Today the project i-SCOPE “interoperable Smart City services through an Open Platform for urban Ecosystems” has started their activities.
Brussels, Jan. 23, 2012. The project i-SCOPE has been officially launched during a kick-off meeting in Brussels. The project, which is being funded by the ICT-PSP, plans to develop and test technologies for so-called smart cities services based on interoperable 3D Urban Information Models (UIM).
Today 3D Urban Information Models (UIM) are created from accurate urban-scale geospatial information, and can be used to create smart web services based on geometric, semantic, morphological and structural information at urban scale level, which can be used by local governments to:
- Improve decision-making on issues related to urban planning, city management, environmental protection and energy consumption based on urban pattern and its morphology;
- Promote inclusion among various users groups (e.g. elder or diversely able citizens) through services which account for barriers at city level;
- Involve citizens at wider scale by collecting geo-referenced information based on location-based services at urban scale.
Based on interoperable 3D UIMs, i-SCOPE delivers an open platform on top of which it develops, within different domains, three ‘smart city’ services. These will be piloted and validated in a number of EU cities which will be actively engaged throughout the project lifecycle. The services will address:
1) Improved inclusion and personal mobility of aging and diversely able citizens through an accurate city-level disable-friendly personal routing service which accounts for detailed urban layout, features and barriers.
2) Optimization of energy consumption through a service for accurate assessment of solar energy potential at building level.
3) Environmental monitoring through a real-time environmental noise mapping service leveraging citizen’s involvement will who act as distributed sensors city-wide measuring noise levels through their mobile phones.
Potential trust, privacy, data security risks and vulnerabilities, i.e. due to the localisation of people, are integral part of the project and will be explicitly addressed.
The project will be based on already available technologies that will be integrated, deployed and made publicly available from a “3D smart EU cities” portal.
The project will last for 36 months for an overall budget of 4.040.000,00 Euros. The consortium is composed of 22 partners including research centres, universities, companies and local administrations coordinated by Fondazione Graphitech: Epsilon Internasional S.A (Greece), Geofoto d.o.o. (Croatia), EvroGeomatika Ltd. (Serbia), CEIT ALANOVA Gemeinnützige GmbH (Austria), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), M.O.S.S. computer Grafik Systeme GmbH (Germany), GISTANDARDS (UK), S.C. INDECO SOFT S.R.L. (Romania), Cadzow Communications Consulting Ltd. (UK), REGGIANI SpA (Italy), GeoSYS (Malta), Ordnance Survey (OS), Municipality of Indjija (Serbia), Municipality of Baia Mare (Romania), Zadar County (Croatia), City of Zagreb (Croatia), City of Wien (Austria), City of Drama (Greece), Newcastle City Council (UK), Informatica Trentina (Italy), Regione Lazio (Italy).
The project I-SCOPE is funded by the ICT-SPS under the objective identifier 5.1: Open Innovation for Internet-enabled services in 'smart' cities’ (GA N. 297284)
Raffaele De Amicis
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