India: IIC Technologies in association with Alcala de Henares City Council developed a study on pedestrian mobility in Alcala de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Madrid metropolitan area (Spain). IIC Technologies study demonstrates how the use of GIS tools and the exploitation of available geospatial data can support strategic public spending decisions in this area.
There is concern that the city has become fractured by the railway lines and superhighways, isolating certain neighborhoods. The council’s ambition is to improve connectivity between city areas whilst reducing car dependency and promoting more environmentally responsible transport modes.
IIC Technologies supported the council’s first step towards realizing this ambition by building a digital picture of the current pedestrian situation in Alcala de Henares to identify the potential problem areas. Using freely available geospatial data and GIS tools the proximity between residencies, amenities and workplaces, connectivity between different modes of public transport, land mix use and population density were described, studied and measured.
Emphasizing on the importance of the study, Alberto Egido, Environment and Mobility Councilor, Alcala de Henares City Council, said “This study is tremendously useful for determining the measures and lines of action to face the challenges of the pedestrian mobility in our city. It is vital to change our mindset and to promote more efficient, equitable and sustainable transport modes.”
Talking about how geospatial technologies can contribute towards planning of sustainable future cities, Guillermo Gutierrez, Geospatial Specialist, IIC Technologies said “The implementation of innovative studies with Geospatial Technology bring the Council closer to their aims of becoming a more sustainable and integrated smart city. The results of this analytical process demonstrates how geospatial analysis is impacting the shape and flow of our towns and cities.”