mapa smartkalea 2018 englSmartKalea is the innovative initiative of Fomento de San Sebastián to establish a public-private collaboration model that integrates the different agents that coexist in a city environment from a Smart/sustainable perspective: citizenship, businesses, technological local companies and Municipal Departments, leaded by Fomento de San Sebastián. It consists on a pilot project based on Smart implementations to test and validate a comprehensive model for its expansion to other geographical areas and turn Donostia in a Smart City reference. More specifically, SmartKalea promotes environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, citizen participation and transparency using state-of- the-art technology from local technological partners, integrating data into the project's smart platform for monitoring and obtaining indicators that promote the improvement of the management of the city.


SmartKalea has been recognized with the Smart Cities 2015 Award from the SOCINFO Foundation and the CNIS (Congreso Nacional de Innovación y Servicios Públicos) 2017 Award to the best public-private collaboration project.



The objective of the project is to transform Donostia/San Sebastián into a Smart city that improves the quality of life of its citizenship and benefit local companies and businesses, due to the extensive use of ICT and the promotion of environmental sustainability. The specific objectives are:

  • To turn Donostia/San Sebastián into a Smart city that improves the quality of life of its citizenship.
  • To achieve greater energy and economic savings in 3 main areas: commerce, housing and infrastructures of the city, maintaining its environmental commitment.
  • Foster citizen participation and raise awareness of citizens and commercial sector about energy savings and sustainability
  • Generate new business opportunities for companies and technological collaborators: support processes for improving commercial management, external projection, showcase of products/services,etc.



SmartKalea project was launched in 2014 in the Mayor Street, an emblematic street of the Old Town of San Sebastian. The good results of this first pilot have allowed to continue doing implementations and to replicate it in other areas of the city. In 2016 the project has expanded to the whole Old Town and it has been replicated in Altza neighborhood. A funding from the Regional Government (Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa) is received for the replication in Altza neighborhood. Throughout 2019 is planned to act also in the Sancho El Sabio Amara neighborhood.


SmartKalea is a pioneering initiative that integrates in a single street of the city different solutions of energy efficiency that requires on a small scale a very high level of coordination and integration that can serve as a pilot experience extrapolable gradually to the rest of the city. Thanks to the experience obtained, the replicability of the project in other neighborhoods can lead to energy saving and consumption reduction results in a shorter period since it can benefit from the know-how obtained: previous coordination between the different local public-private actors involved, a proven work methodology, good practices, savings measures depending on the type of housing and business, etc.