HOPU FitPig Agrifood

HOPU presents an IoT technological solution for the agrifood chains at Smart Agrifood 2020

Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit

The 24th and 25th of September HOPU have been presented at the third edition of  Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit, an industry-leading event for the creation of innovative ecosystems within the European agri-food sector.

1,450 professionals in the field of agriculture and livestock have visited Agrifood ’20, where they have taken knowledge about the technological innovations that are being developed to improve food safety and the efficiency of natural resources in food production. Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, Agrifood Summit developed a virtual participation modality through which it has been possible to follow the presentations and events via streaming, as well as holding online networking meetings.

The participation of HOPU in AgriFood 2020 has been through the Porcinnova business accelerator. As a High-technology incubator, Porcinnova encourages startups to develop initiatives that generate Innovative Solutions based on technology and applying them in the Pig Sector. Porcinnova’s objective is to support the creation of new companies and accelerate startups and projects that aim to apply and transfer new technologies that provide solutions to specific challenges throughout the pig industry. Among those challenges, there are issues such as animal health, food safety, mechanization and digitization of farm plants, traceability of animals and products, or the management of waste such as gases or manure/slurry.

During the Smart Agrifood Summit, HOPU presented the details of the ‘Interoperable Pig Health Tracking FITPig’ project in the Elevator Pitch schedule, highlighting the unique value proposition of the IoT solution that we are developing. This pilot, created under the IOF2020 program with other relevant partners, allows the monitoring of air quality and vital signs of animals through standardized and replicable data.

HOPU Smart Agrufood 2020
HOPU in Smart Agrifood event 2020

 

FitPig Project

The pig sector in our country (Spain) generates more than 300,000 direct jobs and more than 1 million indirect jobs, representing 1.4% of the national GDP and 14% of the Spanish industrial GDP. These figures and its expected growth in the coming years in view of world demand force the pig sector to introduce considerable improvements in productivity, leading to farms operated on a larger scale without losing efficiency. Alongside this need is social concern about animal welfare on large intensive farms. FITPig seeks to respond to both issues by preventing losses due to death and improving animal welfare. Our solution is based on the monitoring of pig farms, specifically of pregnant and lactating sows. 

The integration of new technologies in the agro-food sector is already a reality in the most advanced animal and crop farms. The lack of innovation and the lack of modernisation of the countryside have been two of the main barriers to progress in rural entrepreneurship for decades. Now, more and more companies in the sector are modernising their facilities, using IoT devices that allow for the management and monitoring of the environment in real-time, which enables them to obtain precise data on the state of the product. These advances make it possible to economise on water use by providing each plant with just the water it needs, detecting anomalies in air quality such as temperature rises or CO saturation in the environment, etc.

Through IoT technologies, knowledge of AQi data in real-time and Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence algorithms we can go further in terms of data visualisation but also offer information that allows you to anticipate possible problems or setbacks that degrade product quality or mean losses for the farmer.

Through our experience in the Smart Cities monitoring sector and our Smart Spot device for air quality, we have designed an IoT sensor to record the health of the farm by measuring the gases that affect the health of livestock such as ammonia, CO2, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide in the environment, temperature and humidity. Good air quality is required to maintain the health and welfare of the animals and to provide a good working environment for staff. Air quality is characterised by the concentration of gases, dust and micro-organisms, the respiratory systems of pigs are directly exposed to the air and the air could have direct and indirect effects. The skin, eyes and respiratory tract are directly affected and irritated which favours indirect effects such as disease and poor development. Numerous studies in fattening pigs conclude that there is a relationship between high concentrations of NH3 and the development of the pigs. The most important gases are NH3, CO2, H2S and CO. Environmental control is one of the elements that allows the improvement of environmental quality, which has an impact on the good health of the pigs and an adequate conversion rate. For this reason, it is important to guarantee adequate conditions of temperature, humidity and gas concentrations.

 

Air Quality on Farms by Smart Spot
Air Quality on Farms by Smart Spot

On the other hand, for more direct control, FITPIG has designed an ear tag PPG sensor, an intelligent slope to monitor the vital signs of the cattle. Thanks to these two data sources, global monitoring is generated to control the health status and to predict dangerous situations for the health of pregnant women in farms. With this sensor we can know their heart rate and vital signs, we have real-time access to the environmental state of the farm, ensuring the welfare of the pigs, preventing possible infections and diseases, improving the probability of survival of piglets and adult pigs.

Visualization of health monitoring pigs
Visualization of health monitoring on farms

 

This project is composed of a relevant network of partners in the sector such as CSEM (Switzerland), DIGITANIMAL (Spain) and SLU – Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (Sweden)

The FITPig project is part of the Internet of Food & Farm IOF2020 call for projects, which promotes a large-scale implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the European agricultural and food sector. It also aims to implement technologies that meet the needs of the entire value chain of the agri-food sector and especially of the end-users working in this type of business or factory, strengthening them for future challenges. A total of 35 million euros has been invested in this call to finance 33 projects from 22 European Union countries, including our proposal. 

