Internet of Things is a way to describe how things that surrounds us are becoming connected – where every thing communicates and interacts. Urban ICT Arena offers a testbed where pioneering IoT solutions can be tested in an urban environment.
Everything is becoming connected
Soon every single thing will have a sensor. A sensor that detects events or changes in its environment, e.g. in temperature, motion, resistance, flow, pressure, distance, power or light – alone or in combinations. But why?
To make life easier and more sustainable. When technology adapts to us and our behaviors, it will increase service availability, sustainability and safety in our communities.
Internet of Things simplifies life when our needs are early detected by intelligent digital solutions. By reducing needs of energy and finite resources, it is also an important driving force to address Sweden’s need of reducing the CO2 emissions to fulfill the Paris Agreement.
It also supports Smart City planning in municipalities as they can develop better services to citizens by better understanding needs, and limit risk, in various situations and places.
The gadgets are working day and night – as when the street light, the elevator or the heating system indicates when it’s time for service to avoid unnecessary stops – or the recycling truck follows the most efficient route to empty garbage bins that are calling for action.
It is a change that happens at high speed. It is estimated that 13-14 million new gadgets are connected to the internet. Every day. What this will mean in the future, we can only imagine.
How we can contribute
We help companies to test new ideas and products in a real urban environment. With the latest digital infrastructure at hand, we can help you gain key insights.
Show your solutions to the world. The testbed serves as a showroom for your products – each year, delegations from all over the world come to Kista to learn more about the innovation culture.
Collaboration is key for creating tomorrow’s sustainable cities. This requires new ways of working, including sharing data and knowledge between innovative companies and the public sector.
What makes it possible
The backbone of our testbed is the fiber stations. Along the street Kistagången, we have 15 different access points to a dark fiber network, provided by Stokab. These access points typically consist of a “hardware box” where network access and electricity is available, as well as a place to put the actual sensors, such a light pole or a bus stop.
Vehicle as a sensor: air quality
Taking advantage of vehicles used in a last-mile public transport project, Edeva and Smart Sensor Devices tested their air quality sensors by attaching them to the vehicles. This gave them the opportunity to measure both indoor air quality in the vehicles and take GPS-positioned measurements of air quality in the urban environment.
Measuring traffic flows and air quality
One big challenge for the cities of today is how to manage traffic, avoid congestions and provide a good urban environment. Planning new traffic solutions and evaluating the effectiveness of changes made to the current environment requires data. In a new project in the testbed on Kistagången, Edeva shows how combining several data sources at a fixed position can contribute to more informed decisions for traffic management.
Are you interested?
Can your product benefit from being tested in an urban environment? Get in touch!