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The Public Administration as a driving force for innovation: innovative experiences in 22@Barcelona

The Public Administration must drive innovation. Their promotion abilities are key to creating business opportunities that, in the long and short term, will develop new and better services for the public. In this month’s 22@Update Breakfast three case studies of how the Public Administration collaborates with companies to implement or test innovative solutions were presented.


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The April 22@Update Breakfast was held in the auditorium of the Agbar Tower, one of the most emblematic buildings in the 22@ district, and focused on how the Public Administration can promote innovation by collaborating with companies in different sectors. Three case studies of this type of synergy were presented; each considered a success due to their innovative character and contribution to improving public services.

Two of these examples came out of the 22@Urban Lab project, which offers up the 22@Barcelona district as a place to carry out pilot programs on innovative solutions for companies that wish to do any type of test: urban planning, education, mobility, etc.

The first speaker was Pedro Díaz, head of Research, Technology Development and Innovation at Endesa and of the SIIUR project. This project looks at technology and the current state of outdoor public lighting in order to propose a global and modular solution, integrating communication technology, infrastructure and services, both for the City Council and the general public. The aim of this project is to improve energy efficiency with new lighting deigns and develop a platform that is a model of both innovation and sustainable social image.

The SIIUR project looks at technology and the current state of outdoor public lighting in order to propose a more energy-efficient solution.”

 

The SIIUR project is currently underway. It has already been tested on passatge Mas de Roda in the 22@ district, installing 12 light sources, of their own design using LED technology, that are controlled individually. Their brightness can be adjusted exactly and precisely in order to make the most of power resources. In the long term, the aim is to extend this system to other points of the city in order to bring Barcelona closer to the Smart City model.

The project’s total cost is approximately 500,000€, funded mainly by companies but also with institutional collaboration. It is a success story, resulting from the synergy of companies from different sectors and promotion from the Administration.

The second project was presented by Carles Perelló, partner/director of Wimet, a company that develops wireless communication networks for meter-reading. Wimet has developed an advanced topology communication network that allows each meter to communicate with those around it in an organized manner in order to reduce energy use.

Wimet has developed an advanced topology communication network that allows each meter to communicate with those around it in an organized manner in order to reduce energy use.


Thanks to 22@Urban Lab, Wimet had the opportunity to set up a showroom in the 22@ district, where they implanted the project and tested its feasibility. The test was carried out in three phases. The first concentrated on adapting this technology to gas meters. In the second, the technology was extended for use in all meters and the final phase applied results of the previous two to the power grid. These tests proved the basis of the program: that the meter reading system is efficient and reduces power use, is easy to install and low cost. Like the SIIUR project, the immediate future of this project will focus on expanding it to other parts of the city, outside of the 22@ district.

22@ Innovator of the month was David Serrano, managing director of Districlima. This company has created a centralized power-production system that heats and cools running water efficiently. The system is based on a water heating and cooling plant and then distributes this water through underground distribution channels. It isn’t an experimental system, nor is it innovative, but it is little known in this area.

Districlima has created a centralized power-production system that heats and cools running water efficiently.

This system, which makes the most of energy used, is essential because power production and use as we know them are unsustainable in the long run. According to Serrano, this type of initiative is only possible with promotion from the Administration. They are unfeasible on an individual basis.

Initiatives promoted by the Administration, like 22@Urban Lab, are essential to making this type of proposal a reality.


Jordi William Carnes, deputy mayor for Housing and Economic Promotion for the Barcelona City Council and president of 22@Barcelona, closed the event by highlighting that Barcelona is a city with a history of innovation in many fields (design, architecture, etc.) and, therefore, it is important for the Administration to promote initiatives like 22@Urban Lab that make this type of proposal a reality. Barcelona is a city that enjoys being a laboratory. It is important to find experimental proposals and, afterwards, export them.   

All attendees at the 22@Update Breakfast received a copy of the book entitled L’Administració Pública com a tractor d’innovació  (The Public Administration as a driving force for innovation), a collection of innovative experiences applied by the Barcelona City Council.



Key ideas



The Public Administration’s promotion is key to creating new business opportunities and fostering innovation.

The 22@Urban Lab project offers up the 22@Barcelona district as a place to carry out pilot programs on innovative solutions for companies that wish to do any type of test: urban planning, education, mobility, etc.

Innovation that makes the best use of energy resources is key. Power production and use as we know them are unsustainable in the long run.

Barcelona is a city with a history of innovation in many fields (design, architecture, etc.) and, therefore, it is important for the Administration to promote initiatives like 22@Urban Lab that make this type of proposal a reality.

Attendees speak


In my company, we have been thinking a lot about power use lately. We have discovered that we can greatly reduce our costs if we make better use of this resource.

I didn’t know the 22@Urban Lab program. Initiatives like this one, driven by the Administration, are very interesting.

I’ve come a couple of times. I like this event because I can meet with colleagues from other companies and stay up-to-date on current issues.

It seems like there are more people here than ever today. The truth is that we can take away some very good ideas from the topic discussed today.


Watch videos of the innovative experiences found in the book “L’Administració Pública com a tractor d’innovació” (The Public Administration as a driving force for innovation) at: www.22barcelona.com/comprainnovadora






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