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Outbarriers is matching accessibility and commercial opportunities, easing the path for blind people to hundreds of businesses in Spain.
Now, you can be part of their equity crowdfunding, enriching the city with FIWARE and a network of iBeacon technology, making each spot more visible to everyone!
We have been presenting their outcomes since the beginning of the project. An early success story, Outbarriers was the third-place winner of the FIWARE Smart City Challenge in October 2014 and then it was selected to participate in the FI-C3 FIWARE Accelerator Programme, in September 2015.
After showcasing their solutions at the FIWARE stand, in big events like the Smart City Expo World Congress or 4 Years From Now, now is time to look to their most recent achievements. As they are principally stablishing partnerships with Spanish local governments –having started as a Granada-based company, they are now reaching other municipalities and businesses across the country– the information is mostly in Spanish. It is worth reading and watching it.
The video encourages joining the equity crowfunding campaign launched by Outbarriers early this month. It has already went beyond 66K, aiming to reach total funding between 185.000 and 235.000 euros. If you want to participate and profit from this social entrepreneurship initiative, check out the campaign site.
Although being a young company, launched in 2007, Tera is the project of experienced engineers with a background of more than 20 years working in the Industry, in fields such as energy efficiency, renewable energies, environmental monitoring, in both R&D and commercial developments. Tera focuses its activities around the concept of ‘efficiency’, implementing this big idea through all its single innovative solutions.
The company is a knowledge-intensive SME that brings together expertise in data science and energy efficiency, using FIWARE to create new products and working within business and industry groups to conduct energy audits, creating custom solutions and implementing environmental monitoring. This framework has given the Tera team a unique vision around web services infrastructure, hardware, wireless sensor networks and thermography. Tera is now using this expertise to enter the growing home energy management system market, with a hardware and software product that acts as a ‘trusted advisor’ for managing energy information: Beeta, a modular and scalable system which allows to overcome the technology fragmentation that has been one of the main barriers for any smart solution to achieve mass adoption within this sector… until now.
Beeta delivers a cheap smart energy monitoring and consumption optimization system, based on an interoperable and easy-to-install physical gateway, a software interface and a innovative mobile app, for tips & tricks and to enhance the user engagement over time. KPIs, suggestions and control technologies are combined into a single solution, to improve the energy efficiency in homes and small buildings, as well as the management of the energy produced by ‘prosumers’ –users with a small batch of photovoltaic (PV) cells, often on their home roof or business–.
Beeta aims to manage and improve the energy efficiency in homes and small buildings. Through the monitoring of user’s energy consumption –or PV production– and the environmental data coming from the installed sensors –gathered in the field from the gateway– Beeta provides custom indexes and suggestions, making them available through the app, in order to increase the awareness about the energy consumption and to improve its efficiency. In a full automation version, the system automatically takes care of the monitoring and control of the energy-related appliances.
The physical gateway integrates the most common resources used into a Smarthome environment, deployed to be ready for additional expansions, integrating new technologies based on the customers’ needs and on future market trends. Specific indexes and suggestions are made following proprietary algorithms that can provide detailed consumptions profiling and classification, alerts for overloads and peak shaving or appliances and devices’ faults and derating. The mobile app is linked to the gateway in order to have both digital and physical engagement of users.
The main benefits offered by FIWARE include its flexibility and easy interoperability with other platforms. Being Open Source, FIWARE makes the integration of the tools a lot easier and allows to overcome the usual problem of vendor lock-in. FIWARE technology has been implemented in different steps into Beeta: it is used to gather the data from the gateway and to make it available to the Orion Context broker and related subscribed services and, after being processed by the CEP General Enabler, it is sent back to the Context Broker for further interaction with end users, through desk software and the mobile app.
Beeta allows to maximise the return on investment on photovoltaic (PV) plants and to get real savings by means of the users changing their behaviour, regarding the daily energy usage and consumption. The users will be directly profiting of cheaper bills. The energy savings will lead to a reduction of the CO2 emissions. And, for the “prosumers” –owners of small PV plant, powered under 100kWp–, Beeta will ease to achieve and maintain lower production costs and higher profits. Buildings and houses can save up to 200€ per year on their bills, while the savings would increase up to 400€ per year, in case there is also a PV system.
Beeta is currently undergoing a pilot phase in Bari (Italy), where it has been installed in private and public buildings and PV plants, allowing to test the hardware and to refine the software, based on the feedback received form the first clients and on Tera’s on-field experience. The launch of Beeta on the European market is planned for the end of 2016 and early 2017.
