January 30, 2019. – The Andalusia Smart City Cluster has today incorporated the University of Almeria (UAL) as a new strategic member of knowledge and research that becomes part of the alliance of institutions and companies that work in favor of the development of the smart cities in the Andalusian region. It is the fourth Andalusian university that is part of the cluster of entities in favor of smart cities.
In a ceremony held at the UAL Rector’s Office, the president of the cluster, Mariano Barroso, and the rector of Almeria, Carmelo Rodríguez, signed the act of adhesion and agreement that will allow collaborative actions with the University, through the companies and institutions associated to the cluster, for the development of scientific, technical, cultural and academic activities in the field of smart cities.
The agreement signed between the University of Almeria and the Andalusian cluster includes, among other actions, the execution of projects and programs, the provision of technical services, mutual advice on issues related to the activity of both entities, cooperation in training programs of personnel, the organization and execution of common activities related to the social promotion of research, technological development and any other action that is of mutual interest.
The president of Andalusia Smart City, Mariano Barroso, stressed “the importance of a University like Almeria, in a province with economic development and very attractive technological innovation possibilities, join the network of universities that are already part of of the cluster and can contribute to generate with their knowledge and research that the Andalusian municipalities are more efficient, more sustainable and more comfortable for citizens, which is the main purpose of the so-called smart cities “.
For his part, the rector of the UAL has stressed that “from the University of Almeria we are preparing a Smart-Campus Master Plan to define the lines to follow in order to achieve an intelligent and sustainable University, aligned with the lines of our Strategic Plan . We want the University itself to be a testing and co-creation environment with the participation of the entire university community through initiatives in the field of living labs, in addition to those of all smart campuses, such as the improvement of energy management, the mobility of our campus, among others. With this collaboration agreement signed today, we began to take new steps “.
About Andalucía Smart City
Andalucía Smart City is an alliance of Andalusian companies and institutions that work in the development of smart cities, understood as efficient, sustainable and comfortable, through the cooperation of the associated entities, among which are private companies, universities, town halls and sectoral organizations, among other entities in the field not only business but also research, development and innovation.
The projects that Andalucía Smart City deals with aim to generate employment and wealth in the cities themselves by improving business competitiveness, promoting business opportunities and creating new markets, products and services.
Andalucía Smart City acts in the development of projects that revert to improving the habitability, comfort and quality of life of citizens of any Andalusian urban nucleus, regardless of their size, through R + D + i projects, in order to build better cities, with a greater degree of environmental sustainability and with a more efficient management of resources.
The multisectorial, integrative and cooperative nature of Andalusia Smart City brings it to bring together entities from different areas that operate in favor of cities such as energy, the environment, urban infrastructures, information and communication technologies, urban mobility or citizen administration.
The Cluster is recognized as an Innovative Business Association (AEI), by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, since May 2015.