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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: INSO-1-2014 | Award Amount: 3.36M | Year: 2015

ROUTE-TO-PA is a multidisciplinary innovation project, that, by combining expertise and research in the fields of e-government, computer science, learning science and economy, is aiming at improving the impact, towards citizens and within society, of ICT-based technology platforms for transparency. ROUTE-TO-PA envisions that Information and Communication Technologies for Transparency must improve the engagement of citizens by making them able to socially interact over open data, by forming or joining existing online communities that share common interest and discuss common issues of relevance to local policy, service delivery, and regulation; moreover, ROUTE-TO-PA aims at engaging citizens to a higher degree by providing a robust and more holistic understanding of transparency, by underpinning the next generation open-data based transparency initiatives, ensuring that published data are those of value to citizens, with a personalized view in different forms to different segments of the citizens and public based on their profiles for facilitate better understanding. ROUTE-TO-PA will deliver the experimented innovative and engaging ICT platforms to ensure citizen-friendly, conscious, and effective access to open-data, by offering easy understanding of, and social collaboration on, open data offered by PAs. The objectives of Route-To-PA are: (1) develop a Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD) enabling social interactions among open data users and between open data users and government data ; (2) build Transparency-Enhancing Toolset (TET) as extensions for existing major Open Data Platforms; and (3) develop a set of recommendations (GUIDE) as good practice guide for open data publishers for achieving higher quality transparency through open data. The objectives are deployed, tested and experimented in a real setting, with at least 5 pilot studies in five different European countries.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-5.3-2014 | Award Amount: 3.78M | Year: 2015

FLOW sees a need for a paradigm shift wherein non-motorised transport (often seen from a transport policy perspective simply as a nice extra) is placed on an equal footing with motorised modes with regard to urban congestion. To do this, FLOW will create a link between (currently poorly-connected) walking and cycling and congestion by developing a user-friendly methodology for evaluating the ability of walking and cycling measures to reduce congestion. FLOW will develop assessment tools to allow cities to evaluate effects of walking and cycling measures on congestion. Our aim is for the tools to become the standard for assessing the impact of walking and cycling measures on congestion. The tools include a congestion impact assessment (including socio-economic impact, an assessment of soft measures, congestion evaluation based on KPIs and a cost benefit analysis) and traffic modelling. Current modelling software will be calibrated and customised in FLOW partner cities to analyse the relationship of cyclist and pedestrian movements to congestion. The modelling and impact assessment will identify the congestion reducing effect of walking and cycling measures. FLOW partner cities will develop implementation scenarios and action plans for adding or up-scaling measures that are shown to reduce congestion. FLOW will target three distinct audiences, with appropriate materials and messaging for each. Cities will learn about the value and use of new transport modelling tools, businesses will be made aware of the potential market in congestion busting products and services and decision makers will be provided with facts to argue for walking and cycling to be put on equal footing with other modes of transport. FLOW will meet the challenge of significantly reducing urban road congestion and improving the financial and environmental sustainability of urban transport by improving the understanding of walking and cycling measures that have potential to reduce urban congestion.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC5-04-2015 | Award Amount: 5.85M | Year: 2016

The iSCAPE project aims to integrate and advance the control of air quality and carbon emissions in European cities in the context of climate change through the development of sustainable and passive air pollution remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives. It will tackle the problem of reducing air pollution at target receptors with an innovative SME-led approach, focusing on the use of Passive Control Systems in urban spaces. Improvements in air quality, microclimate and behavioural aspects of urban dwellers will be achieved by applying real-world physical interventions on the urban tissue to alter ventilation rates and dispersion patterns in the selected cities assessed for future climate change scenarios and representative of different cultural&life styles in Europe. Through the approach of Living Labs the team will deploy a network of air quality and meteorological sensors (both stationary and mobile) and evaluate through analysis and a suite of up-to-date numerical modelling the benefits expected from the interventions on a neighbourhood and city-wide scale for several aspects ranging from quantification of pollutant concentration to exposure. iSCAPE encapsulates the concept of smart cities by promoting the use of low-cost sensors, engaging citizens in the use of alternative solution processes to environmental problems. iSCAPE will support sustainable urban development by promoting the sharing of results with policy-makers and planners using local test-cases, and providing scientific evidence ready-to-use solutions potentially leading to real-time operational interventions. This integrated approach will include the development and assessment of a framework aimed at changing the mobility behaviour of people by studying processes and dynamics that lead to more resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, by bringing together theory from urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology and urban geography.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: ENV.2011.2.1.5-1 | Award Amount: 8.94M | Year: 2011

