nIoVe (A Novel Adaptive Cybersecurity Framework for the Internet-of-Vehicles)

NIoVe aims to detect cyber-attacks in realtime while simultaneously preventing them

What is nIoVe?

nIoVe is a European project that has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 833742. This project is composed of twelve competitive organisations across Europe specialised in different fields such as Industry, Cybersecurity, IoT, Commercialization and software development, to name but a few:

  1. CERTH is a leading Greek European Research in the sector of risk management
  2. UniGe is a top European Switzerland Research centre focused on data analytics and detection techniques, (significant) data handling and visualisation.
  3. RISE is a top European Swedish Research Center with higher expertise in cybersecurity, machine learning, sensors and actuators, communication networks and data analytics to visualisation, interaction design and service development.
  4. TUM is part of a German university at the top level of blockchain verification, cyber-physical system architectures, security of Internet of Things (IoT).
  5. ATHINA is formed by professionals with higher expertise in Industrial Information and Communication Systems, Embedded Systems, Security, Modelling and Automation of Industrial Systems.
  6. NAVYA is a French organisation focus on vehicles manufacturer and provider, fleets of buses.
  7. KENOTOM  is a Greek company focus on ECUs integration.
  8. TPG is a Public Transport Authority located in Switzerland centred on the charge of all aspects of public mobility in Geneva.
  9. ICTL is a legal consulting located in Italy with higher expertise on regulation compliance and certification for CAVs and autonomous vehicles manufacturers and suppliers.
  10. SEEMS is an innovative Greek SME centred on the Internet of Things solutions, employing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.
  11. HOPU is a Spanish SME on the top of Network Protocols, IoT security and Internet of Things solutions.
  12. ARGUS is a well-knowing Cybersecurity Industry of Continental Group focus on vehicle cybersecurity solutions

nIoVe aims to deploy a novel multi-layered interoperable cybersecurity solution for the Internet-of-Vehicles (IoV), with emphasis of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) ecosystem by employing an advanced cybersecurity system enabling all relevant stakeholders and incident response teams to share cyber threat intelligence, synchronise and coordinate their cybersecurity strategies, response and recovery activities. To achieve that, the project includes a set of services that should be provided and improvement.

nIoVe partners
nIoVe partners

Objective & innovation  of nIoVe

To do so, the project develops a set of in-vehicle and V2X data collectors that will feed nIoVe’s machine learning platform and tools for threat analysis and situational awareness across the IoV ecosystem. Advanced visual and data analytics are further enhanced and adapted to boost cyber-threat detection performance under complex attack scenarios, while IoV stakeholders are jointly engaged in incident response activities through trusted mechanisms. The proposed approach is supported by interoperable data exchange between existing and newly proposed cybersecurity tools. nIoVe solution will be demonstrated and validated in 3 pilots: 

  • Hybrid execution environment
  • Simulated environment
  • Real-world conditions.

Overall, nIoVe ambitiously expects to:

  •  Reduce the attack surface of the overall IoV ecosystem
  • Showcase effective and real-time detection of novel advanced threats and cyber-attacks in IoV ecosystems
  • Reduce the response time substantially and reduce the impact of breaches
  • Drastically contribute to the establishment and sustainable operation of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) stimulating information and knowledge sharing across the IoV ecosystem
  • Paves the way for the next generation robust, scalable and resilient IoV infrastructure. nIoVe draws and builds upon the accumulated experience from its consortium consisted of 12 partners from 6 European countries and Israel, will implement the project, which is organised in 8 work packages and will be completed within 36 months.

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ODALA: a new initiative of the European Commission to promote Artificial Intelligence and Big Data




ODALA is an initiative that aims to promote the use of Big Data to facilitate and speed up decision-making in public administrations. This initiative has a social focus and is designed to help the use of Smart Cities technology simply and practically. In this way, ODALA seeks to facilitate the implementation of data-based tools in European public administrations.

This initiative is contextualized within the framework of Smart Cities, a sector in a continuous process of innovation and growth, which is focusing on the use of data as a source of knowledge for citizens, which allows them to improve their quality of life and anticipate future challenges.

Odala is an initiative promoted by town halls, companies and organizations of the European Union as a strategic project to improve data management in cities. Its mission is to create a large data market formed by a data lake, which will serve as an open-source of information, where any administration will be able to dump its data sources on air quality, public transport management, smart parking, statistics, local economy, among others.

With this horizon, the ODALA project “Collaborative, Secure, and Replicable Open Source Data Lakes for Smart Cities” was born, co-financed by the European Commission with a budget of 2,3 million euros until 2022.



The strategic objective of the ODALA project is to improve data management in cities, taking advantage of open source technologies and digital transformation for the benefit of people and local public administration, creating an interconnectable data lake within the European Union, that will serve to create better public services and improve the urban quality of cities based on evidence.