The use of FITPig is mainly targeted to farms with more than 30 breeding sows that need to reduce piglet deaths due to infections, sow crushing, lack of feed, allowing the farmer to increase the economic profitability of production. This project has enormous added value for the livestock sector, as monitoring serves to give the farmer greater control over production, reduce deaths through prediction, improve animal welfare and reduce the use of antibiotics. Its main innovative factor lies in the use of a sensor to monitor the heart rate of the pigs on the farm, which is unique in the market today, and the integration of all the data into one visualisation tool.

 

See the visualization links of the results here:

 

 

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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.

 

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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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HOPU, the new partner of the Alastria Association that innovates using blockchain to certify quality environmental data.

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HOPU works on the decision-making of urban authorities and industry with efficient and sustainable action plans, through intensive data exploitation and monitoring with high-definition air quality monitoring devices.

Alastria is a non-profit association that promotes the digital economy through the development of decentralised/blockchain registration technologies.

On May 25th it became official: HOPU begins its adventure as a member of Alastria, a non-profit association that promotes the digital economy with technologies such as blockchain.

“Alastria is a European reference for the use of blockchain in business. It is a privilege for us to be part of this community,” says Germán Molina, CIO of HOPU.

HOPU is a partner of Alastria Association

HOPU, as a company in the sector of monitoring and visualization of environmental indicators, seeks to offer quality data through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Its range of monitoring products is calibrated in the laboratory according to quality and traceability standards. Besides, the correlation of its data with reference stations reaches more than 90%. This ensures that customers make informed decisions. It also offers continuous monitoring with open technologies such as FIWARE’s CEF Context Broker, which detects anomalies and events, as well as verify the compliance with regulations, calculate total emissions and provide an accessible/intuitive interface for the historical data access. HOPU is innovating in certification and transparency processes through the use of blockchain during continuous data monitoring. This process guarantees the composition of the emissions offered by its indicator visualization services from monitoring to visualization.

This technology allows us to demonstrate the reliability of the data provided by HOPU, detecting anomalies and events in the data. Besides, this process checks and certifies that the data is following the most demanding regulations.

Using Blockchain as an enabler for transparency, trust and compliance

The integration with the blockchain technology has already started, using the B Besu Alastria network which is already regulated and congruent with the European network, and HOPU focuses the next step towards CEF EBSI (European Blockchain Services Infrastructure) also based on BESU, as an evolution of the Alastria network. This innovation will mean a further jump in the quality of HOPU services for Industry 4.0, where gas emissions suppose more than 7M of deaths per year in the world and more than 1,600M euros are dedicated to complying penalties for regulation non-compliance.

In the words of the CIO of HOPU, “the Blockchain is going to have a direct impact on our lives in the next years, the Digital Identity and the Regtech are going to be two of the pillars that will change our way of seeing things”.

The first customer who is making use of these transparency and certification benefits is Lisanplast, a plastics factory that seeks to ensure that its environment is suitable for pregnant and nursing women and to monitor the health of employees as one of its main Corporate Social Responsibility actions. Through HOPU’s harmful gas monitoring devices, any harmful situation for the health is detected and certified as reliable thanks to the blockchain. This pilot has been financed by Blockchers, a project from the Horizon2020 framework whereby Alastria is a partner. This research group works in the same area of innovation that Alastria does, powering the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European companies.

 

HOPU proposal for Blockchers

The following steps of this innovation process will be in January when HOPU will start to issue all the calibrations, maintenance certifications and traceability informs since the Alastria network. Besides, HOPU is expanding the scope of this innovation from the air quality monitoring in cities. The company is using its potential as Golf Member of the FIWARE Foundation, its role as Chair of Data Quality in IEEE (IEEE P2510) and its consolidated cities network with more than 300 devices distributed in Europe. Thus, HOPU services are going to contribute to the fight to mitigate climate change and for the compliance of the European Green Deal. Thanks to the improvements in the HOPU range of services, the deployment of these solutions will certify higher transparency and reliability for urban planners and citizens. Also, HOPU services will suppose relevant support for projects as the Innovation Fund that requires to justify the compliance of the objectives with data to receive the 40% of the project budget.

 

 

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EQUALITY – IoT4Industry: A new way to identify gases emissions in the industry

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This project was born with the goal of focusing on the health and safety at work of pregnant women and women in breastfeeding periods. Motivated by the risks they are exposed to during their working day such as intense noises, thermal stress and gases from multiple sources (thermal degradation and solvents or lubricants applied in the pelletizing processes), the main objectives of this project are to provide a decision tool for factory managers to adapt the tasks of the target employees in the company or even to adapt the production schedule of the working day of these employees to facilitate risk-free work-life balance for the pregnant woman and later, the lactating infant. To assure compliance with occupational therapy regulations and recommendations.

