Development consists of applying research results or any other type of scientific knowledge to the manufacture of new materials or products, design of new processes or production systems and achievement of substantial technological improvements in existing materials, products, processes or systems. Major development projects include:

  • The application of radio frequency identification systems (RFID) in providing services.

  • The application of information technologies in mobility.

  • The implementation of surveillance and monitoring systems.

  • Improved management systems.

Major development projects undertaken in 2007 included:

a) Radio frequency identification:

  • Radio frequency baggage management (RFID). BAA conducted a successful six-month pilot trial for tracking baggage by radio frequency identification tags (RFID) at Heathrow Airport. This technology, which is already being applied in warehouse management and large-surface product tracking, labels products with a microscopic radio transmitting antenna that communicates with a receiver, making it possible to track baggage in airports and inform owners of its status by SMS, e.g., its location on a baggage belt or notification of baggage that has not arrived at a destination airport for any reason.

  • Radio frequency vehicle identification. The controlled car park service in Alcobendas (Madrid) implemented an automatic resident identification system based on the use of a small radio frequency device installed on windshield stickers that identifies vehicles immediately and accurately as they approach a radio frequency tower. This system will be rolled out to other municipalities to reduce fraud and determine occupancy trends in 2008.

b) Mobility:

  • Online worksite information. In 2007, Ferrovial began designing a web tool that manages worksite information for all participating agents. The GECOB21 project will be totally operative in 2008. It has a global budget of 1.5 million euros and is subsidised by the MYTIC.

  • Wifi vehicle control. Vigo's controlled car park service implemented a wireless communications system to facilitate the use of controller PDA devices, pinpoint vehicles' exact location and link parking meters to the control centre. This WiFi system is the first of its kind in Spain and will be rolled out to other cities in the next few years.

  • Mobility in tow-away systems. Progress has been made in consolidating the implementation of the Mobility Grúa system, which integrates all the service management functionalities from tow-away services to signalling transfers, a radical change in implementing on-line ratification that circumvents the need for the presence of police at hook-up.

  • The Madrid Metro Cleaning Management System. Eurolimp has developed a centralised integral management system to monitor and supervise management work at facilities and movable machinery in the Madrid Metro. This management will use a Web portal that communicates with mobile telephones or PDA devices.

  • Improvements in the Integral Maintenance Management System. During 2007, Ferroser implemented numerous technological developments to adapt its Integral Maintenance Management System to PDA mobile devices, on-line bar code management, electronic signatures and communications between system applications and the call-centre (Tiphone). Another achievement of note was the integration of the fleet handling module for managing fleets at airports where Ferroser provides maintenance work for Swissport teams.

c) Surveillance and monitoring systems:

  • Cameras with artificial vision. This contract includes the development of a project to use cameras as supports for detecting violations and managing incidents and occupancy times through an artificial vision system called "Object Video".

  • Parked Car Location System. This system will enable visitors to the 2008 Expo in Zaragoza to find their vehicles at all times. The system for managing bus parking docks by prior reservation and long-distance monitoring will optimise occupancy as well as loading and unloading operations. These developments will be implemented in 2008.

  • License plate recognition systems were installed at all car park entrances and metering software was modified to comply from the start with a new law that makes it obligatory for off-street car parks to establish parking rates per minute without rounding off unconsumed time units and identify vehicles by their license plates or other marker.

d) Management systems:

  • Off-street car park operations. More functions have been added to the SENA (Car Park Business Operations System) system in off-street car parks to optimise maintenance, manage incidents and monitor occupancy data, which are centralised on scorecards and sent to municipal authorities, which use them to help regulate traffic.

  • Purchase knowledge management. The software system developed to manage knowledge in the purchasing area allows information to be shared among the Company's different worksites and centres all over the world, conducts follow-ups in the processes of contracting goods and services from requests for estimates to invoicing and links with the corporate financial application.

  • Toll road reporting. The Thors (Toll Highway Operation Reporting System) system was extended to all operating concession companies in 2007 and the analytics management module for operating costs was consolidated. The system provides Cintra with reliable, automatic reporting of operating variables and parameters in the concessions business: traffic, operating costs and revenues, relevant news, scorecards, etc.. The application is presented to the user in the form in a portal that drops down from an option on the corporate Intranet.

Cespa demonstrates new street cleaning technology

Cespa demonstrates new street cleaning technology

Cespa has acquired a new street cleaning vehicle, the SWEEPY-JET. Comprising of a truck with a motorized arm that sprays a high pressure jet of water, it facilitates efficient cleaning of the pavements without damaging parked cars.