“ODALA will allow public administration, companies and universities to connect various data sources, both historical and in real-time, to join forces, thus improving urban health and development opportunities.” Andrea Gómez, CMO of HOPU

The European Union’s Digital Services Infrastructure (DSI) ‘Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Building Blocks’ will be used to connect these data lakes, a tool developed by the European Commission to enhance the EU’s single digital market, providing infrastructure and cross-border digital services.

For the creation of this extensive Data Lake, entities and organizations will be able to share their data safely and reliably through the CEF Context Broker, essential to establish this European space with open standards (NGSI-LD).



The ODALA project brings together a total of 15 partners from Belgium, Germany, Finland, France and Spain such as the cities of Heidelberg (Germany), Saint-Quentin (France), companies as Sirus (Belgium), Contrasec (Finland) and organizations such as the FIWARE Foundation (Germany), among others. Spanish participation in the project is represented by HOPU and the Town of Cartagena, both from the Region of Murcia, thus contributing the experience carried out in the development of the potential of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to contribute to the urban environment and bring cities to their smartest version.

FIWARE’s participation in ODALA as an open-source platform is essential to guarantee that the data model is accessible and standardized, integrable in the management of Smart Cities.



The collaboration of HOPU and the Cartagena City Council towards a Smart City model based on FIWARE technology has promoted Spanish participation in the ODALA project. HOPU recently received the Le Monde 2020 Urban Innovation Award thanks to the work of implementing a technology that allows the collection of a multitude of high-precision data on the environment, such as emissions of gases, particles, heat islands, influx of people, etc. for sustainable management of the municipality. These data allow us to develop a complete picture of the challenges of the city of Cartagena and help urban planners to make informed decisions.

“The launch of ODALA will allow municipalities and international organizations not only to share their data securely but also to gain benefits from the digital transformation that will mean having access to the resulting Big Data of the project. This fact will favour local competitiveness and economy, people’s quality of life and will stimulate the creation of new market niches” Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU.

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Smart Region, a regional initiative for Murcia’s Smart Cities

The Smart Region project is the roadmap for the region’s smart territories.

Smart Region project

This initiative of the Region of Murcia will make available to all municipalities in the region (45 in total) the possibility of evolving towards a Smart City with developments and solutions of the last generation. This project seeks to use the new technologies (ICTs) for public administrations & citizens to facilitate the understanding and management of the city, and to evolve towards the objectives of the European Green Pact, which seeks to transform Europe into a global reference against climate change.

The first step of this project is based on a platform at the regional level of Smart City in which 2 million euros will be dedicated between 2020 and 2021. This platform will act as the basis for the Smart Region and will be global, allowing this process to be carried out in all territories regardless of their size. In this way, the management team of the region pretends to create Smart City opportunities equally throughout the region.

Smart Region will create to create Disruptive Technology Demonstration Centers to show projects related to Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Big Data to place the Region at the forefront of the digital transformation.

Javier Celdrán, president of the Regional Ministry of Presidency and Finance, highlights the priority to collect information from our cities. This action will be included within this Smart Region project allowing municipalities to access other new funding such as the Innovation Fund, from the European Green Pact. These funds, aimed at combating climate change, require an initial environmental diagnosis of the territory and compliance with the KPIs proposed through the subsidised initiatives to receive 100% of the requested funds. Therefore, Smart Region also seeks to provide its municipalities with the necessary infrastructure to be able to know the state of the territory, to be able to define some concrete actions to be carried out, based on data and to be able to evaluate the impact of these actions through IoT infrastructures and thanks to the Big Data.

Smart Region: Monitorización de datos de calidad
Smart Region: Monitoring of high-quality data for European Initiatives such as Green Deal, Innovation Fund, ERDF and Next Generation

Smart Region Conference “The Future of Intelligent Territories”

As one of the first actions to raise awareness in the Region of Murcia and to disseminate the possibilities within this project, the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, together with the Integra Foundation, has organised a conference called The Future of the Intelligent Territories. These sessions have been promoted by the Directorate of Economy and Finance and by the ERDF funds. During October, November and December, these sessions discussed topics related to mobility, tourism, intelligent beaches (Smart Beach), intelligent lighting, waste management, social welfare and different success stories of Smart solutions.

Sesiones Smart Region
Sesiones Smart Region: HOPU pitch for the 5 sessions about success stories


On December 1st, in the session focused on the success stories of Smart solutions, a more realistic view of solutions already on the market was shown. Francisco Abril, General Director of Local Administration of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, opened this online event by highlighting the role of companies in the Region of Murcia that is dedicated to this sector of the Smart Cities to place Murcia as a technological reference on the map. In the same way, the Director-General urges companies to evangelize citizens and administrations so that they know that not only smart cities are for big cities, but also small municipalities must start their way towards this evolution. 

