Use Cases for European Cities in Smart Urbana project

Use Cases for European Cities in Smart Urbana project

Being the innovative experimental project within the H2020 CPS Engineering Labs project, the Smart Urbana Use Cases address the challenges of improvement of already existing business opportunities and the issues of Smart City paradigm. By using smart CPS systems and breaking the isolation of services to citizens, integrating of existing facilities, legacy systems and heterogeneous platforms the use cases demonstrate getting a reliable, comprehensive data about urban processes related to diversified infrastructure. The use cases directly contribute to the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative (SAE) by the European Commission providing a holistic, dynamic, transversal view of the city with an efficient decision-making and comprehensive analytics and constant learning system supporting smart sustainable developments and bringing the technological progress achieved in laboratory to the citizen environment.

The use cases provide practical contribution to H2020 Work Programme and several relevant projects and EC initiatives such as the European Innovation Partnership for Sustainable Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). For example in relation to H2020 projects CPSoS and Road2CPS it addresses the issue of CPS’s challenge promoting a new paradigm of Smart Cities where the solution is not only technology and its interoperability, but also interaction with non-technology elements. Combining these elements will eventually create a city that is truly smart and capable of increasing the quality of life of its citizens. The technologies to be implemented are the combination of those that currently exists with those that will evolve over time. Interoperability between all of the devices in a city together with those implemented in other Smart Cities will be the key to success. 

After the end of the project, its results become an essential part of the new digital transformation agenda in the cities assisting stakeholders in smart sustainable processes, continuously improved quality of life, generation of employment and new business opportunities.

 

Smart Urbana Use Case 1:  “New CPS based instruments for Smart Local Governance of quality of life in European Cities in compliance with international standards”  

In each in each project city the urban CPS based engine is implemented runing Smart CIty Monitor instance linked to Sofia2 middleware and enabling transformation of data sets required for ISO 37120 complaince into valuable interactive real time information about city sustainability status. The web information services support easy monitoring and rich yet simple analysis of quality of life and sustainability and transparency of urban processes in the city by using common mobile devices.

The use case is directly linked to the international standardization processes taking place in EU in relation to Smart Cities and specifically to ISO 37120:2014 that provides clear definition of the urban CPS model structure, KPIs and data sources required for evaluation of the quality of life in urban communities. The relevant CPS model developed accordingly to the ISO 37120 standard allows easily customising to add necessary data streams from new sensors, IoT and other sources, e.g. water management SCADA, waste, energy grids, transportation, buildings, businesses, etc provided that such linking is available and authorized by the data source owners. The compliance to international standard fosters interoperability and standardised benchmarking of quality of life in Europe.

 

Use Case 2: " “Management of Quality of Environment and Air with Smart City Monitor” 

In the cities Alba Iulia and Faro the set of existing sensors measuring air quality was linked to Sofia2 for data collection and the results were processed in real time by Smart City Monitor instance for these cities running in cloud. The integrated results by all indicators and each of them separately can be monitored and analysed in real time by each city municipality and if necessary by citizens. The relevant statistics and analytics can be used for preparing decisions regarding improvements measures if necessary.   

The important vital component of the quality of life for citizens is urban environment including air quality as societal issue. In many cities it requires continuous monitoring and control in real-time by using multiple stationary and mobile sensors and measurement systems well distributed over the urban area and communicating its data for central hub processing in real time. While the isolated purely technical solutions are available in many cities, the integrated automatic cost-effective monitoring producing comprehensive public information as continuous easily accessible service to all citizens is still rare. Use case 2 directly addresses these issues by experimenting with linking of different environmental sensors and providing citizens with real time information services regarding holistic air quality status in real time.

 

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400”.