With about 280 thousand inhabitants, Gijón is the largest municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. The City has covered a long path towards digital transformation and modernisation, also becoming a notable example for its commitment to intelligent sustainability. The City roadmap includes a series of projects to introduce advanced technologies to improve key urban services, such as street lighting, ensuring a more efficient use of public spaces and resources, as well as a higher quality of life.

Smart Lighting was kicked-off early 2016 with the modernization of 1,150 luminaires in the city center and the switch to LED-based devices. Taking advantage of T-Systems’ expertise and Paradox Engineering’s PE Smart Urban Network platform, Gijón moved further and decided to turn the existing infrastructure into a truly intelligent network to better control energy consumption and increase lighting efficiency.

Gijón municipality is now able to define customized lighting patterns for single districts, streets and even single lamps, triggering on/off and dimming actions according to programmed schedules or on demand. 

The management system was developed on a private cloud by T-Systems, which streamlined the collaboration among the various companies involved in the project, and enabled the development of an integrated intelligent city management model.

The City of Gijón estimated double savings from the Smart Lighting investment, acknowledging a significant reduction of energy consumption on one hand, and a relevant financial saving for municipal coffers on the other hand, valued at around EUR 100,000 a year. In March 2016, Gijón initiative was awarded as “Best Smart City Project” at the 6th edition of the National Congress for Innovation and Public Services (CNIS).

But street lighting may just be the first application of Gijón’s smart Internet of Things network. The municipality is considering the integration of other services – such as public parking management, refuse containers monitoring or air quality measurement – into the existing PE Smart Urban Network infrastructure, creating a unique municipal management system to improve the efficiency of all public services.