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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Blockchain y cambio climático

Blockchain against climate change

Blockchain also contributes to the European project for an emission-neutral continent by 2050 (EU Green Deal)

European objectives for 2025: The Green Deal

In 2019 the European Commission published the Green Deal, presented by Ursula Von Der Leyen as President. This plan lists 50 concrete actions to combat climate change, a highly relevant objective in the European strategy to achieve a neutral continent by 2050. This pact, known as the “EU Green Deal“, seeks a clean economy with zero emissions and the protection of our natural habitat, thereby contributing to an improvement in public well-being, a business awareness of the environment and making Europe a reference point for action against climate change. 

To achieve this goal, Europe proposes to work on clean energy, sustainable industry, efficient renovation and construction, sustainable mobility, biodiversity, pesticide reduction and an end to pollution. On 27 November 2020, was highlighted the Green Deal for the next five years, and the European Commission presented the six main objectives for this period:

  • Combating climate change to become the first neutral continent
  • An economy that works for people and works to implement social projects and is a boost to prosperity
  • A Europe for the digital age, empowering people and boosting technologies
  • Promoting a European way of life and building an EU of equal opportunities
  • A stronger Europe in the world that is a global leader
  • A boost to democracy, protecting and strengthening it

Blockchain, one of the new players in the fight against climate change

Faced with this situation and these objectives, which involve reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030, the European Commission has estimated that it must invest an additional 230 billion of euros per year and promote public-private partnerships. 

To achieve this objective, Europe must promote innovation and research in the territories, in the business fabric and in industries, which will make it possible to reduce emissions, the risk of natural disasters and the impact of pollution on public health. One of the latest ITU/UN reports details how cutting-edge technologies such as climate monitoring, air quality and water resources, Artificial Intelligence and the Blockchain can contribute to this process of fighting climate change. 

In this report, called “Frontier Technologies to Protect the Environment and Tackle Climate Change“, the ITU sets up a working group focusing on environmental efficiency for Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies (FG-AI4EE) to study technology standardisation needs to contribute to these goals. This report recognises how Blockchain technology has been one of the great forgotten technologies to date in the fight against climate change and how it can play a crucial role in it through optimised use of resources and innovation, to contribute to this improvement process.

Blockchain is often associated with cryptosystems such as bitcoin, but this innovative technology has much more potential than bitcoin. Its origins date back to 1991 when Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornetta carried out the first process based on cryptographically protected blockchains. Its media popularity, however, began in 2008, when bitcoin was in the social spotlight, and today its use is mainly based on protecting and securely certifying data traffic, fighting against forgery and data protection. 

This technology focuses on the decentralisation of information from any process, such as banking management or data monitoring from IoT devices. The blockchain is a way of structuring the data, grouping them in blocks or sets adding meta-information related to other previous blocks in the process timeline. In each block it is stored:

  • Number of records in the block and related transactions
  • Information concerning this block
  • Link to the previous and next block
  • A fingerprint of the block

Through cryptographic techniques, these blocks are encrypted and form an encrypted chain of information, and it only can be altered by modifying all the blocks. 

The PwC in “Time for Trust: The trillion-dollar reasons to rethink blockchain” predicted that the blockchain has great potential to grow world GDP by 1.76 trillion dollars in 2030.

3 Blockchain projects to combat climate change

HOPU: This Spanish SME, dedicated to the monitoring and display of air quality data through IoT devices, is implementing the use of the blockchain for the certification of data quality and the protection of measurements in the different monitored environments. In particular, HOPU is implementing the blockchain for air quality monitoring in industry, where exists strict restrictions to protect workers’ health and the air quality of the areas surrounding these factories. The funds of this solution are through the Blockchers program, a project to promote the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European SMEs. HOPU is already running its first pilot in the industry, in the Lisanplast plastics factory, which aims to ensure that the working environment is suitable for employees and to reduce the impact of this company on the ground, under the European Green Deal. HOPU is using the Besu Alastria B, which is regulated and compatible with the European network. Through this network, HOPU verifies compliance with regulations in the workspace, provides a calculation of total emissions and all this in an accessible and intuitive interface to access data in real-time and in historical data. 

