Smart Cities Workshop

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A visit to the Istanbul Municipality Traffic Control Centre was an impressive and informative start to a two-day workshop held by the city partners of the VITAL project on 15 and 16 September. The workshop was held to brainstorm and decide the use cases in each city and how the project would be best served by their collaboration.

The workshop was held in the state of the art Suleyman Demirel Conference Centre at Istanbul Technical University and was attended by: Dr Gregor Schiele (NUIG), Dr Martin Serrano (NUIG), Prof Dr Eşref Adali (ITÜ), Prof Dr Sema Oktug (ITÜ), Ahmet Aris (ITÜ), Ilhan Son (ITÜ), Esma Dilek (IBB), Rabia Çevik (IBB), Simon Pitkeathley (CTU), Kasper de Graaf (Images&Co), Malcolm Garrett RDI (Images&Co), Dr Paul Lefrère (Images&Co), Dr Angelos Lenis (SingularLogic), Roberta Caso (Reply), Andrea Martelli (Reply), Paola del Zovo (Reply), Huseyin Umut Yildirim (Atos).

In addition, Sercan Erhan of IBB’s GIS Directorate and Orhan Aktas of Itanbul Ulasim Metro and Railways company, made presentations about technology projects undertaken in their areas which could represent additional data sources to be used in the VITAL platform. Specific initiatives mentioned were City SDK (Service Development Kit for smart mobility) (IBB) and the IBM First of a Kind project linking Istanbul Ulasim, IBM and Vodafone to infer trips from mobile phone data.

Esma Dilek gave a guided tour round the IBB Traffic Control Centre and the applications and systems that currently exist (a number of of which can be accessed via the mobile app IBB CepTrafik). Angelos Lenis gave a presentation of the current state of play of the VITAL platform and user interface. At the end of the first day, Istanbul Municipality hosted a dinner for the consortium partners in the beautiful surroundings of Istinye Sosyal Tesisteri, a city-owned restaurant overlooking the marina at Istinye on the Bosphorus.

The partners reviewed the city use cases to be explored in the VITAL project and after wide-ranging discussions redefined them as follows.

London - Camden Town

Bearing in mind that the London partner is a geographically small district of intense activity, the London use case will focus on fine grain, pedestrian level data, i.e all data that may have pertinence for those are in (or want to go to) the Camden Town area, such as footfall data, air quality, events & attractions, transport and traffic, parking, refuse. In addition to gathering pedestrian level data, the project will concentrate on showcasing the potential of VITAL for developing new business ideas using life IoT data from different silo systems. The application example for this will be an booking system for hotdesking, i.e. an application that will support mobile workers and sustainable working in a smart city. Mobile workers require suitable (short term) working environments / business centres (including a working desk, printers, etc). Owners of offices (both public and private) may have unused space and desks in their offices that they can rent to mobile workers for a short time. The system will enable publication of live data about available spaces and any other factors that may be pertinent in the selection of a space.


In Istanbul the project will focus on the potential of VITAL for offline analysis activities based on integrating IoT data from multiple silo systems inside Istanbul, e.g. traffic, trains, buses, etc., as well as all of IMM’s own system platforms (including deployed sensors and crowd sensing). The solution will enable creation of reports / apps (using the graphical VITAL IDE) to help analyse traffic patterns, e.g. traffic related to weather, social events, etc., including dependencies between different transport modes. This will also act as a showcase for IMM to demonstrate the potential of such an integrated system to other partners in Istanbul.

Platform Development

As decided in the last face to face partners' meeting, the platform development is based on a mockup approach. Angelos Lenos (SiLo) demonstrated the current status by showing the first version of the VITAL monitoring service. This user interface mockup already uses the VITAL data models specified in deliverable D3.1.1. However, data is currently stored locally in predefined files. In the next step, this will be changed to retrieve data from remote VITAL services and system components via RESTful interfaces. These services will be part of the VITAL test and development environment that consists of mockup implementations of all VITAL components. This testing environment is used to design (and showcase) all internal and external interfaces of VITAL (which will be described in deliverable D3.2.1). The mockup implementations will respond to incoming queries but will do so using predefined data. In the next steps, each component will be replaces by real implementations. As a first step, this will be the case for the data access component that allows to retrieve real measurement data. This component will be demonstrated by connecting it to real data from London and Istanbul. In parallel to this, background IoT systems will be made available by Reply and AIT. The resulting testing and development environment will also be used for demonstrators for project reviews.


The partners decided to move the planned competition to the third year to allow for a more complete VITAL solution to be used. To prepare for this and help make it most effective, the partners will look into organizing a smaller hackathon with academic and selected external partners as part of IoT Week 2015.

Project Review

The partners discussed what to present at the first annual project review  on November 18. The consortium will present the status of all work packages but also provide detailed information about the situation and goals of the city partners as well as demonstrate the initial VITAL mockups (monitoring UI, testing and development environment). Two demonstrations are planned. The first will focus on showing how to retrieve life data from Istanbul, how to integrate it in VITAL and how to use it for CEP. The second demonstrator will include the monitoring UI and how it can be used to access the current state of a deployment of the Reply H1 IoT system.