SMART CITIES AND SMART MOBILITY

City solutions adaptable, flexible and low cost

Challenge & Context

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).

  • managing the complexity of heterogeneous data, in compliance with GDPR;
  • creating a multi-agent architecture with real-time communication;
  • managing the concurrent access and interaction in a multi-agent environment.
  • Small cohesive functional units;
  • Open Source and vendor free components;
  • Scalability and data interoperability.
  • Smart Industry sector: to achieve a higher degree of production sustainability;
  • Smart Energy sector: with a particular attention to green energy production and management (e.g. solar plants).
Figure 1 . Schematic representation of Phoops’ products evolution through time.

Solution

BriX supports two main endpoints, a mobile application and a web application, engaging two different types of end-users: citizens (consumers of services) and City Managers (highly technical operators managing services such as Smart Mobility, Smart Cities, Smart Energy, etc…).The ultimate goal is to create an ever-evolving community of conscious users and operators who contribute toward services customizations.

Figure 2 . Service gathering hub showing the mobile application dedicated to smart mobility management (example: Florence)
Figure 3 . Feedback module applied to the smart mobility management (example: Florence)
Figure 4 . Green module applied to the smart mobility sector (example: Tuscany, Italy).

How it works

BriX is based on a FIWARE-based architecture and presents two main endpoints: a mobile application (suited for both Android and iOS devices) and a web application. The former is meant to reach a large variety of end-users (e.g. citizens or City Managers), while the web application is better suited for highly technical operators. The access to the platform’s microservices is regulated by an API gateway.

Figure 5 . The logical architecture’s schematic representation. See the two used FIWARE components highlighted in pale blue (FIWARE logo).

Benefits & Impact

There are five major aspects that make BriX and its several applications a highly beneficial FIWARE-based platform for its customers:

  • The platform’s modular approach allows the implementation of the actual needed modules. In other words, this approach also ensures a high level of verticalization (e.g. through the application of a single-feature module like a Smart Parking module);
  • The high flexibility of the architecture allows data gathering from different data sources (e.g. IoT sensors) and makes it highly adaptable to customers’ needs;
  • High integrability with customers’ existing systems;
  • Last but not least, it enables a high level of interoperability between different data sources.
  • Mobility-as-a-Service platform developed for the public administration of the Municipality of Florence.
  • Smart parking platform built with the Municipality of Arezzo;
  • Smart Energy management of 22 solar plants together with a multinational enterprise;
  • Smart Industry optimization together with four enterprises, active both at a national and international level;

Added Value through FIWARE

Phoops has been a FIWARE Foundation Gold Member since 2019. Thanks to FIWARE, MUV, MUV-APP, and later on, BriX and its affiliated applications, have been so successful. Adding to the technological benefits, another success factor has been FIWARE´s ever-growing international community that actually invests in innovative solutions and then successfully disseminates them to the market.

Next steps

Throughout Q4/2020, the BriX platform aims to grow by:

  • increasing the development of machine learning algorithms;
  • improving a path recognition algorithm for Smart Mobility Management alongside the CO2 consumption calculation algorithm;
  • improving users’ profiling algorithm;
  • improving and customizing services’ insights:
  • adding new Smart Cities services in an attempt to broaden potential markets;
  • acquiring new specific know-how and customers within the Smart Energy and the Smart Industry fields.

References

Author & Contributors

Filippo Severi
CEO @ Phoops
Contact @
filippo.severi@phoops.it

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