Located in Santiago Metropolitan Region, Las Condes is a lively and well-off city with about 290 thousand inhabitants and a significant floating population. The rapid urbanization and growth have been carefully managed in the last 15 years to provide good public services and high quality of life, at the same time ensuring a sustainable development with low environmental impact.
The “Las Condes, Mejor para Todos” (Las Condes, Better for all) claim is a clear statement of the city’s willingness to constantly improve its governance and services for the benefit of the entire community, always taking care of citizens’ wellbeing and satisfaction.
Therefore, people were at the core of Las Condes’ Smart City journey, which began in 2018 by replacing most of the streetlights with energy-efficient LED lamps and implementing a wireless IoT network to manage and control public applications that were added over time, including Smart Parking and traffic surveillance.
Based on our Smart Urban Network, the cybersecure 6LoWPAN infrastructure currently connects over 17,000 streetlights, more than 1,000 parking lots, about 60 systems for traffic surveillance, over 50 smart totems and over 300 environmental sensors to measure outside temperature, air pollution and noise levels. An application to remotely manage irrigation is also being tested. All urban objects and all device-generated data are collected and monitored through a single centralized software, our Smart CMS.
The municipality is highly satisfied with the achievements. The replacement of streetlights with LED lamps resulted in about 2 million USD annual savings (-48%), and additional 160 thousand USD (7%) are expected to be saved every year by the optimization of lighting and dimming patterns via Smart CMS.
Thanks to Smart Parking, the municipality tracked a relevant reduction of congestion due to parking search, and vehicle movement data allowed more effective traffic management decisions.
Thanks to these successful results, the overall Smart City project ended up in self-financing. The best example is Smart Parking: public parking areas were licensed to private operators developing new services for drivers, including mobile apps to fasten parking search and online paying options.
Citizens are totally engaged in any project development. They have free, online access to key data through the city portal, and are invited to contribute to surveys, polls, and research studies.
The city-wide IoT network will be extended soon to enable full remote management of existing services and host new ones. Operating parking, environmental sensing and traffic surveillance applications will be further developed, while while the city is looking at innovative solutions for solid waste collection and drain monitoring to be integrated into the Smart Urban Network infrastructure.