Cities have chosen the SMART direction

In the next 30 years, as many as 2/3 of the population will reside in urban space. It’s surprising, as currently every third inhabitant of the city wants to change the location. The answer to many challenges faced by urban communities are intelligent solutions that promising cities are increasingly willing to implement, thus becoming a smart city! The Fujitsu brand is responsible for the digital transformation of one such region – Madrid.

Worldwide Smart Cities forecasts indicated that in 2020, spending on smart city initiatives will amount to 124 billion USD. Investment forecasts for 2022 are at the level of 158 billion USD. Certainly, in the coming years, cities will invest even greater amounts in innovative projects, the main task of which is to improve the quality of life, communication in urban space and increase safety and ecology.

Urbanization movements emphasize that smart cities, i.e. those that use new technologies such as 5G and 6G, automation, IoT, AI and others, are the future, especially in connection with intelligent buildings, which are also growing in the urban landscape. More and more regions are implementing smart solutions and building a network of connected intelligent systems around them. One region that has decided to make such an investment is Madrid.

A digitized part of Spain

The 6.5 million inhabitants of the Madrid Region will be embraced by a digital transformation that will introduce, develop and expand new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in this area. Fujitsu is the partner of the project – the task of the company will be to plan and analyze the process, implement solutions in stages and manage new technologies.

The goal of this project on the part of Fujitsu is primarily to define and build an ICT infrastructure as well as to scale and manage it over the next few years. The introduction of solutions based on information and communication technologies is primarily intended to facilitate citizens’ access to public services. As a result, innovative, efficient and safe services for regional government departments will be implemented. New technologies will become the basis for solutions enabling effective management and provision of public services.

Fujitsu introduces the future

Madrid Digital, the Madrid Digital Administration Agency, has entered into a 3-year contract with Fujitsu, with a possibility to extend it for another two. The role of Fujitsu in this project is to transform the currently used infrastructure in such a way as to provide both citizens and the region’s administration with maximum comfort in obtaining, exchanging information and convenience. Fujitsu will create a self-powered, automated and cybersecurity management model administered from a hybrid cloud.

Fujitsu’s transformation program in Madrid will consist of three stages. The first is to plan the entire process, thoroughly analyze and design solutions that will be implemented at further stages. The second phase of the project is the implementation of appropriate solutions, and the third – the development and administration of the erected infrastructure. The overriding goal of Fujitsu during the term of the contract with Digital Madrid is the continuous improvement of the environment, training and change management.

Fujitsu has extensive experience in managing and transforming environments, applications and services in the public sector. For 12 years the company has been supporting the Servicio Madrileño de Salud – a Madrid government agency. It consists of administrative and management structures that integrate public hospitals, public health facilities with the Madrid healthcare system. As part of this project, Fujitsu manages a centralized and virtualized IT infrastructure for 32 hospitals, and also offers centralized software for 430 centers in the primary healthcare network.

Such systems are the future of cities, especially the developed ones, of which the number is constantly growing. Estimates indicate that by 2030, as many as 43 mega-cities will be created in the world, in which it may be impossible to function without intelligent solutions. The Capgemini – Street Smart report shows that less than 55 percent of residents say tech companies are better able to provide city services than even the current government. This trend shows that cities are huge areas for technological development.


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Last Updated on April 29, 2021 by Karolina Ampulska