Background info

Santander is one of the main cities of the North coast of Spain, with a population of over 172.000 inhabitants. The Santander City Council has a strong and proved commitment towards innovation and technology deployment for advancing quality of life of citizens, and as a lever for the creation of employment and economic activity.

Problems to solve

Santander has a population (25%) older than the regional average (close to 22%) which is among the highest ones in the country (ca. 20% according to 2019 data). Clearly, this scenario is expected to accentuate in the following years and will produce a stressful demand on the municipality services. Several measures have been taken for the short- and mid-term. For instance, new facilities for improving the mobility of the citizens have been set up. The hilly and specific orography of Santander allows some specific public bus lines, but traversal movements are difficult to cover. An important number of escalators in some neighborhoods have been very well received by the citizens, in particular the older ones, and there is an increasing demand
of new facilities.

Why Urbanage solution?

Setting up a digital twin of the city would allow simulating and obtaining objective comparisons about the relative benefit of a new intervention or the inconveniences and difficulties that for example a public work or the remodeling of a street could produce in a specific segment of the population, in this case, the older population. Having a digital twin of the city will be of great value to make a more objective and deeper multi-criteria analysis to make informed decisions. Furthermore, extending, enriching, and updating the digital twin along time will allow future analysis, comparing the expected with the actual results.

  • The digital twin will be used to simulate simple scenarios such as breakdowns in installations and complex ones, such as remodeling areas of a neighborhood.

  • In relation to the new General Urban Plan, the digital twin will be able to provide objective information based on
    the most up-to-date data regarding the consequences of each of the options considered in the planning.

expected benefits

  • Improved co-creation processes based on the information provided to the citizenship.

  • Integration of the URBANAGE Ecosystem with the rest of Smart City components of the municipality i.e. Smart City platform and SmartCitizen among others forming an advanced system for decision making based on objective data and future scenarios modellin

  • Appraisal of the areas and segments of population in which the URBANAGE Ecosystem produces the highest
    impact on the way decisions are taken.