S2MovingCity: Sensing and Serving a Moving City

Research teams: CMU; IT; UA
Organizations: APD; CMP; Veniam
Main Research Area: Smart Moving City; Sense and Serve the City; Vehicular and Sensing Network; City Behavior and Prediction; Decision support
CMU Portugal Program webpage: http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=6338
Principal Investigators: Susana Sargento (UA; IT); Manuela Veloso (CMU; CS)

Current Smart Cities projects focus on sensing or on open data initiatives, whose objective is to provide city-wide information to city end-users, which seems to lack on planning and decision-making and handling the different changes at different time-scales. Also, they all miss a low-cost and secure infrastructure to gather the massive amount of data from sensors in the city (fixed or mobile), people and vehicles, to be provided in the smart city platform.

The S2MovingCity will make use of our unique vehicular and sensing infrastructure (the BusNet, the UrbanSense, and the SenseMyCity) to focus on providing the city of Porto with a more “effective” solution to support planning and city-wide management, improving the comfort of city dwellers. The S2MovingCity project proposes to deliver massive urban sensing of people, vehicles, and environment, to support data-driven city planning and decision making. We will pursue the challenges of this project through the following 3 areas:

1) Communication infrastructure for reliable and low-cost information gathering;

2) Modelling Data Flows, Behavior and Prediction;

3) Decision support systems.

In terms of innovation and product, the final achievements will make the smart cities concept a reality, and keep the institutions and companies involved in the forefront of research and technology. A variety of novel services and applications will be available on the market, and, more importantly, subject to privacy issues, we will make the data available to use for research, commercial purposes and to the community.