Ferrovial - Annual Report 2012

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Innovation areas

Ferrovial concentrates its efforts on developing technologies applied to infrastructure construction, transportation, municipal services, water, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, in order to position itself as a national and international benchmark for the development of products and services based on the concept of intelligent infrastructures.

The company has established seven areas of interest in innovation, in response to the challenges facing its business units:

  • Energy efficiency: With the aim of reducing GHG emissions, helping to reduce energy costs and anticipating future regulations, projects are being developed in maintenance, auditing and energy efficiency optimization for buildings, reducing power consumption in public lighting, and expert energy management systems.
  • Waste recycling: In response to concerns regarding climate change and environmental sustainability, projects are underway to recover energy from waste, both as a partial substitute for conventional fossil fuels and as a solution to treat or eliminate the growing volumes of waste generated by the consumer society, as well as recovering materials from this waste.
  • Intelligent cities: Projects are underway as part of the integrated municipal services model, based on operational excellence, service quality and environmental sustainability. The aim is to satisfy the innovation needs of the city of the future, with public-private partnerships that can reduce costs and improve the quality of life for urban populations, while guaranteeing sustainable economic development.
  • Toll roads: By applying the latest technologies to infrastructures and vehicles, projects are being developed focused on: research using complex algorithms to operate managed lanes; deployment of lighter and more secure architectures for processing operational and financial data; remote management of toll plazas through applications in mobile devices; prototype toll systems using GPS and mobile user interfaces; control of the management of critical assets; and the study of the elasticity of mobility.
  • Water: As part of the incorporation of novel technologies in this area, new water treatment processes and improvements to existing ones are being developed for projects related to energy and process optimization, both in the field of seawater desalination via inverse osmosis and waste water purification.
  • Innovative construction: A package of projects developing technologies, processes and products to improve the productivity and environmental sustainability of construction activity in all of its areas.

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This is an electronic version of the 2012 Annual Report prepared by Ferrovial, S.A. for its stakeholders, which aims to be complete and accurate. The contents of this version can be checked by referring to the print version. A copy of the print version in PDF format is available to download on this web page