In line with the strategy of the Center of Competence, the Future Cities Project stimulates multidisciplinary work, promoting collaboration among partners from different areas. All efforts are carried out in close cooperation with local and international companies (small, medium and large), as well as municipalities, government agencies, and reference international science and research institutions.
The Future Cities Project aims to turn Porto into a smart city, a living lab, by providing it with a wide range of sensors and communication equipment, thus creating the conditions for future research and development using advanced technologies for data collection through mobile platforms, wireless communication and large-scale information processing.
This living lab enables the development of research in areas such as sustainability, mobility, urban planning and information and communication technology.
The equipment used in the Future Cities Project is based mainly on two core work areas.
» Mobility – information technology allows a more efficient and comfortable inter-modal mobility with optimized route planning. A vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) testbed is being created and the equipment has already been installed in about 500 taxi cabs and 25 trucks.
The goal of this testbed for mobility is to measure and evaluate how V2V communication can improve the user's experience and the overall efficiency of vehicle and road utilization. V2V testbeds are positioning devices which use sensing technologies and wireless interfaces to enable smooth operation in a network, share information about traffic or accident alarm signals and make navigation and safety decisions based on the messages they receive.
» Urban-scale sensing– with the development of technologies for monitoring and characterizing such subjects as stress and fatigue, it is possible to evaluate the extent to which information and communication technologies can affect and/or assist citizens in traffic situations or emergency scenarios. The use of technological equipment - such as t-shirts with sensors and electrocardiogram systems - allows for a continuous record of heart rate and rhythm.
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