Francisco Abril has highlighted initiatives such as “5K”, a project where eight municipalities under 5,000 inhabitants (Villanueva, Ricote, Ulea, Ojós, Albudeite, Campos del Río and Aledo) are going to become a testbed for smart solutions to promote other municipalities in the region to take this technological step.

During the case study session, different solutions of all kinds were presented by companies such as Neosistec, HOPU, IURBAN, A4RADAR, NEUROMOBILE MARKETING.

From HOPU, we have highlighted our role as a company focused on the monitoring and visualization of environmental data, to contribute to the sustainable urban design of the territories and our aim to develop solutions designed for easy management and understanding of the data by the different administrations. 

Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU, highlights the territorial expansion of this SME, which is already working in more than 35 cities throughout Spain such as Cartagena, Madrid, Algeciras and at a European level, with more than 500 sensors deployed. HOPU’s mission is to help municipalities combat climate change. As a company involved in research, HOPU has a strong presence in European initiatives such as the Green Deal or Next Generation (NEXT CARM in the Region of Murcia).

Based on his experience in the Smart Cities market, the CEO of HOPU highlights the importance of metrics that allow municipalities to transform all data coming from sensors, databases and other sources into clear indicators of the environmental situation of the territory. An example of this use case is the indicator service that HOPU has already deployed in cities such as Cartagena, which makes it possible to identify where a city’s pollution comes from and to differentiate the percentage produced by traffic and by industry.


Finally, from HOPU, the catalogue of sensor services for air quality (gases and particles in suspension), noise, climate and other aspects related to tourism such as noise and flow of people has been exhibited. As a FIWARE company and from the role of Antonio Jara as a Member of the FIWARE Board of Directors, the use of this available technology has also been promoted, which is accessible and affordable for all municipality.

The event was closed by Joaquín Gómez Gómez, General Director of Strategy and Digital Transformation, who highlighted this last session based on innovative solutions in the region. He underlines that in this Smart Region project, they intend to promote first regional companies when implementing Smart City projects. In the early months of 2021, the platform of the project will be tendering, and they are working on other projects to make the Smart City more dynamic, some of which have already been started, such as La Manga 365 as another global solution for various municipalities (San Javier and Cartagena).  

As a novelty, the Director-General mentions a new line of financing that will come to light during the first four months of 2021, which will allow the different municipalities in the region to acquire technology and integrate it into the Smart Region platform.


Access to the pitch of Antonio Jara, CEO at HOPU on 5 session about success stories


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International Fair of Smart Destinations FIDI2020

At the end of November, the first International Fair of Smart Destinations (FIDI) was held, organized by the Cities of the Future Institute, the National Technological University of Buenos Aires and in collaboration with the State Mercantile Society for the Management of Innovation and Tourist Technologies SEGITTUR, dependent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. During the 10 days of the fair, more than 200 speakers participated in seminars, conferences, exhibitions and workshops where more than 20,000 online visitors from the entire Smart Cities sector.

HOPU CEO Antonio J. Jara participated on Friday, November 27, in FIWARE AMERICA DAY where he presented the case of success under FIWARE technology in Smart Cities that we have developed in cities such as Madrid, Cartagena, Ceutí, La Palma, Onda, Berenguer , Helsinki (Finland) and Mechelen (Belgium), among others.


The HOPU solution exploits FIWARE to the maximum where we contextualize city data such as air quality, mobility, influx and movement of people, noise and others where we create a global vision of the urban health of the city thanks to Intelligence Artificial algorithms and Big Data management.

“We are a company whose mission is to help urban authorities and cities to use the FIWARE platform to understand better what is happening in their city and to help them make decisions through data and evidence, while technology is and more usable by people. We are specialized in the integration of air quality sensors, gases, particles, pollens, sonometry and the influx of people.” Antonio J. Jara


During FIDI2020, real experiences of Smart Tourist Destinations participated and how introducing innovative elements are serving to bet on inclusive sustainable tourism with the city and the natural environment, and improve the quality of life of local residents.

The DTIs aim to integrate tourism with the daily life of the city in such a way that it does not have a negative impact on the natural environment or the residents. Attracting new businesses, responding to the needs of visitors and contributing to the local wealth and economy.

Data visualization of HOPU
Data visualization of HOPU


Among the services offered by HOPU we can find consulting and advising to the administration and companies to detect the needs and challenges they face and that can be solved through the use of new technologies.

We are currently developing the Smart City Master Plan for municipalities such as Las Torres de Cotillas and San Javier, both in the Region of Murcia (Spain). San Javier, as a coastal town on the shores of the Mar Menor, is a highly valued tourist attraction for those seeking pleasant temperatures throughout the year, as well as important musical and cultural events.

Therefore, the development of San Javier as an Smart Tourist Destination is an opportunity to consolidate tourism beyond the summer months, extending the season to 12 months of the year with actions such as a centralized agenda of the different cultural events, a network of webcams that broadcasts the coast of the Mar Menor 24/7 and a WiFi zone on beaches, as well as actions such as promoting existing cultural and tourist resources.

