Challenges, which scope includes several municipal entities, both public companies, independent bodies or delegations, are addressed more and more frequent. These challenges, that we named “City”, need a transversal coordination and management in different areas of administration, like finance.
The application for public financial aid and other lines of funding can be processed, among others, by Seville Corporation for Municipal Enterprises for projects in the city of Seville.
The Seville City Council has embraced innovation as one of the key elements in improving the competitiveness of its economy. Further, it assumes the exemplary leadership role regarding innovation, through the improvement of public services, guidance to the general public and companies, and operational efficiency.
The Innovation Master Plan “Smart City” of Seville serves as the road map for the construction of a smart city through the deployment of new technologies, allowing services optimisation, improvement of quality of life, and the creation of a ecosystem that promote local competitive economy based on creativity and innovation.
In short, the Innovation Master Plan “Smart City” is established as a shared strategy for promoting the sustainability, quality and efficiency of the Seville City Council by attracting talent and private initiative as drivers of the Seville economy.
Seville Corporation for Municipal Enterprises has promoted and coordinated the development and draft of the Seville Innovation Master Plan since the beginning.
DAREED is an innovation and development project funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme. It aims to develop an ICT service platform (and a number of specific tools) to promote energetic efficiency and low carbon activities in neighbourhoods, districts and the city. The plan results will be evaluated in pilot projects from three different countries. This way, it offers the possibility of mainstreaming the results and guaranteeing its replicability in all Europe and beyond.
The Historic Downtown District of Seville will be the test scenario of the European project Dareed, through which a technological platform will be created for managing the energy in a Smart City. This EU initiative, that requires an investment of over four millions euros, has managed to bring together more than 12 entities and institutions in Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, led by the company Isotrol which will use for its pilot test the Historic Downtown District of Seville.
To this end, a set of tools will be created such as a real-time use consumption of a Smart City, others relating simulation and also systems to show the obtained information in a easy way to help the user in the decision-making.
It will also design tools for the management of intelligent networks, where renewable energies are included -like the photovoltaic- and cogeneration. Moreover the technological platform will include control elements and will even allow to give detailed instructions regarding lighting and air conditioning of public buildings, following agreement with the responsible for them.
This platform will empower companies, consumers and administrations with the decision-making in order to make a sustainable energy use. Thus, they will be given information regarding their consumption and suggestions. Information will be also provided to the energy suppliers and energetic service companies, so they can therefore generate new offers to their customers.
Dareed will also open the way to new business models. The creation of a “market place” will be tested. The consumer will register voluntarily, choosing those improvements that he is willing to do and he can obtain offers from different companies specialised in energy efficiency.
Other eleven partners are involved with Isotrol in this European project: the energy company Enel, the Germans technology Cleopa GmbH and Open Experience, Seville consistory through its Seville Corporation for Municipal Enterprises, the county of Cambridgeshire, the Council of Lizzanello, the Italian University of Bologna and the Londoner of Brunel, also the Italian Centre of Planning, Design and Material Technology, the Andalusian Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology of Karlsruher.
The key success factor for energy efficiency initiatives at European level is to involve all parties that have an active role in decision-making. In this respect, the user participation through social networks can increase interactions and responsible consumption.
Seville Corporation for Municipal Enterprises will help to support coordination and will be responsible for the dissemination of the results.
These are the locations of Seville involved in this project:
- Location 1: Social housing in street San Luis 70
- Location 2: Municipal Sport Institute
- Location 3: Emvisesa head office
- Location 4: Emasesa head office
The European project SINFONIA aims to strengthen public and private resources, provide added value to energy rehabilitation plans of medium city districts, having all the following characteristics: i) cooperation between cities that are in the same climate zone in Europe, but with different regulatory regimes, ii) the reduction of energy needs in order to satisfy the demands for human activity, and CO2 emission, iii) innovation in network infrastructures allowing a more intelligent use of energy at district level.
