A smart city is a place where traditional structures and services are being combined with digital and telecommunication technologies to create a new, more efficient and interconnected environment, for the benefit of its citizens, visitors and businesses.
The use of technology and data alone is not enough. If cities are to achieve their objectives, it is essential that they have an effective ecosystem framework in place that will allow them to emphasize on better resource utilization, less environmental emissions and better interactions with the citizens. The new city structures include smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal processes and more efficient ways of lighting and heating buildings. This also means more interactive and responsive city administration operations, safer public spaces and fulfilling the needs of ageing populations.
At Uni Systems, an idustry leader in Local and Regional Administration with over 30 years of experience, we are guiding our existing and new clients to the new era of smart cities, by introducing City4Life.
City4Life is an horizontal open-architecture platform based on Snap4City platform that enables interconnectivity, interoperability, and communication between smart vertical solutions and applications in a Smart City.
- Compatible with each sensor for the real- time integrated display of the network, interconnected with an application for receiving and processing data by the sensors, an application for updating events, and an application for automatic notifications and alarms.
- Can be integrated with existing or future Smart City systems, providing analysis capabilities and added value to the municipality systems.
- Accessible from any computer or mobile device connected to the internet. Users have access to the data of the installed stations, special IoT sensors, as well as to interconnected third party services via the internet, using mobile app and WEB app that allows access from tablet, iPad or smart phone.
- Ability to send notifications to users via email, SMS, mobile app and Viber messages.
In order to provide excellent smart city solutions, our incredible team of engineers, programmers, designers and marketing experts work tirelessly and dedicate time and resources to research the market needs and our users’ habits and motives. We have, and will continue to work tirelessly to become the technological standard, providing big picture insights which industry leaders not only approve of, but also depend on.
Ambient Air Quality Monitoring
The benefits of such a solution are the high quality measurements of environmental parameters, the detailed picture of the air quality and the state of noise pollution in wide areas and the calculation of the total air quality index (AQI) for the city or the region. At the same time, the access to open data through Data marketplaces will be improved, for the provision of atmospheric microclimate elements of cities based on European standards.
Vehicle Fleet Management Optimization
Collecting a range of parameters from an organization's vehicles, tracking their location and interactions with other relevant subsystems, and providing a complete fleet management and route optimization solution, recording behavioral recording and interfacing with a wide range of installed sensors and peripherals in vehicles. The solution is based on the installation of specialized devices for monitoring & tracking vehicles via satellite, the support of multiple communication networks for data transmission, a web application for fleet monitoring, a platform that allows the collection, storage and analysis of data, and their retrieval and visualization. Benefits include information on the exact location of vehicles and how to always use them, reduced fuel consumption, lower vehicle maintenance costs, improved employee safety and prevention of corporate vehicle misuse.
Using smart, customizable IoT technologies can help reduce road congestion. The application operates through sensors and on roads, intersections, and other locations in the city, monitoring traffic and providing control to it to authorized bodies using wireless technologies. Traffic lights, automatic trackers, intelligent parking systems and interconnected devices interact on one platform, providing instant information to optimize traffic control. The collected data is translated directly into information and sent to citizens in the form of mobile phone alerts, to avoid traffic routes to their destinations.
The solution enables municipality to manage the parking spaces allowing citizens to receive availability information in a unified way and pay for the parking seat, with the use of mobile application. Supporting the municipality staff to monitor the parking seats and manage the available spaces for citizens with disabilities and the permanent parking spaces for residents of the certain areas in the city. The solution includes various implementation models to achieve maximum cost-benefit ratio and supports a hybrid model for the management of temporary parking by utilizing spaces that have wireless sensors.
Smart Street Lighting
The solution composed of a management system with a remote control uses wireless controllers for the luminaires and supports the replacement of the old luminaires with new LED technology for extended energy savings. With the integrated solution all luminaires are displayed on a map enabling monitoring of the electrical parameters, precise planning for the touch and extinguishing of the lights, recording of the energy consumption, the total operating time, additional reduction of energy consumption, immediate notification of possible failures (eg burnt luminaire), and the general improvement of the provided service.
This solution monitors the level of filling of basements and trash cans and notifies the collection service provider. Through the application, and based on the information received from the locations of the bins, the waste collection route is optimized in order to reduce operating costs and increase the efficiency of the cleaning services. The service consists of batteries with sensors, installed in underground containers and waste bins, as well as online and mobile applications that provide information on collection routes, compliance monitoring, reporting and system configuration. Providing information to citizens in order to provide feedback, optimize the service and serve the citizen / local business.
The service consists of smart hydrometers, a central platform for collecting and managing data from meters, which provides visualization functions and correlation and collaboration technologies to turn data into active information that can guide executive and operational decisions. The central platform, through interoperability, provides the possibility of automated pricing of consumers. Features such as online information of the citizen about his previous water bills as well as past consumption, automated leak detection and relevant information of the citizen via email, SMS or Push message (in a corresponding App), and digital monitoring of damage announcements and progress are included.
Forest Fires' Prevention
The proposed solution is based on the use of various technological methods, such as sensors, cameras (in the optical and infrared range) and drones. Surveillance and detection can be done in parallel, and when an alarm arrives at the Control Center, users will confirm either via cameras or drones. The system is integrated to a platform that provides visualization and management of devices and alarms, assessment of risks and the coordination of immediate response actions.
