TRESCIMO Workshop on “New strategies and solutions for Smart Cities”, in Barcelona, Spain, 10 June 2015

TRESCIMO held a workshop on “Alternative ways to collect information for Smart Cities” in Barcelona at the UPC in June the 10th, 2015.

Several speakers presented their view to an auditorium consisting of members of different municipalities and invited guests from national SMEs, as well as to interested students. As introduction, Maria Barros Weiss presented an overview about the TRESCIMO project and its trials in Spain and in South Africa.

The first invited presentation was held by Luis Muñoz from the SmartSantander project. The IoT deployment in Santander was shown. The presentation provided an overview of what was already reached but also some new aspects like the co-creative process of involving people and combine measured events with human findings.

Afterwards, Josep Paradells, professor of the UPC, demonstrated how data of the car can be accessed via smartphone and how this can be used to create new services.

The following presentation, about Delay Tolerant Networks and radio wake-up systems, performed by Marisa Catalan from i2CAT and working inside the TRESCIMO project, showed an example deployment of low power devices where an existing infrastructure, the bus lines, was used to collect the results.

What can be done with the in-build sensing possibilities of existing smartphones was shown by Xavier Puig from Cobertura mobil. To overcome the reticence of people to retrieve voluntary shared data, additional services are to be provided to the volunteers that upload their data.

Iony Razakamanantsoa, from Cellnex, presented a specialized IoT data network based on SIGFOX technology that handles many devices. It enables devices which send small packets spread along the day to be deployed with low power and long range communication.

Following, Guillermo Camprodon, project developer of the Smart Citizen project, was introducing the project and the Smart Citizen Kit. It is an easy deployable sensor board which supports environmental sensing. Being already integrated with an online platform and the possibility to access the source code, the access to data is easy and open.

Last but not least, Alejandro Alija, Innovation Director at Ingenieros Asesors, showed how buses can be used to move the sensor through the area.

The workshop demonstrated that   there are different ways for the data to get from the source to the destination. Data can be transported in DTNs, via specialized IoT networks or using the connectivity of a smartphone. The possibility of combining human reported events and sensed events to improve the result was shown. Furthermore, the importance of services that transform data to information was raised. Data can be retrieved from owned sensors but also from foreign shared sensors.   Another important fact is the accessibility of data, closed or open source information, where some data is closed for business reasons but some is also closed for privacy or similar aspects.

Presentations

TRESCIMO Workshop on alternative ways to collect information for Smart Cities Maria Barros, Eurescom

The SmartSantander Experience Luis Muñoz, SmartSantander

On-car smartphone as a source if smart city data Josep Paradells, UPC

How buses can collect more than passengers: The Sant Vicenç dels Horts experience Marisa Catalan, i2cat

Using the citizen smartphone to collect data Xavier Puig, Cobertura mobil

IoT Communications Network Iony Razakamanantsoa, cellnex

The Smartcitizen project as the involvement of the citizen on city sensorization Guillermo Camprodon, Smart Citizen project

UrVAMM: How buses can be used as a distributed environmental station. Tarragona experience Alejandro Alija, Ingenieros Asesors

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