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The Smart Santander project will add new sensors to monitor environmental conditions

- The mobile sensors will be deployed on top of vehicles and will allow monitoring environmental conditions in the city and its surroundings.
- Additional calls for tenders are being also issued to address other services areas, like guidance to available parking spaces, traffic intensity measurement, or efficient irrigation of green areas.
- Deployed sensors and actuators will serve to expand the experimentation platform being created to validate technology in a real life scenario.

Madrid, 30th of May of 2012.-  The Smart Santander project, led by Telefónica I+D and the University of Cantabria with the support of the Regional Government of Cantabria and the City Council of Santander, announces four independent open Calls for Tenders for the supply of sensor networks addressed to support services related to some of the key areas of interest at the urban and regional level.


This is a new milestone in line with the target for the city to become a smart city and improve the quality of life in urban spaces through the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). Once the sensors are installed, the city will continuously monitor environmental parameters and traffic intensity in main accesses. This will allow analyzing the impact of urban activity to better understand its impact and be able to improve air quality. Guidance to available parking spaces intends decreasing incorrectly parked and wandering vehicles, lowering CO emissions and facilitating the activity of people with reduced mobility. An efficient irrigation of parks and gardens will bring a reduction on water needs and maintenance costs of green areas.

The four Calls for Tenders issued by SODERCAN, with a deadline of the 4th of June, are designed to address the creation of a network architecture composed of sensors and actuators, gateways that gather the information sent by the sensor nodes and forward it to the  central servers managed by the SmartSantander project, and repeaters whose main aim is to create a meshed network through which the information coming from the sensor nodes and other repeaters can reach the Gateways.


The wireless sensor platform that will be deployed, complementing the infrastructure already set up in the previous phases of the project, will be used both for experimental research and to support real services, of interest for the citizenship in Santander and its surroundings.


With respect to the offers presented to the call, it will be positively evaluated solutions providing mechanisms yielding to a lowered power consumption, besides providing open source software, and some type of automatic configuration procedure to recover from any sort of failure in a node.


More information about the Call for Tenders:


About the SmartSantander project


Smart Santander is one of the five big integrated projects (IPs) approved by the European Commission in the fifth call of the 7th Framework Programme in the area of infrastructures for experimental research on the Future Internet (FIRE, Future Internet Research and Experimentation).


The initiative will involve the design, deployment and validation of a platform composed by 20,000 devices (sensors, actuators, cameras, mobile terminals, etc.) all of them integrated under the umbrella of the so called “Internet of Things”, where every gadget has the ability to communicate to transmit information that is useful to the user (temperature, air pressure, noise level, CO concentration, etc.)


With a total budget of 8,67 million euro, the project counts with fifteen partners among public and private institutions and European companies, besides an Australian partner. The project is led by Telefonica I+D, the University of Cantabria acts as the technical co-ordinator of the project, and both the City Council of Santander and the Government of Cantabria (through its instrumental society SODERCAN) are members of the consortium.