Improving economic competitiveness, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility are some of the main pillars on which the initiative is based.
The Cabildo de La Palma and the companies Deloitte and Telefónica, who were awarded the La Palma Smart Island project, were responsible for initiating the presentation of this transversal and participative project to different agents and groups on the island of La Palma this Tuesday afternoon.
The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Zapata, expressed the importance of the implementation of this project that “promotes a new ecosystem that achieves the model of an intelligent island and that, in addition, works in a sustainable way and is fully connected to new technologies, showing the attractiveness of the island to our neighbours and visitors”.
For his part, the Digital Transformation Councillor of the La Palma Island Council, Gonzalo Pascual, emphasised that the La Palma Smart Island project “aims to bring technology within the reach of the citizen, abounding in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals through initiatives based on mobility, smart tourism, security and emergencies and the environment that will make us a more efficient island”.
With the presence of associations, companies and representatives of the island’s public administrations, the new Smart Office, one of the cornerstones of the La Palma Smart Island project, was officially inaugurated. This will be the physical location for the dynamisation of the project, the space where the data obtained will be analysed and where training programmes, networking and workshops, among others, will be held.
La Palma Smart Island is a project led by the Innovation, Projects and Information Society Service of the Island Council of La Palma, with funding from the Canary Islands Development Fund (FDCAN). The initiative is conceived as a tool to achieve a strategic objective such as the social and economic wellbeing of the island’s citizens, providing it with technologies that will enable a more efficient management of resources, services and infrastructures, creating spaces for interaction between citizens, businesses and administrations.
Six Smart domains
The consultancy firm Deloitte, together with Telefónica, the company awarded the project, are in charge of the planning and development of the project. The project is based on six Smart areas, including mobility, the economy, the environment, government and people, with the aim of laying the foundations for a more attractive and competitive island, a Smart Island that seeks to address public issues through efficient solutions based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), based on the basis of multiple stakeholders, such as administrations, businesses and citizens.
Benefits of Technology
At the event, which was attended by the President of the Cabildo Insular de La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, and the Councillor for Innovation, Territorial Planning and New Technologies, Gonzalo Pascual Perea, the project was presented in depth, The benefits that the Smart Platform will provide for the inhabitants and visitors of the island of La Palma were highlighted, such as access to all the information on public transport routes and timetables from the Cabildo’s App ‘La Palma en tu mano’ within the Smart Platform or the implementation of an intelligent system for the management of emergencies and energy efficiency that will be deployed throughout the island, The implementation of a network of sensors, megaphones, webcams, video walls and weather stations will be deployed throughout the island in order to manage agricultural resources, establish more efficient routes, issue alerts and transmit useful information to the public immediately.
Enjoying La Palma on a different level
La Palma Smart Island is a project that will offer solutions adapted to the times in order to move towards a sustainable future. It is and will be, in short, a fundamental tool for improving the quality of life of residents and visitors, and a determining element in the creation of new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
La Palma Smart Island will allow us to grow in a sustainable way and be more competitive as a society and a destination based on the infinite possibilities offered by technology and innovation.
The program aims to promote the efficient and sustainable development of the island through information and communication technologies.
The Innovation Service of the Cabildo de La Palma, headed by Gonzalo Pascual, has put out to tender the Smart Island Project, which aims to become a benchmark in the Canary Islands in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to promote the efficient and sustainable development of the island, as well as to promote citizen welfare by improving public services, according to a press release.
With a budget of 3,270,000 euros, financed by the Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan), this program is designed to intervene in six areas of action (environment, agriculture, waste, emergencies, mobility and tourism) and has an execution period of four years.
The project includes the creation of the so-called Smart Island Platform. This is a technological platform that will provide better, innovative and ubiquitous public services to people, companies and public administrations on the island.
Through this platform, services will be implemented for citizens, such as a one-stop shop; innovation ecosystems and tools for companies; computer applications for the analysis and integrated management of the environment, including those for the prevention and management of emergencies, or services for tourism, such as computer applications for tourists.
More specifically, the development of the program foresees the creation, among other applications, of an open government platform; a facility reservation manager; weather and air quality stations; public address warning systems, as well as people and vehicle counting; an intelligent system for emergencies; the so-called smart agro; intelligent waste management; an energy resource management system; a heritage management platform or a network of photometers.
These are actions that generate direct benefits to La Palma, but at the same time can serve as a driver of new private investment thanks to the enhancement of the digital economy through these public services, which will result in an increase in economic activity and, consequently, the generation of employment on the island.
The project also contemplates the creation of the Smart Office, which will be composed of a highly specialized functional working group in charge of implementing the actions of the Smart Platform.
This Smart Office is set to become the backbone that connects technology with the island’s reality, providing technological solutions for each case and the appropriate services in each area (risk, emergencies, environment, waste, agriculture, mobility and tourism).
Gonzalo Pascual pointed out that the Smart Island project is designed as a coordinated and collaborative system among La Palma’s economic and social agents to promote the island’s development within the necessary economic, social and environmental balance.
The Minister assures that this is an important project for La Palma, as it will provide the island with the tools and technological solutions that will enable residents and visitors, the Administration and its citizens, economic actors and social agents to actively participate and benefit from the improvement of quality of life and sustainability standards.