City Terms: Smart Destinations

What is Smart Destinations?

Smart Destinations are defined as a tourist places that deploy a technological infrastructure using a smart system that collects information about the tourist activity analyzing and understanding acts in real time to evolve the interaction between visitors and tourist environment, focusing both in people as in the economic, social and cultural development

This concept was coined in the Millennium Development (MDG) plan of United Nations which handles the promotion of responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism for the society, within the 2030 objectives of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) .

Discover the five keys of Smart Destinations and know more about our Smart Destination project that is being developed in Ceutí (Spain).

 

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¿Qué es un Destino Turístico Inteligente?

Los DTI (Destinos Turísticos Inteligentes) se definen como aquellos destinos turísticos quedespliegan una infraestructura tecnológica usando un sistema de inteligencia que recoge  información sobre la actividad turística analizando y comprendiendo los acontecimientos en tiempo real para evolucionar la interacción del visitante con el entorno turístico, centrándose tanto en las personas como en el desarrollo económico, cultural y social.

Este concepto nace del plan Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM) de las Naciones Unidas que se encarga de la promoción de un turismo responsable, sostenible y accesible para toda la sociedad, enmarcado dentro de los objetivos de 2030 de La Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT).

Descubre las cinco claves de Smart Destinations y conozca más sobre nuestro proyecto Smart Destination que se está desarrollando en Ceutí (España).

 

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City Terms: API

What is an API?

An API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of methods for communication between different software components that exchange functions and procedures.

APIs can provide the set of information needed to build an application. Normally, all APIs are accompanied by tutorials, manuals and best practice rules to simplify implementation of an interface and make it easier to use by other software, allowing access and exchange of information that permit one application makes use of other remaining independent. APIs are the only way to provide secure access for software developers to work with external programs and services, being a key piece in the development of collaborative digital environments.

All HOP Ubiquitous products have open APIs to contribute to the development of collaborative software.

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¿Qué es una API?

Una API (acrónimo de Application Programming Interface) es un conjunto de métodos para la comunicación entre dos componentes software distintos que intercambian un conjunto de funciones y procedimientos.

Las APIs pueden aportar el conjunto de información necesario para construir una aplicación. Para usarlas se proporcionan tutoriales, manuales y reglas de buenas prácticas que permiten simplificar la implementación de una interfaz y facilitar su uso por otro software, abriendo un espacio de acceso e intercambio de información que posibilita a una aplicación servirse de la otra sin dejar de ser independientes. Las APIs son la única manera de ofrecer un acceso seguro para que los desarrolladores software trabajen con programas y servicios externos, siendo una pieza clave para el desarrollo de entornos digitales colaborativos.

Todos los productos de HOP Ubiquitous cuentan con APIs abiertas para contribuir al desarrollo de software colaborativo.

 

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City Terms: IoT

What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

This term was introduced by Kevin Ashton in 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to refer to the number of objects and people that are interconnected on the network. Since then, the number of IoT devices has increased and it is estimated that at 2020 there will be about 200 billion devices connected, placing the Internet of Things as the next big step in the technology industry.

¿Qué es Internet de las Cosas (IoT)?

Este término fue acuñado por Kevin Ashton en 1999 en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts para hacer referencia a la cantidad de objetos y personas que se interconectan en la red. Desde entonces, el número de dispositivos IoT ha aumentado de manera constante y se estima un crecimiento de hasta 200 mil millones de dispositivos conectados para el 2020, situando al Internet de las Cosas como el siguiente gran paso de la industria tecnológica.

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City Terms: Smart City

In this section of the blog we are going to launch short definitions to describe terms about the new smart tendencies. HOP team invite you to write all the questions that arise, we will reply you as soon as possible.

What is a Smart City?

“A Smart and Sustainable City is an innovative city that takes advantage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and other means to improve the quality of life, efficiency of functionality, urban services and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the economic, social, environmental and cultural requirements of present and future generations.” (CEPE y UIT)

En esta sección del Blog de HOP Ubiquitous vamos a lanzar pequeñas definiciones de todos los términos que tienen que ver con las nuevas tendencias Smart. Desde el equipo de HOP os invitamos que escribáis todas las preguntas que os surjan y las contestaremos en la máxima brevedad.

¿Qué es una Smart City?

