LKS attends the seminar “Migrating from Traditional City Management to the Smart City” held in the Inter-American Development Bank

Last Tuesday, 12 July, LKS, as part of the Mondragon Corporation, attended the seminar held at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.

In this seminar several experts presented international case studies that describe how various cities have taken the path towards the Smart City model, implementing specific projects integrated with urban development and the implementation of a number of technologies in different contexts and development situations.

Additionally, private sector partners, including MONDRAGON, presented concrete examples of the implementation of innovative solutions in the global context.

On this occasion, LKS presented the SmartEnCity project, under the European program “Horizon 2020 Smart Cities & Communities”, in which Vitoria-Gasteiz will be a “beacon city” where a range of solutions related to energy efficiency, transport and ICT are applied in an integrated manner with the aim of improving the neighbours quality of life.

In addition to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the cities of Tartu (Estonia) and Sonderborg (Denmark) form part of the proposal in which actions adapted to the characteristics of each city are to be developed with similar objectives. The project also includes the cities of Lecce (Italy) and Asenovgrad (Bulgaria), which will explore the adaptability and replication of the projects in the targeted cities, and thus maximise the impact of the project.
The projects to be developed in the three cities aim to reduce energy demand in housing, develop an energy supply from renewable sources using local resources, and promote the use of clean energy in urban mobility through extensive deployment of smart vehicles and infrastructures. Furthermore, an extensive use of ICT is planned to achieve integration and coherence in the planning and implementation of projects, as well as strengthening citizen participation and ensuring that people are the ultimate beneficiaries of the actions carried out. The project was started at the beginning of 2016 and is expected to have a duration of five and a half years.

VISESA performs the local coordination work, leading the community of Gasteiz, supported by the European coordinator Tecnalia and the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council. Other partners include: Centre for Environmental Studies (CEA), Mondragon Corporation (Fagor Ederlan, H-Enea ETIC, MCCTELECOM, LKS), Acciona Infraestructuras, Giroa, Cartif Foundation, and Estudios GIS.

The event culminated with the launch of the book “The Road Towards Smart Cities”, a publication that provides a framework for the necessary discussion on how to migrate from traditional city management to the Smart City management model.,20282.html