i-SCOPE - interoperable Smart City services through an Open Platform for urban Ecosystems

Research Area 3D Geovisualisation, Geovisual Analytics and LBS
Status In progress
Start Year 2012
End Date 2015
GraphiTech Role Project Coordinator
Funding Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme - ICT Policy Support Programme - Objective identifier: 5.1 - Open Innovation for Internet-enabled services in 'smart' cities' Pilot Type B
Project Web Page www.iscopeproject.net

Based on interoperable 3D Urban Information Models (UIM), the project i-SCOPE (interoperable Smart City services through an Open Platform for urban Ecosystems) delivers an open platform on the top of which it develops, within different domains, three 'smart city' services. These services will be piloted and validated, within a number of EU cities which will be actively engaged throughout the project lifecycle, and they will address:

  1. Improved inclusion and personal mobility of aging and diversely able citizens through an accurate city-level disable-friendly personal routing service which accounts for detailed urban layout, features and barriers.
  2. Optimization of energy consumption through a service for accurate assessment of solar energy potential at building level.
  3. Environmental monitoring through a real-time environmental noise mapping service leveraging citizen's involvement will who act as distributed sensors city-wide measuring noise levels through their mobile phones.

All smart services will be based on already available technologies which will be integrated, deployed and made publicly available from a "3D smart EU cities" portal. Potential trust, privacy and data security risks and vulnerabilities, i.e. due to localization of people, are integral part of the project and will be explicitly addressed. Indeed, these already available technologies are:

  1. An App for smartphone and apps will be used by citizens to guide them through the city along barrier-free routes.
  2. A 3D web application is used by city administrators and professionals to create very high-resolution solar potential maps based on interoperable 3D models of cities.
  3. A 3D web application is used by city administrators and professionals to create detailed noise maps, visualise in 3D real-time noise mapping data, and access historical data regarding noise maps.

The objectives of i-SCOPE project are to:

  • Develop an open toolkit based on 3D UIMs according to the principles of service-oriented architecture using open standards (OGC).
  • Develop smart services to improve decision-making in planning processes and policy design at city-regions management levels, with regard to issues related to energy efficiency and noise levels, based on urban pattern and its morphology.
  • Promote inclusion and mobility of diversely-abled people and elderly users through technology that help them overcome barriers at city level and that support them during their daily urban trips.
  • Develop smart services that can involve citizens at wider scale by collecting real-time location-based information at urban scale.
  • Develop trustable, secure privacy schemes to ensure the highest level of protection of users' information.

Furthermore, i-SCOPE aims at providing a significant contribution to standards in the domain of smart city services, through contribution to extension and wider adoption of CityGML as key enabling open standard for 3D smart city services.

Users of this project will be:

  1. Diversely-abled citizens needing customised routing instructions. Specifically, mobility impaired users or people with limited ambulation requiring barrier-free routing functionalities, and visually impaired users who cannot read maps and need voice-based semantically rich routing instructions.
  2. City administrations that need to define policies in terms of heat dispersion and solar potential at urban level. Professionals who need to have high precision solar potential assessment.
  3. City administrations needing to assess noise through simulation as well as existing mapping data in order to create noise maps according to EU Directive 2002/49/EC. Citizens, who can access real-time data as well as accumulated maps on areas and time-scales of interest.

The project lasts 42 months and the conosrtium is composed of 20 partners, including research centers, universities, companies and local administrations. The i-SCOPE project is coordinated by Fondazione GraphiTech, while the other partners are: Epsilon Internasional S.A (Greece), Geofoto d.o.o. (Croatia), EvroGeomatika Ltd. (Serbia), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), M.O.S.S. computer Grafik Systeme GmbH (Germany), GISTANDARDS (UK), S.C. INDECO SOFT S.R.L. (Romania), Cadzow Communications Consulting Ltd. (UK), GeoSYS (Malta), Ordnance Survey (OS), Municipality of Indjija (Serbia), Municipality of Baia Mare (Romania), Zadar County (Croatia), City of Zagreb (Croatia), City of Wien (Austria), Newcastle City Council (UK), Informatica Trentina (Italy), Sinergis (Italy) and Regione Lazio (Italy).