“Una Ciudad Inteligente y Sostenible es una ciudad innovadora que aprovecha las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (TIC) y otros medios para mejorar la calidad de vida, la eficiencia del funcionamiento y los servicios urbanos y la competitividad, al tiempo que se asegura de que responde a las necesidades de las generaciones presente y futuras en lo que respecta a los aspectos económicos, sociales, medioambientales y culturales”. (CEPE y UIT)

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Know Physical Web

 

 

Just as the web has changed the way we see the world, we take it a step further. This new communication channel puts physical objects in contact with websites for users access through their Smart Phone.

This tool streamlines the way we communicate, allows us access for all, also contextualizes the information in the specific physical place, at the moment that user wishes.

 

 

Conoce Physical Web

 

 

Al igual que la web ha cambiado nuestra forma de ver el mundo, damos un paso más allá. Este nuevo medio de comunicación pone en contacto objetos físicos con una websites a la que los usuarios acceden a través de sus Smart Phone.

Esta herramienta agiliza la forma de comunicar, permite el acceso a cualquier persona, contextualiza la información y la proporciona en el lugar físico específico, en el momento que desee el usuario.

 

 

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International Global Competition to join in Smart Cities cluster.

 

 

 

Hop Ubiquitous, along with 9 other companies and consortiums, have been worldwide selected for the development of an IoE (Internet of Everything) project focused on the cities of Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp.

Intelligent Cities are booming and there is an increasing in those who want to join the benefits of new technologies and IoE with the aim of improving citizens quality of life. It is time for three European cities: Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp. They have decided to become Smart Cities and look for the organization which best knows how to focus on its needs.

However, as can be expected, the more market, the more competition. For that reason, Selec4cities has deployed an election system of worldwide companies to choose those that best fit to the needs of these cities. It is a competition which has 3 phases to find that company or consortium and to design and develop an IoE platform for smart urban innovation. In the first phase, 57 organizations have been presented with 28 proposals.

First call of this global competition has finished and 10 companies have been chosen; among them is HOP Ubiquitous that has presented its candidacy based on the platform of innovation “Homard”. It is an IoE platform able to manage Intelligent Cities remotely. Homard is part of a larger project called Harmonie which unite Homard, Fiware (it is an independent community, in which Hop Ubiquitous is a “gold member“, that is committed to “build an ecosystem of APIs and open source for the development of intelligent applications”) and other platforms. Homard is focused on three use cases: health, measuring air quality such as emission of gases, noise, temperature and humidity, energy consumption and mobility.

 


 

Se abre un concurso mundial para sumarse al carro de las Smart Cities.

Hop Ubiquitous, junto a otras 9 empresas y consorcios, han sido seleccionadas a nivel mundial para el desarrollo de un proyecto de IoE (internet of everything) enfocado las ciudades de Helsinki, Copenhague y Amberes.

Las Ciudades inteligentes están a la orden del día y cada vez son más las que quieren sumarse a los beneficios de las nuevas tecnologías y del IoE con el objetivo de mejorar la calidad de vida de sus ciudadanos. Es el momento de tres ciudades Europeas: Helsinki, Copenhague y Amberes, que han decido convertirse en Smart Cities y buscan aquella organización que mejor sepa enfocar las necesidades de cada una de ellas.

Pero cómo es normal si hay mercado también hay competencia, por lo que Selec4cities ha desplegado un sistema de elección de empresas a nivel mundial para escoger a aquellas que más se ajusten a las necesidades de estas ciudades. Se trata de un concurso que cuenta con 3 fases para encontrar a aquella empresa o consorcio, que diseñe y desarrolle una plataforma de IoE para la innovación urbana inteligente. A esta primera fase se han presentado 57 organizaciones con 28 propuestas.

Este concurso global ha terminado su primera convocatoria en la que han sido elegidas 10 empresas; de entre ellas HOP Ubiquitous que ha presentado su candidatura basada en la plataforma de innovación Homard. Se trata de una plataforma de IoE que gestiona Ciudades Inteligentes de forma remota. Homard forma parte de un proyecto mayor llamado Harmonie uniendo Homard, Fiware (es una comunidad independiente, en la que Hop Ubiquitous es gold member”, que se compromete a “construir un ecosistema de APIs y código abierto para el desarrollo de aplicaciones inteligentes”) y otras plataformas. Homard está enfocado a tres casos de uso: salud,  midiendo la calidad del aire: emisión de gases, ruido, temperatura y humedad; consumo energético y movilidad.

 

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5 things you need to know about Smart Destinations

– What is Smart Destinations Tourism?mock-up-ceuti

– What benefits does it have?

– How does it work?

– Where it can be applied?

– What is the HOP approach for Smart Destinations?

