We are also excited to announce that these experiments will be taking place across 11 new cities. The OrganiCity movement has now expanded from Aarhus, London and Santander to Velenje (Slovenia), Lisbon (Portugal), Edinburgh (Scotland), Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Novi Sad (Slovenia), Herning (Denmark), Brussels (Belgium), Leuven (Belgium), Cali (Colombia) and Cartagena (Spain).
This year even more experimenting teams will carry out their experiment across multiple cities and three teams will be building upon their experiment from the first experimentation phase.
Team: Public Data Lab
Title: SaveOurAir: Local Data Stories to Mobilize Action
Location: London and Copenhagen
SaveOurAir will make it easier for city planners, citizens and civil society groups to find or tell ‘data stories’ about air at specific locations – such as a road, a square, a school or a traffic intersection. This project will be carried out through a series of ‘data sprints’. Data sprints are transdisciplinary collectives that assemble over several days to collaboratively explore and visualize a set of research questions. The sprints will include participation from field experts, local citizens and civil society groups. As a result, the ‘data stories platform’ will be co-designed. By facilitating the possibility to build on existing data, the project aims to make the issue of air quality tangible for architects, city planners, activists, educators and others.
Team: Tranquil City
Title: Co-creating and Engaging the Tranquil City
Building on the project, completed within the first OrganiCity experimentation period, this experiment will provide case studies on how the Tranquil City can be implemented. The project will work with key partners including local authorities as well as local action groups and business development districts and community groups. These partners will not only support the implementation of the project, but also aim to use the outcomes to inform and deliver their strategies in terms of mobility, air quality and noise management and placemaking. The team aims to further develop the ‘Tranquil Pavement’ interactive map and analyse how citizen engagement, through the distillation of complex data, can empower citizens to celebrate, protect and improve tranquillity in their areas, and to provide an evidence base to form a strategy for a London-wide implementation of the project, and transposition to other cities/countries.
Team: IoTee Lab
Location: Herning, Aarhus and Santander
The experiment is to measure the filling level of bottle banks, enabling a more efficient scheduling for emptying the containers. The aim is to deploy sensors in defined areas of the chosen municipalities, as well as to involve the citizens in these areas. The experiment will integrate into the OrganiCity ecosystem the main actors/objects involved in the glass recycling process: bottle banks (with dashboards for the recycling unit), citizens (with citizen-oriented portal or application), and in the future: collection companies with their trucks (with routes planning and connected navigation systems). The expected output of the experiment is to find the solution for municipalities to measure fill-levels in bottle banks or anything else, that is the cheapest on cost and best in accuracy. The citizens will become an active, empowered partner of this business model. Moreover, citizen’s participation will create awareness around IoT smart city ecosystems and their benefits, including environmental issues and cost benefits.
Title: Data on Site
Location: Aarhus and Leuven
Based on the results of the first OrganiCity experiment, the project aims to develop a public visualization toolkit, which consists of a set of custom participation methods that provide the content for a robust and affordable networked display and polling infrastructure. The toolkit targets to empower civic organizations to present data in the public domain; offer bidirectional interaction with and upon this data, and commence a consultancy service alongside. In addition, the team will provide an instructional and promotional website with guidelines for building the hardware aspects of the visualization toolkit and applying the software using OrganiCity API’s, as well as instructions for applying the public visualization methodology and participation in urban interventions. Scientific evaluation of results will be offered as academic papers at international conferences. Leuven will become a new OrganiCity site.
Team: Portal Open Data Velenje
Title: Islam Mušić
To create a Smart city environment, it is necessary to set up a platform where every organization can share their data in an easy and safe way. The experiment will create a new OrganiCity site in Velenje, Slovenia. The team will scatter different possibilities of data collection, how new organizations can join and share their data, provide guidelines for easy integration of organizational data with a web-based platform and finding ways to integrate this new data platform into the national platform of open data. Among the experiment main stakeholders are the municipality, healthcare providers, educational institution and, of course, citizens.