Currently there are more than 87 million people worldwide suffering from Eating Disorders (more than 10 million in Europe). The associated direct –diagnosis, treatment and supervision or control– and indirect costs –economic loses caused to both patients and relatives–, can reach more than 100,000 € per patient, as well as an important loss of life qualit. The estimated economical impact of the disease is about 253 B€ worldwide. There are more than 230,000 people dying every year because of the illness: suicide, depression and severe anxiety are common during the active disease and treatment.
Even though they can be successfully and fully treated to complete remission, only 1/10 people with Eating Disorders receive proper treatment, due to stigmatization and current inefficient treatments available, based on paper records like homework. Moreover, Eating Disorders are increasing significantly and it is estimated that these figures will increase to 10 times over the next 10 years.
Patients with an Eating Disorder (mostly teenagers) are digital native, and our customer validation has shown that they feel alone and look in their mobile phone for a close friend; in fact they see their therapists as the only ones in which they can trust. Therefore, it raises the need of finding economic solutions that not only can establish efficient links between patients and therapists, but also can collect useful data for clinics, hospitals, healthcare insurances and pharmacy companies to improve therapy results.
Is in this context where our idea was born: HealthApp is a company focused on the development of mobile applications for the health sector, with special emphasis on improving communication between patients and therapists in long-term and chronic diseases; so we want to become an effective support which patients feel safe and comfortable with, in the time between a medical consultation and the next. And we have started facing Eating Disorders with TCApp: the only existing European ICT tool for improving Eating Disorders treatment based on mobile applications, cloud computing, serious games and artificial intelligence. With TCApp we are committed to increase therapy efficiency by increasing a 20% of patients engagement and reducing a 10% of therapy cost, reducing at the same time the high social impact of the illness. In fact, our first Clinical and Customer Validation, done on fall 2015 and supported by the FICHe (Future Challenge for eHealth, FIWARE) accelerator, reported promising results regarding the reduction of patients' anxiety and the increase of the therapy engagement, as well as an improvement of the direct healthcare assistance (therapists had more time per patient and more valuable data).
HealthApp is a start-up company launched in November 2013 with headquarters in Terrassa (Spain). Our aim is to become the first European company facing the challenges of connecting patients and therapists, improving their quality of life and improve the European mental healthcare. Our current technology eases that connection in between medical consultations. It is currently available on Google Play and Apple Store markets, and has been developed in collaboration with different public and private health institutions in the Barcelona area (Althaia, Hospital de Sant Rafael, CST, ITA and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu).
Through TCApp patients can record thoughts, situations, actions, emotions and whatever the therapists consider relevant for the therapy, since our app can be customized according to each therapy requirements. It involves algorithms based on artificial intelligence that can generate alarms when strategic words (i.e. suicide, death, etc.) are written. We have also incorporated technologies that allow real-time online contact with the therapists and gaming aesthetics, with prizes and rewards to improve patients’ commitment.
The BackOffice tool for therapists is a web-based tool where therapists can see in real time what their patients have registered. It acquires raw data and connects with the App for further processing (i.e. generation of graphs in a period of time to see parameter comparison and patient evolution). The BackOffice is designed in a way that therapists can interact in real time with the use of PUSH notifications. The tool is integrated in Azure server in order to accomplish with the most restrictive data protection laws and it is prepared for the integration in local management systems of hospitals and clinics.
With our application, patients and therapists will be in continuous contact, allowing a faster reaction from the therapist according to the patients’ needs.
Nowadays over one billion cars are circulating on our roads worldwide. This number is expected to double within the next 20 years. In the same time, over two billion will move to cities. This is the equivalent of building from scratch a city of the size of Rome or Berlin every month, for twenty years straight.
This poses many challenges to our society: city administrations need to reduce traffic congestion and offer a solution which is, at the same time, economically viable and able to foster a car-independent lifestyle. Citizens need to be able to move within the city in a convenient way, without bothering to own and operate a car. National governments have to reduce pollution to meet the always increasing air quality standards, without sacrificing economic growth.
MVMANT is a complete platform that enables urban transportation on demand. The dispatching of vehicles is managed by predictive algorithms and by requests generated through the dedicated app. This allows to dislocate the vehicles when and were needed and match the mobility needs of the citizens in the most efficient way. The immediate consequence is that a higher seat occupancy ratio can be reached, offsetting a high number of private vehicles, thus reducing the average pollution per capita and increasing significantly the revenues for the public transportation operator.