 

  1. What is Smart Destinations Tourism?

HOP Ubiquitous launches the Smart Destinations Solution focused on the creation of tourist experiences through immersive interactions between physical places and personal devices such as Smart Phones. To this end, HOP Ubiquitous has developed an innovative device to be deployed in Points of Interest to make them interactive and smart; this device is called Smart Spots.

Smart Spot offers an interactive solution based on an innovative technology called “Physical Web”, it means that Web pages and multimedia content are made accessible exclusively in
physical places through Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, without requiring any native Application, simply by enabling WiFi or Bluetooth in the visitor*s smartphone to get a notification and start to interact with the venue.edf

This tourist experience is designed to discover the city during a visit and to get notified about more exciting details, insights and tips that make much more natural and comfortable the experience, when we compare it with other solutions such as Tourism Apps with plenty of information totally out of context or nothing more than copy paste from online guide books. The proposed solution offers access to information at the proper time, at the proper place in order to enhance one*s experience in a specific physical place.

This socially designed experience promotes another type of interaction as well with the tourist, since it involves a co-creation process where experiences are augmented with culture, differences, emotions, and insights that contribute to the final user experience.

  1. What benefits does it have?

Tourism developed through Smart Destinations is an application that allows the user to create their own experience, marking their own rhythm. Thereby, the mobile device is the new guide in an interactive way, connecting and discovering by proximity the interaction points, accessing all the information available and providing the proper insights and tips without requiring major attention. It is what we call an “agile experience”.

3. How it works?smart-poi

– First step: Join through the invitation you receive on your mobile phone in the points of interest or central areas of the destination you are visiting.

– Second step: Don’t worry, just discover the city, you do not need to do anything else, smart spots that are near you in the points of interest will raise a notification to you when relevant content  is available based on  you, so you do not need to look for them, just enjoy, discover and insights / tips will flow to you in a natural way.

– Third step: Enjoy and access all the available information, take in local culture, shopping entertainment and   offers, insights, suggestions etc.

– Step Four: Complete the experience with traditional or experimental food.

  1. Where could it be applied?

We are an international company with a strong commitment to technology innovation and experiential development. HOP is defined as Human Oriented Products; therefore, our main focus is on the users, a reason why the development of tourism through Smart Destinations is available for installation in any part of the world. HOP Ubiquitous develops intelligent solutions supporting the sustainable development of your destination, committed to the socio-cultural and environmental aspects. Our Smart Spots are produced with encapsulations based on natural products; the original design, both indoor and outdoor, is designed to blend in as much as possible to the aesthetics of the point of interaction, while offering all the technological advances in terms of connectivity, outdoor protection for weather conditions, and with support to make totally green and sustainable through its solar power.

Nowadays, Smart Spots are being applied outdoor and indoor in cities such as Aarhus, Denmark, Mexico City and also in Ceuti, Murcia, Spain.

  1. What is the HOP approach for Smart Destinations?

HOP Ubiquitous is approaching Smart Destinations through the Internet of Things (IoT) using technologies such as beacons, physical web, WiFi access points, etc.

Smart destinations implement and increase the use of technology by connecting different spaces offering services to people.

HOP Ubiquitous is committed to the process of a city that wants to carry out an active engagement of citizens and visitors, as part of an open and collaborative development of urban spaces. Thereby, citizens and visitors are both consumers and producers of information, improving the management, content and experience of your tourism resources.app-ceuti

 

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HOP Ubiquitous has joined as Gold member the FIWARE Foundation

In the search for a collaborative market in the development of a Digital Single Market that facilities the development of key domains such as Smart Cities and industry 4.0. For this purpose, HOP ubiquitous has joined forces with the FIWARE Foundation, as a company that has seen how FIWARE defined a disruptive action in the development of digital services. Thanks to FIWARE technologies, the digital revolution is possible through the promotion of economic and social sustainability. Although the idea was born in Europe, the orientation of FIWARE is international, reaching the creation of an open source system scalable to the whole world.

 At the FIWARE Open Day held on 7 March, the European Commission transferred FIWARE initiative to the FIWARE Foundation, with the ambition to maintain and develop FIWARE technology.

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HOP Ubiquitous relies on the future of this open source philosophy, and we want to be part of it, ensuring its sustainability with our research and innovation efforts and department. We aim to lead the FIWARE IoT Ready programme, with the development of hardware and sensors that connect worldwide in this same platform, committing to share the data collected using Open Standards and harmonized data models. For this purpose, HOP has become as a Gold member of the FIWARE Foundation.

