Public parks are an intrinsic part of urban life. However, while technology today is changing practically every aspect of our lives, it is hardly being used in the design of these green areas which, apart from providing services for citizens, absorb CO2 and act as screens against noise and pollution.

A series of solutionsA series of solutions SMART Parks offers a whole host of solutions, some of which are already being applied, including solutions relating to irrigation or rainwater, or even park furniture and lighting.

One of these is the installation of smart irrigation systems or the use of robotic lawnmowers, saving time and money in grass-cutting

There are also digital solutions with great potential. Today, game-based interactive structures with customisable software can be designed, offering different entertainment solutions for children based on language and culture, maximising the experience. Tools that may also be used by children with physical or mental disabilities, as indicated by researchers at the UCLA Luskin Centre.

SMART Parks is also committed to designing exercise machines which, while improving the health of users, produce clean energy to charge mobile phones. It also proposes smart lighting, with trails that light up in the dark for increased security and safety in parks, while also increasing the number of visitors.

Innovative examples paving the way

Some examples of smart green areas are the famous skatepark in the Danish city of Roskilde which, when it is dry, is a really fun skateboarding area. Its drainage system also enables it to fill up like a rainwater tank in times of flooding. Or the Soofa benches, first installed in Boston in 2014 and which are now present in over 65 cities in the United States and other cities around the world.

SMART Parks not only provides a series of tools to redesign parks, but also guidance for implementing these improvements and also for establishing potential public-private collaborations to do so, together with financing strategies.