Technical feasibility

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

SECTION I: Testing

1 Has the R & D result been tested?
YES X
1a In what mode has the result been tested?

•              Prototype

•              Pilot Application

•              Alpha/BETA testing

Digital cities platform is the result of multilateral efforts of URENIO research unit to react to the market need for composite platform that will accommodate the need of integrated tools for various smart city operations. The digital city fabric provides a unifying platform that supports city operations. Providing accessible, transparent and accountable data / service sharing between public services and citizens of the city. Built on top of an open, standards based architecture the fabric provides advanced capabilities around collaboration and information sharing.

An alpha version of digital city has been installed and pilot operating in the municipality of Thermi, has enabled the development team to correct the errors encountered by the actual use of services. Furthermore, and perhaps most important, it enables the demonstration of the Open Platform for Digital Cities to other agencies of local government, prefectures and regions. Finally, the pilot operation gives the opportunity to evaluate the impact of the platform on the achievement of benefits deriving from the implementation of a digital city at a regional level.

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
Testing results have been very valuable and indicated a significant number of improvements and suggestions about module integration.  All di-functionalities were collected into the problem library and treated by the digital city developing team. A second phase testing has been taken place to validate the functionality of accepted source code changes. The resulted modifications have resulted in the Digital City ver.10 beta testing version. All suggestion for further improvement have been categorised and will collectively will incorporated into the Digital City Ver. 2.0.

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

2a To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The technical team has been achieved to produce a state of the art digital city application and manage to install it in pilot city.  Currently the five modules digital democracy, digital governance, digital entrepreneurship, information and promotion and culture provide an adequate digital information background to illustrate city’s activity in community participatory mode. Since the product is customized according to client city’s requirements the technical team has the capability to device new modules upon request. At the current stage of the product evolution as digital city application the technical team is adequate and competent to handle the delivery of end product.
2b What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?

The product is already is fully deployed as digital cit ver. 1.0. Improvements can be made when the maturing of operation of ver. 1.0 will result in a new improved version 2.0.

2.0 planned in two years for now and will upgrade digital city into smart city platform four important technical characteristics are additionally needed: (1)connection with geo-spatial databases and geo-spatial management systems (2) interconnection with sensors  for  what is called ‘Smart+Connected Life’,  (3) geo-spatial representation applications for smart cities and intelligence production  and (4) intelligence generation for processing vast amount of data, real-time analysis of sensor data streams, visibility of the city in action, behavioural modelling of physical, natural and people systems.

2c What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
At the current stage of development no additional technical resources are required.

Upon the decision to upgrade digital city into smart product line technical resources are needed for integration with geo-spatial databases, connection and communication channels with sensors and activators, integration with geo-spatial applications such as smart grids, transport sytems etc. and intelligence generation management systems to produce intelligent outcomes.

2d Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The current stage of digital city is deployed and is ready to be customized and installed in potential city clients.

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
  • technologies, tools, machineries
  • Staff effort

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

1 What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
Digital city is fully technical feasible and under operation. The five modules the five modules digital democracy, digital governance, digital entrepreneurship, information and promotion and culture cover a large range of city activities supporting citizens transactions with city, citizen participation city authorities, visitors, tourists, enterprises, commercial activities, cultural activities and information about city services and operations.

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

Please encircle as appropriate.

Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far 1 2 3 4 x5
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team 1 2 3 4 x5
Current development stage 1 2 3 4 x5
Overall technical feasibility 1 2 3 4 x5

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