MVMANT also includes a city loyalty system, that allows local businesses to advertise inside the app and on the veichles, with demographic and geotargeted advertising and incentivize the usage of MVMANT by awarding loyalty points (MVMiles) that can be redeemed for free rides.
MVMANT was developed by the Sicilian software company Edisonweb and succesfully tested in the city of Ragusa: 2.200 subscribers in three weeks, over 13.000 km driven and tons of saved emissions.
MVMANT is powered by several FIWARE Generic Enablers that made a rapid development possible. The test results were so succesful and promising, that MVMANT has been spun-off in an autonomous entity based in Germany, in order to further develop the business and cooperations with local governments and car manufacturers.
Recent studies show that data generated in the world doubles every year: most of this information concerns our daily life and should be of interest for the municipality where we live. But municipalities are often small or medium-sized ones and cannot manage to sort and analyze all the information that is being produced or all the citizens’ requests around it. In order to solve that unevenness between goals and capabilities, it is important to develop a Smart Data plan as a central part of each Smart City strategy: data is the key point to activate Civic Technologies and to make them really effective.
TeamDev, founded in 2008, mixes its software skills with the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) competencies with the aim of creating tools and products that prove able to support vertical markets and to clear up the problems encountered while undertaking daily tasks or dealing with predictive analysis routines. The Research and Development team is composed by Smart City experts, Full Stack developers, User eXperience experts and Data scientists.
During the recent years, the working team doubled the effort to put these skills in use in two vertical sectors at the same time, creating and adapting the solutions to fit each one of them. For the agricultural field and within the SmartAgri scope, the team developed the Agricolus ecosystem. And, for smart cities, they have deployed the WiseTown project. Even regarding the evident differences between these two dominium, there is a common denominator: the high impact that the data analysis presents for both of them.
WiseTown stands for ‘Web Information Streams Enhancer for your Town’. The goal of this solution is to collect information from different streams to identify the issues that are affecting the city in several areas: urban renewal, garbage collection, public safety, transportation, social services and environmental problems. In addition, real-time analysis is accessible by creating a “situation room” to manage the singular occurrences.
In action, WiseTown follows three steps: first, it acquires the data from different sources (portals, social networks, mobile apps, IoT sensors and Open Data from other sources); then, organizes the information according to a comprehensive knowledge database that has been made previously available; and last, it uses the data in order to deliver one-to-one feedback, geographic analysis for events and emergencies and other decision support systems.
More than a single web application, WiseTown is a whole ecosystem that offers analytics and management functionalities, that can support future urban planning, ease to handle real-time events and contingencies and that can aid the creation of a participative environment whete citizens and town managers can discuss the city development.
WiseTown is powered by FIWARE. The WISE orchestrator is the module that interacts with the social connectors, the external APIs and the others data sources. It runs the management of the information collection process, enabling the solution to gather data from several sources. In this phase the orchestrator uses FIWARE Orion Context Broker to connect the platform with the open data, hosted in a CKAN based platform. It also uses FIWARE NGSI to connect the IoT sensors feeds and uses Orion notifications to feed the APIs, exposed for the integration with other software.
The engine analyses, ranks and aggregate the data, assigning the ownership of the information to the right office. Then, it starts its core work: the management and analysis of the reports. Wise Engine is still responsible for the workflow of the reports while Orion Context Broker dispatches the information to the user interface, the GIS environment and FIWARE Cosmos. The most valuable part of the platform still is the information itself. The platform’s supervisors will perform geographical analysis thanks to the ArcGIS Online geoprocessing capabilities and pattern analysis with the business intelligence functionalities of FIWARE Spago B-I GE. The final goal of WiseTown being adopted by the cities is to allow them to:
Monitor, within a single process, both human generated and IoT generated information.
Generate a valuable database, connecting heterogeneous systems and gathering information that will be useful for urban planning
Engage citizens to improve their own city and providing them with real-time feedback on the city issues
Save management costs and avoid the waste of human resources, reducing:
The time to resolve each issue that has been proposed as important or problematic
The time to send each issue to the right person to deal with it, within the municipality
The time to manage a complete set of issues, thanks to the algorithms that can remove/aggregate redundant/coincident issues
The targeted clients for the WiseTown solution are, undoubtedly, the cities. By adopting the smart platform that TeamDev has delivered, a city management would accomplish the monitoring of human generated and IoT generated information within a single process, thus creating a valuable database that can interconnect with heterogeneous systems and gather and show information that can be useful for urban planning. WiseTown would also engage the community to improve the city by receiving the data generated by the citizens and giving them back real-time feedback on city issues.
