The main outcomes of the project can be found in the following document (in Spanish).
Smart CEIM is an open experimentation platform for Smart City services located in the Moncloa Campus of International Excellence in Madrid. It aims to facilitate advanced R&D and training activities done by the University, companies, and public bodies.
The Smart CEIM platform is part of the City of the Future project of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).
Given its exceptional location, integrated within the metropolitan area of Madrid, the Moncloa Campus has geographic and human characteristics that are sufficiently representative for research and experimentation in Smart City services.
The Campus has around 150 buildings in an area of 5.5 square kilometers, including schools, research centers, and student housing, plus three sport areas and large green spaces. Tens of thousands of cars use the Campus roads every day. The Campus has a good public transport service with two subway lines and thirteen bus lines.
The Smart CEIM Platform has a powerful cloud-based storage and computing infrastructure. It complies with open standards in order to facilitate the deployment of new experiments and services.
This infrastructure provides adequate capacity for the use of Big Data techniques, as well as interfaces for Open Data access.
The demonstration room houses the platform dashboard and offers several large screens for displaying experiment results.
The platform offers an initial set of pilot services, which will be extended with additional services developed in the future.
Currently deployed services include:
The implementation of these services has required the installation and configuration of several sensor networks throughout the campus, plus auxiliary power and communication network infrastructures.
It is common among cyclers to use fitness apps to track their rides with GPS. This information is not only valuable for them, but is currently being used by different entities and research organisms to collect information for research and management of transport planning. This kind of initiatives promotes bottom-up planning by taking into account real cyclist data, and even their suggestions and ideas, in order to define the optimal cyclist network.
In the research field, “Huella ciclista de Madrid” (Madrid cyclist track) is an initiative of TRANSBICI project in Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. It uses the app “Mapmytracks” to record cycling trips within Madrid City. The main objectives of this initiative are: to draw the cyclist route map of those who often use the bicycle as a transport mode in the city of Madrid; to find out which are the streets with the highest levels of real cyclist flow, which are more cyclable and why; to share routes, tracks, data, statistics and know about other’s and to analyse the track and get to know which infrastructures are demanded and will be more efficient for the real and the potential cyclist flow.
Transportation planners in Oregon are currently using “Strava”, a popular fitness app to collect data about the most popular routes for cycling and the problems cyclists must face in their daily rides. This data collection will be used to develop policies and plans, as well as to make informed decisions about infrastructure investments.
San Francisco County Transportation Authority is also using a similar system. Their initiative is developed by asking cyclists in the Region to install “CycleTracks” app to record their bike rides .The app is being used to collect data representing the purpose, route, date and time through a travel survey. The information is then sent to the Transportation Authority’s servers, which uses it to improve SF’s bicycle infrastructure.
The report Intelligent Connectivity for Seamless Urban Mobility, developed by Arup in collaboration with Qualcomm, was launched last month. The report provides an overview of the possibilities of future urban mobility. It includes new choices for individual trip-making, better information for smarter decision-making, and system optimization to utilize infrastructure efficiently; the main goal of these advances will be to provide “a seamless, safe and sustainable travel experience”. This research takes as a departure point the great impact that the operation and planning of mobility can have in the sustainability of the city, affecting to economic aspects, environmental issues and quality of life.
It resumes the current challenges of urban mobility and suggests different solutions in the fields of technology, infrastructure and policy making. It includes also four visionary examples of experiences that users of an “Intelligent Connected City” will be able to have by year 2030.
The project Improve Life aims to assess air quality in the metro facilities and to propose measures to achieve cleaner public transportation, benefitting both users and employees. The project is co-financed by Life + Environment, Policy and Governance of the European Commission, and is promoted and managed by the CSIC and TMB.
Last January, the project started its implementation by installing air quality measuring equipment at Sagrera station on the Line 5 of Barcelona underground. The collection of samples will be performed through a dozen campaigns that will run until September 2016. The project aims to publish and make available the results of the research, providing recommendations that can be applied in other networks around the world. The project Improve is supported by the EU Life program, which aims to promote actions to protect the environment and preserve nature and climate. Total budget will be €813,727, of which EU program finances 50 percent .
Traffic´s relationship to the economy of complete metro regions is a very complicated issue. Mathias Sweet is a researcher at the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics at McMaster University. His studies reflect a relation between faster economic growth and higher levels of congestion in an initial step. This benefits stop after a certain threshold and start to slow job growth when it gets to be worse than about 35 to 37 hours of delay per commuter per year. Regarding the entire road network, this threshold also exists when the entire road network gets too saturated.
But sometimes, the cost of reducing congestion can be higher than the cost of congestion itself, as he points out. The paper was recently published online by the journal Urban Studies.
