MONICA created tools for smart cities to use IoT technologies to support the management of security and (un)wanted sound at large, open-air cultural and sporting events which attract and affect many people.
One challenge of outdoor concerts is to ensure adequate levels for the audience while avoiding disturbance of the surroundings. With the initial concept of a sound field control (SFC) system, MONICA uses Bayesian inference to update a sound propagation model to tackle this issue using sound-zoning. The developed solution was tested at several large concerts and a noise reduction beyond the concert venue was achieved. The MONICA project and partners were rewarded for their outstanding connected solution to manage sound and safety in outdor events with the
To further strengthen the management of such events, MONICA provides a cloud-based IoT platform supporting a series of applications that can be used to monitor, record and analyse the environment and consequently predict or identify situations which need attention. During events personnel can monitor the situation using a web-based interface – the MONICA COP – which provides an operational picture of the environment in real-time, and which displays notifications in case of any unusual activities. The MONICA services include crowd and capacity monitoring, detection of security, health and safety incidents as well as location of and communication between staff, visitors and control centre. The MONICA system was successfully tested in several large pilots during events that were visited by several 10.000 visitors. Read more at:
Peter Rosengren from CNet represented the GOESY project on the Innovation and Networking Days on 11th November 2019 Bonn, Germany, hosted by FIT – Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology and co-organised by the partner LINKS and the Centre for Research and Technology CERTH (Greece).
This venue offers to innovators from industry, research and public administrations, the opportunity to meet, share, discuss and attend technical presentations. The first day was focused on Smart Citys and Energy, a perfect framework for GOEASY, which was presented at the networking and poster session by partners FIT and CNET. Interesting discussions about the technical aspects of the AsthmaWatch pilot and on engagement strategy led to investigate how to motivate citizens to behave more sustainable.
GOEASY received attention from many participants for its innovative approach towards building sustainable cities through objective data collection as well as dealing with privacy issues, in order to achieve progress in promoting healthy and sustainable behaviour. Participants have also acknowledged GOEASY’s potential for direct and indirect economic contributions through improving health conditions of asthma patients, thereby reducing health-related expenses.
On Tuesday the 11th June 2019 Sveriges Radio reported about the MONICA project “Researchers will erase noise from concerts”. The report referred to the latest concert by the artist Medina on the 31st of May 2019 in Copenhagens Tivoli included in their Friday rock concert series stating that the results of the MONICA project may be able to annihilate the noise disturbance of outdoor concerts.
The Tivoli is part of the international research project MONICA, which tries to find “smart” solutions that can satisfy both, concert enthusiasts and residents of the area, as neighbours have complained since Tivoli started their Friday rock concerts outdoors. Built 176 years ago, the amusement park was in the outskirts of Copenhagen, but has long been enclosed by the growing city and is situated in the centre now, with accommodation not far from the loud concerts.
The MONICA project demonstrates its pilot Common operational picture – COP on the “Hamburg DOM”. The largest fun fair in Northern Germany is held in front of Hamburg’s Cathedral for 30 days three times a year, in spring, summer and winter. The Winterdom takes place from the 9th of November to the 9th of December 2018. On an area of 160.000 qm² several hundred rides, snack shops, bakeries, taverns, shows and weekly fireworks expect over 2 million visitors.
This year the MONICA project set up a system to address crowd management. The system consists of mobile and fixed IoT-enabled devices deployed at the event area. IoT-enabled meaning that these have sensors and can wirelessly connect to the Internet and communicate and initiate actions. The information exchanges in the MONICA project is handled by a cloud-based platform with control systems that monitor the collected data and perform automated actions based on behaviour modelling. The platform also consists of components which analyse data and detect critical incidents, supporting operators in assessing situations and making decisions. CNet has developed the database for the Common Operational Picture and the visualisation tool to provide decision support to the event operators.
The second Hackathon of the MONICA project took place on 26th to 28th October 2018 in Leeds. Seven teams from Finland, Germany, Spain and the UK took part in the challenge for designing digital technologies that could help enhance sports fan engagement and experience at the stadium.
The winner Pauline O’Callaghan impressed the jury with a solution for augmented hearing that enables stadium visitors to control their auditory environment during games. Pauline O’Callaghan, a young electronic engineer from Berlin, won €5000 prize money with her winning solution ‘Hearability’.
The solution, an augmented hearing device for spectators with the mission of giving everyone control over their auditory environment, makes events safer and more inclusive to all. O’Callaghan presented several use cases including one that enables turning down the volume of a game when listening to what your friend is saying next to you and turning it up again when finished. The judges, including innovation and technical experts as well as stadium and project representatives, were impressed by the inclusivity aspect and the variety of possible use cases inside the stadium and elsewhere. As part of the prize, Pauline O’Callaghan will now receivesix months of business support from MONICA to help her progress her winning prototype.
Handling the crises faced by modern societies often requires the coordination of multiple types of stakeholders from different countries. One of the key requirements to manage crisis is to have access to situational awareness through ICT solutions. To act efficiently all involved stakeholders need to share a common operational picture. Together with a consortium of European emergency practioners, rescue operators, first responder organisations we are working in the Sayso project to define a new IoT based reference architecture for such system to be used in emergency situations involving many citizens.
The GOEASY project aims to enables a new generation of trusted and dependable mass-market Location Based Services and Applications. The project grouped to create the technical and business foundations required for a new generation of trusted and dependable mass-market Location-Based Services (LBS) and Applications for engaging, stimulating and rewarding citizens for more sustainable behaviours.
This will be realised by an open eco-system built upon unique Galileo features (such as increased trust and improved availability) and leveraging open standards and platforms enablers to federate with existing authentication and e-security services, the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart City and Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPs) and exploiting EGNSS features for increased trust and improved availability.
As part of our innovation area Smart Cities we have started one of the largest European projects on deployment of IoT solutions in large scale applications. Focus of the Monica project is to deploy wearable IoT technologies together with the latest sound management technologies to improve security, sound disturbance and user experiences at large otu door events such as music concerts, sports games, street festivals and other outdoor shows. CNet is developing the monitoring tools for providing a common operational picture together with a set of different apps for visitors as well as security personnel.
Providing enjoyable and secure outdoor events have become a top priority for modern cities, but at the same time they need to have solutions for reducing noise and annoyance for the surroundings. This challenge will be solved by the Monica project.
CNet has been selected as one of the eight finalists in the challenge “Time for elevation” from Hiab – Cargohack.
To tackle the challange in logistics to have 100% of the deliveries on time and in perfect condition and to meet future demands, Hiab is committed to keep on developing new solutions that unlock the full potential of load handling and created the Contest “Time for elevation” for external teams to co-develop new concept demos and solution prototypes.
CNet successfully entered the challenge and will participate in the finals, an On-site hackathon on 5th to 7th September 2017 at the Hiab R&D laboratory.
Blockchain technology enables IoT developers to create a new range of innovative applications that allows a set of independent actors to share data and execute business transactions in a trusted environment without having to use proprietary networks and centralised trusted third parties. The Blockchain represent a distributed ledger of transactions that all parties can share and trust. Potential applications range from financial transactions, food traceability to distributed electronic patient records, In the COMPOSITION project we are researching, developing and evaluating blockchain solutions for supply chain management and trusted product traceability to support factories of the future. Blockchains are also used to establish a trusted agent-based market place for automated tendering and negotiation supporting trading.