The La Albufereta beach since yesterday has a capacity control system on beaches called “Ion Beach”. This innovative system of artificial vision cameras will allow the user to know the occupation of the beach in real time, by means of simple traffic lights that change color (green, yellow and red) depending on the state of the capacity and occupation, to define whether the concentration of bathers is high or low at each point of the beach. Its data capture system processes the concentration of people distributed on the sand with a temporal cadence of five minutes, strictly complying with European legislation on this matter. “Ion Beach” scrupulously respects the protection of personal data, not transmitting images per se, but processing the information from the cameras and managing the information through an algorithm, and represents a great boost from innovation to enhance the image of Alicante as a tourist destination safe and quality.
“It is a new bet of the City Council and Alicante waters for safety and quality tourism “, explains the mayor of Alicante Luis Barcala during the presentation ceremony.” 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, “he added. The mayor 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 Destinatione”.
For her part, Deputy Mayor Mari Carmen Sánchez highlighted that “we are making progress in our commitment to a smart tourist destination thanks to the agreement 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 from the 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.
Javier Diez, CEO of the company, has declared: “We have been working with the most advanced technologies in managing a valuable and scarce resource such as water for more than 25 years”. “However,” Díez added, “we work with a broader view, with the aim that our daily efforts in innovation and digitization also contribute to making our cities more sustainable territories. By putting the latest technologies that we have already applied to the environment at the service of city councils, 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 ”.
The information generated is available to citizens and tourists, both through the municipal website of the City Council, as in new beach control panel La Albufereta, which has also been installed this Tuesday. This system developed by Aguas de Alicante in collaboration with the municipal technical services and the Tourist Board, has allowed the user for some years to have information of tourist interest in real time: color of the flag, waves, wind, water quality or its temperature, weather information, photographs and a description of all these natural spaces … as well as the means of public transport or tourist services offered in the city and its surroundings, Red Cross services and services on the beaches, hotels and restaurants.
Gracias a “Ion Beach”, Used successfully every day since last summer in the El Postiguet beach, an anticipated response by the Local Police and Civil Protection is possible, in the event that the maximum recommended capacity for the extension of the beaches where it is installed is exceeded.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.