The urban population has multiplied by five in little more than half a century. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in a city and it is estimated that it will reach two thirds before 2050. The cities of the future need to digitize their management systems to avoid that the waste of energy is accentuated. They need to resort to technology to make more efficient management of their resources.
- Why not start with the streetlights?
Energy consumption is one of the main challenges to be overcome in this line. The lighting of Spanish cities translates into an expenditure of about one billion euros each year, according to a study by the Complutense University. Not to mention the tons of CO2 that are released into the atmosphere with this electrical deployment.
Gandia is one of the Spanish cities that has more reasons to boast of facing this challenge. Wellness Telecom, a Spanish company that provides city maintenance solutions based on its digital data, has developed an intelligent solution for remote management of street lighting that, together with the integration of LED technology to reduce consumption, has achieved savings of 400,000 euros per year. The company calculates that, as its system improves its performance, they will be able to surpass these results and save to the Valencian city around 8.5 million euros in the next 15 years.
The company, based in Seville, has managed to enter fully into the Enterprise Europe Network Award and is one of the five finalists of this award, which is delivered on October 24 in Vienna. The award is a recognition to entrepreneurs who, with the help of the network, have taken advantage of the internationalization and financing opportunities offered by different European programs. Thanks to the support of Enterprise Europe Network, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, Wellness Telecom was able to access the Horizon 2020 research program three years ago, through which he received more than 1.5 million euros to expand their services. Today, they have 150 workers and have offices in Sweden, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Dubai and Mexico.
The commitment to make lighting systems more efficient in cities is not the only reason why Wellness Telecom has become a success story. The company is also developing a pilot project in Seville to improve efficiency in urban waste management. To do this, they have installed a network of sensors that calculate how much garbage is in each container. By means of this information, those responsible for the cleaning systems can optimize their routes and reduce the collection rounds by 43%.