“A Smart City is a sustainable city that allows the residents to have all the benefits of a city but without the associated problems such as pollution, traffic jams, noise, high density of people, etc. A Smart City is one that does not discriminate, offers equality and helps to optimize time and resources” Antonio J. Jara


Through our IoT FIWARE ready Smart Spot devices we can offer municipalities detailed information in real time such as AQi to inform visitors and locals of the values ​​of gases and PM particles in the air. These data can contribute to detecting gas emission sources to help make decisions that lead to their mitigation, as well as to value the good air quality of the municipality in its case.

Smart Spot extensions
Smart Spot extensions


Using class 2 sound level meters, it will be possible to create a map of the noise in the city to detect the areas with the greatest noise pollution caused by traffic, port activity, leisure areas, events and others that may cause annoyances in the daily life of the city.

The flow of people sensor is a useful tool to know the movements and detect crowds in advance. Through its installation in commercial areas and tourist elements, we can know the number of visitors and the average time of their visit. This information is very useful to know the most visited areas of the city in such a way that decisions can be made such as improving traffic, the need to create tourist attractions in other areas to relieve pressure, etc.

In addition, the Smart Spot can incorporate a Weather Station that offers values ​​such as temperature and humidity, atmospheric pressure, solar radiation, rainfall, evapotranspiration and weather forecast among other values, offering extensive, detailed and local information on the weather in the city.

All these resources unified in a single device allow the administration to know what is happening in their city in real time, offering local values ​​that help them make decisions based on evidence and anticipate possible challenges and problems, thus improving the competitiveness of the municipality giving the necessary passes to move towards a resilient city for the benefit of its citizens.

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HOPU participates in the IHIC 12th International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction 2020


Our CEO Antonio J. Jara has participated in the IHIC 12th International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction 2020 as an invited speaker where he made a presentation about how our Smart Spot device and industry gas emission monitoring ‘Enabling trust and reliability of IoT-based continuous monitoring by integrating certification via Blockchain’.

The IHCI is the 12th International conference in the Human-Computer Interaction field, where we explore research challenges emerging in the complex interaction between machine intelligence and human intelligence. This is the twelfth event which has a theme on “Intelligent Interaction for Smart Community Services”, having special tracks related to the main theme of the conference.


Industry 4.0 & Blockchain

The complete details of past conferences are available on the conference main website. The IHCI Conference presents the best of current HCI research and practice, emphasizing innovation, and quantified experience. IHCI has emerged as the foremost worldwide gathering of academic researchers, Ph.D. and graduate students, top research think tanks and industry technology developers. The complete details are available on the Conference website.

As member of Blockchers, we are implementing blockchain technology in the Spanish company Lisanplast certifying and protecting the data collected by its air quality monitoring devices for use in Industry 4.0. In this way, the industry can verify real-time control of the area to satisfy the regulations regarding the working environment with certified data and justify critical decisions in the environment.

Continuous monitoring of gases emissions in the plastic injection industry is required by environmental law and occupational therapy. Nowadays eventual campaigns are carried out by certification companies and inspections. However, continuous monitoring to detect alarms, anomalies and total emissions are being required. This use case will introduce DLT to the monitoring process to proof data reliability, monitoring equipment calibration-certificates dates, non-repudiable events and data reporting. Antonio J. Jara

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The technology of Smart Cities, allies against Climate Change

Smart City Expo World Congress

On 17th and 18th of November, the “Smart City Expo World Congress” event is being held, instead of being at the Fira de Barcelona, this congress is an online format due to COVID-19 restrictions. Experts in new technologies from all over the world are participating in round-tables and presentations where it is being shown how the implementation of Smart Cities is contributing to the improvement of our community, from the educational field, the management of water resources, improving urban transport and especially in the monitoring of Air Quality to have tools to identify the main sources of pollution and make decisions to solve environmental pollution issues.

IoT Smart Spot, devices as allies against Climate Change

HOPU, as a company specialized in the design of innovative urban solutions through the latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and data quality, has extensive experience in the development of solutions for the administration to know in real time data related to air quality such as gases (CO, O3, NO2, SO2), PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 particles, noise and meteorological values ​​such as temperature and humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed and direction, weather forecast, among others.

Our IoT Smart Spot devices are an ally of the administration to fight against Climate Change since it allows to unify in a single device all sensors, customizing their configuration according to specific needs, saving costs and allowing the city to obtain accurate data of the location of the sensor as the overall AQi state of the city.

Smart Spot en Cartagena
Smart Spot device installed in the Port of Cartagena

Smart Spot devices also include sensors and tools that are very useful in Smart City projects, such as monitoring the influx of people in real time through BLE technology, being able to anticipate crowds and obtain data of visits to tourist areas, shopping streets, etc.