PlanetWatch:  This French startup is developing a blockchain system to monitor air quality by taking advantage of the potential of communities. According to this SME, efforts to monitor air quality are not sufficient to date and encourage citizens to participate in this process. This project seeks to encourage people to purchase low-cost air quality sensors, install them in their homes, workplaces or even take them with them and record the data in a blockchain. Through this network, Planet Watch will make the open data available to scientists and governments so that they can combat climate change and will reward users for helping in this process. When a user acquires one of its low-cost devices and activates it to monitor data, it acquires Planet Tokens, utility tokens issued in the Algorand blockchain.  These tokens can be exchanged for Earth Credits, which are translated into euros and allow the purchase of new products and services on Planet Watch.

Smart Playground. Safe Environment for Togliatti: This Russian city of more than 700,000 inhabitants has great industrial relevance and therefore requires a relevant environmental control. Togliatti has set up an environmental monitoring network, installed in playgrounds and children’s games as the new generations are a crucial sector to protect in this process. This project has been carried out by the company Airalab using Libelium sensors. In this project, the chain of blocks has been used with the aim of a safe, verified and unalterable storage of the data collected, seeking to ensure that the authorities and citizens receive objective and transparent information, which shows the environmental state of the territory. On the other hand, this project uses the blockchain for its marketplace, which allows anyone to acquire data without intermediation. All you have to do is send a request for information through the available Smart City platform, and an intelligent contract is automatically generated for the specific sensor to carry out the requested measurement and provide the data with its corresponding quality certificate.

 

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HOPU en Lanzadera

Lanzadera recognises the potential of the Smart Cities market with HOPU in its acceleration programme

HOPU has started its experience in Lanzadera, Juan Roig’s accelerator that has selected the best companies for their innovative potential.

This accelerator program promoted by Juan Roig, director of Mercadona, welcomes this year 130 new companies with innovative proposals in different fields such as fashion, finance, health, video games or marketing, among others, with innovative products and services for the market.  There are already 200 of them currently located in its offices in Valencia, in the Marina de Empresas building.

Javier Jiménez (Director of Lanzadera) and Miguel Milián (Project Manager, responsible for HOPU in Lanzadera) visit HOPU's headquarters in Murcia.
Javier Jiménez (Director of Lanzadera) and Miguel Milián (Project Manager, responsible for HOPU in Lanzadera) visit HOPU’s headquarters in Murcia.

As a young company working on innovation issues related to Smart City and Smart Destination, HOPU is using the full potential of this acceleration programme to improve its processes and management. During 8 months, the HOPU team is receiving training focused on different relevant areas such as finance, marketing, communication, team management, innovation and investment. Thanks to the group of companies that were already part of this project in the previous edition and to highly relevant mentors from companies such as Mercadona, training is being obtained from the practice, where real situations and experiences in the business field are explained, allowing more recent companies to learn first-hand how to deal with them.

Smart Cities applications and sensors for air quality and noise monitoring

Our objective at Lanzadera is to improve in business and management aspects but at the same time, to take our products and services to their maximum potential, expanding to new horizons and markets. Already with a wide impact in the national territory in the Smart Cities market, we seek to expand our European relevance by entering countries such as Germany and Belgium.

 At HOPU we design innovative solutions for urban environments, using the potential of data, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) to contribute to sustainable urban design. To this end, we develop solutions for monitoring and understanding the environmental state of the city according to its specific characteristics, the management team and the citizens of each territory. With a team of 27 people, we are focused on adapting technology to solutions that really make sense in the market.