This objective can be achieved nowadays thanks to the new and available IoT technologies that allow to take real-time measurements on specific positions on the factory plants without interfering with the work on the plant. By collecting and analysing air quality data, the plant manager can replan the employee’s tasks to limit the time of exposure. Additionally, it is possible to identify specific high emitting materials and processes, trace the contamination of the vapours produced by the extrusion. Moreover, one could optimize machine and process parameters to minimize emissions.

An interdisciplinary team has been established to determine the requirements, to choose the tools used for implementing the tests in the factory and to evaluate the collected results.

The test have been performed in Murcia (Spain) at Lisanplast S.L., an extrusion of polymers plant and part of the Equality consortium.

              Grant agreement No 777455

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SerIoT Project

Description about project SerIoT

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The IoT  has come to us faster than we think. IoT was given birth in the late 10´s, when the threshold was crossed to connect more objects than people on the Internet, as a result of a progressive evolution in previous years. This event caused the industry, homes and society of the European Union to increase the security risks that accompany this new hyper-connected technological world, second by second. Attacks on the content and service quality of the IoT platforms can have economic, energetic and physical security consequences that go beyond the lack of traditional security of the Internet, and far beyond the various threats that are arisen. Nowadays, the data are the main asset of a business, the data are vital; if they fall into the wrong hands, the consequences can be enormous.The IoT devices are so present in our day to day that they can be a danger for the security of the data, since the devices connected to the Internet can have deficiencies such as: users and access passwords by default and without mechanisms that force the user to change them for safer ones; web pages of control and configuration insecure or accessible remotely; lack of customization in security settings, among others. This default make it easier the data collection for cybercriminals looking for this type of device as an entry point to the company’s networks or to other points of the network that are more protected. Due to the entire process of digital transformation in which companies or organizations are immersed, attacks against computer security have increased. Because of this, the importance of cybersecurity has increased in the last decade as a consequence of an increase in cyberattacks, helping us to take the necessary precautions to protect information.

As a result of the increase in demand from service businesses related to cybersecurity, the SerIoT project was born, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

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This project began on January 1, 2018 and will end on December 31, 2020, having duration of three years with a total budget for execution of € 4,999,083.75.The consortium will be composed by the main European actors in the field of Internet of Things, bringing together the most important European technology companies such as DT/T-Sys (T-Systems) and ATOS, with highly competitive SMEs such as HIS, HOPU, GRUVENTA, HIT and ATECH and leading European research organizations worldwide such as CERTH, JCR, TUB, ICCS, IITIS-PAN and TECNALIA and universities such as UESSEX and TUB.This project aims to optimize the security of information on IoT platforms and networks in order to recognize suspicious patterns, evaluate them and, finally, decide on the detection of a possible evasion of security, privacy in a comprehensive and cross (ie, platforms and IoT devices, computer security tools that allow detecting attacks, SDN routers and operator controllers) with the purpose of offering a secure platform that can be used to deploy platforms, security protocols and networks anywhere.SerIoT plans to use Blockchain technology for the validation of users and recording of cyber attacks, defined by Marc Andreessen as a ledger of digital events that allows information about data transfers in a secure, publically verifiable and efficient way. All transactions or data transfers do not require any intermediary because they are distributed in intelligent nodes, which register and validate the information of the different blocks. The information can only be updated based on the consensus of the majority of the system participants and cannot be removed from the blockchain.The reason for which it is planned to use the properties of this technology is to help improve the deficiencies that the IoT presents, helping to maintain an unchanging record of the history of smart devices, as well as improving the security and confidence of the messages through the use of smart contracts. This cutting-edge technology has already been introduced by some companies to the field of IoT.The network created by SerIoT will be unique. With this measure, it will generate significant savings by unifying all SerIoT services with a more agile, flexible and integrated organizational model, and also portable, benefiting from services anywhere in the world due to the implementation of networks in different parts of the territory, what will make it possible to lead the success of Europe in the Internet of things. SerIoT will be installed, implemented and validated in emerging areas (for example, Smart Transportation, Surveillance, flexible manufacturing and industry 4.0, as main business areas). These advances will be evaluated on both individual lab test-beds which in a european scenario through UEssex and demonstrated his applicability with the use cases develop by industry partners, for example Gruventa, Telecom Innovation Laboratories, Hypertech innovations. Among the cases of use of the project, we can find:

  1. Surveillance: focused on the operation of the system, on the transmission of data from surveillance networks, as well as patented social networks. The sensitive information that affects personal data, covered by legislation, will be protected against unauthorized access.
  2. Smart Transportation Systems in Smart Cities (ITS): analysis and definition of security solutions. The main concept is to integrate information technology, electronics, wireless communications technology, sensors and navigation systems such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems in order to allow data transmission.
  3. Flexible manufacturing system: will deal with flexible manufacturing systems (Industry 4.0) which refer to a sophisticated approach to allow the connected industry to create value and new business models.
  4. Food supply chain: will provide end-to-end security through communication channels, in a food chain scenario, by addressing device authentication mechanisms, detection and prevention of denial of service attacks, as well as detection precocious interruption of IoT devices.

