Ibiza Consell have announced details of a multi-faceted hi-tech project which it says will take Ibiza to the forefront of Spain in the use of technology to aid its “sustainable and intelligent tourism”.
Ibiza’s tourism tech project has a budget of 5,990,601.54 euros. 3,594,360.92 euros will be funded by RED.es and the balance by Ibiza Consell.
Details of the various projects are as follows. You’ll have to give us a bit of slack on the translations of these, quite a few of the descriptions were full of jargon and hyperbole, so we’ve stripped them back to the basics that we can make sense of.
a) New control centre in Sa Coma
To centralise information and locate all the smart infrastructure and the emergency coordination center.
b) Improvements in mobility and transport
Equip the bus fleet with a GPS positioning system which will find its location in real time. This can be checked by users on their phone and will be shown automatically in some ‘smart’ bus shelters with the time until the next bus arrives.
Also the availability of places in the limited vehicle access car parks at Benirras, Cala Salada and other beaches.
c) Monitoring the quality of sea water.
The sea water at Talamanca, Ses Salines d’en Bossa, Santa Eulalia and Benirràs will be monitored using smart buoys. These will measure the quality, temperature and salinity of the water among other data. They will also warn of the presence of illegal spills or breakage of emisaris (sewerage pipes).
d) Early detection of forest fires
the installation of three surveillance cameras on communication towers in San Jose de Sa Talaia, San Lorenzo and San Juan.
e) Creation of a tourist app
including information such as water quality, parking availability, bus times, how busy different beaches are, and the geo-positioning of unique tourist coves, historic buildings and other landmarks.
f) Geo-positioning system of remote properties
to facilitate the location of properties that emergency services have difficulty finding. The properties receive a special code which identifies their exact location to emergency services through a mobile phone app.
The timescale for the bidding process is one year, with implementation over the following two years.