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.