The Smart House Living Lab is a real intelligent house, fully equipped with the usual services of a conventional house where different ICT technologies (sensors and actuators) are distributed extensively in the living lab technical areas such as ceilings and walls, remaining invisible to users. These sensors monitor different context changes, such as temperature, lighting conditions, energy consumption, etc. This Smart House Living Lab has a control and observation area, which allows monitoring the use of services and applications in a non-intrusive way. There is also a specific room with a virtual reality infrastructure that allows virtual training and rapid prototyping of new services, and simulation of different scenarios. The Smart House Living Lab is both to develop new applications, services and applications based on the massive use of technology distributed under the ambient intelligence paradigm, and to test and evaluate the quality in use of third-party applications and services that require an user friendly environment with high connectivity and interoperability, and experience in design methodologies and user-centered evaluation. The Smart House Living Lab is an accessible environment for any user regardles of his disability or age.
The main services that the Smart House Living Lab provides are the following:
Intensive evaluations of Ambient Intelligence applications and services. Definition of indicators for assessment of both technological and user experience to obtain pre-prototype industrials completely validated by users, and thus close to being exploited and installed in real environments.
Systematic study of the needs of target users of applications and services: governments, healthy citizen, the elderly, people with disabilities and people with cognitive dependence and people who suffer chronic diseases.
Development of technological solutions available to specific needs at home for citizens (security, entertainment, social interaction, communications, information, energy saving). Generation and analysis of new paradigms of human-machine interaction.
For further information on the Smart Home Living Lab, visit the LifSTech web page.
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This summer school is organized by the Artificial Intelligence Department of UPM’s School of Computer Science. This year it celebrates its 10th edition. It comprises intensive courses which aim to provide attendees with an introduction to both the theoretical foundations and the practical applications of some of the modern statistical analysis techniques currently in use. The summer school comprises 12 week-long courses, 15 lecture hours each, given during two weeks (six courses per week). Each course has theoretical as well as practical classes, in which each technique is put into practice with a computer program. Students are free to choose the courses according to their interests, i.e., no restrictions, besides those imposed by timetables, apply on the number or choice of courses. Further information on this link.
UPM will host one of the six CPSELabs Centres. The centre will be managed and run in close collaboration with Indra Sistemas, S.A. The developments at the Spanish design centre build on the SOFIA2 (Smart Objects for Intelligent Applications) architecture, communication protocol, and a set of open tools as developed in this Artemis project. CPSE Labs Spain provides an excellent innovation environment with dedicated investigation work groups and will solicit experiments in the area of Smart Cities.
CPSE Labs Mission include:
More information on this link
Compiled by UPM’s Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT).
The map shows very high fragmentation values, which can affect the quality of life, and can be translated into a high cost in terms of time and money. The map identifies priority areas for improving mobility through measures like changing timeouts of traffic lights or relocating pedestrian crossings in order to foster non-motorized mobility.
1 Ortega, E; Martín, B; Nuñez, E; Ezquerra, A. Urban fragmentation map of the Chamberí district in Madrid. JOURNAL OF MAPS (online). 2014
At the meeting, the Business Development Manager of the Research Strategy and Innovation Office at Glasgow University, Mr Michael Burns, outlined the plans for expansion of Glasgow Campus. The new campus will have the potential to act as a test-bed for research in ‘Smart Cities’ – exploring aspects of big data, urban informatics, energy management and transport policy.
For his part, Dr. Javier Uceda presented the main areas of interest and activities that are being developed by UPM in the “City of the Future” initiative which he chairs. Among them, he emphasized the strategic plan “Campus of the Future” and the Experimentation Platform for Smart City Services (SmartCEIM).
Concluding the meeting, it was agreed to maintain contact to define the lines of joint collaboration in the short term, including the idea of launching a “City of the Future” initiative at European level.
The purpose of the 4th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS) is to bring together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Smart Cities, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies. (http://www.smartgreens.org/KeynoteSpeakers.aspx)
Prof. Monzon is a Civil Engineer and holds an MSc in Transport and Urban Planning and a PhD in Transport. He is the Director of TRANSyT (Transport Research Centre) and Professor of Transportation Planning at the Civil Engineering Department, UPM. He is currently taking part on the UPM initiative “City of the Future” and participates as professor and mobility area coordinator in the Master of City Sciences. Besides, he is currently leading the ASCIMER project, which is financed by EIB and seeks to develop assessment methodologies for Smart City Projects in the Mediterranean Region. In SMARTGREENS Conference he will present the first result of this last project.
ASCIMER (Assessing Smart City Initiatives for the Mediterranean Region) is a 3-year research project supported by the European Investment Bank under the EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS).The overall goal of this research program is to develop a comprehensive framework to help public and private stakeholders to make informed decisions about Smart City investment strategies and to build skills to evaluate and prioritize these kinds of projects, including solving difficulties regarding deployment and transferability.