SMART CITIES AND SMART INDUSTRY

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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

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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

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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