Malaga wants to be a fully-fledged “Smart City” within four years, and to achieve this it has launched a Strategic Plan for Technological Innovation 2018-2022, which involves 204 projects and an investment of 155 million euros.
Malaga wants to be a fully-fledged “Smart City” within four years, and to achieve this it has launched a Strategic Plan for Technological Innovation 2018-2022, which involves 204 projects and an investment of 155 million euros. The Strategic Plan, with a target set for 2022, sets out the lines of action, and forecasts a budget of around 155 million euros.
The Strategic Plan seeks to consolidate Malaga as an innovative, technological and smart city. It is divided into four phases:
- Phase I: analysis of the current situation based on an assessment of the actions implemented over the last 13 years.
- Phase II: delineation of the plan’s strategy, mission, vision and objectives.
- Phase III: action plan, creation of a coordinated and integrated roadmap through the projects and actions to be undertaken.
- Phase IV: delineation of the management and organisational plan for the fulfilment of the plan’s objectives.
The strategic plan’s mission is to make the lives of citizens as economic and healthy as possible through the application of new technologies, seeking to provide citizens with efficient, sustainable and high-quality services. This is why cities are seen as spaces for innovation, which allow optimal management, generate benefits, improve the quality of life of citizens and of public institutions, and can help safeguard natural resources.
Six strategic axes have been established, along which all actions are structured:
- AXIS 1. Sustainable and Safe Habitat. This axis will work on all systems linked to the generation of renewable energies, as well as the safeguarding of natural resources. This line of action also includes safety systems that improve the life of the city and its citizens. It will include actions such as achieving a net zero energy balance; optimising waste and water treatment systems, street cleaning services, and the city’s water supply, seeking synergies and reducing costs; incorporating video surveillance as a tool for improving safety and security in the city; improving the resources and tools use by the emergency services; and digitally transforming urban planning services, both internally and for citizens.
- AXIS 2. Smart Mobility. The main lines of action are aimed at: promoting public transport and its intermodality; modernising the taxi sector by bringing it closer to ICT and electric vehicles; improving traffic flows by applying artificial intelligence; committing to the implementation of electric vehicles and automated guided vehicles; improving processes and services in the municipal, surface and underground parking network.
- AXIS 3. Innovative Economy. The aim is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, with lines of action focused on: developing vertical incubation and acceleration programmes; attracting investors by co-financing projects and events; showcasing the city of Malaga as an innovative city, capable of attracting talent, projects and companies; and establishing Malaga as a digital content hub, developing an industry around the digital content sector, with special attention to video games and media entertainment.
- AXIS 4. ICT Infrastructures. In this axis, work will be done to develop telecommunications infrastructures and the management and analysis of data that support all actions in the Technological Innovation Plan, such as the fibre optic network, wireless communications and the data management and storage platform.
- AXIS 5. Digital Transformation. This axis includes all actions to complete the digital transformation of all of Malaga City Council’s internal and external processes, including the electronic management of subcontractors and of the municipal vehicle fleet.
- AXIS 6. Citizen Services. An axis focused entirely on citizens, as the main axis for city management. It includes actions to improve the services offered to citizens; actions to reduce the digital and technology divide; the incorporation of new developments, mechanisms and tools for interacting with citizens; the development of tools for citizen participation; and the continued incorporation of ICT into tourism and cultural management.