Over the last few years, Andorra has been promoting innovation through common projects with different centres and entities of International renown. Some as prestigious as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Google, Visa, Innovation Centre in Skolkovo (Moscow), the Quartier de l’Innovation in Montreal (Canada) or Carto, among others. In this sense, the Pyrenean country is becoming a true innovation living lab with projects in sectors such as mobility, energy, the environment, and tourism.
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Data Hub Andorra is a platform designed to store, cross, connect and process data from many sources of information, with the aim of unifying and centralizing the data generated by different suppliers such as Andorra Telecom, the Government’s Mobility Department, or FEDA, among others. The platform must provide also an inclusive environment to generate synergies between the public sector, companies and investigators.
Actua promotes a laboratory of drones working together with several entities. Such as Bombers (the Fire Brigade), the Government’s Department of Transport, the Centre d’Estudis de la Neu i la Muntanya and the OBSA, among others.
Andorra digitizes and registers higher education degrees with blockchain. Which makes it one of the pioneering countries in the use of this technology. It facilitates gains in security, time and economic savings.
The Casa de la Muntanya aims at promoting, giving information and reserving mountain sports and tourism activities, while creating new activities to promote this sector. It also has an Educational aspect and will promote mountain companies to work together, as well as public administration and Research and Innovation entities.
The ActuaTech Foundation with the MIT Changing Places researchers are developing tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning challenges. The tools range from simulations that quantify the impact of disruptive interventions in cities to collaborative applications.
It is a set of tools and sensors (MITs and terMITes) to capture human behavior and link our habits to energy consumption. Their platform is still a prototype and requires calibration and further testing. That’s why about 80 sensors have been deployed in a school in Andorra. This allows us to gather real data and study the actual impact of the school life on the energy consumption in the building.
The project are also interested in taking an educational approach and introduced gamification to the project so that students know what sensors are and how they can interact with them, which would also help improve the user experience.
The Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV) aims to unite the needs of daily life with efficient energy mobility. However, the technology developed by the MIT still requires to be tested and Andorra may be the ideal place for it.
The main goal is to have a first test environment experience in Andorra to both test technical aspects of the PEV, showcase the potential of Andorra as a Living Lab, and use the PEV as an educational platform.
From the merging of two projects and the foreign investment law, which opened the doors for investment from abroad, we decided to move ahead with opening the lab in Andorra. We hope to continue growing in both the clinic side as well as the industrial and veterinary one.
Andorra has a variety of advantages we took into account when we decided to establish the company in the country such as security, legislation and political stability. And after having done so, I was surprised by how much people love living in Andorra. It provides a very high quality of life.
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