Sat. Dec 4th, 2021




The Albufereta beach in Alicante incorporates a capacity control system on beaches with artificial vision cameras, called ‘Ion Beach’, which improves the comfort and enjoyment of the coastline for bathers, by knowing in advance the crowds on the sand. With this equipment, the city is positioned as a “smart destination”

This equipment has been presented this Tuesday by the mayor, Luis Barcala, the deputy mayor, Mari Carmen Sánchez and the director of Aguas de Alicante, Javier Díez.

It is a system that will allow the user to know the occupation of the beach “in real time” through simple traffic lights that change color (green, yellow and red) depending on the status of the capacity and occupation, to define whether the concentration of bathers is high or low at every point on the beach.

Likewise, its data collection system processes the concentration of people spread over the sand with a temporary cadence of five minutes, since it strictly complies with European legislation on this matter.

On a dashboard and on the web

The information generated is available to citizens and tourists, both through the municipal website of the City Hall, as in a new control panel from the beach of La Albufereta, which has also been installed this Tuesday, as reported by the consistory in a statement.

“It is a new commitment of the City Council and Aguas de Alicante for safety and quality tourism,” explained the mayor, who has indicated “with this new system, users will be able to know in real time the degree of occupation of the beach to better plan their visits and trips, while providing essential information to the Local Police and Civil Protection to anticipate responses in case of need. “

Likewise, the mayor has stressed that “this pioneering project of innovation, which is already being applied with great success on the beach of El Postiguet, consolidates the strategy of Alicante, Smart Tourist Destination “.

For his part, Sánchez stressed that “we are advancing in the bet of smart tourist destination thanks to the agreement that we signed with Aguas de Alicante last year and now we are expanding the security of a destination that has already shown that it is since last summer. “” We not only have five blue flags for the quality and services of our beaches, but also for the commitment to safety in these bathing areas “, he added.

Thus, Díez has pointed out that “we have been working with the state-of-the-art technologies in management a valuable and scarce resource such as water “.” However, we work with a broader vision, with the aim that our daily effort in innovation and digitization also contributes to making our cities more sustainable territories “, has aggregate.

As he has pointed out, with this system “the latest technologies that we have already applied to the environment are being put at the service of municipalities, such as Artificial intelligence, Big Data or Cloud Computing, we contribute to improving the lives of citizens and facilitating advanced and more sustainable management of tourist destinations 365 days a year “.

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