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About us


The Institute of Smart Cities of the Public University of Navarre, is an Institute oriented to the design, analysis, implementation and optimization of intelligent environments. For it brings together a multidisciplinary team of excellence, from 7 university departments with a great capacity for attracting projects, competitive both in public announcements as in technology transfer with companies.

The concept of intelligent city  corresponds to urban environments in which it is intended the use and management of various resources,  such as electricity, rolled traffic, water,  waste, and citizen relationship itself, integrated and efficient, by the combined use of sensor elements and distributed communications networks. This way a space is achieved in which is feasible both collecting a large amount of environmental data as a high degree of interaction of users and devices.

The activities of the Institute for Smart Cities  will focus along technological lines that have some impact at different levels:

  • Social - help cities to become smart cities.
  • Strategic - contribute to policy development in these cities
  • Technological - promote the convergence of different technologies that will develop in this sector and we will adapt the technology to the needs of different actors.

 

Extended information about de Institute

Institute of Smart Cities is a R+D institute dedicated to design and develop technology and services for smart cities, cities which aim to use and manage a range of resources, such as electricity, road traffic, water, waste and citizen engagement, in an efficient and integrated manner. In our vision, the combined use of sensing elements and distributed communication networks is paramount in order to achieve an environment in which it is possible both to compile a great deal of data on the urban ecosystem and attain a high degree of user-device interaction.


This institute is led by Full Professor Carlos del Rio and engages recognized, experienced researchers (17 senior researchers and other 21 researchers with more than 12 years’ experience) from different departments of the Public University of Navarre:.


Regarding the call SCC-01-2015, our strategy and activities are focused on five areas which offer a truly innovative potential.

  • Sensor technology: Rugged, wireless and low energy sensors are the eyes and ears of any system designed to control city environment. Our experience in design and implementation of sensor networks allows the development of innovative solutions and real time context and location awareness.
  • Information and Communication technologies: ICT plays an important role as it provides the key basic infrastructures, technologies and systems for new processes and services.
  • Energy: Centered in the research and full-scale testing of new concepts and technology components and systems in both new and existing near-zero-energy and positive energy buildings and districts. European cities are responsible for 70-80 % of the total energy consumption in the Union and for about the same share of greenhouse gas emissions. We work together with companies, individuals, communities and cities in the implementation of energy efficiency and energy saving solutions.
  • Big data: In next years, vast amounts of information and data, including real-time data, will be generated by sensors, machines and information-enhanced products allowing the creation of a wide range of new services and applications. ISC could be your partner in the design and implementation of new solutions based on this data.
  • Enabling systems: This area is crosscutting in nature and focuses on providing support for the other technologies in fields like numerical simulation, accessibility and design for all, etc.


ISC´s activities are all necessary to improve the state-of-art in the three main areas of SCC1:

  • Nearly zero or low energy districts: (energy, sensors, ICT and enabling systems)
  • Integrated Infrastructures: (Sensors, ICT, energy and big data)
  • Sustainable urban mobility: (Sensors, ICT, energy, big data and enabling systems)


Our holistic approach allows us to offer replicable, balanced and integrated solutions to increase the use of renewables energies, energy efficiency measures optimized at district level or the sustainability of urban transport, within economically acceptable conditions and, simultaneously, ensuring for citizens better life conditions.