ICC CHALLENGE

HOPU participates as a consulting company supporting the cities of the local ecosystem Molina de Segura and Cartagena in the achievement of their Smart City challenges within the initiative of the European Commission “Intelligent Cities Challenge” (ICC)

The European Commission has selected 88 cities to take part in the “100 Intelligent Cities Challenge”, including 16 Spanish cities

The “Intelligent Cities Challenge” (ICC), promoted by the European Commission (EC),  is a great opportunity for European cities that are evolving towards smart and sustainable cities, taking advantage of advanced technologies to rebuild their economies through sustainable and intelligent growth. The aim of this challenge is to provide the resources and tools to enable capacity building, taking advantage of the potential available in cities to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants and create new opportunities for their business communities. These new opportunities allow a successful implementation of sustainable development strategies for cities, such as air quality, circular economy or intelligent and sustainable mobility, economic and social transformation, industry, etc., thanks to the large community of cities and mentors created. Within this challenge, it also provides the necessary tools to access funds for the development of the cities’ initiatives, such as the European Regional Development Funds  (ERDF) and Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (ISUDS).

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Source: Intelligent Cities Challenge. Announcement of the cities selected to participate in the challenge.

The cities selected for the challenge will receive expert guidance and mentoring, and they will access to counterpart cities networks as well as to the tools available to promote priority policy objectives and the adoption of advanced technologies.

After a careful selection by the committee, from the 192 applications received, 88 have been selected to participate in the Challenge within the next 2 years, including 8 experienced European cities that will participate as mentors for the rest, such as Barcelona. In total, 124 European cities will participate in the challenge.

Among them, 16 Spanish cities have been selected for the challenge, among which are the cities of Molina de Segura and Cartagena, located in the Region of Murcia. Within the business ecosystem of the region, HOPU is providing its support to both cities as an expert in IoT solutions and services for the creation of smart and sustainable cities by addressing the digital transformation and incorporating new open technologies. These cities will address their most important local challenges.

Cities are aware of their specific urban development objectives

The city of Molina de Segura will focus on waste management and the circular economy, efficient management of water and water systems, smart and ecological mobility and transport, and support for public safety, including other challenges related to e-government, social inclusion, climate change, public welfare and industry. So far, HOPU has contributed to the development and digitalization of the services of this city, solving existing challenges in the local administration during the pandemic crisis thanks to the development of a new Virtual tax collection Office, which ensures the continuity of municipal services without implying any danger to the health of its inhabitants. In addition, the new intelligent platform of the city based on FIWARE is in full development, which will allow the scalability of services and digitization of the rest of municipal services.

On the other hand, the city of Cartagena will focus its efforts on its challenges related to smart and sustainable tourism, mobility and intelligent and ecological transport; e-government, digitalization of public services, and the growth of startups, SMEs, and the social economy, also addressing the efficient use and management of natural resources as well as disaster management and climate resilience. HOPU has contributed to the digitization of services of different city verticals based on sustainability, developing the intelligent city platform based on FIWARE and CEF Context Broker and deploying networks of air quality sensors in its streets and intelligent irrigation management solutions in its parks and gardens, obtaining the international recognition “Le Monde” 2020 for urban planning.

Cartagena experience with HOPU from HOP Ubiquitous on Vimeo.

Core expert support for candidate cities

The support of the business and institutional ecosystem has been crucial in supporting the success of the candidate cities’ challenges. In this context, international bodies, such as OASC, and technology-based institutions, such as Alastria and FIWARE, have corroborated their interest and commitment, promoting this initiative as well.

Furthermore, among the companies in the IoT sector that have offered support, HOPU is highly committed, offering efficient solutions for different city verticals, totally aligned with the current standards and regulations, as well as with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), promoted by the United Nations (UN).