Our solution is based on open source software that allows direct integration into Smart platforms such as FIWARE and SENTILO, uniting all verticals in a single management and visualization tool, making it easier for those responsible to obtain a global vision of the city’s Smart project.

Visualization tool: know the state of the city at a glance

Through our visualization tool, the values ​​of gases, PM particles, noise, meteorological and influx of people are shown on a single screen to obtain a complete view of the city, being able to also know the values ​​corresponding to a specific sensor by its location on map.

This visualization service is already offered in municipalities such as Cartagena, La Palma, Mechelen and Helsinki, among others where the population knows in real time factors such as exposure to PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 particles, pollen concentrations, NO2, CO, O3, SO2… and noise levels, among others. Thanks to a traffic light viewer, the population has a tool with which they can easily know, through graphics, the air quality of their municipality as a whole.

The AQi data visualization platform is customizable to consult both through a web page, mobile application, information screens of the city, notifications through telegram and / or whatsapp… facilitating its consultation to the population regardless of their level of use of new technologies.


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Antonio Jara, CEO at HOPU, speaker at the Smart City Eye Executive Programme of the Austral University of Argentina

Conference on integration of Air Quality monitoring solutions for smart cities and the role of Open Technologies


Dr. Antonio Jara, CEO at HOPU, participated last October 7th as a speaker in the Executive Program “Smart City Eye – Discovering Intelligent Cities”, which is part of the Smart City Diploma of the School of Government, Politics and International Relations of the  Austral University of Argentina. The session was led by Gonzalo de la Rosa, director of the Institute Cities of the Future.

This executive programme is focused in a practical perspective, where the intention is to discover and analyze smart city models and good practices in the management of cities around the world, in specific those that have already begun their transformation processes towards smart and sustainable cities, aligning themselves with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), technology and innovation.

As an expert in solutions for the creation of smart and sustainable cities, Antonio reported on the integration of solutions for air quality measurement for smart cities and the role of open technologies, such as FIWARE, in European cities, including use cases, such as Madrid with the Madrid Central project.

A new investment model  has emerged in cities

Antonio highlighted the existence of a new model of investment by cities, which addresses the current need for executing their investment as if they were companies, seeking optimum returns and guaranteeing objectives, considering socio-economic aspects and the vulnerability of minorities. Furthermore, he highlighted the commitment of the urban authorities with respect to energy saving, emissions reduction and the reduction of socio-economic gaps, whose results must be demonstrated with indicators and data that show that the established SDG are actually being met.

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Among the new investment instruments, the so-called Green Deal stands out, which is led by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. Its main characteristic is that is worth one trillion euros to achieve a green and sustainable European continent by 2030.

“Cities are being penalized for failing to address their air quality and pollution issues tangentially, which must be in line with the new European regulations on Low Emission Zones (LEZ) and urban health”

In this context, a lack of evidence through contextual data has been detected. These data allow cities to understand their environment and identify the main sources of pollution in the different areas of the city, such as gases (SO2, NO, NO2, CO, O3…), particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10), influx of people, noise pollution and even climate data.

Avoiding penalties for non-compliance with European air quality regulations has therefore become one of the main priorities in cities. That is why cities, such as Madrid, are investing in the development of highly disruptive air quality monitoring solutions through public procurement for innovation, in order to address the lack of data quality of other existing solutions. In this way, the creation of new value-added services is sought, such as Low Emission Zones, Pollution Source Service, Pollen Service, SDG, or Urban Health.

“From 2021, cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants will be obliged to create LEZ programmes and restricted mobility areas, in order to keep aligned with their SDG”

New solutions to offer contextual data from cities and powered by algorithms. In specific, these solutions are based on dashboards and visualization tools that allow a simple and agile integration, offering data in form of liveability indicators both for citizens and city managers. These integrated data can come from multiple data sources, such as satellite (Sentinel, Copernicus, etc.) or local reference stations for in situ monitoring, all of which can be integrated into smart platforms such as FIWARE, a leader in Europe, based on open standards and supported by multiple organizations, such as the OASC and IoT companies, such as HOPU.

Finally, Antonio stressed the importance of the integration of services for urban planning based on contextual data so that urban authorities can detect their main urban challenges, which can be monitored to check the effectiveness of the sustainable development initiatives carried out. In this way, it is possible to speed up urban design processes, access new funding and offer reliable high-quality data to support informed decision making and allow traceability of the evolution of the urban environment.

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Stand de HOPU en Green Cities

HOPU presents at Green Cities its solutions for sustainable cities


On October 30 and September 1, the ’11th Forum of Urban Intelligence and Sustainability Greencities’ was held in the city of Malaga, a reference meeting for all the agents involved in the construction of Sustainable and Smart Cities, attracting companies and professionals of the sector throughout the European Union.

