I-Scope–Interoperable Smart City Services through an Open Platform for Urban Ecosystems

Acronym: i-SCOPE
Title: Interoperable Smart City Services through an Open Platform for Urban Ecosystems
Coordination: Dr. Raffaele de Amicis, Fondazione Graphitech
Funding: CIP / ICT PSP, Open Innovation for Internet-enabled services in Smart Cities
Duration: 36 months

Develop an open toolkit based on 3D UIMs according to the principles of service-oriented architecture using open standards (OGC). This includes services capable to create CityGML models from data such as surface models (e.g. LIDAR), terrain models and building floor plans.i-SCOPE plans to develop and test technologies for the so-called smart cities services based on interoperable 3D Urban Information Models (UIM). URBASOFIA has entered the project led by Fondazione Graphitech as a subcontractor.
The objectives of i-SCOPE are to:

  • 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.
  • Develop smart services to promote inclusion and mobility of differently-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.
  • Test smart services within a variety of network ecosystems ranging from city-wide sensor networks, to large scale regional optic fibre networks (in the case of Trento and Lazio Region, Italy), to mobile location based services.
  • Develop trustable, secure privacy schemes to ensure the highest level of protection of users’ information. This is necessary since such a set of real-time, location-based mobility services poses significant security and privacy issues (due to traceability of people’s location, actions, travel plans etc).

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.
With specific regard to this, i-SCOPE has the following goals:
Promoting establishment of a common “Urban Information Model” (UIM) to create specific applications on top of this. To do so i-SCOPE smart city services will rely on the use of CityGML, an international acknowledged standard. The outcomes of the project will neither be isolated nor stand-alone. In contrast, applications realized in City A can be transferred and utilized in City B since both refer to a common standard. This is to be seen as a key for the cooperation within the project and also for the evaluation of the outcomes.
Accelerate the uptake of CityGML as the reference standard to support simulation, by integrating or extending existing open platforms in several EU cities, making combined use of mobile technologies, location based services, sensor networks, high performance networks and 3D technologies to deliver novel services for tourists, for local residents, for businesses and for public administrations.
Extending the core CityGML open standard (to be submitted to the OGC consortium) to define specific CityGML Application Domain Extensions (ADE) relevant to the pilots selected, specifically in the domain of inclusive routing, solar energy assessment and noise mapping.
Promotion of a number of awareness activities to accelerate the uptake of CityGML as the reference standard to support urban-scale smart services, sustainable planning and simulations.

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