IP protection

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

1 Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?
Digital city applications stimulate social and citizen participatory action through e-governance commutative decision making and social networking. They also build a favorable environment for innovation and commerce and tourism attraction.  They enhance the communication and information channels between citizen and the city and promote cultural events and city activities.  The digital city platform has been achieved to manage all this platform constructs for digital city and is prepared to enrich its portfolio of digital services required by citizens.

Another line of the state of the art research is emerging on the area of smart city platforms. Main ICT building blocks of a Smart City is aligned with ubiquitous ICT infrastructure, high-speed internet access, wired and wireless, Sensor and actuator deployments everywhere and ICT service enablement suite for Smart media service enablers and City-wide ”open” access to sensor and actuator services.

2 What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
While digital is an employed from an R&D result to enable product further research has to make to include smart city capabilities. This inclusion requires integration with geo-spatial databases to provide spatial characteristics of the provided information. While digital city operates on a digital information based layout, it must extend its presentation layout to spatial one. These geo-spatial characteristics will at least initiate the actions to cover the gap between digital platform and smart city platform. The problem was addressed before in experimental mode using different types of mapping geo-spatial presentations that were mostly unreliable. The R&D will explore the market trend for web-based GIS applications
3 What is the potential for further research?
Exploring emerging technologies as Future Internet, Internet of Things, open data and open web based interactive maps. Europe’s Future Internet and Digital agenda recently highlighted the importance of Smart Cities and their cross-cutting issues in the information era. Their dense, urban environments are well known for the vast amounts of produced and exchanged. Viewed from a slightly different perspective, these social ecosystems are shaped under the rising requirement of people to communicate, get connected with each other and most important to have appropriate and timely access to information regardless of their or of the information’s location.
4 What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
Digital city could be IPR protected, because it meets specific requirements that include e.g. novelty and integration of software and hardware. Patents are handled somewhat differently in different countries and so the requirements for a patent to be granted may vary. For example, in the US, software can be quite freely patented where as in the EU, software is not patentable (though patent lawyers have found ways to get patents for software or parts of software). Digital technologies are characterized by several unusual features. The costs of reproduction are insignificant, as compared with the costs of copying physical products.. For these reasons, digital technologies make it difficult to protect innovations through IPRs. Thus USPTO patent is considered to be the suitable solution to have the most geographic coverage since the product refers to global markets.
5 What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
In order to apply for USPTO patent for digital city the following steps must be taken:

  • Preparation of a written description of Digital City  with all necessary drawings and organizational materials
  • Preparation of prototype that will be used as a blueprint for Digital city
6 What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
Digital city belongs to the wider research area concerning smart / intelligent spaces, that take the perspective that cities are systems of systems, and that there are emerging opportunities to introduce digital nervous systems, intelligent responsiveness, and optimization at every level of system integration – from that of individual buildings, and ultimately to that of complete cities and urban regions.  There is continuous research and development cycle in the URENIO research laboratory. Research ideas about digital spaces are experimented, tested and proceed to development where market potential have been foreseen. The digital city has reached scientific maturity at this current stage of developments. New experiments with spatial databases and future internet technologies could reach a stage of maturity at the near future adding new capabilities to the platform.

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

Please encircle as appropriate.

Scientific maturity 1 2 3 x4 5
Synergies 1 2 3 x4 5
State-of-the-art/innovation 1 2 3 x4 5
IPR-potential 1 2 3 x4 5

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