People resist being left empty and have the key to achieving it: technology. Many of these places with few inhabitants, silence and where it smells like firewood almost constantly want to become technological references.
They are known as smart cities and pose urban development models where technology plays a fundamental role. They claim to be more sustainable, more interactive with citizens and with a greater number of services. Santander has established itself as the first major Spanish smart city and is considered a large urban laboratory in the field of IoT (Internet of Things). Many will say that, of course, Santander is a big city and has economic possibilities, but that innovation in the villages is impossible. Luckily, they are wrong.
IoT and big data, municipalities are able to offer new services
Villanueva de la Serena, in Badajoz, is one of the towns that is taking advantage of new technologies to be an intelligent place. For a few years, the city council used a large part of its public financing to boost artificial intelligence in the town. Ángel Guerrero, a municipal telecommunications engineer, explained it in the following way: “When we began to sensitize the municipality, our purpose was to improve decision making. Know with data were to act as City Hall. We have to move from big data to acting. To platforms that regulate themselves. If a building is empty, then turn off the lights and air conditioning directly. Or if it rains, let’s not water the field. ”
Take advantage of technology to improve the lives of residents, that’s the idea
Other towns, such as Martos, in Jaén, have also joined the digital transformation. It has 24,000 inhabitants and its streets are full of technology. Its crosswalks light up when a neighbour crosses and, through panels, drivers are informed of the occupation of public car parks.
The use of big data to make better decisions is decisive in this type of initiatives. Services like LUCA accompany companies and administrations towards the urban digital revolution.
The data allow to revitalize rural areas in multiple ways. This is stated by Luis de Cristóbal, creator of the think tank ( Re) Pueblo: “The rural exodus has no common solution. Each location can use some type of specific technology, be it machine learning, Artificial Intelligence or blockchain, that makes it attractive.
In Finland, they have managed to get people back to activity ”. That the number of inhabitants is low is not an obstacle to technological innovation, because it only takes three ingredients: investment, good ideas and a large digital dose.