WiseTown ranked as one of the final top projects accelerated by Finodex and has been involved in the FIWARE Mundus initiative and present its solution at the GCTC events in Washington DC and Austin, where the participation was shared with one of WiseTown first customers and early adopters: the City of Perugia.
FIWARE is helping power a major new city initiative that is helping one Brazilian city embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach. The Brazilian startup VM9 is creating a smart cities platform that has already been adopted by the Brazilian city of Nova Friburgo, in Rio de Janeiro.
VM9 are currently working with Nova Friburgo to establish a digital interface for citizens to connect with the local municipality and to carry out tasks like checking and providing feedback on planning legislation, creating their own maps, or making a public service request.
Citizen Portal: Meio Ambiente Digital
“The Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Urban Development (“Secretaria do Meio Ambiente”) is the organ of municipal government in Nova Friburgo responsible for a great number of activities related to territorial management, including licensing and civil constructions monitoring, supervision of environment preservation areas, and urban planning”, explains Marcos Marconi, Founder and IT coordinator at VM9.
The Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Urban Development uses the VM9 Smart Cities Platform to provide better services to citizens and improve internal productivity through the portal Meio Ambiente Digital.
Marconi says the current project for the digital portal has been divided into two phases. He explains:
The first objectives are:
To construct a robust municipal geospatial database to be publish for citizens and provide internal support for technicians of the Secretary during approval process of licensing and others, and
To simplify and improve the services offered for citizens from digital workflows of public requests and enhance internal management.
The second phase will start in 2017 and will be used to monitor air and water quality, environmental conditions, etc and to publish information to citizens through a variety of communication channels.
Marconi says that as a pilot project, Meio Ambiente Digital is already receiving much interest and praise.
Government and City as a Platform
In 2013, media publisher and tech visionary Tim O’Reilly wrote a key paper on “Government as a Platform”. This seminal text summarised the many global initiatives that demonstrate an emerging new approach to how government services are created and delivered. Instead of citizens being receivers of government services — with their main input being to vote every election cycle — O’Reilly envisions a new approach to government where “Internet technologies will allow us to rebuild the kind of participatory government”. O’Reilly describes the concept of Government as a Platform:
There is a new compact on the horizon: information produced by and on behalf of citizens is the lifeblood of the economy and the nation; government has a responsibility to treat that information as a national asset. Citizens are connected like never before and have the skill sets and passion to solve problems affecting them locally as well as nationally. Government information and services can be provided to citizens where and when they need them. Citizens are empowered to spark the innovation that will result in an improved approach to governance. In this model, government is a convener and an enabler rather than the first mover of civic action.
O’Reilly’s paper has encouraged the then-fledgling civic tech movement to evolve even further, and while we are still at the start of this journey, there are now many tech startups (like VM9) around the world focused on helping government engage with citizens and help citizens co-create government services and participatory mechanisms.
These ideas of government-as-a-platform are also being thought of in terms of the “City as a Platform”. In many ways, cities may be faster at being able to take up the challenge of evolving into platforms. Government institutions can be huge monoliths that must meet the diverse needs of a geographically dispersed population. Cities, on the other hand, are where we live, work, and play every day and are at a much more human scale of participation. We all want a say over the areas we live in, how accessible is our transport and walkability, our access to resources like schools, supermarkets, and childcare, our local air and water quality, our safety, and our free movement and leisure opportunities.
Historically, cities have been governed through nineteenth and twentieth-century ideas of civic organization and social norms. Much revolves around representative governance and centrally directed bureaucracies overseen by experts using strict, formal rules of procedure. Conceiving of cities as platforms represents a significant shift in how cities might function. An open platform honours self-organized, bottom-up participation in the style of open source software, for example. It regards rigid and complex rule-sets and non-transparency as irksome impediments.
VM9 as a City Platform Hub
Startups like VM9 are leveraging FIWARE to help cities implement this new platform model.
To make the ambitious project achievable, the VM9 team has divided its scope into 5 interconnected project areas, with each also able to operate as independent services.
