Digitisation, connectivity and social innovation
Infomobility and smart cities
Infomobility systems, using information obtained from mobile handsets, allow the optimisation of traffic flows, reducing travel times and the emission of greenhouse gases.
It is a project financed by the MIUR (Ministry for Education, University and Scientific Research) as part of “Smart Cities”, involving Iveco, TIM, TNT and the Temporary Association of Companies (ATI) comprised of: FIT, Italdata and TEMA, Polytechnic of Turin, Bocconi University and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. The aim is the distribution of goods over the “last mile” and the project seeks to propose new process methods and an open and integrated ICT environment of reference that allows all stakeholders to interact efficiently, minimizing the environmental impact. TIM is helping to develop an open and cooperative multi-sided platform and an innovative layer of middleware capable of managing all the information available arriving from various sources (in-the-field devices, vehicles, fleet management systems, traffic management legacy systems, etc.). The URBeLOG solutions will be tested in two field trials run in the municipalities of Milan and Turin.
National pilot eCall - l_HeERO project
The public service for vehicle emergency calls to a single emergency number E112 (eCall) will be operational in all European Union Member States for all new models of cars registered and produced from March 2018; during production, the cars must be natively equipped with a mobile network modem capable of automatically calling the emergency number in the event of an accident. All mobile network operators must update their networks so they are capable of correctly processing and routing the incoming eCall to the first level PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) identified at national level. TIM has already supported the first pilot phase with pre-operative tests and the deployment of the first national eCall PSAP, both in Varese. The second phase of the pilot project (2016-2017) involves the Trento area and will be the last step before full deployment. The pilot phases are co-funded by the European project I_HeERO.
Open Air Lab (OAL): TIM’s smart city lab for more sustainable cities
The Open Air Lab, located at TiLab in Turin, represents aspects of a Smart City model, and the transformations that ICT companies and the always-connected dimension will define for the urban scenarios of the upcoming years.
At the OAL the various models are illustrated, like Smart Mobility, smart rest areas, the efficient management of waste and public green areas, the service robotics, urban security, the public lighting network, Smart Metering, gas, electricity and water distribution networks, Digital Island services, with the loan of books and the distribution of food and drink and the public telephone totem.
Moreover, in a garden area, there are objects fitted with sensors for data detection and transmission, such as:
- the smart bench to facilitate social aggregation, which provides connectivity, reproduces light games and music on-line and detects air parameters (atmospheric pressure, pollution indicator, temperature, humidity and light);
- the control room, where, on an IoT-TiLab platform, the data is collected and saved as detected from the disseminated sensors providing innovative services; ▪▪ the small greenhouse with weather and environmental sensors to be activated from a remote position and according to weather conditions, sources of light/heat or pumps for watering plants;
- the little dome, container of urban waste with sensors, to track and improve the efficiency of sorted waste collection;
- the bus shelter with traffic and environmental sensors;
- the lamps that can be switched on and have light regulated from a remote position; ▪▪ the noise and environmental pollution sensors,
- the gas and water meters to provide customers with a service offering more information and greater efficiency
In the visits to the OAL, attention is focussed on the technological scenarios of the Internet of Things that will characterize the innovation of the upcoming decades; it is an evolving use of the Internet, whereby objects will become recognizable and ‘smart’ by communicating data collected on themselves and in the environment. Analysts believe that in the next few years we will live in a world where tens of billions of objects will be connected to each other. Gartner believes that objects directly connected to each other and through the mobile networks (4G, 5G and future developments) will increase with a growth rate of 5.5 million per day reaching over 20 billion in 2020.