Ferrovial - Annual Report 2012

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Innovation

Public innovation support programs

In 2012 Ferrovial participated in innovation support programs at a national (the INNPACTO, INNPRONTA, run by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness), regional (ETORGAI in the Basque Country) and EU level (the EU's 7th Framework Program, LIFE, ICT).

Specifically, in 2012 a start was made on the following projects that had received approval:

  • TEDS4BEE is a project that is part of the European Commission's "ICT Policy Support Program". The project demonstrates systems that can help energy efficiency in buildings where the EMMOS software is to be installed (pilot buildings in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy and Serbia). In this project, Ferrovial Services heads up a consortium formed by 12 participants, with CI3 being the technical coordinator. The project will be developed from 2013 to 2015.
  • PRENDE is a project in the national INNPACTO program. It consists of designing an information and services platform that boosts efficient energy use in large city neighborhoods. A pilot management model will be launched in a Madrid neighborhood. It will deploy advanced communication media together with contracting and management tools that use the Internet and mobile devices. The PRENDE consortium is headed up by Ferrovial Agroman and Ferconsa, with CI3 as the project's technical coordinator.
  • DINTRANS is another project in the INNPACTO program. Its aim is to research the structural behavior of transitions between ballast and plates in high-speed rail track. The DIANTRANS consortium is headed up by Ferrovial Agroman, with the participation of ADIF, the University of Cantabria and CI3.
  • ECODIS is a project in the ETORGAI program run by the regional government of the Basque Country, in which Ferrovial Servicios participates as a partner. Grants for activities in 2012 have been awarded.

Cespa has also presented two proposals for the European Commission's LIFE program on the environment and sustainable cities; and Ferrovial Agroman two further proposals for the 7th Framework Program in ecological labeling of roads and energy efficiency in urban buildings and infrastructure. As of the end of 2012, a decision on acceptance of the proposals is still pending.

In 2012 the execution of projects awarded in previous years belonging to the European Commission's 7th Framework Program continued. As part of the FOTsis project, on-site trials have been carried out on online services applied to traffic on toll roads. These trials will be carried out in 2013 by the Greek concessionaire Nea Odos, in which Cintra has a stake. The Center for Intelligent Infrastructure Innovation (CI3) has worked together with AMEY on the OUTSMART project in five European cities. The aim of the project is to define pilot services and Internet applications that optimize and improve the sustainability of urban areas. Work has been done on IT services that can promote the use of public transportation and non-polluting transportation in the city of Birmingham.

The development of the first phase of the CIUDAD 2020 project has also been completed. This is an initiative that is part of the CDTI INNPRONTA Program. Ferrovial Agroman, Ferconsa, CI3 and the University of Alcalá participate in the project, which is headed up by INDRA. It develops innovative actions for creating efficient and sustainable cities. The project was presented at the Congress on Green Cities and Sustainability in Malaga.

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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