SUEZ INAUGURATES DINAPSIS, THE FIRST INNOVATION CENTRE LINKED TO SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT AND THE TERRITORY, IN BENIDORM
08 June 2017
The inauguration of Dinapsis, the first innovation centre, developed by SUEZ and Hidraqua, linked to sustainable water management and the territory, took place this morning in Benidorm. This space is designed to operate, develop and display the most advanced solutions in this field. The main objective is to offer new digital solutions which improve the quality of life of the people who inhabit and visit cities.
During the inauguration Angel Simón, Executive Vice-President of SUEZ, stressed that "only with innovation will we be capable of facing up to, and anticipating, the major challenges being raised in water management, which require collaboration between companies, administrations and civil society to guarantee access to natural resources in the present and also for future generations”.
The attendees then learnt about the new centre's three spaces. The first one, an Operational Hub with the capacity to manage, in real time, the complete water cycle services and assets managed by Hidraqua. “It is an advanced control tower capable of providing Benidorm and the province of Alicante with tools with a strong capacity to resolve issues in order to achieve an excellent service, especially at times of maximum demand, when tourism is focused on the province”, explained Francisco Bartual, Director General of Hidraqua.
The second space, the Innovation Lab, is a personal, open and collaborative space in which to discover and investigate new needs, and the best way to meet them. It will moreover support the province's entrepreneurial ecosystem through open innovation events.
Finally, the great Technology Showcase which converts the city and the province into a national and international focus of attention. This is the mirror on which all the innovative initiatives which help to disseminate the excellence of the city and the province will be projected. These initiatives will thus become a reflection of the future.
So far, this centre has already collaborated on the development of projects such as Water Track, a tool which allows citizens to monitor their water consumption; Drops, a tool which, using the network of smart metering locations, allows the exact location of children to be known, thus preventing them from getting lost on the beach; and Cidavi, an inclusive portal which offers valuable information for urban planning. However, these projects are just the beginning of numerous initiatives that the centre will house, in collaboration with all social agents, with the aim of meeting the needs of the citizens and achieving the sustainability of the territory”, concluded Bartual.