Despite the effects of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, Greencities 2020 has gathered 1,569 participants from more than 20 countries. During the 2 days of the event, 220 national and international experts have participated in roundtables and presentations, where they have focused on the tools and services available to cities to address their transformation towards a Smart City. A total of 53 cities have attended Greencities with the aim of learning about the latest developments for sustainable and Smart Cities, holding meetings with leading companies in the IoT sector.

HOPU has participated actively in this event presenting its catalog of products for monitoring air quality, noise and influx of people, as well as its service of indicators for decision making. In this event, HOPU has interacted with different municipalities of great relevance in the national scene, detecting their needs. The monitoring of air quality, the fight against Climate Change and actions around the European Green Deal and their impact on the cities are only some of the concerns that various Town Hall members have shared with us during the event.


HOPU en Green Cities 2020
Meeting of HOPU at Green Cities 2020

As Gold member of the FIWARE Foundation, in this edition HOPU has participated in Greencities through the FIWARE hub, together with companies from the innovation sector such as HST (Germany), EGM (France) and Eridanis (France), among others partners that develop their tools using FIWARE technology.

During the Greencities forum we have presented to town and regional councils our solutions to support cities to combat Climate Change from the support for decision making, responsible investment and action plans based on innovative technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) for agile decision making based on environmental data. 

Green Deal: Sustainability Development Indicators

In our space in the forum we exposed the last news of the Smart Spot, our IoT device for environmental monitoring for Smart Cities. As a device adaptable to the needs of the entity, they allow monitoring different environmental factors such as air quality (gases and suspended particles), temperature, humidity and noise, as well as influx of people in an area and the integration of meteorological stations to collect data such as temperature, humidity, speed and wind direction, among others. This device already offers an accuracy of more than 90% in the data collected, assuming a high-quality solution on the market, with great versatility in terms of monitored parameters.

The second great novelty presented in Green Cities was our indicator service, a visualization tool that allows cross-checking data obtained both by our Smart Spot devices and other relevant data sources such as social data, utilities, open data or satellite data. Thanks to the AI ​​developed by HOPU and through this combination of different data sources, the visualizer generates indicators that allow urban planners to make informed and clear decisions based on all the data of the territory (Big Data).

The first step in the development of a Smart City is the detection of the city’s needs through the preparation of the Master Plan, a task for which a consulting service is required. From HOPU we are immersed working in this field with cities such as Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia), where we are taking an detailed analysis to know the current state of the city to mark a roadmap in its transit to a Smart City.

An agenda of activities throughout the event

During the event we participated in the Elevator Pitch of Climate KIC Spain, accelerator of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), where we presented the initiatives promoted by HOPU that are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The passage of HOPU through Climate KIC has served the company to implement new business models, expanding our services to consulting and advisory work to help the administration when it comes to implementing actions aimed at urban sustainability.

In our pitch we present experiences in cities such as Madrid and Cartagena where HOPU solutions are a tool that contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs. Thanks to air quality monitoring sensors and our real-time data visualization platform, municipalities can plan actions to reduce the environmental impact of cities, with particular attention to air quality in order to fight against Climate Change and curb the emission of Greenhouse gases and other harmful gases.

Presentación Elevator Pitch en Green Cities 2020
Presentation in the Elevator Pitch of Green Cities 2020

In more specialized areas, we participated in the presentation promoted by FIWARE called Integrating Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in Smart Cities (, where we exposed our pilot made in the program Blockchers, With Alastria to certify environmental data in the industry, carried out together with the Lisanplast company. In this pilot we have monitored the air quality in the work environment in the industrial activity to protect the health of its workers and comply with the necessary regulations in the work environment.

Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU, participated in two round tables focused on sustainability and environment, presenting the usefulness of indicators to combat Climate Change. In addition, in the Green Point space he presented the results of specific deployments such as the monitoring of the air quality in Cartagena and Madrid in real time where by filtering data such as PM particles, harmful gases and meteorological information with Artificial Intelligence algorithms we identify the origins of the main sources of emissions in the city and offer the administration tools for decision making.

Antonio Jara durante su ponencia en el Green Point
Antonio Jara during his presentation at Green Point


HOPU participated in Green Cities as a member of FIWARE, an open source initiative promoted by the European Union to standardize the applications and development of Smart Cities. During the forum we presented to local and regional councils the work that we carry out from the FIWARE community: making it easier for cities to easily adapt Smart City platforms and take advantage of the work already carried out. In this way, initiatives that have already worked in other cities can be replicated, allowing municipalities to save considerable effort and financial resources. The objective of the companies that work with FIWARE technology is to create a great community around the platform that promotes solutions for Smart Cities, improving life quality of citizens.

HOPU is a Gold Member of the FIWARE FOUNDATION, collaborating in the development of a Digital Single Market that facilitates the development and innovation of Smart Cities through our IoT sensors and our visualization tool, sharing the data obtained through Open Standards. Our CEO Antonio Jara is also a member of the Board of Directors of the foundation.


