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From the Homes of history

from SICE, the development of the company has state closely linked to that of the city of Madrid itself. From the beginning century, SICE has worked for the Madrid City Council, especially in the area of lighting and in the regulation of traffic.

During all this time

the lighting modernization project public was slow, but constant. The Civil War interrupted it and It was not until the 1940s when the street lights were reactivated, although gradually, since the scarcity and poverty of those Years did not allow such an important expense. At that time there were still many streets with gas and oil lamps, that public investment allowed to gradually replace electric lighting from the Years 50, the previous ones disappearing well into the decade of the 60s. The mid-20th century installations illuminated massive many kilometers of streets in Madrid.

Promoting lighting in Spain.

In the 60s, the desire to promote Spain as an international tourist destination, led to the administration public to make a new effort to reinforce urban lighting both the streets and the ornamental fountains. In this process, Innovative technology such as the so-called “sun-candle” was tested, with great light power, or xenon gas lamps.

El Plan Recta

As the automobile fleet grew, traffic regulation was transformed. Since the end of the Years 60, the electronics revolution in regulators was a step further: we moved from relays to circuits with transistors, from these to integrated circuits with digital logic and from there to microprocessors. This revolution, which occurred in all areas (telephony, television and radio, computing, etc.), allowed the Years 80 a much more ambitious plan could be addressed for the traffic regulation of the city of Madrid. It was the Straight Plan (which would later be called Line 0 due to its later continuity). He objective was the improvement and updating of the Regulation Network Traffic Lighting in the city, including the creation of a center control.

This initial plan was consolidated

later with Line 1 and Line 2, that were executed between 1990 and 1996, and expanded the regulation centralization of traffic outside the central almond of the city, more beyond the M30. The control center, which worked with algorithms selection and generation of traffic plans, began to implement Additionally, self-adaptive systems and microregulation in crossings.

Other cities in Spain

The experience and improvements made in Madrid moved to other cities in Spain such as Gijón, whose traffic centralization project of 1992 brought together in the same control center for both city traffic management and Municipal Police communications and company services municipal water (EMASA) and urban public transport (EMTUSA).


SICE continues working on tasks of preventive and corrective maintenance and in the modernization of facilities in more than 100 large towns in Spain, managing also the centralization of traffic for many of them.

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