Smart city and built environment 2009

Smart Santander

Santander, Spain
Guildford, UK
Lubeck, Germany
Belgrade, Serbia


EU Regional Development Fund; City governments and regional development agencies in the respective cities


Internet of things

SmartSantander is an experimental test facility for the research and experimentation of architecture, key enabling technologies, services and applications for the Internet of Things in the context of a city. Application areas will be selected based on their potential impact on the citizens as well as diversity, dynamics and scale that are essential in advanced protocol solutions. There is a strong emphasis on evaluation.

What was tested

Architectural models of IoT, IoT interaction and management protocols and mechanisms, device technologies, identity management and security, social acceptance of IoT Technology.

Testbed purpose

One of the main objectives of the project is to fuel the use of the Experimentation Facility among the scientific community, end users and service providers in order to reduce the technical and societal barriers that prevent the IoT concept to become an everyday reality. The facility is conceived as an essential instrument to achieve European leadership on key enabling technologies for IoT, and to provide the European research a unique platform, suitable for large scale experimentation and evaluation of IoT concepts under real-life conditions.


The Santander Testbed is composed of thousands of IEEE, GPRS and QR labels, environmental monitoring, parking sensors split into four subsystems: - Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) subsystem - Testbed management subsystem - Experimental support subsystem - Application support subsystem These testbed functions will operate across a set of different devices providing different characteristics and capabilities

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Capture competitive advantages from frontier technologies
  • Marketing and local economic development
  • Make public services better and more efficient

Bank of examples of real-world innovation testbeds

This is a database of real-world innovation testbeds collected through desk-based research and network interviews. It contains global examples from a range of sectors sorted into typologies, country, purpose, sectoral composition, year of establishment and main facilitators.

We're collecting more examples as we find them. If you'd like to add your testbed to this map, please suggest a testbed.

Suggest a testbed
  • Filter by:
  • Current filters:
  • Sort by: