Today marks the official inauguration of the Internet of Things Laboratory of the city of Madrid (IoTMADLab), the joint initiative between the Madrid City Council and CEDINT-UPM, the R&D center of the Technical University of Madrid. The Lab is intended as a neutral space where public and private organizations can work together on innovative sensors and devices, leveraging an open and interoperable IoT network model to test and explore the connectivity of different objects in different areas of municipal activity through a common, standardized protocol.
IoT sensorization is anything but new in Madrid, since it is part of the Madrid, Digital Capital strategy to reinforce the position of the city as a benchmark in the digital context. One of the objectives of this strategy is to inject intelligence into decision-making processes by applying technologies for hyperconnectivity and hyperautomation, including the IoT.
Madrid is already taking advantage of smart technologies to control streetlighting and other public services, but in many cases the IoT devices, although they work in a similar way, are connected by isolated systems and cannot interoperate with each other. IoTMADLab was established with the main objective of achieving standardization so that services and devices of any type can interact with each other, share information in real time and act based on common data and variables.
At Paradox Engineering, we advocate open standards and, together with our parent company MinebeaMitsumi, we are committed to creating multi-supplier, interoperable solutions for cities and utilities. That’s why we are particularly proud to support IoTMADLab and provide our know-how and solutions to pilot new applications for smart lighting, parking management, municipal solid waste collection, environmental monitoring, and more.
“Today we open a new IoT Laboratory whose focus is the acceleration of the smart journey of Madrid. I am pleased that Paradox Engineering/MinebeaMitsumi have joined Madrid City Council, the Technical University of Madrid, and the other partners of this program, and I am confident that their expertise in open and interoperable data models will greatly benefit our project,” said Fernando Alvarez Garcia, Subdirector de Transformación Digital. D.G. Oficina Digital en Ayuntamiento de Madrid.
“Interoperability and openness allow cities to head for sustainable growth, creating services to solve today’s urban needs and pave the way for future developments. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with IoTMADLab partners in this inspiring environment and contribute to the deployment of new IoT solutions for Madrid and other cities”, added Ferdinando Sabatino, Sales Manager South Europe IoT and Smart City Solutions at NMB Italia, MinebeaMitsumi Group.