The cooperation between stakeholders is essential when society faces accelerated processes as important as those taking place in Chile in recent times, including projections for the coming years changes. This notion is the central premise of the meeting held at the Regional Government building, by the highest authority of Biobío, Rodrigo Diaz, the head of Unit Division of State Modernization and Digital Government-belonging to the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency- Jorge Alzamora, Talcahuano City Mayor Gastón Saavedra, along with the directors of the Center for Optics and Photonics, CEFOP, from Universidad de Concepción, Dr. Carlos Saavedra and Dr. Rolando Hernández.
This meeting was held in the context of the visit Alzamora performed at CEFOP facilities, which allowed him to meet some of the scientific research currently being developed and especially the prototypes produced in the Technology Development Division. “Following the generation of a space policy for Chile, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Rolando Hernández, recognized as one of the national experts in this field, and he commented to me the work of the Center, so I considered it was very interesting to know the projects they were working on, because they have links with some of our interests, as government and as state of Chile. For example, the issue of quantum cryptography, in which they have a prototype that was very interesting in the context of my current performance is the modernization and e-government, so it is a project that has a clear relevance to what we are doing”, highlighted the government ombudsman.
Later in the meeting, government authorities and CEFOP directors agreed to produce a joint work plan in which the possibility of taking concrete actions are analyzed to apply research results and directly prototypes developed by the Center, in areas such as primary health care, monitoring of fishing activities, prevention and early detection of forest fires, and communications security, among others.
All these initiatives aim to improve the quality of life of citizens and have an intrinsic potential to advance the concept of ‘smart cities’ for Chile, said Alzamora. “We have seen what they have developed along with (Bosques) Arauco, on sensors and safety of workers in the forestry issue, technologies that can be taken to apply in other areas, and that’s what we were seeing, to generate a proposal either concrete on smart cities” said Alzamora, about projected future joint work.
The next coordination meeting, in which the participation of the Undersecretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Raul Súnico, is expected, was scheduled for March.