Moreover, SINFONIA intends to validate a model based on technologies deployed in the cities that are subject of the project and also analyse the possibilities of scalability and transferability to other medium size cities. This model stresses the innovative approach of a integrated energy system, linking energy efficiency and reduction of CO2.
SINFONIA Project receive a total budget of over 43 millions of euros, and with a EC contribution of over 27 millions €.
This initiative is developed within the European consortium of 25 partners. It will start next 23 June with a first meeting with all European partners.
Seville Corporation for Municipal Enterprises will help to support coordination, will be responsible for the dissemination of the results and will echo them analysing the results and actions transferability to its municipal companies.
KnoholEm is a innovation project of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme. It is managed by an international consortium formed by 13 partners from 6 different countries.
The ultimate objective of the project is to find a resolution for intelligent low energy consumption management in buildings and spaces of public use. KnoholEM is based on the “energy” knowledge from public buildings through information models and 3D display.
Emasesa is part of the project by incorporating PICA building into it.
Through participation in this project, exhaustive control of building consumption is obtained, according to the occupation and tasks that are developed within it. This has permitted to developed interesting saving strategies.
The European Union concentrates a large number of research and innovation activities in the Framework Programme, this edition to be known as Horizonte 2020 (H2020). In the period 2014-2020 and by integrating three main pillars, it contributes to meeting the major societal challenges, promoting the industrial leadership in Europe and strengthening the excellence of its scientific basis. The available budget is 76.880 M€.
The strategic Horizonte 2020 programme objectives are the following:
- Pursue excellence in science, helping to increase the position of EU in the global scientific scene.
- Develop technologies and applications in order to increase the European competitiveness.
- Research the main matters directly affecting European citizens.
In this pillar, attention is now focused on six essential areas for better living: health, food and agriculture; including energy, transport, climate and raw material, inclusive societies and security.
Participation in the Framework Programme is based on competing with the best and in most of the cases, with consortium activities (research groups, companies and users) with the exceptions of the European Research Council and some mobility initiatives and SMEs.
The Seville Corporation for Municipal Enterprises sets up an observation mechanism in order to identify funding opportunities through the programme H2020 for innovation projects from municipal companies and different areas of the Town hall that requested it. The task of consortia creation, preparation and proposals presentation requires a permanent contact with networks and European, national and regional bodies in charge of management and dissemination of these funds.
The creation of a Management Integral Centre for emergencies and contingencies in the city of Seville, formed permanently by Local Police, Firefighters, Civil Protection, Urban Mobility Management and CECOP. It will be located in the third floor of the Local Police’s new building in Ranilla. It also opens up an opportunity for certain services and municipal companies to keep their current management centres, with the possibility to have within them the necessary infrastructure to get the relevant information (control panels) in real time for a centralised management of the city (breakdowns, incidents and traffic problems) in order to have a better coordination between different services (Seville Big Data).
- The creation of a municipal Data Centre and backup centres, located in the second floor of the mentioned building, is already foreseen to hold the integrated infrastructure of the Seville Town Hall servers and backup centres from other services and municipal companies.
- Creation of a Permanent Training Centre, for which there is space available in the second floor of the building.
Seville Open Data is a cross-cutting project in which people from different areas of work, bodies and municipal companies participate; as well as companies, technological centres, Universities and, in general, entities interested to find out the potential of open data.
Seville Open Data is an under construction project that is promoted for the benefit of the public, companies and public bodies of Seville and beyond. It is a diverse community formed by developers, researchers, professionals, employees in the public sector, citizens and in general companies from all sections of society.
Coordinated by the Institute of Technology of Seville Town Hall, Seville Open Data has two fundamental pillars upon which this project is built.
The goals are:
- Identify and share relevant data sets in Seville.
- Promote practices using open data by public organisations in Seville.
- Assist researchers and developers to become familiar with the tools, the data sets and projects that use open data in Seville.
- Create improvement opportunities in public services using open data for all.
- Assist on the creation of new business models, services and products using open data.
- Transform Seville in a practical demonstration centre of open data.