SMART CITIES

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Challenge & Context

In the European Union, the public sector is one of the most data-intensive areas, as it holds vast amounts of data known as Public Sector Information (PSI). Open public data are PSI that can be readily and widely accessible and re-used, sometimes under non-restrictive conditions. The European Union estimates that the increasing availability of open data made available by the 27 Member States could bring an economic return of €75.7 billion, creating almost 25,000 new jobs related to the data analysis sector in the next years.

Private companies can benefit from the new knowledge derived from open data by improving their business models or identifying new ones. There are already many innovative services based on open Public Administrations data that users use every day on their smartphones. Thanks to open data, developers, journalists, universities and research centres have at their disposal increasingly robust and reliable information tools to understand the scope of current phenomena and carry out their work better. In addition, free access to public information by all makes it possible to create a climate of widespread transparency that improves the quality of the debate on public policies and — at the same time — makes the administrative machine more efficient. …


SMART CITIES

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Challenge & Context

People’s needs are continuously changing: technology, organisations, science, regions and people themselves are in constant evolution and, with them, new social, economic and environmental challenges keep emerging.

As cities are currently home to over half of the world’s population (a number still expected to increase), they must keep up with this evolution. Municipalities and cities need to ensure they can adequately address their population needs and challenges, while also offering them efficient means to lead a high quality pleasant life.

This growth represents an opportunity for technological innovation to come about and improve our lives. Ubiwhere, a high-tech company based in Portugal, and focused on the research and development of smart and sustainable technological solutions for Smart Cities, Telecom and Internet of Things, entered the market in 2012, aiming at providing city service providers, among others, with innovative technology to enhance their daily operations and processes. …


SMART INDUSTRY

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Challenge & Context

Industrial agents require the highest standards to implement IoT solutions to their processes. While many factories have developed and integrated IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) systems that greatly improve their operations, there are still many industrial agents who don’t really see IIoT as the answer to their daily problems.

The role of Industrial Agents, however, remains undisputed today as it explains how multi-agent systems improve collaborative networks to offer dynamic service changes, customization, improved quality and reliability, and flexible infrastructure. These platforms have the capacity to offer distributed intelligent management and control functions with communication, cooperation and synchronization capabilities, and also provide for the behavior specifications of the smart components of the system.The …


SMART ENERGY

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Challenge & Context

In December 2019, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal, designing the path for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent. At the centre of the strategy is the understanding that any ambition for a positive impact on climate and the environment needs to be closely matched by economic measures to assure the well-being of European citizens and the success of its economy. The “electrification” of our societies (together with a reinforced focus on renewable energy sources) is seen as a way to build both a new “industrial revolution” and strong economies across all of Europe.

This can also be seen as a confirmation of how rapidly the world of energy is changing and the implications of such changes, not only on the economies and our societies but also on the way we live, do business and interact with the environment. …


SMART INDUSTRY AND SMART WATER

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Challenge & Context

Water is a scarce resource. It is well known that water management is a priority for our societies, not least in dense-populated areas of the world where access to water may be even more difficult. Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, adding another 2.5 billion people to urban areas with close to 90% of the increase taking place in Asia and Africa. …


SMART CITIES AND SMART LOGISTIC

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Challenge & Context

Takamatsu City is the capital of Kagawa Prefecture (Japan), and it is actively promoting its Smart City policy. Setting the target to become “a city of sustainable growth”, the city is aiming to meet specific regional challenges and stimulating regional economic growth via digital innovation through collection and sharing/re-use of a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) data. One of the first-year initiatives promoted by the city is the disaster resilience initiative toward a safe and secure community, by working on real-time understanding of risk and damage situations, thereby guiding citizens to early and appropriate evacuation. Disaster resilience is a common challenge in many Japanese municipalities as the whole country faces a constant risk of typhoons and downpours. Moreover, climate change is making such disasters even more severe and more unpredictable. Meanwhile, the way in which such emergencies are handled, has to be innovated with Japan’s elderly population needing assistance. …


SMART CITIES

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Challenge & Context

Is it healthy going for a run in the city? Currently, a vast majority of the world’s large metropolitan areas face air pollution problems, and large European cities are not an exception: most of them experience or witness levels of local pollutant concentration higher than recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union (EU) itself.

Some pollutants that affect air quality, such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), are under strong discussion in the Smart Mobility or Smart industrial sector due to their direct impact on air quality. Unlike CO2 and other greenhouse gases that affect global warming in the long-run, local pollutants such as NOX and PM have direct implications on human health (in the case of people who reside or move around areas close to the emission source). …


SMART CITIES AND SMART WATER

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Challenge & Context

Cities today face many challenges, the first being their ability to provide basic goods and services to their residents, including — first and foremost — water.

Among the many initiatives that they are taking is the adoption of digital technologies. They play a decisive role in helping collect valuable data in real time and enhance the rational use of resources. These technologies promise to reduce the impact that economic and population growth usually have on water consumption.

This requires special attention to the integration of digital technologies with operational technologies applied in distribution networks to allow energy savings, the reduction of waste and an increase in the capability of guaranteeing performance excellence in a safe environment, to give but a few examples. …


SMART CITIES AND SMART MOBILITY

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How can you build effective service chains and deliver them to end-users at the right time? This was the core question that Phoops srl, an Italian SME based in Florence, faced when it started the development of MUV-APP (Virtual system for Urban Management).

Since the very beginning, Phoops realized the need to manage more efficiently large amounts of data in accordance with Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions for public organizations’ business logic, aimed at delivering better services to end-users (mobile and web applications).

That time, a series of critical issues had to be overcome:

  • creating an effective architecture to support the defined business…


SMART AGRITECH & SMART AGRIFOOD

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Back in 2015, the three co-founders of Digitanimal Carlos Callejero (CEO), Ignacio Gomez-Maqueda (CTO) and Rubén Blanco-Carrera (Commercial Director), were colleagues in an ICT company focused on development of solutions in the field of security and defense. One day, Rubén’s father, who is a livestock farmer, asked his son if a solution could be developed to track his cows, avoiding losses during the grazing session. Rubén approached his colleagues with this request and that was the start of an amazing adventure. They found that for those small farms, there were already devices working via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but there was nothing for free range and extensive livestock farming, where connectivity was a challenge. …

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