Innovation Hub Andorra Projects

ActuaTech Foundation

The ActuaTech Foundation established collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2015, specifically with the Changing Places department (CP) of the Media Lab, in order to promote innovation in the country.Within the frame of economic diversification, Andorra wants to potentiate itself as a "Living Lab". Andorra, thanks to its specificities, its size, its recent legislation, its traffic of 8 million visitors per year... offers ideal conditions to test this technology. In fact, Kent Larson, lead investigator for Changing Places, has already announced that he will test some of his projects in Andorra.

What is required for Andorra to become a "Living Lab"?

  • Access to technology. The latest technological tendencies will be available to both companies and citizens.
  • Progress in regulation. We will become more agile in defining and implanting processes and regulations.
  • International visibility. Research centers and/or International companies will publicize their tests and their experiences in the country.
  • Gain knowledge. The collaboration of local companies with these projects could reactivate sectors of the economy and promote the creation of new products and services "Made in Andorra".

Data Hub Andorra

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 main goal is to provide an environment with the latest available architecture and technology in order to to carry out data analysis that allows past, present or future scenarios around themes like turism, traffic or environment. At the same time, it should be able to foresee and model future evolutions to help in the process of decision-making.

The platform must provide also an inclusive environment to generate synergies between the public sector, companies and investigators.

Casa de la Muntanya

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.

Over a dozen people from such diverse backgrounds as Escola de Formació de Professions Esportives i de Muntanya d'Andorra (EFPEM), CENMA, OBSA, Associació de Guies de Muntanya, Actua’s Sports cluster, the Ministry of Environment, Andorra Turisme, Andorran ski resorts, and representatives from many sports sector will be part of Casa de la Muntanya.

Andorran Innovation Space

The Andorran Innovation Space, promoted by Actua, is located on the ground floor of the Caldea building and has a surface area of 250 square metres distributed in two rooms. The first one holds the ActuaTech Foundation offices, including a meeting space and an atrium with a grandstand with capacity for about thirty people, where conferences and presentations can be organized. The second room is currently occupied by the autonomous vehicle being tested in Andorra (Persuasive Electric Vehicle -PEV), the CityScope with the projection of several ideas, and also an area reserved for researchers.

The space is open to researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens in general. Come visit us!

CityScope

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.

CityScope is not merely technology, it is a concept for sharing interactive computation and a forum for contributors heralding from diverse backgrounds. A unique implementation of the CityScope platform has been designed for Andorra to emphasize tourism, energy, and traffic congestion, among others.
 
 

Solar resources of rooftop solar panels (OBSA)

It is a computer application that provides information on the potential of the use of solar energy from the roofs of the country's buildings, generating a series of indicators in relation to the benefits and the energetic, economic and environmental interest of this use.

This application was developed by the Observatori de la Sostenibilitat d’Andorra (OBSA) as part of the project "Potential for the use of solar resources from the Pyrenean buildings’ rooftops".

TerMITes

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.

Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV)

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.

City I/O

City I/O is a digital augmented reality platform that allows real time interactive visualization, and strategic decision making in the field of urban planning, among others.

It also takes advantage of the most advanced techniques of mobile technologies (mobile and web applications) to promote open debates between professionals, including the general public.

Google Business View

In May 2013, Actua and Google began a project with the goal of making Andorra the first country in the world with its entire commerce offer available on Google Maps, through Google Business View. In May 2014, more than 96% of the country´s businesses were already accessible by using this tool. Subsequently, new complements have been introduced.