Working side by side, our Human-Centred Design and Connected Things teams were in Aveiro (Instituto de Telecomunicações) to install two sensing units’ prototypes - on a bicycle and on a pole (specifically dedicated for experimentation). These sensing units include several sensors that allow data collection on noise, light, air quality, humidity, and temperature. The goal is to validate that the prototypes work, that they are able to collect data, send data, and cope with the conditions in which they operate. Data will now be collected continuously until the end of the project, scheduled for June 2023.
These deployments happened as part of the mobilizing project "City Catalyst - Catalyst for sustainable cities" which aims to investigate and develop new products, processes, and services with high potential, contributing to an integrated urban management, efficient and innovation-catalysing, based on specific contributions to the implementation and interoperability of urban platforms. In all, 20 companies and R&D organizations are involved. FhP-AICOS is responsible for the development of the casing, enclosure, and deployment of the sensing infrastructure and gateway (PPS 1) and is involved in the design and development of the support platform for open innovation and co-creation (PPS4).
Within the City Catalyst project, FhP-AICOS is responsible for proposing and implementing the sensing infrastructure and sensing gateway, as well as helping in the development of the open innovation platform following a co-creation approach. As a result, 5 demonstrators are intended to be implemented in the cities of Porto, Aveiro, Guimarães, Famalicão and Cascais, in order to validate new products and services developed within the City Catalyst project.
With an investment of over 5 million euros, the City Catalyst project has kicked-off in 2020 and has 36-month length.