Among the general aims to be achieved with the implementation of this project are:

Provide new means of understanding threats

Provide new means to understand the existing and emerging threats that are targeting the IoT-based economy and the citizen network, and to research and analyse how Blockchain can contribute to improve IoT solutions. Moreover, understand how to solve the knowledge problems of IoT and blockchain.

Provide the prototype honeypots

Provide the prototype implementation of a computer security tool to be the aim of the attacker and be able to know all details of same, achieving adapt to any IoT platform across domains (for example, embedded mobile devices, Smart homes/Smart cities).

Implement the prototype SDN (Software Defined Networking)

Implement the corresponding prototype of smart SDN routers for the dynamic detection of suspicious/high-risk paths, and re-plan and re-programme the routing paths of the information transmissions in IoT networks over secure and preferable connections, supporting, among others, the interference of the human approach.

Implement the use of Blockchain technology

Introduce an extra physical layer dedicated to security for the manufacturing of existing IoT platforms and devices in order to offer a secure architecture. Explore the introduction of Blockchain as a security and privacy-preserving layer for IoT.

Optimize the security

Optimize the information security in IoT networks in a holistic, cross-layered manner that will be based on dynamic and distributed processing of variable complexity by single network components, as well as on a centrally located server/controller that will have the main control of the network and will collect, aggregate and appropriately merge the transmitted data and produced metadata.

Develop of system for detection of threats

Use and develop the appropriate technologies, so as to implement an efficient and robust decision support system on the controller side for the detection of potential threats and abnormalities, including a competent package of comprehensive and intuitive analytics and the generation of escalating mitigation strategies according to the severity of the detected threat.

Safety function monitors and validators

Introduce a methodology and tools for the different design-oriented monitors to be able to identify the different inputs of IoT devices as valid or not, by characterising their behaviour.

Improvement of interconnection

Improve the interconnection of heterogeneous devices by speeding up the communication processes and by selecting the optimal routing for the transmitted information in terms of both security and duration of process.

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HOP Ubiquitous - Beacons in Aarhus

HOP Ubiquitous has created a new way of communicating: Smart Points of Interaction (Smart POIs)

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These interaction systems invite users such as visitors and citizens in the City to actively participate and get involved in the city development. For this purpose, Beacons and Physical Web over Bluetooth Low Energy are being used as a new medium to interact, access to context-based content and collaborate through your Smart Phone.

This context-driven and opportunistic interaction between users and Smart POIs offer a unique opportunity to engage with citizens. As a difference with classical tourism Apps, installing anything in your phone is never required such as native Apps, you do not need to go through menu, submenus and multiple options to reach the information that you would like about the place that you have in front of you. Smart POIs are context-aware, your location is the driver and it not only provides the classical Wikipedia kind of content, as well an agile experience with tips, insights and the content that you need to enhance your experience.

HOP Ubiquitous Beacons from Aarhus

In details, Smart POIs are supported by the advanced beacons developed by HOP Ubiquitous called Smart Spots. These physical resources are the technology which permits interaction with any Smart phone and multiple physical places. Simply, Smart Spot sends a notification to your Smart Phone inviting you to participate (as a typical SMS or WhatsApp notification). This notification grants you access to the Web App which enables interaction with the multimedia content.

HOP Ubiquitous has used these Smart Spots as a project of citizen co-creation, generating a platform which allows for projects validation and opening a suggestion box in Aarhus, Denmark (visit www.siidi.eu for more details).

Additionally, Smart Spots have multiple applications, such as local trade impulse, promotion of touristic points and infotainment. Smart Spots are also equipped with environmental monitoring capabilities such as temperature, gases emission, humidity, noise, ground-borne vibration and even city luminosity. These devices make easy the management and maintenance of the different energy sources of the city, and this contributes to the sustainability and resource optimization.

Smart Spots are integrated into the surroundings through design enclosures built with natural materials which have strength and durability. They are designed by HOP Ubiquitous, the design is oriented to optimize their lifetime to the maximum in outdoor conditions, at the same time as they offer a compact size and organic design for its seamless integration with the city.

Learn more and discover how this technology is helping to co-create in Aarhus, Denmark, where It will be available until 27th February in the coming post.

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