What is a Smart City?
According to the European Commission a smart city is a place where services and networks are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business.
A smart city goes beyond the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for better resource use and less emissions. It means smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities and more efficient ways to light and heat buildings.
It also means a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces and meeting the needs of an ageing population.
What can we do to make our city a Smart City?
Climate change, the concentration of the population in large cities, the pollution caused by the overcrowding of people, vehicles and industries, as well as the security challenges of inhabitants and visitors, among many others, are problems that affect all cities, which they continue to grow and evolve at the dizzying pace that cities grow.
Fortunately, technology grows at a similar rate, with more and more options to include technology in the problem solving strategies of these cities.
Ecology, proximity, solidarity and citizen participation are the fundamental objectives of the new cities. Smart Cities are not the future, they are the present.
Most large cities already use technology to make their transport systems more efficient, to bring basic services closer to citizens, reduce the distance between these services, improve mobility, improve public services and guarantee a safer city.
What improvements do we bring from Neuratum with our solutions based on Artificial Intelligence for Smart Cities?
At Neuratum we want to make cities more pleasant, agile, efficient, ecological, safe and flexible for their citizens and tourists.
That is why our solutions are aimed at making the following improvements so that our cities can position themselves as a Smart City:
1. Vehicle traffic analytics in a Smart City.
Thanks to traffic analytics based on Artificial Intelligence, we can detect, count and manage the vehicles traffic in a city.
X-PASS technology allows us to monitor the following variables:
- Vehicles traffic counting.
- Statistics by type of vehicle (car, bus, motorcycle, heavy vehicle, etc.).
- Direction of vehicles detection.
- Prohibited maneuvers detection.
- Prohibited parking detection.
- License plate detection.
2. Analytics of pedestrian flow in a Smart City.
In the same way, with pedestrian traffic analytics solutions we can monitor the following variables:
- Total number of pedestrians passing through a place.
- Number of pedestrians and bicycles that circulate on a sidewalk or walkway.
- Detection of the direction of movement of pedestrians and bicycles.
- Heat maps of city areas.
1. Occupancy management solution for smart beaches:
With our X-OCCUPANCY beach occupancy management solution we can easily identify the level of occupancy of the beaches in real time, offering cities the necessary data so that they can convey valuable information to citizens, helping with the resources and personnel efficiency designated for beach safety.
2. Occupancy management in squares and public spaces in a Smart City.
In the same way, with our On Cloud X-COUNT solution we are able to count the people in any public space controlled with cameras. These cameras can be installed ad hoc or using the existing cameras in these spaces.
We can also detect crowds and help manage social distancing imposed by anti-COVID measures.
PUBLIC SERVICES IMPROVEMENTS:
1. Occupancy management of outdoor parking spaces in Smart City.
The On Cloud X-COUNT counting solution works in any open space to count any type of object or people, in this way we can identify, count and manage the occupation of outdoor parking spaces.
2. Passenger occupancy management of urban buses or trams in a Smart City.
With that same technology based on Artificial Intelligence we can detect and count the passengers of urban buses, subways or trams. Thus helping the occupancy management of urban transports.
X-COUNT can also identify when and at what stops users get off. The average bus lacks this information, since they know where passengers get on, but not where they get off. This information is of a great value for the routes planning and improvement, which also results in an optimization of the service and mobility of the city.
Being able to know the occupation of a bus before getting on provides confidence and security to users, which has been greatly affected by COVID.
Neuratum Solutions for Smart Cities
In our solutions we use the proprietary nevolution technology, together with deep neural networks, the solutions have a better performance managing brightness, scale of the object or position changes.
Advantages of Neuratum solutions for Smart Cities
✔ Helps cities in their decision-making process.
Our solutions provide city councils real-time data of their infrastructures, citizens movements and habits data, real-time occupation status of public spaces, real-time data of public services, vehicle traffic status in sensitive areas of the city, etc.
This is crucial information for a correct decision-making regarding both immediate and long-term actions of city councils in terms of management.
✔ Optimization of public resources.
These data allow city councils optimize their resources, saving on over-management costs, offering citizens a substantial improvement in public services and directly influencing the quality of the city life.
✔ Real-time data dashboard.
All this information is offered in an integrated platform where the City Council can easily manage their information. In the same way, these data is offered through API and JSON, so that administrators can manage their own data and integrate them with their existing management systems.
✔ Easy implementation.
Our goal is to minimize the ecological impact that occurs when implementing this type of solutions in cities and reduce costs for City Councils, therefore we always propose a preliminary study of existing infrastructures (cameras, PCs, telecommunications systems, etc.) to to be able to integrate our software solutions with these existing infrastructures. What leads to a consequent substantial savings in hardware, time and resources.