Despite the distance (5000 miles) and the size difference (800K vs 26K citizens), the cities of Valencia (Spain) and Lindale (TX, USA) have found each other targeting a common goal: fostering leisure activities as a catalyst for community building in the city. Leisurity will leverage on interoperable and replicable smart solutions to speed up the uptake by cities and reduce the time-to-citizen regardless their size and profile.
The joint smart leisure strategy of Leisurity turns around two main challenges: a better management, analysis and promotion of city events while enhancing security of the citizens and parking management efficiency.
• Assessment of specific requirements from the cities involved
• Solutions adjustments to meet cities’ needs
• Testing application pilots in controlled real environment
• Refinement of application’s performance according to the feedback gathered
• Scale up to a broader coverage
Performance Targets/ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):
• Increase by 20% citizen and tourism engagement in city events
• Improve by 30% security aspects in macro events
• Increase by 30% city events promotion
• Reduce by 40% time in parking search
• Reduce by 10% traffic jam
• The use of social media will provide metrics on user engagement
• The outcomes will be compared and evaluated in relation to the existing systems from the cities
• The impact of the solutions will take into account statistics from previous events
This project will leverage on FIWARE (fiware.org), a public, royalty-free and open source platform that eases the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors. Besides being one of the reference platforms for GCTC 2016, FIWARE is contributing to the International Technical Working Group on IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework launched by NIST. FIWARE brings the NGSI standard API which represents a pivot point for Interoperability and Portability of smart city applications and services.
This project will also make use of OGC standards (Open Geospatial Consortium), to access to open geospatial information offered by the SDI of the cities.
Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability:
Such FIWARE NGSI API is one of the pillars of the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (oascities.org), a driven-by-implementation initiative that works to address the needs from the cities avoiding vendor lock-in, comparability to benchmark performance, and easy sharing of best practices. There are currently 89 cities from 19 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific who have officially joined this initiative, including the city of Valencia.
The primary goal of Leisurity is to bring the community back to the core of the city. Such action will have a twofold effect: reinforce the quality of life of citizens through leisure activities promoted by the city, while strengthening the market position of local businesses. The better city experience, the more satisfaction among inhabitants.
Phase I Pilot/Demonstration June 2016:
Demonstration of current version of smart applications as standalone solutions
Phase II Deployment June 2017:
Results from deploying tailored applications in the cities, operating in real environments. Analysis of actual KPIs compared to estimation, and value proposition of replicability.