Currently, cities need quality data and performance indicators to be able to access different European grants EDUSIS, FEDER, UIAs, CEF or the Innovation Fund, which reserves 60% of the budget for compliance with the KPIs indicated in the project. This is where HOPU has set its sights, collecting, analysing and visualising large amounts of data from all kinds of sources such as mobility, public transport, social data, utilities, etc. to provide a single indicator that facilitates understanding of the environmental state of the city and the impact of the different actions carried out. In turn, in our catalogue we offer IoT devices for monitoring parameters such as air quality, noise, weather and the influx of people (nearby device scanning to detect cell phone nearby), allowing cities to collect quality data, in real-time and in the context of the territory.

HOPU’s participation has been under the umbrella and support of Acciona I´mnovation (Acciona innovation platform) a global company with a business model built around sustainability, responding to global challenges such as global warming, overpopulation and water scarcity with renewable energy, infrastructure, management and water treatment solutions. Acciona is one of the companies within the Lanzadera ecosystem that is seeking support from companies for the development of Smart Cities and Smart Destinations for its Smart Cities Skill Center. HOPU is contributing to the sustainable objectives of Smart Cities directed towards the European Green Deal.

 

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Stand de HOPU en Green Cities

HOPU presents at Green Cities its solutions for sustainable cities

GREEN CITIES: FORUM OF URBAN INTELLIGENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

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 IN GREEN CITIES 2020

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 (https://youtu.be/sqKgq1jXa7I), 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

FIWARE PLATFORM at GREEN CITIES

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.

HOPU WINNER OF FIWARE CHALLENGE IOT 2020 IN GREEN CITIES

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). 

FIWARE ZONE reto IoT HOPU
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 ganador reto FIWARE

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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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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HOP Ubiquitous - Select 4 Cities

International Global Competition to join in Smart Cities cluster.

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Select 4 Cities - International Global Competition to join in Smart Cities cluster

 

Hop Ubiquitous, along with 9 other companies and consortiums, have been worldwide selected for the development of an IoE (Internet of Everything) project focused on the cities of Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp.

Intelligent Cities are booming and there is an increasing in those who want to join the benefits of new technologies and IoE with the aim of improving citizens quality of life. It is time for three European cities: Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp. They have decided to become Smart Cities and look for the organization which best knows how to focus on its needs.

However, as can be expected, the more market, the more competition. For that reason, Selec4cities has deployed an election system of worldwide companies to choose those that best fit to the needs of these cities. It is a competition which has 3 phases to find that company or consortium and to design fake rolex and develop an IoE platform for smart urban innovation. In the first phase, 57 organizations have been presented with 28 proposals ..

First call of this global competition has finished and 10 companies have been chosen; among them is HOP Ubiquitous that has presented its candidacy based on the platform of innovation “Homard”. It is an IoE platform able to manage Intelligent Cities remotely. Homard is part of a larger project called Harmonie which unite Homard, Fiware (it is an independent community, in which Hop Ubiquitous is a “gold member“, that is committed to “build an ecosystem of APIs and open source for the development of intelligent applications”) and other platforms. Homard is focused on three use cases: health, measuring air quality such as emission of gases, noise, temperature and humidity, energy consumption and mobility.

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FIWARE - Open APIs for Open Minds

HOP Ubiquitous has joined as Gold member the FIWARE Foundation

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In the search for a collaborative market in the development of a Digital Single Market that facilities the development of key domains such as Smart Cities and industry 4.0. For this purpose, HOP ubiquitous has joined forces with the FIWARE Foundation, as a company that has seen how FIWARE defined a disruptive action in the development of digital services. Thanks to FIWARE technologies, the digital revolution is possible through the promotion of economic and social sustainability. Although the idea was born in Europe, the orientation of FIWARE is international, reaching the creation of an open source system scalable to the whole world.

 At the FIWARE Open Day held on 7 March, the European Commission transferred FIWARE initiative to the FIWARE Foundation, with the ambition to maintain and develop FIWARE technology.