Marconi lists these five areas as:
1. Internet of Things (IoT)
This module — called FI-Guardian — “is totally based on FIWARE GEs”, says Marconi. “It is being developed in partnership with the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) with a grant provided by National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) under the Human Resources in Strategic Areas (RHAE) initiative. The FIWARE components are deployed in the FIWARE Lab infrastructure hosted by UFU”.
Marconi shares an early iteration of how the IoT Module makes use of FIWARE to create an IoT module for use by the city and its partners:
2. Web Geographic Information System (WebGIS)
“Here we have a WebGIS module which manages a GeoSpatial Database to deliver interfaces to citizens as interactive maps, geospatial searches, and geoinformation publishing”, Marconi explains. In this way it can be used completely independently, but Marconi also says as part of the platform it is integrated with the business process management project to “create a powerful Territorial Intelligence System which helps analysts and technicians to conclude analyses about processes related to urban planning and city growth".
3. Business Process Management (BPM)
This is at the core of the first phase of Meio Ambiente Digital and is an excellent real world example of what city-as-a-platform can mean in practice. “It lets citizens make administrative requirements for the government, monitor the progress of processes, printing payslips, make online payments, and fulfil desired requirements. This could include building approvals, obtaining environmental licenses, any procedures that need administrative interaction between governments and citizens. It is based on an smart motor of logical workflow controls, dynamic and configurable forms, notifications panels, permission rules, and level of authorities. With this module, institutions can become more efficient and, at the same time, deliver comfort and simplicity to citizens and customers”, says Marconi.
4. Electronic Content Management (ECM)
“This delivers an advanced system to create interrelationship between contents (photos, videos, sites and documents in general) and geographic data, in order to structure rich computerized geographical information databases to be published to citizens or used for technical teams, in order to qualifies digital workflows”.
5. Digital Communication Management (DCM)
This area will connect the IoT module — for example, for measuring air and water quality and environmental conditions — with communication channels that share the information in an accessible format to citizens and business.
In stage one, the focus is on the WebGIS (project 2), automated workflows for citizen engagement with planning and service requests (project 3) and content management that supports these areas (project 4).
Marconi says modules 2, 3, and 4 are all now working and available to citizens, having been deployed on April 18th this year.
In early 2017, VM9 will focus on the IoT (project 1) as document communication (project 5).
FIWARE generic enablers, such as the GIS Data Provider GE, are being used to power the current work in stage one to enable citizens to create their own maps through the Meio Ambiente platform. “We also have the strong intention to use Kurento GE in the project related to Digital Communication Management”, says Marconi.
A true smart city platform solution goes beyond efficiency of public service delivery to look at local economic development opportunities, and Marconi is excited about the work that VM9 has planned in this regard:
"Combos IOT is the next challenge for VM9. These will be pre-built packages of hardware and software, integrated with the VM9 Platform and focused on specific needs of the market, such as: environmental monitoring, health, urban mobility, etc. The objective is to simplify and accelerate the IoT adoption for our customers, through the delivery of complete solutions (plug-and-play) for specific IoT vertical markets".
The VM9 team is now racing to complete all module work by March 2017.
Since food is a relatively low added value segment of the fast-moving consumer goods, food businesses are immensely sensitive to any additional costs that might arise from maintaining logistic capacities, be it transportation or warehousing, with cold chain capabilities or involving too many middlemen when distributing food products. Some food producers have to face increasing costs while bringing their products to the market if their logistic capacities are not fully loaded. In fact, KPMG estimated that one-quarter of food transport trucks on the road in 2011 were traveling with an empty cargo.
Consequently, the food producers have to face a difficult decision: they can make their deliveries less frequent and therefore make fewer sales, or they can absorb higher delivery costs that can turn any business into a less profitable one.
On the other hand, having to maintain the cold chain throughout all the delivery process raise a significant barrier, hard to overcome for many producers of perishable goods, artisanal food producers and farmers with little or no logistic capacities of their own. As a result, small scale food producers are usually kept out of entering relatively distant markets.
Foodko sets off to solve this problem in a unique way: it enables perishable food producers and distributors to share temperature-controlled supply chain assets –such as transportation and cold storages– in order to attain mutual benefits by sharing and therefore diminishing logistics costs. As a consequence, Foodko enhances the sales outreach and a better profitability. It facilitates collaboration between companies and farmers that, while not competing directly, are marketing and selling their products to a common pool of consumers. Foodko is directed both towards B2B collaboration between groups of producers through a seamless dashboard and directly to the final customers and end-consumers, as it also includes web and mobile functionalities.
