Welcome!

@ThingsExpo Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

NEC Helps Santander Sustain the Lead as Europe's Smartest City

New NEC operational control software module automates the management of city infrastructure in real-time to minimize resource usage and reduce operational costs

London, May 7, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) has today announced that it is providing a new operational control software module as part of NEC's Cloud City Operations Center to enable the city of Santander in Spain to improve the services it delivers to local residents by automating the management of its public infrastructure while reducing costs. The new plug-in to the existing smart city platform that NEC previously supplied will help Smart Santander track how water, waste, lighting, power, roads and other resources are used in response to real-time environmental conditions. This will help the city to minimise wastage, increase the timeliness of communications with local residents and free up staff to focus on longer-term strategic planning.

Over the last three years Smart Santander has been transformed into a city-scale research facility that is being used to test Machine to Machine (M2M) sensors and smart public services. It has deployed over 20,000 sensors and cameras to monitor and manage traffic congestion, parking and public transport availability, street lighting and pollution levels, refuse collection services and park irrigation systems and share this information with the public via a smartphone app and website. The project also tracks a wide range of environmental parameters, including temperature, pollen count, noise, carbon monoxide and ambient light levels.

In the first phase of the project, NEC developed the smart city visualization platform and multi-touch display screens in the Santander control demo centre. The solution visualises real-time and historical data from sensors across the city in easy-to-understand numerical, graph and map formats. It also checks that each sensor is functioning correctly, assessing the battery power level, communication link status and consistency of data collected.

Using the multi-touch interface in the control centre, Santander's staff can quickly cross-reference key data sets, such as carbon monoxide levels with traffic, temperature, and issue alerts when air quality thresholds are exceeded, benefitting citizens with respiratory conditions. With NEC's new control module, this process can now happen automatically, helping to reduce the workload for the city planners. With future evolutions of NEC's platform, it will also be possible to manage discrete vertical services in an integrated way. This will, for instance, enable waste collection services to be automatically re-routed in the event of a road blockage and irrigation systems to be instantly switched on when sensors detect a drop in rainfall and earth moisture levels to protect plants, while avoiding water wastage during rainy periods.

Inigo de la Serna, Mayor of Santander, commented, "We are impressed by the benefits NEC's Cloud City Operations Center platform has brought to the city. The new software module will take this project to the next level. It means that technology can do what it does best ? crunching and visualizing data and automating routine city management tasks in a timely way. While our expert city planners can focus on big picture thinking and making the very best use of public funds to improve the way in which we deliver our services to local residents."

"Santander is taking a pioneering role in Europe in running real large-scale, holistic smart city services to improve residents' quality of life, while reducing the impact of the city on the environment and its operational costs," said Naoki Iizuka, President & CEO, NEC Europe Ltd. "NEC is pleased to be able to bring our unique expertise in integrating a diverse range of M2M sensors and an advanced big data analytic engine with our data visualisation and city automation platform to help make Santander's ambitious smart city goals a reality."

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.



Source: NEC Corporation

Contact:
Seiichiro Toda         
NEC Corporation                     
[email protected]
+81-3-3798-6511

Joseph Jasper         
NEC Corporation                     
[email protected]
+81-3-3798-6511


Copyright 2014 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.japancorp.net

More Stories By JCN Newswire

Copyright 2008 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of JCN Newswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JCN Newswire. JCN Newswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...