June 1, 2016. Today, 54% of the world population lives in cities, and by 2050, this figure is estimated to reach 66%. This will create a challenge for all of us but with the help of technology, living in cities can become more pleasant for its inhabitants. SMART-FI is a 1.5 M€ project that started in April 2016 and aims to provide a platform for service developers, municipalities and citizens, who can benefit from smart cities open data. The SMART-FI approach will help to deploy and interconnect services using real data from diverse sources, mainly public administrations but also other third-party services or devices. It uses smart cities open data to provide services on top of the FIWARE infrastructure focused on the Future Internet society. FIWARE is a standard open platform that facilitates the development of smart applications and with an environment where the cities can publish their open data. The platform offers open Application Programming Interfaces (API), public and royalty-free, where developers can build innovative applications.
SMART-FI main goal is to create a platform to deploy and interoperate services by exploiting aggregated open data from smart cities. The project will provide methodologies to homogenize heterogeneous open data and data services, perform analysis and aggregation of data analytics services to predict patterns and make recommendations, as well as to facilitate services deployment.
ICT supports the interaction between humans and devices in three consecutive activities: collecting, communicating and using information. First, the smart city collects information through fixed sensors,,mobile devices or directly from services to capture data such as temperature, sound, location etc. Next, it communicates data using different networks. Third, it interprets data to understand what has happened and what is likely to happen next, making predictions and recommendations. An important aspect is also to present the data in a way understandable for those making decisions, authorities, citizens or other stakeholders, based on the aggregated information.
Most people now use mobiles not only to make phone calls, but also to interact with the world they live in to plan, schedule and organize their lives; all this information is available right into the palm of a hand. Citizens would like to have accurate and real-time personalized solutions from information regarding immediate or even near-future traffic, mobility patterns or other services relevant for their daily life. On the same also support local authorities, public transport operators and other organisations to optimize the services provided supporting the concept of a smart city.
The goal is also to apply standards as much as possible, and use common semantics to ensure all open data used in applications can be reused easily in other places. The solution will ensure to be open source, configurable and adaptable to be ported to any city in Europe and beyond.
The SMART-FI platform will be used to develop services in three smart city scenarios: Malaga, Spain; Malatya, Turkey and Karlshamn, Sweden providing added-value future Internet innovative services.
“SMART-FI will propose a roadmap for using smart services in three cities, but we hope that our model and roadmap can be applied in other different and bigger cities, presenting the benefits that many citizens around the world may obtain”
Malena Donato, Project Coordinator, Atos
The consortium is formed by five partners from four different countries: ATOS Spain SA (Spain), University of Málaga (Spain), Technische Universität Wien (Austria), SAMPAS Bilisim ve Iletisim Sistemleri AS (Turkey), NetPort Science Park (Sweden),. The project counts with the support of three cities: Municipality of Málaga (Spain), Malatya Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) and Municipality of Karlshamn (Sweden).
The project is funded within the ERA-Net Urban Europe Joint Programming Initiative with support from the funding agencies in each country: CDTI in Spain, FFG in Austria, Tübitach in Turkey and Energimyndigheten in Sweden.
For more information contact the project coordinator Malena Donato Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org)