Alentejo (Portugal)

Digital services creating critical mass in rural areas of Alentejo (Portugal)

Alentejo region has a smart specialization strategy that defines several domains of which we highlight the domain of Heritage, Cultural and Creative Industries and Tourism Services, consolidating this as an important priority formally defined for Alentejo region.
Four locations are involved:
• Sines – digital entrepreneurship that rises incubation facilities and technology clusters.
• São Pedro Do Corval – artistic communities with a large history related to craftmanship and pottery.
• Pias for healthy ageing - a beautiful village that enables enjoy the surrounding rurality and increased quality of life.
• Arronches – public resource efficiency focused on tackle climate change.
This pilot is fully aligned with the regional development agency’s (ADRAL) strategy for the region which aims at boosting business investment and development, attracting population, diversify and innovate touristic offering and enhance quality of life to citizens. AURORAL will support the integration of new cross-sectoral services to create interconnected smart villages and achieve regional development objectives.

Objectives

Integration and interoperability of existing platforms using AURORAL data-brokerage services to provide commodity services to broader existing smart villages by:
• Provide larger datasets and knowledge to support decision taking and enhance consolidation of existing and new business plans.
• Interconnect 4 locations by combining distinct technologies and vertical services to deploy commodity services for share knowledge, experience and solutions.
Promote community participation by providing easy-to-use commodity services for exchange of rural products and services.

Benefits

• Provided horizontal common context for the inclusion of currently isolated vertical markets.
• Provided context aware data platforms to enhance data awareness, leading to further creation, collection, sharing and cross-utilization.
• Harmonized digital status on different sectors to provide the sparse population with service provision economically attractive.
• Integrated existing platforms and equipment through adoption of common interoperability standards and tools.
• Increased data availability and data management tools to have a holistic digital representation of the territory.
Integrated energy and water management platforms into broader and more horizontal platforms.