Technical feasibility

SECTION I: Testing

 

1

Has the R & D result been tested?

YES

 

 

1a

In what mode has the result been tested?

                Prototype

                Pilot Application

                Alpha/BETA testing

 

Future internet trends and motivations have a catalytic effect on smart city’s interoperability, offering new opportunities for open web services through linked and open data . Ontologies and semantic web services provide an important inter-operable data representation standard. Languages like W3C, RDF-S and OWL enable the exchange of data across city’s domains by collecting intra-domain concepts and defining relationships among them. Visualization APIs (Google Visualizations API, MIT Simile Exhibit API, Yahoo pipes) expose data on the web on a common visualization structure. At the same time, the trust and safety of the internet shortcoming is attempted to be alleviated through the emerging research area of Internet of Trust. Another aspect of the open integration layer is the storing and accessing of applications and computer data often through a Web browser in cloud computing.  The framework has been tested in use cases for the cities of Barcelona, Amsterdham and Edingurgh.

 

b.

Please describe and discuss the testing results

All these developments have created a new landscape of intelligent / smart cities in which collective intelligence, innovation, problem solving and use of smart devices and networks are taking leading roles. Cities adapt slowly to this new landscape, understanding the possibilities offered by new information technologies and organisational settings, developing digital applications and solutions, leveraging new business models, and adapting their innovation and inclusion strategies to smart networks, social media, mobile devices and IT solutions, with the following limitations:

1.     Limited data  availability and restricted data (not open data)

2.     Reuse interoperability of available smart city data

3.     Limited Support of Mobile and Wireless Terminals

4.     Lack of Built-in Security

5.     Scalability Issues

6.     Performance and Quality of Service Challenges

7.     Limited impact on the major city challenges

 

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. )

Complex Systems Analysis branded in the (COSAL) laboratory. In order to support this field and provide specific research and professional opportunities to qualified graduates, it has established a pioneering Postgraduate Program on Web Science (webscience.auth.gr). Members of COSAL and the Web Science Program are already leading members of the DBpedia internationalization committee and maintainers of the Greek DBpedia and the first Greek Linked Data Cloud. Intelligent cities constitute a discrete category of innovation systems created by the agglomeration of creativities within clusters, knowledge and innovation creation mechanisms that operate within cities (technology absorption, creation, dissemination), and digital networks and online services. Their added value lies in their ability to bring together three forms of intelligence (human intelligence of the city’s population; collective intelligence of institutions supporting learning and innovation; artificial intelligence of digital networks and online services) and assure higher performance in all urban ecosystems (economy, utilities, governance).

 

 

2b

What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?

e-cities Platforms should be able to intercommunicate, and share among others data, content, services and resources. This will enable a desired inter platform coordination that avoids any unnecessary functionality and data replication. Resources and rich services may then be provided in a seamless way and on-demand and this will make it easier for enterprises, individuals and communities to address problems in specific areas.

 

 

2c

What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?

The following experts are required for the implementation of the framework are:

Required staff

skills

An experienced incoming research position for semantic ontologist

Semantic ontologies, LOD cloud data, smart city apprehension, conversion of these data to RDF

An experienced incoming research position for  data layer integrator

Triple store techniques, query languages in large dataset, smart city apprehension

An experienced incoming research position  for semantic web annotator

Semantic web services, RDF statements, vocabularies  (like Minimal Service Model,  WSMO-Lite, OWL-S) smart city apprehension

An experienced incoming research position for linked data business model developer

Linked data, API, business models, smart city apprehension

An experienced incoming research position for WebID services generator

WebID, internet security, SSL/TL, smart city apprehension

An experienced incoming research position for Internet of thinks researcher

RDF technologies, wireless/ mobile telecommunication smart city apprehension

 

 

2d

Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.

The e-cities platforms layer mainly consists of the incoming raw data streams that are produced in large isolated platforms and sensors in all urban ecosystems (economy, utilities, governance) and the associated web services that these streams attempt to drive through various platforms.

The initial objective is to meet the needs of both citizens and businesses, providing on-line applications and complete e-services through the adoption of information and communication technologies.

The project accounts this level as an input from which real value can now be extracted by overcoming issues of the past concerning the nature of the information and the development/provision of web-based services.

As far as information issues are concerned, the integration of mature semantic web technologies will take advantage of the information which was so far isolated and unexploited. The end result will involve functional entities addressing specific needs and offering elegant solutions in exchanging information at an interoperable and reusable way. On the other hand, the project’s proposed architecture will promote user friendliness and attract the end users with the aim to satisfy their needs for information.  This will become possible via solutions which are independent of the underlying protocols and technologies. This way the platforms and sensors already available should be able to intercommunicate and share data, content, services and resources. Rich, innovative services may then be provided in a seamless and on demand way with obvious benefits for enterprises, individuals and communities.

 

 

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a

Define the demands for large scale production in terms of

Materials

There are no plans for mass production since the access to e-cities platform is online via web.

technologies, tools, machineries

 

Staff effort

 

 

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

1

What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?

 

e-cities platform is a coordinated effort to bridge research and adaptation of new technologies towards the creation of smart cities, intelligent enterprise, i-government, i-transport and i-energy. The platform visualizes urban space through geospatial databases, capture embedded information and monitor intelligence applications. They are interaction paradigms in smart environments of multi-vendor interoperability solutions between heterogeneous devices and embedded systems that mobilize new applications for smart environments.Smart cities mirror the real time city operation pulse as system with systems. An urbanizing world means cities are gaining greater control over their development, economically and politically. Cities are also being empowered technologically, as the core systems on which they are based become instrumented and interconnected, enabling new levels of intelligently responsive operation. The system incorporates infrastructures, such as broadband networking, smart grids alongside various forms of renewable energy generation and building new systems of mobility based on distributed networks.  The common coordinated research effort has already produced an effective Smart city management platform adaptable for application to various city environments.

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

 

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Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far

 

 

 

 

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Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team

 

 

 

 

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Current development stage

 

 

 

 

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Overall technical feasibility

 

 

 

 

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