Smart innovation through active citizen participation

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Daniel Sarasa’s interview for Nordic Smart Cities about smart innovation, whose original content can be found here.

If people are given the power to decide and be part of the decision-making process, their mark is felt all around. The city of Zaragoza manages not only to aim for active citizen participation, but to actually reinvent itself with the help of its people.

How can municipalities realize their potential for innovation?

The potential for innovation in municipalities truly lies in cities and in the citizens. There is a lot of talent in cities, hence we, the city hall and the public servants, have to make sure that we can gather as much talent and ideas as we can and put it into these Smart City projects or into the innovation process. That is the main issue and the main challenge. The reason why this is not easy is because we are so used to planning the city with a top-down perspective and it requires a complete shift from Smart City project managers or from the public servants to change their perspective. We need to open up and be able to take into account the ideas of our citizens, the ideas of our local ecosystem. Sigue leyendo

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Las matemáticas del consenso en el diseño de ciudad

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Fotografía de www.abc.com

Post anterior: Herramientas matemáticas para comprender la ciudades.

Existen multitud de procesos, fuerzas y agentes involucrados en el diseño de ciudad. Cuando no hay un urbanismo fuertemente planificado, las ciudades crecen orgánicamente a partir de pequeños grupos de población que se van extendiendo según caprichosas reglas. Como hemos visto en el post anterior, los fractales representan bien este tipo de procesos “auto-organizados”. En lado opuesto de un planeamiento urbanístico fuerte, los procesos de diseño de ciudad se conducen de “arriba a abajo” (el caso de Brasilia es un ejemplo paradigmático de ese “planeamiento urbanístico” rígido). Sin embargo, cada vez más, el diseño urbano es consecuencia de complejas interacciones, de intrincadas correlaciones de fuerzas entre diversos agentes: políticos, económicos, cívicos, etc. La ciudad de hoy se planifica de arriba a abajo, se diseña desde variados ángulos y se construye en un zigzag de creciente incertidumbre e imprevisibilidad. En todo caso, y ciñéndonos al apartado del diseño de ciudad, casos como el de Gamonal (Burgos) demuestran que la capacidad de tomar decisiones con un cierto grado de consenso es fundamental en nuestro tiempo. Sigue leyendo

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Hola Tarjeta Ciudadana, hasta luego Wi-Fi

100ideasZgz_identificarnecesidades (1)Hace algo más de un año que una nueva corporación municipal tomó posesión en el Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza. Por lo que a nuestro trabajo respecta, una de las primeras decisiones de la nueva corporación fue asignarnos a lo que, probablemente, sea el proyecto bandera de la Zaragoza Inteligente: la tarjeta ciudadana, dejando, como contrapartida, tanto el proyecto de WiFi Zaragoza como la gestión directa de las incubadoras de empresas de la Milla Digital. Nuestra aportación al proyecto de tarjeta ciudadana de Zaragoza va en la dirección de abrirla a nuevas áreas municipales, de impulsar la co-creación de nuevos servicios a través de la innovación abierta, así como de mejorar las perspectivas de financiación de nuevas aplicaciones a través de proyectos europeos. Y es que la tarjeta ciudadana de Zaragoza es una herramienta tecnológica extraordinariamente bien diseñada y que, a nuestro juicio, tiene el potencial de convertirse en la verdadera plataforma de servicios “smart” que Zaragoza necesita. Sigue leyendo

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Turning critical infrastructures into citizen-centric platforms

Daniel-SarasaWe were pleased to participate in the last Critical Communications World event, held in Amsterdam on on June 2nd 2016 and to answer CCW Event Director Emma Banymandhub’s questions. Here is the full interview

For the third instalment of our Critical Communications World “A Day in the Life of” series, CCW Event Director Emma Banymandhub spoke to urban innovation storyteller and Smart City Program Manager for Zaragoza City Hall, Daniel Sarasa.

Daniel Sarasa will be presenting at Critical Communications World 2016’s free-to-attend Future Technologies zone from 1655-1715 on June 1 on the subject “Turning urban telecom infrastructures into citizen-centric platforms”. Sigue leyendo

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Open Data and Smart City KPIs

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There are many initiatives to measure the “smartness” of cities and a jungle of smart city indexes that establish annual city comparisons. Open data can help fulfill the transparency gap in this field.

Sustainability, prosperity or democracy are three of the main challenges of today’s societies. Societies that are, essentially, urban, therefore making the study of urban data one of the most promising fields of progress nowadays. Of course, many of the answers to the challenges above can be found in cities. After many decades of mistrust, today most policy makers know that cities are great problem-solving tools. In fact, with near 60% of the world population inhabiting urban soil, there is little hope for the general progress of mankind outside the three pillars of sustainable, participatory and prosperous urban development.

A fourth element, innovation, adds to the former three to stand for the aforementioned process of problem-solving cycle in which cities are embarked. Sigue leyendo

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CX Meeting. Experiencia de Tarjeta Ciudadana.

Fuimos invitados en el “Customer Experience Meeting” a compartir nuestra experiencia en Tarjeta Ciudadana de Zaragoza en el proyecto que permite garantizar el transporte público con Personas con Movilidad Reducida Severa. Mostrando como la tecnología aplicada y una adecuada asignación de responsabilidades nos llevan a un ahorro de costes y mejora en el servicio.

ZTaxi Accesible es el nombre de este proyecto ha tenido tres métricas importantes: satisfacción en los usuarios, mejora de las condiciones del servicio del taxi y ahorro en la gestión de un servicio (el transporte especial) que por sus características no puede tener optimización por volumen.

Esta ha sido una explicación a grandes rasgos, si desean cualquier explicación o aclaración, no duden en contactar con nosotros.

carlos@openyourcity.com

 

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Smart city research highlights

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Tampere urban fabric. worldarchitecture.org

The renowned Finish research instititution VTT has just published Smart city research highlights, an extensive guide to the scientific progress on the field of the smart cities.

Many have tried to define what a smart city is, or should be, and many have failed. The question is kind of resolved by reading through the dozens of projects that researchers in VTT are working at, and by reflecting at the subsequent challenges they are addressing.

Boosting collaborative planning with visualization technology, developing new urban services by citizen-driven co-design, use of gamification to foster mutual learning in healthcare, augmented reality for building maintenance, visual and participative urban planning tools, or ICT supported business in energy positive neighborhoods… are just a few glimpses of a wide array of disciplines that are enlightened by means of VTT’s research efforts. Sigue leyendo

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Sharing big data to deploy smart energy services

londonEnergyBusesBNOn Jan, 29th 2015 we spoke at the “Smart energy UK & Europe Summit” in London, where we had the chance to discuss and develop the idea of advancing towards a “data sharing economy” at the urban ecosystem. What we were presenting, basically, is how a new kind of organizational relationship between urban players could eventually lead both to the creation of new social, scientific and economic value at the local scale, and to the development of new business prospects in those industries willing to play the game.

Cities have faced challenges in history with innovative ways of transforming the materials at their reach into innovative solutions. Whether we are talking about limestone, wood, brass, concrete, copper, or electrons, engineers have effectively used technology to provide security, access to drinkable water, sanitation, wired communications, or energy to households and people. Today, data is the new material upon which we can continue to develop innovative solutions to deal with the “bugs” or impracticalities (in Jane Jacobs’ words) of urban life. Sigue leyendo

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