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HOP Ubiquitous relies on the future of this open source philosophy, and we want to be part of it, ensuring its sustainability with our research and innovation efforts and department. We aim to lead the FIWARE IoT Ready programme, with the development of hardware and sensors that connect worldwide in this same platform, committing to share the data collected using Open Standards and harmonized data models. For this purpose, HOP has become as a Gold member of the FIWARE Foundation.

HOP Ubiquitous aims to support the FIWARE IoT Ready Programme for the development of sensors that are connected to FIWARE, such as the connectors / agents to existing and emerging technologies as already done with OMA LwM2M, and also for the emerging protocols and technologies for Smart Cities in FIWARE such as LoRA and NB-IoT. Technologies that are also taking benefit of OMA LwM2M protocol and addressing the Smart Cities and Smart Metering market needs.

Thereby, HOP Ubiquitous joins a foundation lead by key technology disruptors such as NEC, which have just joined the FIWARE Foundation, sharing a segment with Telefonica, Orange, Atos and Engineering.

FIWARE Foundation focuses on the sustainability of FIWARE over time. The valorisation of an open source system in the development of fake rolex projects and the support for SMEs, public institutions, governments and IT industry.

FIWARE has also presenting an excellent expansion in the Smart Cities market, where has already reached a high impact in USA, India, Mexico and emerging in Latin America market with actions in Brazil and in Africa.

In definitive, FIWARE is being defined as the essential tool for the creation of a global platform that supports the digitalization of key markets such as Smart Cities and the development of a Digital Single Market in Europe and beyond its borders.

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HOP Ubiquitous - Siidi Brochures

Hop Ubiquitous launches the Siidi App in Aarhus city.

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Hop Ubiquitous installed yesterday in Aarhus city the platform of citizen co-creation Siidi. It will be available in the Dokk 1 building and in the Institute for X until 31 March.

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Siidi aims to carry out a co-creation process that allows valuable feedback on the running of each city, particularly in the development of new areas. The App is adapted to the necessities of the cities, looking at efficiency and tailoring the design and information to each user in each place. Co-creation service is possible thanks to Smart POIs technology that makes the interaction easy and agile.

Hop Ubiquitous realized yesterday in Aarhus the deployment of 19 Smart POIs of Siidi technology. With them, the citizens will be able to collaborate in the development and maintenance of their city and they will participate in the draw of an IPad in gratitude for their contributions. So… What are you waiting for to come and participate?

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You should only approach to the Smart Spots with your Smartphone, allow the notification come in it and give your opinion about the promotional products topics asked. The more you comment on, the more participations in the draw.

All these opinions will save in a database allowing local authorities to know the preferences and suggestions of the citizens to work on the issues dealt with in a coherent and respectful way with their city.HOP Ubiquitous from Aarhus

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HOP Ubiquitous - Siidi Co-creation

HOP Ubiquitous installs citizen co-creation points in the city of Aarhus.

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February 8, Hop Ubiquitous will implement the Siidi project in Aarhus, an innovative co-creation tool for the citizen. Siidi searches for promote the collaboration and involvement of people in the design and development of cities of the future.

Siidi is one of the citizen collaboration projects selected to help the city of Aarhus approach the smart cities, which will take place next February 8, for the testing of smart cities. Siidi will launch a collaborative Web platform with citizens thanks to beacon technology and Physical Web, capable of generating different physical points of interaction, “Smart POIs”, in the innovative architectural structure of the city of Aarhus DOKK 1 and in the experimental district of Institut for X.  The Siidi experimental project is a channel of communication between the city and citizens, and encourages citizen participation in the design of new public spaces or validation of existing projects.

HOP Ubiquitous Siidi Co-creation

Siidi personalizes its interface and content according to the city, in order to achieve a user experience adapted to the sociological environment. The app is created for the sustainability of the city and optimum use of resources.

With the execution of the experiment a high participation of the population of Aarhus is expected. To promote the participation has been given maximum diffusion throughout the city by means of visual advertising and signage of the interaction points, and incentive to participate with the draw of an Ipad mini 2 among users. The modern Danish city will be able to enjoy this experimental technology until 31 March.

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