Foodko has been developed by Prospeh d.o.o., a young company based in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The team already had plenty of experience solving challenges within the food industry: they launched OriginTrail SaaS platform, partnering with three large food producing companies from the meat, dairy and vegetable sectors. The platform allowed its users to unveil the origin of each raw material for any particular batch of processed food they have produced. Adopting Foodko as a complementary solution was the logical next step both for Prospeh and for their partners.
The mission of the passionate team behind Foodko is to empower the producers and allow them to establish a positive difference among themselves in the market, based on the origin of their products, while eases the creation of a direct and authentic relationship with their clients, also fostering buyers which want to support a more ethical consumption of food by bringing the products straight and efficiently to the final customers, picking the shortest and quickest transportation options through a shared delivery distribution network, reducing costs and lightening the carbon footprint.
Foodko is powered by FIWARE. By using the latest ICT technologies, the solution accomplishes a uniquely optimized minimum waste intelligent food delivery system. This delivery intelligence is built on top of the fast geo-searching Point of interest Generic Enabler (GE), in conjunction with the Orion Context Broker GE, which enables Foddko to find and point out the optimal ways of creating distribution channels on-the-fly, connecting the final consumers to the local farmers and food producers and keeping the system always on the move! Those two main Generic Enables are used along with other 6 GE's that aid in the development and delivery of all the functionalities that Foodko is offering, and make them available through both Web and mobile interfaces.
Foodko solution is already being used both by prominent corporations producing perishable food and by local farmers. Currently 3 big food producing companies, with over €50M of yearly revenue, are Prospeh’s clients. At the same time, around 30 smaller local producers are also employing Foodko to improve their businesses. By selling products directly to those who consume it (be it shoppers or B2B buyers), Foodko users not only saves costs but also earn a higher profit margin, as they avoid middlemen.
The key value proposition for all of them is the ability to deliver their products through a shared distribution network and straight to their final customers in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.
Nowadays, almost everybody's life is affected by traffic (of both vehicles and people) in a number of ways. The recurrent questions; how long will it take to drive to the office; how long will it take to find a parking spot; how long will you have to wait in line at a public desk? Every day we somehow have to deal with these traffic flows, overcoming such obstacles.
Smart cities are particularly interested in traffic flows, as this information can effectively be used by local municipalities and stakeholders to make decisions and design strategies. Unfortunately, traffic monitoring usually requires complex infrastructures that are expensive and complex both to install and maintain, and this limits the diffusion of state-of-the-art traffic monitoring solutions to few subjects that can afford to buy them.
So the question was asked: would it be possible to perform wide and accurate traffic-monitoring campaigns in a cost-effective way, without all the overhead of building and maintaining a dedicated infrastructure to acquire, transmit, store and analyze data? The answer was: of course it can be done! That’s where FLOUD comes in.
FLOUD was created by Magenta srl, an SME based in Florence (Italy) which was founded in 2007 by three associates. The FLOUD project started in 2015 after the results of a previous EU co-funded project (CHEST) that demonstrated how a wide and effective traffic-monitoring campaign was possible without the need of complex and expensive infrastructures. Instead one can use a cheap sensor and the existing IT infrastructures (i.e. connectivity) of local municipalities, public offices, shops, and even smart citizens! From this point on, the FLOUD project allowed them to develop a complete platform, based on FIWARE technologies, for sensors and data management, analysis and presentation.
The purpose of FLOUD is to meet the smart cities´ needs for sustainable and minimally invasive systems that improve decision making processes based on the analysis of traffic flows. Municipalities are natural FLOUD users, but the team does not want to limit themselves to this. Since FLOUD sensors can be used to measure pedestrians flow, as well as vehicles flow, it is useful to all the subjects that are in charge of managing widely visited spaces, like shopping malls, train/bus stations, airports, supermarkets, museums, stadiums and many more. People flow estimation can be used to understand better the surrounding reality: in which place are people most interested? Where are they spending more time? How fast are people moving in public areas?
FLOUD can provide meaningful statistics that can greatly help in taking decisions on resource management, or in evaluating the effects of decisions already made. At the moment, FLOUD is actively used in 5 pilot and more than 20 production projects today. To demonstrate the flexibility of their approach, more than 30 sensors were installed without the need for additional infrastructure of any kind. Their ultimate goal is to support the development of smart environments by leveraging on existing technical and physical infrastructure to improve transport management.