The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism is going to finance up to 80% of 13 projects linked to promoting the smart city from which 27 cities will benefit. This is the outcome of the first call for entries for smart cities launched by the public business entity Red.es and opened to 104 municipalities with over 20,000 inhabitants belonging to the Autonomous Communities of Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura.
The initiatives were submitted by city halls or groups of municipalities with a maximum budget of one million Euros per city. In all, 37 individual and group initiatives were submitted under this call for entries, representing 49 municipalities. Following an assessment process, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism selected thirteen initiatives, involving a total investment of 13.1M€, co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The aim of the first call for entries for smart cities is to select municipalities in which to carry out initiatives geared towards the smart design of the city and the improvement of the services provided to its residents and visitors. In this way, the call for entries has encouraged the creation of initiatives that promote the opening and re-use of public data, the implementation of mature management systems that improve the services provided by the city and the launch of infrastructures and technological elements resulting in the generation of value services.
The candidate proposals to benefit from this funding also had to be very actively involved in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). In fact, ICT goods and services had to comprise, in budgetary terms, the core of the initiative.
Andalusia: 9.8 million for 23 cities
In Andalusia, the Smart Cities call for entries will represent an investment of 9.8M€, almost the entire amount of 10 million budgeted for this Autonomous Community. A total of 81 municipalities with more than 20,000 habitants were eligible for this funding of which 23 will benefit.
The nine initiatives selected are: Alcalá la Real Ciudad y Destino Inteligente; Smart Almonte Turismo y Gobernanza; Lepe Smart Turismo y Gobernanza Transparente; Sevilla Smart Accessibility & Tourist & Events; Martos Ciudad Inteligente; Huelva Smartcity Route; Antequera Ciudad Lista; Granada Human Smart City; and Smart Costa del Sol. This last project groups together 13 municipalities on the Costa del Sol with more than 20,000 inhabitants: Alhaurín de la Torre, Antequera, Benalmádena, Estepona, Fuengirola, Málaga, Marbella, Mijas, Nerja, Rincón de la Victoria, Ronda, Torremolinos and Vélez-Málaga. The municipalities of Benahavís and Algarrobo will also be taking part.
Castilla La Mancha: 2.8 million for three cities
The Smart Cities call for entries involves an investment of 2.8M€ in the Autonomous Community of Castilla La Mancha, a figure that is very close to the budgeted maximum (3M€). 16 municipalities with over 20,000 inhabitants were eligible and three will benefit from the initiative.
The selected proposals are: Guadalajara Conect@; Ciudad Real: Ciudad y Destino Inteligente y Sostenible; and Toledo Ciudad Inteligente.
Extremadura: 450,000 Euros for one city
In Extremadura, a total of 7 municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants were eligible for this funding with a maximum budget allocated to the Autonomous Community of 2M€. The Villanueva de la Serena Smart City project was the selected candidate.