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Category Archives: Smart Cities
The Congress, that will be hold at Barcelona from 13th-15th November, will be an essential element to addresses issues such as rapid urban demographic growth, changing the current models of service provision and guaranteeing and improving the quality of life of urban inhabitants.
- Renewable Energies / Urban Energy Production
- Smart Grid / Energy Storage
- Net Zero / Carbon Neutral
- Infrastructure for electric mobility
- Smart Urban Solutions / Efficiency (lighting, metering, etc.)
- City sustainability
- Water management
- Product Cycle / Waste Management
- Reducing emissions and pollution
Technology and Innovation
- Integrated Data & Vision
- Sensorization / Internet of Things (IoT) / M2M
- City in the Cloud
- Big Data
Collaborative city and the smart society
- Collaborative city / Smart society
- Social innovation
- Participation / citizen involvement
- Information society / open data
- Smart Educational initiatives (IT, sustainable)
Urban planning and building
- Urban regeneration / Creative city
- Shared urban space
- Smart growth
- Green building and district (in collaboration with the Green Building Council)
- Smart green / urban agriculture
- New mobility paradigms
- ITS / mobility management
- Electric Vehicle / e-mobility
- Multimodal mobility / Mobility on demand
- Sharing mobility services
Governances and economy
- Governance Models
- Public-Private Collaboration
- Funding Smart Transformation
- Open Government
Emergencies and security
- Urban resilience / Urban utilities ICTs / Critical infrastructure
- Security and emergencies city services / Control centres
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Remote sensing and photogrammetry
- Geodesy and navigation
The project is looking at the application of the Internet of Things to management of the urban built environment, making cities more efficient, cleaner and safer.
They are looking at use cases around Manchester in particular focusing on three main use cases:
1) Car parking addresses the possibilities created by instrumenting parking places of various types. There has been some significant work in this area, notably in San Francisco, thatis being examined as part of the analysis.
2) Civic infrastructure looks at the potential of creating a sensor environment within the public realm and the services that could be developed from that. This includes environmental monitoring and street furniture that can report on its own status.
3) Personal sensors in the city looks at the sensors we are in control of, such as mobile phones, fitness devices and personal health sensors, how they interact with a pervasive data environment and the services that can then be derived.
Each of these use cases is been analyzed from a variety of perspectives: in terms of business models, in terms of technical issues around collecting, managing and distributing data and from the perspective of control of the data produced, particularly when this has a bearing on privacy or preferences of individuals.
Source: City of Things blog
Libelium the creators of Waspmote have developed a new capability within their Meshlium Xtreme multiprotocol router that is able to detect any smartphone, laptop or networked device (including the ability to say if the smartphone is using an Iphone or Android OS) which comes into the coverage area.
The system uses a combination of signals from the areas Wifi and Bluetooth activity to do this including gathering a passing devices:
- MAC address (These are not associate with a specific user account or mobile phone number)
- Strength of signal (RSSI) – This can give distance measurements
- The Wifi Access Point (if any) and the Bluetooth friendly name.
- The Class of Device (CoD) in case of Bluetooth which allows the ability to differentiate the type of device (Smartphone, Handsfree, Computer, LAN/Network AP) and if the signal is coming from a pedestrian or car.
With this technology it is possible to monitor vehicle speed levels and feed that information into traffic management systems, or use it for pedestrian analytic systems for monitoring the number of people passing through an intersection or visiting a certain store or location.
Applications related to Shopping and Street activities:
- Number of people passing daily in a street
- Average time of the stance of the people in a street
- Differentiate between residents (daily matches) and visitants (sporadic matches)
- Walking routes of people in shopping malls and average time in each area
The Vehicle Traffic Monitoring is also another important application as understanding the flow and congestion of vehicular traffic is essential for efficient road systems in cities. Smooth vehicle flows reduce journey times, reduce emissions and save energy. Similarly the efficient flow of pedestrians in an airport, stadium or shopping centre saves time and can make the difference between a good and a bad visit. Monitoring traffic – whether road vehicles or people – is useful for operators of roads, attractions and transport hubs.
Applications for Vehicle Traffic Detection:
- Monitor in real time the number of vehicles passing for a certain point in highways and roads
- Detect average time of vehicle stance for traffic congestion prevention
- Monitor average speed of vehicles in highways and roads
- Provide travel times on alternate routes when congestion is detected
More information about the device and this detection capability at: http://www.libelium.com/smartphones_iphone_android_detection
With the information received, the County can assess risks, organize your resources and even publish the road conditions on its website. In addition, the system is ready to collect data on environmental pollution and noise, but for now this functionality is not being used.
Trafik Meteor is part of a range of traffic solutions carried by Gertek that are specifically aimed at public institutions. Besides Meteor, the firm has developed a system for remote management of tunnels in Biscay, a system to follow-up mobile informative panels and a system to operate traffic control centers.
Fuente: Euskadi Innova
Bikemap is a very simple but useful application based on Arduino to display the bike stations which have enough bikes to take.
As the developer says: “If there are more than five bikes at one of these bike stations the relevant led comes on. It’s a glanceable guide to which way to walk when we head out. It’s going on the wall by the door. No need to reach for a device, launch an app and navigate to our favourites.”