Spain has been notorious for its incomplete cities and the overall infrastructure issues in some Spanish cities. Recently, a multinational technology integration company, Sociedad Ibérica de Construcciones Eléctricas (SICE), has been working with municipalities to improve street infrastructure in two Spanish cities.

Mengíbar (a city in the south-central province of Jaén, Spain) is to receive a project that aims at replacing about 1000 points of light with LED lampposts, improving efficiency and energy savings of outdoor lighting systems. Santander, a city along the north coast of Spain, is also getting a traffic light priority system for public transportation.

SICE has built a reputation for saving up to 70% in electricity consumption and 20% in CO2 emissions. The project running in Mengíbar aims to significantly optimize public lighting systems. Control equipment will be installed and integrated into the lampposts, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and annual electricity consumption.

Spanish Cities: Street in Santander

Streets in Santander. CC: Tracey Adams

While in Santander, SICE will install a Prioritization and Geolocation System, eventually giving priority to the public transport in the city via 17 traffic lights. The new system will enable intelligent wireless communication between priority vehicles and traffic light control elements while aiming at improving vehicle traffic.

The traffic light prioritization system is purposed to relieve the public transport from delays caused by traffic congestion at intersections controlled by traffic lights, which should reduce travel times and improve the service’s commercial speed.

When municipal buses get closer to a traffic light that is about to turn red, the system locates the buses on a GPS geolocation system to trigger the green light. Moreover, SICE will provide Santander streets with a ‘queue jump’ (or sometimes called “cutting in line”). A queue jump system is a type of street infrastructure that provides preference to buses at intersections, often found in bus rapid transit (BRT) systems.

The system will be installed at three traffic lights, which will ease the incorporation of buses into the bus lane.