The TURaS project aims to bring together urban communities, researchers, local authorities and SMEs to research, develop, demonstrate and disseminate transition strategies and scenarios to enable European cities and their rural interfaces to build vitally-needed resilience in the face of significant sustainability challenges. To ensure maximum impact, the TURaS project has developed an innovative twinning approach bringing together decision makers in local authorities with SMEs and academics to ensure meaningful results and real change are implemented over the duration of the project. 11 local authorities or local development agencies are involved as partners in the project and they will orient research and development from the outset towards the priority sustainability and resilience challenges facing their cities. 9 leading academic research institutions and 6 SMEs will work with these cities helping them to reduce their urban ecological footprint through proposing new visions, feasiblity strategies, spatial scenarios and guidance tools to help cities address these challenges. The specific challenges addressed in TURaS include: climate change adaptation and mitigation; natural resource shortage and unprecedented urban growth. Over the five year duration of the project, the feasibility of these new approaches will be tested in selected case study neighbourhoods and new measures to enable adaptive governance, collaborative decision-making, and behavioural change towards resilient and sustainable European cities will be tested. The impact of these new approaches will be measured and results compared between participating cities before a final set of strategies and tools will be developed for demonstration, dissemination and exploitation in other European cities. SMEs are highly involved in all work packages of the project and specific measures have been put in place to ensure the optimal economic impact of the project is achieved.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SoU | Phase: EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1 | Award Amount: 8.61M | Year: 2011

The Objective of the Builtsmart-project is to demonstrate and mainstream innovative and cost effective techniques and methods for constructing very low energy buildings in various climates. Residential and non residential new buildings in Sweden, Ireland and Spain will participate in the project. The total gross floor space of the buildings will be 81 300 m2. New forms of incentives will be developed and implemented to increase the involvement of the inhabitants where the inhabitants can actually benefit from lower energy costs and a better environment. The systematic monitoring and performance evaluation in all the included buildings makes it possible to compare the effect of different energy saving techniques on different locations. Demonstrated buildings are good large scale example and will act as important showcases for future building norms in the various countries and with considerable replication potential in the measures undertaken and the techniques used. The included large scale demonstration buildings are characterized by the following innovative techniques: Energy efficient building envelopes with high air tightness and low energy losses Energy efficient installations creating a minimized energy use Techniques for minimizing the cooling need such as efficient windows and shading equipment. Close connections to surrounding infrastructures as energy systems optimizing energy use and reducing peak loads for both heating and cooling Waste management system created for maximum recycling and energy recovery. Including how to treat the biological waste fraction. All actions implemented will be analyzed out of a system perspective, where the whole energy system is included, thus calculation the primary energy need for different technology choices as well as its life cycle costs. Building Information Modeling (BIM) as an innovative ICT tool in will be used for generating and managing data during life cycles of participating buildings.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.4.4 | Award Amount: 3.93M | Year: 2012

