SMART CITIES AND SMART INDUSTRY

Challenge & Context

Cities are rapidly transforming their services in order to address current societal, environmental and economic challenges. Vertical smart solutions are being progressively replaced by solutions capable of exploiting a huge range of data channels. Today, still, each city/area has its own criteria requiring a highly tailored solution, so only a flexible and dynamic platform can put a city in full control of its operational objectives. Cities are abandoning an approach based on data sources and becoming aware of actual data channels where information and actions flow in multiple directions. Multi-directional flows are key in implementing city operating systems involving daily…


SMART CITIES AND SMART WATER

Challenge & Context

Urban development geared towards climate action is high on the agenda of Public Administrations. Developing policies aimed at creating sustainable and efficient cities are of ever increasing importance. To achieve this objective, various international organizations and administrations have launched plans, projects and initiatives encouraging cities to be more environmentally sustainable.

In 2000, the United Nations approved the Millennium Declaration where 8 goals were set out to be implemented by 2015. …


SMART CITIES AND DIGITAL TWIN

Challenge & Context

A/RporTWIN is the next digital twin powered by the FIWARE platform concerning the management of various infrastructures. Designed from the ground up, it provides a powerful data visualization and analytical tool to be used by managers and operators of various mobility systems (airports, seaports, roads, railways, etc). It not only allows the user to visualize the infrastructure itself but it also integrates data from different sources and derived insights that are useful during day-to-day operations. It supports standard 2D visualization tools as well as proofs compatible with Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) equipment, depending on the selected use case.

A/RporTWIN is…


SMART CITIES AND SMART TOURISM

Challenge & Context

With a population of around 160,000 citizens, the city of Heidelberg is the fifth largest city in Baden-Württemberg (Germany). Amid the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, the city on the river Neckar is considered one of the most liveable cities in Germany due to its cultural charm, favourable climatic conditions, and urban flair. In addition to its tourist attractions, such as the old town and the castle ruins, the city is known for its venerable university dating back to the 14th century, as well as for many other universities and internationally renowned research institutions.

Nevertheless, there are challenges for the city of…


SMART CITIES AND SMART INDUSTRY

Challenge & Context

Internet of Things (IoT) is a fusion of technologies, starting with sensors embedded into devices which transmit data through various networks. When data is transferred to cloud platforms, middleware technologies are needed in order to effectively extract and utilize said data.

Middleware technologies, or IoT platforms, are essentially the supporting software connecting ‘everything’ within an IoT system. An effective platform must have the ability to aid communication, device management, data flow and the functionality of applications.

The global Industrial IoT (IIoT) Platform market size is projected to reach USD 329.8 million by 2026, from USD 289 million in 2020, and…


ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Challenge & Context

Can individual actions and citizen choices really make a difference towards a sustainable future? The European Green Deal and Climate Pact speak clearly about the agenda and vision that the European Union passed on to governments and city administrations. The answer is yes.

Surveys and statistics on citizen-attitudes might appear reassuring. Eurobarometer in 2017 indicated that 94% of European citizens state that protecting the environment is important. Harvard Business Review points out that in North America 65% of consumers state that “they want to buy purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability”. Yet a small fraction of the population behaves consistently with…


SMART CITIES

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…


SMART CITIES

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…


SMART INDUSTRY

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…


SMART ENERGY

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…

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