The smart city project aims to expedite urban innovation, propel the digital transformation of city services, and improve the citizen experience for those living in Southern Spain


Spanish city Fuengirola partners with Itron to execute a smart city project. (Credit: Partonez/Wikimedia Commons)

Itron, a US-based energy and water resource management solutions provider, and the City of Fuengirola in Spain have entered into a partnership with an objective to transform the municipality into a smart city.

As part of the partnership, Fuengirola will be using the smart city platform of Itron.

The platform features a city-wide mesh network that is optimised for industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices as well as SLV, which is Itron’s device and data management platform.

With SLV, Fuengirola will gain capabilities in advanced asset management, analytics, data visualisation, and real-time control, said Itron.

Fuengirola has over 82,000 permanent residents, which is expected to increase by more than three times during the summer months.

The main goal of the smart city project is to expedite urban innovation, propel the digital transformation of city services, and enhance the citizen experience for those living in Southern Spain. The project is 80% co-financed by European Regional Development Found (ERDF) under the framework of the Pluriregional Program of Spain (POPE) 2014 – 2020.

Itron expects to complete the deployment of its smart city solution by the end of this year. The company will operate the IIoT network under a four-year Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) agreement.

Itron networked solutions senior vice president John Marcolini said: “By taking advantage of Itron’s NaaS and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, the City of Fuengirola can focus on realising the benefits of their smart city platform versus investing in IT and field-based resources to manage and maintain the infrastructure.”

The smart city solution from Itron is expected to help Fuengirola deploy a variety of smart city applications for boosting energy efficiency, reducing operational costs, and improving quality of life for citizens.

Initial applications under the project will be noise detection, intelligent street lighting, and smart monitoring of traffic.

City of Fuengirola Mayor Ana Maria Mula said: “The City of Fuengirola aims to be a benchmark in urban innovation and to create an environment for our citizens that is more efficient, comfortable and sustainable. We are excited to collaborate with Itron, a world leader in smart cities, to achieve this vision.

“With Itron’s smart city solution, we can improve services to our citizens and meet our sustainability goals. It also gives us the foundation to grow and evolve as a smart city as the needs of our city change.”