The instrumentation of the world with diverse sensors, smart phones, and social networks acquires exascale data that offer the potential of enhanced science and services. In particular, a better societal management of the overall cycle of disaster monitoring and response becomes possible, citizens may now become involved in decision making and data acquisition (crowd-sourcing), and advanced planning can conserve resources.Current systems are limited in three important elements: (i) lack of methods for handling heterogeneous data streams in real-time,(ii) absence of social computing integrated with big data analysis, (iii) real-time prediction and alarm capabilities have not yet been incorporated into the infrastructure for intelligent management.The goal of the INSIGHT project is to radically advance our ability of copying with emergency situations in Smartcities by developing innovative technologies, methodologies and systems that will put new capabilities in the hands of disaster planners and city personnel to improve emergency planning and responseIt brings together a strong group of researchers with domain experts in three representative case studies of urban transportation, flood management, and emergency response. A large collection of data sets of different types ranging from Twitter to Traffic Flow Sensing and Mobile Phone Data are available and in use by the project partners Dublin City Council, German Federal Office of Disaster Assistance BBK, Fraunhofer, University of Athens and Technion. Their value will be enhanced by data analysis and data fusion. Geographically and socially correlated aspects will be taken into account by novel methods for streams, parallel data handling (Hadoop, GPUs), and data analysis. Data will be enriched by pro-active social computing with incentives and prepared for different usages. INSIGHT aims at a participatory approach to the automated management of resources and emergency response in smart cities and countries.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2011-1 | Award Amount: 1.45M | Year: 2011

The flooding of rivers has always been a problem, and thanks to advances in civil engineering humans learnt of methods to keep the river in its bed. In urban areas especially, but in rural areas as well, embankments have been built to keep the river where it belongs. Unfortunately even with embankments flooding occurs as we can see it all over Europe and the World. Due to global warming flooding is becoming more and more common and the water level is getting so high that the presently built embankments cannot cope. At present people use sandbags as the main protection against flooding. The advantage of sandbags is that it is cheap and sand is widely available, but it requires a lot of manpower to fill and place the bags.. The idea of this project would be to design and build a portable dam, which can be placed anywhere quickly, easily and does not require much manpower. The project would be broken down onto two main sections. The first section includes the mechanical part, which involves the design of the inflatable section. The second section involves the electrical sensor part and wireless communication. The construction consists of three parts, the floating top section and the inflatable section with a skirt secured by fixing spikes and supporting strings.. The inflatable section is connected to the skirt and secured to the grown with support strings and spikes. As the water level rises it lifts the floating part and the water is let inside the inflatable section. As the inflatable part is filled the strings go tight to support the structure. To aid the mechanical design, electrical sensors can be introduced. The sensors can be used so INFLATER can monitor itself and the river. INFLATER needs to monitor itself so it can warn if it fails or the water level gets too high It also monitors the river to help predict its behaviour and send warnings to the surrounding areas via wireless communication to help avoid a tragedy.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2012.6.5-2 | Award Amount: 3.50M | Year: 2012

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) offers significant benefits for urban environments by minimising the disruption caused by street works. Use of the technique demands an accurate knowledge of underground utility assets and other obstructions in the drill path. This proposal is to progress the prototype HDD bore-head radar technology developed under the project ORFEUS to a commercial stage. ORFEUS (Optimised Radar to Find Every Utility in the Street) was a 6th Framework collaborative research project. One of its aims was to design a prototype innovative ground probing radar (GPR) based real-time obstacle detection system to increase the safety margins of HDD to allow its use in the widest possible range of conditions. A successful outcome was a working, rigorously tested, prototype bore-head GPR. Most of the objectives of ORFEUS were fulfilled, with results in crucial areas giving confidence to carry out further development to produce a commercial system. Unresolved technical issues requiring further work are associated with the optimum antenna configuration and electrical/mechanical interface to the disposable drill head; identification and validation of the most effective bore-head GPR data processing algorithms; validation of performance, and ruggedisation of the data communication link; validation of performance, and ruggedisation of the connector systems. Extensive testing and validation, as well as supporting the demonstration and exploitation of the final product, is proposed. The crucial testing and evaluation phase will assess the risks, confirm environmental benefits and increase end users (public authorities and industry) confidence, awareness and uptake of this new technology. Technology transfer, training and standardisation, in cooperation with European standards organisations, will also be a significant element of the project.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-16-2015 | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2015