Building Infrastructure Monitoring
The solution is based on the installation of a network of seismic sensors to record ground movement consisting of autonomous, low cost and high precision seismometers and accelerometers that will be installed at selected points inside and outside the building and on more than one floor. In addition, a network of fiber optic sensors can be installed at selected locations to measure the mechanical stress of the building.
Buildings' Energy Management
Energy Analysis and Forecasting
The energy management service is ideal for monitoring real-time energy data (usually 15 minute measurements) geographically distributed countries and buildings, with different loads being measured at each site to create a reliable energy profile and extract valuable information on energy consumption. Facility management and preventive maintenance are facilitated, comfort zones for visitors and employees are monitored and additional dimming is achieved to maintain adequate brightness and energy savings.
Cultural institutions should be integrated with the tourism experience and economy. Digitization concerns the recording, documentation and digitization of the cultural stock, the redesign of cultural spaces, the development of content for online promotion with modern technological means with user-centered design.
The solution offers 5G antenna hosting, WiFi router for internet access, led screen for viewing messages and content, loudspeaker for announcements and information, sensors for measuring air quality and weather information, cameras for monitoring spaces, charger for mobile devices and / or vehicles, and first aid equipment. It is important that all the pillars are controlled by a central application, providing the citizen with multiple services and huge possibilities to the system administrator, such as social messaging, entertainment, information or even advertising through loudspeakers and screen, security and prevention of illegal actions.
Digital signage and its management platforms have multiple applications, such as:
Transport: Provide information to citizens / drivers through dynamic screens, touch-screen kiosks (info-kiosks) or interstate video walls with useful information.
Communication: Digital signage can be used to facilitate communication with the citizens. Informing residents about municipal events or encouraging citizens to use shared services by showing, for example, the nearest municipal bicycle points or car sharing points in the municipality are some scenarios of digital signage use. It can also be used for small-scale surveys on issues that concern them in their daily lives.
Advertising: The public spaces where digital signage systems can be installed are truly innumerable and the benefits are manifold.
Telemedicine & Telecare
The proposed application can be implemented depending on the social or health services provided by the municipality and the features include:
- Digital coordination of a multidisciplinary team of professionals (social workers, physiotherapists, nurses, medical staff, psychologists etc.) using digital tools.
- Utilization and integration of results from peripheral portable biological telemetry devices (12-lead ECG, spirometer, sphygmomanometer, glucometer) for the recording of citizens' biological signals and with internet access devices (tablet / smart phone) for the remote recording of the provided services the sending of the registered biological signals and the two-way communication with the Digital Services center.
- Digital recording of the provided services and monitoring of their periodic provision plan.
Electric Vehicles Network Management
The platform creates a new revenue stream and contributes to reduction of:
- charging infrastructure installation cost and energy management costs
- carbon footprint,
- total load of the energy network
The platform is based on specialized artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for the intelligent time-planning of charging plans, allowing on one hand the maximum utilization of renewable energy sources and on the other the minimization of charging costs.
It has a wide range of services of special precision algorithms and can calculate the financial benefit that a fleet manager will have in advance.
Back office & other services to citizens
All electronic services to the Citizen will use identification through TaxisNet, indicative services include:
Online Real Estate Tax Management
The traders will have the capability of electronic, remote service with the use of modern technological tools. The application will utilize all available information and data on the assets of the trader, which the municipality already has and the citizen will be able to manage all property elements that are registered in the information system.
Occupancy of Shared Areas - Store Operating Licenses
The citizens will be able to manage their registered active applications and be able to apply for a change in square meters, issue the occupation permit electronically etc.
Citizens will be able to manage the data related to their registered businesses and be able to submit the VAT return per activity. Online calculation and payment of liabilities from outstanding debts by debit or credit cards.
Violations of Highway Code
Complete information on citizen status and ability to register and pay for any new call.
Citizen Interaction & Communication
The Management Center handles the two-way communication between the citizen and the municipality through multiple digital channels such as e-mail, SMS, push notifications through specific portal. Provides digital tools for managing requests, performance analysis and automatic calculation of relevant metrics.
Through the application the citizen can submit and monitor the progress of daily requests, have access to an interactive map with points of interest and landmarks with enriched content for each point, have access to all electronic services, carry out electronic payments, while electronic wallet (e-wallet) is also provided. This application is interconnected with the unified Messaging & Communication Center.
The Electronic Appointment Application simplifies procedures, supports the decongestion of the services and facilitates the transactions of the citizen with the municipality services.
Uni Systems Smart Cities Service offerings can help cities identify new opportunities for better infrastructure creation, offering of innovative and more efficient services to their citizens. While people living in the specific area can enjoy a number of benefits, the cities can also benefit from the large number of information that they will be able to collect instantly and analyze. Municipalities can get real-time information on a variety of matters that will make them and offer better experiences and customer service to their citizens while reducing significant costs and increasing sustainability actions.
Based on its Local Government Information Management System and open-source framework, Uni Systems has created a number of solutions under a single, intelligent and integrated platform, the City4Life Urban Platform, actively contributing to the creation of the cities of the future. City4Life's open collaboration is based on a quadruple helix across: Local Administrations, Academia & Research Institutes, Citizens, Industry and a number of advantages arises from its deployment: