hydro plants for renewable energy, wastewater treatment facilities for electricity, solar panels on water tanks and a combined heat and power facility.
The Bajo Bidasoa area also distributed more than 750 compost bins and fixed radio-frequency identification tags on trash containers in order to examine waste generation activities.