Urban environments are awash with data from fixed and mobile sensors and monitoring infrastructures from public, private, or industry sources. Making such data useful would enable developing novel big data applications to benefit the citizens of Europe in areas such as transportation, infrastructures, and crime prevention. Urban data is heterogeneous, noisy, and unlabeled, which severely reduces its usability. Succinctly stated, urban data are difficult to understand. The goal of the VaVel project is to radically advance our ability to use urban data in applications that can identify and address citizen needs and improve urban life. Our motivation comes from problems in urban transportation. This project will develop a general purpose framework for managing and mining multiple heterogeneous urban data streams for cities become more efficient, productive and resilient. The framework will be able to solve major issues that arise with urban transportation related data and are currently not dealt by existing stream management technologies. The project brings together two European cities that provide diverse large scale data of cross-country origin and real application needs, three major European companies in this space, and a strong group of researchers that have uniquely strong expertise in analyzing real-life urban data. VaVel aims at making fundamental advances in addressing the most critical inefficiencies of current (big) data management and stream frameworks to cope with emerging urban sensor data thus making European urban data more accessible and easy to use and enhancing European industries that use big data management and analytics. The consortium develops end-user driven concrete scenaria that are addressing real, important problems with the potential of enormous impact, and a large spectrum of technology requirements, thus enabling the realization of the fundamental capabilities required and the realistic evaluation of the success of our methods.


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: www.techrepublic.com

On Monday, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, AT&T announced two moves to accelerate smart city development worldwide and strengthen its position as a major player in the urban IoT marketplace. AT&T is partnering with Current, powered by GE, by using GE's Predix-powered IoT platform for LED lighting as part of the overall digital infrastructure in a city. And, AT&T is collaborating with IDA Ireland and the Dublin City Council in Ireland as its first international location to foster IoT best practices for smart cities worldwide. The relationship with Current continues the work that the two companies have already been doing together in San Diego and Atlanta, where street lighting is being connected to a digital infrastructure. In San Diego, there are 14,000 new LED lights equipped with 3,200 sensor nodes being installed, and the project is expected to save the city $2.4 million in annual energy costs. In Atlanta, there are 1,000 LED lights being tested in five locations throughout the city. "We have been working with cities across the US for the last year, plus we successfully deployed our smart cities framework in eight cities and we have agreements with many others on the way. We wanted to take the key learning from working with the US cities and the US ecosystem and work with our international partners to deploy the framework in," said Mike Zeto, general manager of Smart Cities IoT Solutions for AT&T. The new exclusive agreement with Current extends AT&T's smart city services, and opens new revenue opportunities for the company. "Intelligent lighting plays a huge role in a smart city," said Chris Penrose, president of IoT solutions for AT&T. "Our collaboration with Current will enable us to use a city's existing lighting infrastructure to more securely connect sensor-enabled networks. This will put them on the path to becoming a smarter, more sustainable city." AT&T has been working in Ireland already, as well, and there is already IoT and smart city development in Dublin. "Some of our ecosystem alliance members like Cisco and Intel have a good presence in the Dublin area...and we're choosing to work with some of these folks outside the US because they have so much going on with IoT collaboration," Zeto said. There is an ongoing IoT project in the Dublin's Docklands that is focused on different types of connectivity and security solutions around IoT, and the next phase will include applications and solutions powered by the network, Zeto said. "We definitely think there's an opportunity there to work with GE and the opportunities associated with intelligent lighting and bring the capabilities to the Docklands project," Zeto said. Open source and innovation will be a core part of the Dublin project. This has been a key factor in many US projects, such as those in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Chicago; and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the entire state of Illinois, as the government makes data available to the public so that new applications can be developed by entrepreneurs. "The intelligence node and the digital infrastructure that is there is also an application developer environment that allows Dublin's tech ecosystem to access the data that's being generated from those cameras and those sensors, whether for public safety, parking, traffic, or environmental factors, and build applications on top of that platform using that data. It's a way for them to really engage their tech community and entrepreneurs, which will in turn hopefully drive innovation and economic growth for the companies there," Zeto said. The Ireland partnership will start with monthly meetings and an official kick off in May, Zeto said.

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