Team: Green Roof Monitoring
Title: Green Roof Monitoring
The project will develop a web-based green roof monitoring service, providing real-time data. This will allow for better understanding of green roof performance and their impact in an urban environment. The generated datasets could be used for different purposes: improved understanding for policy making, e.g. making green roofs mandatory or impose performance standards; improved understanding for citizens and property owners; scientific research. Real-time monitoring could replace manual maintenance of green roofs (2 times a year), will reduce plant mortality and improve understanding for insurance companies who are liable for damages in case of flooding. In addition, real-time data is the basis for automated green roof maintenance. The team hopes that the experiment will inspire stakeholders – green roof owners, local governments, research institutions and others – by proving that the concept works. They plan to dedicate time to share experiences with the stakeholders, show the potential and invite them to be part of the solution to deploy green roofs on a larger scale.
With this project, an app will be developed to straighten the relationship between city stakeholders under the idea of environmental protection and improvement of life quality through better knowledge of local parks and gardens. This app will increase the interaction opportunities of urban population with biodiversity and foster the conservational interests. It will also serve as a tool to take the most from a visit to the park, changing the user experience beyond a simple walk, inviting city dwellers to get to know the most visited places, identify sounds, learn the names of the existing flora and fauna, and overall, delve into unique aspects of each park or garden. ParGarCom will focus on involving local institutions, citizens (neighbourhood associations) and visitors/tourists (adding to the project a ‘smart destination’ flavour).
Title: Traffic Controlled by Air Quality
This experiment aims to improve air pollution within a city setting by changing the traffic management and eventually the traffic flow. The project will focus on two main aspects: build capacity to swiftly conduct experiments in the settings where solutions have to be implemented and to generate new knowledge about the relation of traffic management to air quality. Combined, the project intends to prove the value of smart city solutions within traffic management. Furthermore, how smart traffic management will affect health and related public expenses. The team will implement and monitor sensors on two main roads of similar design and consistent traffic flow. Traffic lights would then be optimized for better health possibilities by altering the traffic flow and registering differences. The team expects an output of experimentation that enables regulating urban installations based on much more citizen-centric parameters than mere traffic flows. This output will enable outreach to citizen groups and encourage open-ended co-creation.
Team: DunavNET d.o.o.
Title: Novi Sad City Challenges
Location: Novi Sad
This project will address the real end user needs from both social and technical aspects in a smart city. The team will deploy a new instance of OrganiCity in Novi Sad, Serbia. The plan is to engage developers, makers, students, and other citizens with different profiles to provide additional services and possibly datasets during workshops and Hackathons. Datasets will be correlated to identified urban challenges (noise in the city, water quality, traffic, parking, and additional descriptive dataset for addresses in the city). As a final result, developers with the viable business models will be able to deliver services that could have social and economic benefits on top of this federated and tested OrganiCity platform.
Team: Cooperativa Milacessos
Title: Lisbon Tourism Tech Experiential Lab
This experiment is to collect and analyse data to understand the effects of gentrification regarding liveability, mobility, environment, quality of life of its residents, tourism businesses and people flow in the historical areas. This will be achieved by creating a new OrganiCity site in Lisbon, Portugal. The team plans to generate analytics that evaluates how touristic renting (like Airbnb) is distributed in the chosen neighbourhoods and develop a crowdsourcing platform to allow direct interaction among the community, where entities and citizens support a structured dialogue and strengthen the sense of belonging. The team will also generate scenarios that correlate living and static data to enrich the business and community intelligence platform with different types of formats, sources and frequency of data. The goal is to create a more realistic view of the urban ecosystem.
Team: Edinburgh Living Lab
Title: Edinburgh CitySounds
The CitySounds experiment will be a valuable first step in exploring and celebrating the richness of sounds in the city, benefiting from recent innovations in digital technology and network infrastructure. It will focus on how biotic and anthropogenic sounds captured in a central urban greenspace can inform community groups and citizens about biodiversity and health and well-being, as well as provide a unique resource for artists and data scientists. Wide frequency audio data will be both streamed in real-time and stored for subsequent processing and analysis. The team will construct a sensor kit that enables to capture the rich array of biotic and anthropogenic sounds in both the audible and ultrasonic range. After anonymization, the audio data will be made available via the OrganiCity API and stored for further analysis. A new OrganiCity instance will be created in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Title: Conversational Interfaces for Urban Data
The project addresses one of the main issues in dealing with urban data: making it more accessible and engaging to citizens. The team postulates that conversational interfaces, powered by chatbots, will become the de facto standards for interacting with Internet-connected objects and urban data repositories, replacing current visual-based interfaces. In much the same way, we text friends and chat with them on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or similar platforms we will be able to chat with our own city. Among the main outcomes of the experiment is an implementation of a chatbot connected to the Organicity platform and able to answer citizen queries based on urban data and IoT devices data streams. In addition, an open training toolkit on how to leverage Organicity platform APIs and services to create conversational interfaces (including best practices and design guidelines) will be created.