One of the surprises during GreenCities was the announcement of the winning company of the FIWARE Challenge, where the proposal of HOPU was selected to diagnose and predict the environmental impact of the Port of Algeciras (Cadiz, Spain). 

Air Quality in Puerto de Algeciras

The jury comprised of Telefónica, the Port of Algeciras Bay Authority (APBA) and FIWARE Zone selected our proposal among 9 finalists, where we are going to deploy more than 130 sensors distributed in 25 locations to monitor air quality, noise and climate and 1 water quality sensor to measure aspects such as marine flora, contaminants in water, salinity, dissolved solids, pH and turbidity, relevant to have a complete vision of the environment both in air and water.

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HOPU will monitor air quality, noise and water quality in the Port of Algeciras with FIWARE

HOPU proposal has been the winner of the challenge proposed by FIWARE Zone and promoted by Telefónica and La Junta de Andalucía.

On Thursday, October 1st at the 11th GreenCities Forum in Malaga, the winner of the FIWARE Zone IoT 2020 challenge for the diagnosis and prediction of the environmental impact of the Port of Algeciras Bay was made official. A jury formed by Telefonica, the Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras (APBA) and FIWARE Zone has selected the proposal of the company HOPU from the 9 finalists to monitor and control the levels of air quality, noise and water quality in the Port of Algeciras.

FIWARE Zone is a non-profit public-private initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge, Business and University of the Andalusian Regional Government and Telefónica to support and promote intelligent solutions for the development of Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 and Smart Agrifood. They carry out different actions such as training, technological consultancy, talks, mentoring, access to European funds and support for the deployment of pilots. 

Based on its lines of action, FIWARE Zone raised last September the need for the APBA for a solution to monitor and predict the environmental impact of the Port of Algeciras with an investment of up to 100,000 euros. To do this, it opened a call for proposals which ended last September 10th.

More than 130 IoT sensors for air quality, noise and water quality to monitor port activity in Algeciras.

HOPU is a company dedicated to Smart Cities and Smart Destinations with headquarters in the Region of Murcia, and branches in different areas of Spain such as Valencia, Malaga and Madrid. Its main product is a high-precision IoT device called Smart Spot that monitors air quality, detecting harmful and greenhouse gases suspended particles such as dust and pollen, volatile organic compounds (odours), and other parameters such as noise, people flow and weather. All these sensors in a single device provide cost savings in management, maintenance and installation. These devices allow real-time data to be measured at specific points in the port to provide a comprehensive view of air quality and the most affected areas.

Smart Spot en Cartagena
Smart Spot installed in Cartagena (Region of Murcia)

For the project in the Port of Algeciras, HOPU will deploy over 130 sensors distributed in 25 locations to monitor air quality, noise and climate and water quality probe to measure aspects such as marine flora, water pollutants, salinity, dissolved solids, pH and turbidity, relevant to have a complete view of the environment in both air and water.

With experience in more than 30 cities, HOPU is making the leap to Smart Ports, a growing market of ports that take advantage of the potential of technology to update their management systems, looking for a more sustainable, efficient and resilient focus.


Artificial Intelligence and sustainability indicators for Smart Ports

Based on the challenge posed, HOPU will design a data visualization tool tailored to the needs of the Port of Algeciras. To do this, it will use data from its devices together with other data sources already available in the Port of Algeciras such as light pollution, satellite monitoring data (Copernicus), ocean-meteorological data from projects such as SAMPA and SAFEPORT and data from the Ministry’s Geoportal. Thanks to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) that HOPU has already developed for other use cases, this data visualizer will show indicators of the environmental status in real-time as well as predictions, allowing the APBA to make decisions based on relevant data, allowing more efficient and sustainable management of the port.


Visualización indicadores HOPU
An initial approach to indicator visualization

The proposed platform makes use of open technologies promoted by the European Commission such as those provided by FIWARE, a foundation that provides different open source software modules for the creation of technological solutions. One of the main components used is the FIWARE CEF Broker, the central brain of the platform that manages all the data and ensures the full compatibility of the HOPU platform with the entire European ecosystem. HOPU is an active member of the FIWARE Foundation as a Gold Member and is a member of the Foundation’s board of directors.


“The ambition of this project is to generate a model of the impact of the daily actions of the Port of Algeciras and surrounding areas, based on the different data, using innovative techniques of deep learning such as long and short term memory networks, identifying anomalies and events that have increased or reduced the impact of these factors on the environment”. Antonio J. Jara, CEO of HOPU

This visualizer based on quality data will make it possible to forecast the impact and support strategies to promote sustainability through the evidence for defining action plans. This work is contextualised within the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health in All Policies (HiAP) discipline to promote well-being and its connection to climate change mitigation measures such as the European Union’s Green Deal.


