, through Ferrovial Services Spain and the Centre of Excellence for Cities
, has recently participated in the La Rioja Innova Forum held at the La Rioja Technology Centre
in Logroño. During this event discussions were held on the opportunities offered by the Horizon 2020 EU funding program
and the development of smart cities, among other issues. Participants, including representatives of the municipalities of Santander and Logroño, as well as the Government of La Rioja and the RECI
(Spanish Network of Smart Cities), agreed on the importance of urban innovation for sustainable growth.
Innovative solutions for cities
Ferrovial Services participated in the panel discussion entitled "European Smart Cities, the standard of the smart city and the European digital agenda", which set out its approach to urban innovation. It highlighted practical examples of collaborative innovation programs such as Madrid Smart Lab
, Santander City Lab
and Madrid Smart Parking
Rafael Fernández, Spain Projects Manager at the Centre of Excellence for Cities, explained that "Innovation in urban services is critical to transform cities: improving both efficiency and public experience." It also stressed that "the strategic partnership between the main urban agents accelerates the transformation of cities."
About the Centre of Excellence for Cities
The Centre of Excellence for Cities develops and implements programs, solutions and innovative models of urban services by working collaboratively with cities and cutting-edge urban agents. The ultimate goal of this applied innovation is to support the optimisation of the commercial, operational and financial performance of the business and its strategic differentiation.
Through this Centre of Excellence, Ferrovial Services aims to be a pioneer in the new generation of citizen-centric service models in line with the objective of cities to continuously improve efficiency and citizen experience. The main elements of these new models are long-term strategic partnership, a comprehensive view of services, citizen involvement, management based on urban information and digital solutions.