The mayor of Santander, Iñigo de la Serna, and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, participated in a smart city forum in France that also included the French minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy.
Mayor De la Serna joined the roundtable discussion «Connected city, platform city and urban services» in which he emphasized how Santander is increasing its leading role, as well as its international position, in the development of smart cities.
The mayor celebrated Santander’s extensive participation in the event declaring «Once more, an international forum has set its sights on Santander to showcase new models of smart city management,».
Among the many technological nuances being implemented in his hometown, that are granting the city such prominent level among developed cities, De la Serna highlighted the sensors that are capable of measuring environmental parameters; devices that detect the availability of parking; and sensors installed in street lamps and green areas that activate light and watering only when needed, making the service more efficient and economical.
He also outlined the incorporation of cleaning services and urban residual waste collection into the city’s platform of integral management, which will count on a network of sensors to provide the information needed to make the service more efficient. He also referred to their project of smart water management driven by the Town Hall of Santander in collaboration with the University of Cantabria and the FCC.
In his report, the mayor included reports from French public television, the German magazine Der Spiegel, U.S. public radio, Swiss public television, Al Jazeera, French newspaper Le Monde and the Bloomberg and Reuters news agencies, which praised Santander’s cutting-edge smart city efforts.
Santander also declared that it would continue developing new projects to remain on the cutting edge of smart cities in order to provide a better quality of life to its citizens.