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Industry 4.0 & Blockchain

HOPU certifies its air quality and noise data for Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities

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The new challenge of the Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities sector: Certified and quality data

The press and media at the European level are already echoing the recent approval of the European Green Deal, which sets the challenge of being neutral in greenhouse emissions by 2050. Smart Cities have already begun this transition, working on identifying their main sources of pollution for the development of sustainability strategies.

Environmental control also affects Industry 4.0 at different levels, the emission of gases into the ozone layer that affects the population, and the generation of harmful components of air in the working area, which directly interfere with workers’ health.

On a large scale, relevant measures are being taken to control and reduce air emissions thanks to regulations such as EN 13725 on odor control, but in the working environment, more thorough monitoring with monitoring systems is needed. These systems must allow for the detection of dangerous situations at an early stage in order to protect employees and justify compliance with regulations such as the Environmental and Occupational Therapy Law.


“In Industry gas emissions mean more than 7M deaths per year in the world and a dedication of 1,600M euros in sanctions” Iris Cuevas, Chemical Engineer at HOPU. 


In order to control this situation, quality control campaigns of the working environment are being carried out by certification companies, through specific inspections. However, these are concrete measures to comply with current regulations. This type of industry requires a system that certifies in real-time that its workers have been in a space free of components that are harmful to health, in accordance with the health parameters established for each one. In this way, they will be able to detect harmful situations at the time and take the necessary measures to protect their workers.


First Blockchain pilot for air quality in Industry 4.0

Thanks to HOPU’s experience in developing air quality monitoring systems for Smart Cities we have a solid product for measuring greenhouse and harmful gases, suspended particles, odors, and noise, with an accuracy of over 90%. 

Air quality measurements in the industry should always set an example in terms of rigor and certification as this data has a very relevant impact and serves to make critical decisions in the surrounding business fabric. 

This is where HOPU proposes a technological innovation to meet this need for monitoring the health of the working environment in real-time. By using the potential of the Blockchain, HOPU is certifying and protecting the data collected by its air quality monitoring devices for use in Industry 4.0. In this way, the industry can verify real-time control of the area to satisfy the regulations regarding the working environment with certified data and justify critical decisions in the environment.

Thanks to Blockchers, a research group working to promote the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European companies, HOPU is executing its first pilot deployment to validate this Blockchain certificate. With this pilot and our knowledge in the technological and environmental sector, HOPU is expanding its area of action towards the Industrial 4.0. market and improving its services for Smart Cities. This validation is being carried out in the Lisanplast plastic factory, which seeks to ensure that the work environment is suitable for pregnant and nursing women and to monitor the health of employees.


Industry 4.0 & Blockchain
Industry 4.0 & Blockchain


The pilot consists of continuous monitoring of data from the working environment through the Smart Spot HOPU devices, using open technologies such as FIWARE´s  CEF Context Broker, to analyze this data and detect anomalies and events. For this development, HOPU is using the B Besu Alastria network, which is regulated and compatible with the European network. In this way, compliance with regulations in the workspace is verified, a calculation of total emissions is provided and all this in an accessible and intuitive interface to access the data in real-time and in history.


According to Lisanplast’s prevention regulations, workers were only required to wear masks and earplugs at specific locations in the factory. When we installed the HOPU sensors and saw the measurements of noise and airborne dust in the work area, we presented this data to the prevention company as it was certified and verified. Based on this, the standard of wearing helmets and earplugs was imposed throughout the factory, the number of areas where it is mandatory to wear a mask was increased and the mask was replaced by a more protective one” Pedro Cava, I+D & Marketing department at Lisanplast


This technology allows demonstrating the reliability of the data provided by the HOPU devices, detecting anomalies in the data. In addition, this process checks and certifies that the data conforms to the most demanding regulations.


Dispositivos de calidad del aire de HOPU
HOPU IoT devices on Lisanplast


This deployment has used the device calibration laboratory that HOPU has at its offices in Murcia, an environment with equipment certified by reference companies such as Envira, in relation to the supply and maintenance of laboratory equipment and Linde, in terms of the reference gases used. This laboratory also has ENAC certification, issued by SGS, which empowers HOPU to issue Calibration and Data Quality Certificates (CQC) for IoT devices. Through these CQCs based on the Besu B network (Blockchain), an intelligent contract is generated, stored in the device itself, which links the calibration process carried out in the laboratory, certifying that it has been verified and calibrated by a suitable laboratory.


The use of Blockchain brings to our product a great differential innovation for the market, both for the Industry 4.0 and for a Smart City. This has been thanks to the support of Blockchers for the validation and to the Alastria Foundation of which we are partners” Germán Molina, CIO at HOPU


Once installed in the final environment, the device begins to collect data from the work area, detecting any high levels of harmful gases, suspended particles, odors, and noise, which may be harmful to the worker. Any anomaly or alert is stored in this device along with the time and date in a certified manner, ensuring that this data has not been altered. In this way, they can be exported by the occupational risk managers of this workspace or by regulatory companies associated with the company.


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