An open-source municipal platform and much more – Sabadell follows ambitious plans

During the last months, Sabadell has worked actively to design the actions that are included in the local Triangulum’s Implementation Strategy. The strategy is planned to be approved by early 2018 and is strongly inspired by the training workshops and webinars organised within Triangulum. It is being created within a co-design process, where the local and regional knowledge ecosystem is closely involved and funding opportunities are being analysed.

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As a result, financed by the Triangulum project, an open-source digital platform for municipal data integration has been implemented, connected with real-time data from sensors and meters from several municipal services. The platform will collect and merge data from sensors or other hardware devices, in relation to several municipal services, currently “isolated”. It will establish standards for hardware protocols, so that the municipality is free from “vendor lock-in”*. The collected data will be owned by the municipality and thus potentially disclosed as “open data” (currently very few real-time data is offered in open data formats). The “merged” data will be exploited by business intelligence tools to extract new Key Performance Indicators related to urban management currently unavailable. It will be equally possible to connect the platform with vertical software solutions (e.g. for traffic data visualisation and management) as long as they are complying with the platform’s standard protocol. Developing the platform has been much cheaper as it has been “only” a matter of internally adapting the Barcelona “Sentilo” platform, available for free as open source software. Finally, when contracting new municipal services, a clause will be included establishing that related data has to be sent to the platform and hardware has to comply with the “Sentilo” standard protocol. At any time it can be further upgraded in-house with new functionalities.

Moreover, new projects on energy, mobility and ICT are being considered and studied with the impulse of Triangulum, some of them inspired or influenced by the Lighthouse City projects. Examples of these potential actions are:

  • Creation of a local cluster of innovation and sport, project kick-off in April 2017, on-going, inspired by Manchester (“The Corridor”)
  • Innovative applications of videoconferences to municipal services, planned to be operational in June 2018, inspired by Stavanger
  • Innovative recharging points for electric vehicles connected with the renewal of the municipal fleet, planned to be operational in September 2018, inspired by Stavanger
  • City „beacons” (interactive screens in the public space in crowded areas), planned to be operational in December 2018, inspired by Eindhoven
  • Innovative public lighting, adapted to the natural perirurban environment, festivities/commemorations, decorative purposes, running circuits, planned to be operational in December 2018, inspired by Eindhoven
  • Parking sensors, planned to be operational in December 2018, inspired by Eindhoven
  • Traffic light priority for delayed buses and access control to pedestrian zones, planned to be operational in December 2018, inspired by Eindhoven
  • A digital platform to match demand and supply for empty spaces in the city, such as offices, empty outdoor private spaces, public or private spaces for working, studying, leisure, artistic or cultural activities, sports, etc., planned to be operational in January 2019, an original idea from Sabadell
  • Incentives for the green last mile urban delivery of goods, planned to be operational in the 1st quarter of 2019, inspired by Manchester
  • “Start-up” companies acceleration programme, planned to be operational in the 1st quarter of 2019, inspired by Eindhoven

*Vendor lock-in: The municipality is obliged to purchase software from the same supplier as for the hardware, as otherwise it is not possible to establish communication between both, using proprietary, non-standard protocols. Data is owned and stored by the hardware provider, not by the municipality.