Santander needs finding process outcomes
For collecting Santander citizen’s impressions about their life in the city and detect the main issues they daily find, we have used four different tools: focus groups, social media, the Pace of the City app and Santander City Brain.
They consist in meetings with small groups of citizens, in this case two meetings with representatives of neighborhood’s associations, where they have been asked about their daily lives and issues. You can read more about how these sessions were developed in this post.
The main issues mentioned during the discussions were:
- Bus service: long transportation times, low frequency, seasonal issues (mainly in summer)…
- Parking in the downtown: difficulties to find parking spaces, regulated parking, car parks, relation between the parking problems with the commerce in the downtown…
- Communication with the administration: encourage remote interaction, citizen’s participation…
- Security: insecure areas
- Accessibility: Hills and narrow sidewalks are issues the citizens have to face daily.
- Others: Dirty, floods, street lighting or lack of relationship between neighbors are other issues mentioned.
Also some proposals were made by the participants:
- Transportation: Information about car parks characteristics (height), app informing about when will my taxi arrive…
- Communication with the administration: Remote public administration , a tool to translate the opinion of the citizens to the administration
- Cleaning: Public bins/ recycling containers that notify when they are full, so that the citizen can check if they are available.
- Security: Tool to notify about possible dangerous situations areas (black points), remote interaction with the police…
- Others: Tool for reservation of public spaces, training courses about the use of the smartphone…
In order to reach a wide range of citizens, an Instagram contest was carried out with a strong promotional campaign that produced more than 150 contributions. In this contest, citizens were invited to provide their point of view about the city, by uploading a picture and adding a short comment about the best places of the city or places that should be improved.
The analysis of the contributions provided interesting results. The main outcomes are:
All the contributions to this Instagram contest are available in Instagram under the hashtag #OrganiCitySantander
The events reported by using this App, free accessible for Santander citizens, have also been analyzed. Citizens can report events by using this app installed in their smartphone. Events are incidences related with public services of the city that need to be solved. Events include pictures and text describing the detected incidence.
More than 250 events were reported since the starting of the project (January 2015). The following graph shows their distribution among different themes.
Santander City Brain is an online open, transparent and free ideas platform established by Santander City Council. It is intended for Santander citizens and visitors to share ideas and projects and comment and vote on other users’ contributions in order to collaborate in the development of Santander as a Smart City. Basically, it is a space open for – and only for – innovation and also a means of support for entrepreneurs and researchers with good ideas. It has currently 1,978 registered users, 275 of whom have participated contributing with ideas.
From the point of view of interest aroused, a classification of ideas by the number of positive votes received can be the most appropriate one. From this perspective, the main results are:
- Mobility: New facilities or reconditioning the old ones, easing the relationship with city council tow or parking price managing depending on demand are several successful ideas.
- Environment: Stopping the waste of advertising paper in buildings or improving citizens and visitors experience in beaches and in the coast.
- Emergency and security: On-line App for lost items management.
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