HOP Ubiquitous aims to support the FIWARE IoT Ready Programme for the development of sensors that are connected to FIWARE, such as the connectors / agents to existing and emerging technologies as already done with OMA LwM2M, and also for the emerging protocols and technologies for Smart Cities in FIWARE such as LoRA and NB-IoT. Technologies that are also taking benefit of OMA LwM2M protocol and addressing the Smart Cities and Smart Metering market needs.

Thereby, HOP Ubiquitous joins a foundation lead by key technology disruptors such as NEC, which have just joined the FIWARE Foundation, sharing a segment with Telefonica, Orange, Atos and Engineering.

FIWARE Foundation focuses on the sustainability of FIWARE over time. The valorisation of an open source system in the development of projects and the support for SMEs, public institutions, governments and IT industry.

FIWARE has also presenting an excellent expansion in the Smart Cities market, where has already reached a high impact in USA, India, Mexico and emerging in Latin America market with actions in Brazil and in Africa.

In definitive, FIWARE is being defined as the essential tool for the creation of a global platform that supports the digitalization of key markets such as Smart Cities and the development of a Digital Single Market in Europe and beyond its borders.

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HOP Ubiquitous has created a new way of communicating: Smart Points of Interaction (Smart POIs)

These interaction systems invite users such as visitors and citizens in the City to actively participate and get involved in the city development. For this purpose, Beacons and Physical Web over Bluetooth Low Energy are being used as a new medium to interact, access to context-based content and collaborate through your Smart Phone.

This context-driven and opportunistic interaction between users and Smart POIs offer a unique opportunity to engage with citizens. As a difference with classical tourism Apps, installing anything in your phone is never required such as native Apps, you do not need to go through menu, submenus and multiple options to reach the information that you would like about the place that you have in front of you. Smart POIs are context-aware, your location is the driver and it not only provides the classical Wikipedia kind of content, as well an agile experience with tips, insights and the content that you need to enhance your experience.

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In details, Smart POIs are supported by the advanced beacons developed by HOP Ubiquitous called Smart Spots. These physical resources are the technology which permits interaction with any Smart phone and multiple physical places. Simply, Smart Spot sends a notification to your Smart Phone inviting you to participate (as a typical SMS or WhatsApp notification). This notification grants you access to the Web App which enables interaction with the multimedia content.

HOP Ubiquitous has used these Smart Spots as a project of citizen co-creation, generating a platform which allows for projects validation and opening a suggestion box in Aarhus, Denmark (visit www.siidi.eu for more details).

Additionally, Smart Spots have multiple applications, such as local trade impulse, promotion of touristic points and infotainment. Smart Spots are also equipped with environmental monitoring capabilities such as temperature, gases emission, humidity, noise, ground-borne vibration and even city luminosity. These devices make easy the management and maintenance of the different energy sources of the city, and this contributes to the sustainability and resource optimization.

Smart Spots are integrated into the surroundings through design enclosures built with natural materials which have strength and durability. They are designed by HOP Ubiquitous, the design is oriented to optimize their lifetime to the maximum in outdoor conditions, at the same time as they offer a compact size and organic design for its seamless integration with the city.

Learn more and discover how this technology is helping to co-create in Aarhus, Denmark, where It will be available until 27th February in the coming post.

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Hop Ubiquitous launches the Siidi App in Aarhus city.

Hop Ubiquitous installed yesterday in Aarhus city the platform of citizen co-creation Siidi. It will be available in the Dokk 1 building and in the Institute for X until 31 March.

Siidi aims to carry out a co-creation process that allows valuable feedback on the running of each city, particularly in the development of new areas. The App is adapted to the necessities of the cities, looking at efficiency and tailoring the design and information to each user in each place. Co-creation service is possible thanks to Smart POIs technology that makes the interaction easy and agile.

Hop Ubiquitous realized yesterday in Aarhus the deployment of 19 Smart POIs of Siidi technology. With them, the citizens will be able to collaborate in the development and maintenance of their city and they will participate in the draw of an IPad in gratitude for their contributions. So… What are you waiting for to come and participate?

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You should only approach to the Smart Spots with your Smartphone, allow the notification come in it and give your opinion about the topics asked. The more you comment on, the more participations in the draw.

All these opinions will save in a database allowing local authorities to know the preferences and suggestions of the citizens to work on the issues dealt with in a coherent and respectful way with their city.IMG-20170209-WA0005

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