The great news has been spread in different media, such as the digital newspapers esmartcity.es and murcia.com. The Councillor for Information Technology of the City Council of Molina de Segura, Juan Antonio Cantero Nicolás, which is responsible for the candidacy, has expressed his gratitude for the support received, dedicating a few words to the business ecosystem that has given its support in the candidacy: “I would like to take this opportunity to show my most sincere gratitude to all the companies, organizations and entities that have express their interest in supporting us during this exciting adventure”.

The challenge started in September 2020

The programme, which started in September 2020, will last 30 months and will include more than 100 days of local visits, events, and activities to support participant cities. Through its action-oriented and collaborative approach, this challenge will offer cities a unique opportunity to:

  • Identify local strengths as well as the real priorities and needs of the local environment by defining their strategic objectives and implementation roadmaps.
  • Participate in lasting collaborations to co-design and co-create a joint open data platform as an EU marketplace for urban solutions and joint investments/purchases.
  • Learn and share experiences between counterpart cities and local and international mentors.
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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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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

SMARTCITYEYE

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

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

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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.

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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). 

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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.

 

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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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HOP Ubiquitous Logo - HOPU Smart Cities

The world is a puzzle that we assemble working together.

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The Smart Cities are not the cities of the future; they are the cities of the now. A Smart City transforms our environment to make it more friendly, livable and accessible. This is the goal of Smart SDK project that Hopu has jointly developed with Mexico and Portugal.

This project also promises to improve the collaboration between Europe and Mexico, to create architectures and data models for the development of Intelligent Applications. The project brings together four “partners”; each of them, develop a different part of the project, as we will watch in the following video. For the more perfect union when it comes to developing out Smart SDK, Hopu has had the collaboration of Blanca and Joana from Infotec and the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, respectively, both located in Mexico City.

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Union means strength.

Thank you so much girls for the time and effort dedicated. Thank you for your company. We are at your disposal, it has been a great pleasure to meet you.

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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 Beacon

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HOP Ubiquitous has successfully  deployed 2 Smart POI regions in Aarhus city. Siidi experiment is improving the communication between citizens and public organizations supporting the creation of ideas and new projects. In details, we have deployed 12 Smart Spots, i.e., 12 specific physical interaction points in Aarhus. On the one hand, 7 Smart Spots are available inside the DOKK1 building (https://dokk1.dk/), a reference building in Aarhus as a consequence of its unique architectural and functional design. On the other hand, 5 Smart Spots have been deployed in the area of the sociological research centre, Institute for X (http://institutforx.dk/), where the new Aarhus’ district is being planned.

HOP Ubiquitous Siidi BeaconAfter the initial 10 days of deployment, the interaction points are successfully engaging users through Physical Web technology. The Smart Spots present different looks and feels based on their location. First, Siidi Smart Spots in Dokk1 are presenting a customized encapsulation designed and produced with 3D Printing using natural materials, this design presents an elegant a minimal size format to offer a proper integration with the environment. Second, Siidi Smart Spots in Institute for X presents an IP55 encapsulation to protect them to the adverse weather conditions.

 

Siidi connects with the users’ smart phone through Physical Web technology over Bluetooth Low Energy. In details, Smart Spots send a notification that invites participation to people between 1 to 20 meters (optionally it can be increased up to 70-150 meters).

HOP Ubiquitous Siidi Beacon - Smart POI

The invitation through Physical Web opens in the Smart Phone browser a specific section from www.siidi.eu (the section is based on the location). In Siidi Portal, the users can choose between different topics such as “urban reconstruction”, “culture and education”, and “entertainment”. These topic areas cover the key socioeconomic issues for the new district in Aarhus. In addition, every section offers additional options and an open suggestion box to offer theirs ideas in an agile and simple way getting effective communication between citizens and their city. These insights are focused in the design of a new district that will take place in the actual location of Institute for X.

Currently Siidi has high acceptance and participation by the public, which has become involved in the creation of new district. We were able to collect high information level. All the data are automatically uploaded to the Homard portal based on FIWARE and Sensinact IoT platforms. At the end, data visualization interface offers a summary of all the inputs (anonymized) and general statistics and insights.

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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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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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