December 2009

Cisco and Telvent help the City of Madrid to build an energy efficient city


Cisco today announced the launch in Madrid of the first pilot project carried out in Spain within the Connected Urban Development program (CUD), in which companies and cities partner to contribute to the development of sustainable, efficient and innovative cities through the use of connectivity and new technologies.

Promoted by the Municipal Company for Housing and Lands of Madrid; Cisco, and technology partner Telvent, has deployed network infrastructure, connectivity and control systems in a pilot, apartment building in the city: Calle de Las Margaritas, 52. The development is intended as temporary housing on a rental basis to young people in Madrid.

The "Energy Efficiency Manager" installed in homes, can, at any time and in real time, manage energy consumption, controlling emissions of carbon dioxide and make decisions about the way in which residents make use of energy both at the individual apartment level and throughout the building. In the future this is intended to extend across the urban community.

The solution, which allows consumer to set limits and comparisons of consumer weekly, monthly or yearly, provides to citizens and municipal managers, daily tips to improve efficiency and be more environmentally responsible.

"Cisco maintains a permanent commitment to innovation and focus on improving energy efficiency and sustainability in urban solutions through information technology and communications," said José Manuel Petisco, CEO of Cisco Spain. "Thanks to innovative design and use of technology in this building in Madrid, one can know at all times the energy consumption and act accordingly to reduce carbon dioxide emissions."

"It's a pleasure to participate in projects of this profile, in which energy efficiency becomes a real and achievable goal for all citizens," said Manuel Losada, vice president of the Electric Power Division Telvent. "We helped put in the hands of these new technologies necessary for tenants to get habits that promote the rational use of energy resources available. Telvent aligns 100% with projects that positively impact the sustainability and future, and we believe that investment in information technology is essential to achieve this ambitious goal. " 

Connected Urban Development 

The Connected Urban Development program is a public-private partnership that demonstrates how information and communictation technology (ICT) and network connectivity can increase efficiencies, city management, improve energy use, reduce carbon emissions and change the way we work and interact with citizens. The Madrid City Council's commitment, through the Office of the Center, is specifically in promoting the use of new technologies in buildings undergoing regeneration. The project aims to convert the houses, induce behavioural change in residents through the application of smart energy resources to encourage the use of environmentally clean systems.

The Connected Urban Development initiative was launched in September 2006 as part of Cisco's commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. Madrid builds upon projects already underway in the cities of Amsterdam, San Francisco, Seoul, Birmingham, Hamburg and Lisbon.

Margaritas, 52
The building in the street of Las Margaritas, 52 Company owned Municipal Housing and Land of Madrid and is composed of 30 homes on a rental basis for young people. Canton has a city cleaning and parking semirrobotizado plant. It has also installed a geothermal energy collection system and provides additional solar and passive bioclimatic devices and underfloor heating.

About Telvent
Telvent (NASDAQ: TLVT) is the global technology solutions and information services business that helps improve the efficiency and safety for leading companies worldwide.

Telvent is contributing to the Cisco CUD initiative in Madrid through the development of advanced technology solutions and with the support of a wide experience in developing sustainable energy projects. For example, those associated with the deployment of smart electricity networks worldwide, which helps both the electric power generating companies and the final consumer. For more information about Telvent

Cisco and City of Amsterdam Expand Urban EcoMap Program Globally to Address Environmental Concerns


Cisco and the city of Amsterdam today announced the rollout of Urban EcoMap, an Internet-based tool that enables cities around the world to provide smarter climate change information for their citizens. A city can use Urban EcoMap to create awareness among its residents of the impact of carbon emissions on their urban environment. It provides information on carbon emissions from transportation, energy and waste among neighborhoods, organized by district, and delivers tips on ways to reduce a resident’s carbon footprint.

The Application is an extension of the Urban EcoMap launched in May 2009 in the city of San Francisco. The Amsterdam version of the Urban EcoMap will be progressively expanded over the next six months with real-time information that is linked to data from other agencies.

Urban EcoMap in Amsterdam will empower citizens to move from collective intelligence to collective action by providing emissions information on a neighborhood level, organized by local and comparable common boundaries like ZIP codes and districts.

Citizens will be able to view their neighborhood data through visual displays in the areas of transportation, energy and waste. This information empowers neighborhoods to identify and take specific actions to fight climate change using approaches such as alternative-fuel vehicle ownership, recycling, and reducing household energy use.

Citizens will then be able to take make decisions to help decrease the carbon footprint of their geographic regions, their particular district, and their city. They will be also able to share their climate actions with others via social networking. Comparisons are available between Amsterdam’s neighborhoods, and also enabled between the neighborhoods in Amsterdam and San Francisco.

 Urban EcoMap provides information on carbon emissions from transportation, energy and waste among neighborhoods, organized by district. As part of the Cisco® Connected Urban Development (CUD) program, the Urban EcoMap pilot is a cooperative initiative between the city of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) and Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), the company's strategic global consulting arm. 

Additional Information:

  •  Urban EcoMap is part of the global Urban Services Platform approach toward which visionary cities and the information and communications technology (ICT) industry are moving. Urban EcoMap provides real-time environmental intelligence to enable citizens, communities, cities, countries and businesses alike to make smart ecological decisions and to develop policies that improve the sustainability of cities. Through this comprehensive view of eco-data, we can now take a global "pulse" of the eco-health of our planet.
  •  Cisco has collaborated on the Urban EcoMap program with industry, government and academic leaders, such as Arup, CH2MHill, NASA, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the city and county of San Francisco, and most recently the city of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM).

The Urban EcoMap pilot is one of a number of landmark projects that have resulted from Cisco's participation in the Clinton Global Initiative and its pledge to reduce carbon emissions. Launched in 2006, CUD is a public-private partnership aimed at addressing the unique environmental problems facing urban areas and at developing ICT solutions for cities around the world.

Supporting Quotes:

  • Job Cohen, mayor, city of Amsterdam
    "Sustainability is a hot topic in Amsterdam. The city stimulates developments in this field for both business and consumer purposes. The Urban EcoMap is an easy way to raise awareness among the inhabitants of their urban area. It will increase the engagement of our citizens and show what one can do to improve the ambience in one’s own neighborhood."


  •  Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer and executive vice president, Cisco Services “Innovative cities like Amsterdam are addressing the issues and opportunities of this new world by thinking about technology as an enabler for economic development, environmental sustainability and an improved quality of life for citizens.  We see the network as particularly key to addressing one of the 21st century's most significant issues - environmental sustainability. Cisco is honored to collaborate with Mayor Cohen and the city of Amsterdam on Urban EcoMap, empowering citizens with the tools to make responsible environmental choices.”

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