Title: Brussels Qualitative and Quantitative Noise Map
Noise nuisance is one of the most important life-quality indicators that has been proved to influence citizens health condition drastically. In this project, the aim is to develop a web-based, and public noise map with quantitative (i.e. volume) and qualitative (i.e. the type of the noise such as traffic noise, construction noise and birds sound) information about the noise in different hours of the day and night such that users can click on any point on the map and check the noise quantity and quality. As the noise map will be available on the internet, citizens will benefit from the system, hence whenever they planned to move to a new location, they can choose an area with lower noise pollution based on the prepared noise map. The noise map will be also helpful for municipalities to tune their strategies and long-term plans. Finally, building construction companies can also use the noise map information to fine-grain and optimize the materials they use in different locations of the city to fight with noise more effectively.
Title: Co-Creative Air Monitoring Network
Location: Cali (Colombia) and Cartagena (Spain)
The project’s objective is to develop a network for monitoring and improvement of air quality in urban environments using low-cost IoT devices (crowd-sensing) and information provided by the public through a mobile application (crowdsourcing). The team aims to enable all citizens and public authorities to know the state of the air in their environment through the collaboration of all parties involved. Co-creation is beneficial for citizens, who will be able to get information about the air quality of the places they frequently use. This will create an awareness of the need to reduce the emission of polluting gases. In the context of smart cities, local authorities can use the information provided by CAMoN to identify problem areas and act on them with measures such as improving public transport, reducing polluting vehicle traffic or creating green areas among other things.
Title: WearAQ Phase 2
Drawing on the project, completed during the first OrganiCity experimentation period, WearAQ Phase 2 combines a new perspective to an existing context of understanding air quality (AQ) issues through perceptual experience mapping using wearable technology. WearAQ Phase 2 inverts the conventional passive approach to providing AQ data to citizens only as a form of visualisation and instead consider citizens as active participants in collecting data, providing their opinions, and deciding as a community and as individuals about what needs to be done regarding the issue. The project aims to explore various ways of structuring participation with the communities so that they feel that they have the rights to engage in authentic and subjective data collection and have more sense of ownership to the project through the process.
Experimenting in: Aarhus, Denmark
This experiment will especially address the urban challenge of promoting active citizenship. In particular, the team aims to develop a mvp of a mobile app which can be used for registrations of the perceived feeling of safety in Aarhus. They will involve immigrants and/or people in the lower to middle social class into the co-creation process and envision that the primary content of the platform derives from information created by citizens. The experiment will enhance the focus on safety and citizenship in the city in a time where the feeling of safety is challenged due to an increase of e.g. gang violence, terror threats and a general concern for minorities. Furthermore, the idea and smart city platform can be expanded to other cities that may experience the same threat to peace and well-being of the citizens.
Team: OTA Analytics
Experimenting in: London, UK
Citizen science is a valuable method for enabling communities to manage and own their assets, and this project will seek to seed the local communities with the knowledge they need to manage and maintain the devices (and green spaces) over the coming years. The team will co-create initiatives, promoted in local resident societies, schools and community clubs to develop relationships and ideas between key stakeholders. They will quantify water usage, urban cooling, CO2 pollution and rainfall to assess the impact of smart, IoT-enabled, RMS. The primary output for OTA will be a collection of data from a “swarm” (or series) of pilot-scale smart RMS. The data from sites will enable the experimenters to validate that integrated smart and artificially intelligent rainwater management assets can be cost-effectively deployed throughout our cities as autonomous stormwater flood prevention and drought mitigation assets. Life cycle analyses will demonstrate water savings, sewer overflow reductions and urban heat island reductions in real-time. In collaboration with local teachers, the team intends to develop a further output in the form of lesson plans around urban water management for schools, covering water resources, water efficiency, flooding, sustainability and urbanisation.