Smart Prague and the Data Platform
Smart Prague Projects
Solar-powered Waste Containers
These municipal waste containers compress the waste themselves and their integrated sensors can notify the collection company over the internet when the container needs emptying. Operation is ensured using batteries charged by photovoltaic cells using solar energy. The operator - ICT - has tested the operation of the containers in a pilot project. As part of the six-month pilot project, thirty test solar containers powered by photovoltaic panels were installed in the centre of Prague in the second half of 2017. Compared to regular containers, the emptying frequency was reduced by 95%, and the environment definitely had something to cheer about because the area around the containers remained clean, with no rubbish on the street, and the collection vehicles were required less often, resulting in less exhaust fumes.
The Data Platform is capable of receiving and processing the data from these containers and then providing a dispatch service to the collection companies. This is only possible if the compressor container client (the city district) sufficiently defines the data access rights. The data can be used to optimise how often the waste containers are emptied, to ensure they are emptied outside peak traffic times, to reduce the number of waste containers needed in public areas, to introduce a transparent collection system, and to improve the efficiency of waste collection. We are currently working to ensure that the Data Platform is connected to all suitable containers in the city, including the required expansion of this technology in cooperation with TSK and the collection services.
Testing Interactive Street Furniture
In addition to providing the usual opportunity for rest and relaxation, specially equipped benches will allow Prague residents and visitors to the capital to charge their telephone or tablet, connect to the internet, and find out the current temperature and humidity or the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. All of this directly in public areas of the city without any connection to the electricity grid - the benches are powered by solar panels.
The benches have an HTTP REST API output and send data to the Data Platform about, for example, the number of users connected to the Wi-Fi network, the number of mobile devices being charged, and values from the sensors such as temperature, pressure, concentrations of CO2, dust, humidity, rainfall, etc.
Charging Stations - Building New Charging Points for Electric Vehicles
This project will increase the number of locations and charging stations in Prague to support the development of electric vehicles as modern and ecological forms of transport and to contribute to reducing emissions from regular vehicles.
The Data Platform will be capable of acquiring data from all locations with such charging stations. It will then be possible to check, for example, which stations are occupied or reserved at any given time. They can also send, for example, the number of visitors to a station, the frequency of visits, the number of users, the quantity of electricity consumed, the occupancy rates of a station, the charging time, and other available data for continuous evaluation.
Intelligent Waste Collection Management
The six-month pilot operation will involve 60 to 80 sensors installed in waste containers (e.g. glass, plastic and other types of sorted waste), which will monitor their capacity levels. The routes of the vehicles emptying them will concurrently be monitored.
These data will be sent to the Data Platform. By combining the data in the Data Platform we will be able to optimise the collection routes for all types of waste whose production is irregular, and to propose, for example, the placement of extra containers.
Public Lighting Sensor Network
Public lighting lamps may become an essential foundation for modern technologies in the city. This will create a comprehensive, city-wide network of sensors for collecting data about the city’s operation and its environment. As part of the pilot project, we will be starting on Karlínské náměstí Square, which will soon receive new, more modern lighting. The objectives are to reduce electricity consumption and at the same time add additional functionality to the lampposts through installed measuring sensors. This modernised public lighting will also improve the safety of people in the area.
The Data Platform will permit the direct control of the lamps, meaning setting their illumination levels or setting policies for how the lamps will behave. Data from various sensors will also be sent to the Data Platform.
Metropolitan Emergency and Health Care System (eHealth)
The objective of this project is to introduce a higher standard of care for senior citizens and people with health problems (chronically ill citizens) using new, more advanced, assistive care and telemedicine technologies to make their users feel safer in their everyday lives at home and outside. New possibilities will enable these people to live a full life without fear and in their own domestic environment even in their old age or with health problems. This project is of course directly tied to cooperation with the physicians who will play a key role.
The Data Platform will work as a technical tool through which data will flow and thus provide the possibility to monitor the operation of emergency care. It will be possible, based on the knowledge acquired from this data, to create standards and measures to improve the quality of life of citizens in Prague.
Energy System of Buildings (Energy Ecosystem)
This project will create a system for evaluating buildings owned by the city, which will enable qualified decision-making on directing investments into energy measures and innovations in these buildings. During the analytical phase, available and essential information will be collected and the methodology for their processing and evaluation defined according to criteria set by experts. Subsequently, a financial model will be created to serve as a foundation and recommendations for appropriate investments in specific buildings.
Within the project, all data will be provided to the Data Platform, where they will be evaluated and analyzed so that energy measures can then be recommended.
Comprehensive Energy Management in Buildings (Energy Management)
We will recommend an effective management system for Prague built around basic energy management principles, which will be expanded to include innovative procedures relating to how specific economy measures can be implemented. The result will be a substantial reduction in energy and water consumption in city buildings.
The project will transmit anonymised data on the consumption of all available energy types in the buildings owned by Prague City Hall to the Data Platform. It will then be possible to analyse these data and evaluate any eventual leaks, such as water or other energy types. These data will be directly tied to the energy ecosystem.
Digital Energy Measurement
This project will offer a new multi-utility measuring system in selected apartment buildings owned by Prague that will ensure comprehensive continuous energy readings. This will create the foundation for the perfect monitoring of the consumption of all energy types in the buildings. Customers will thus be able to monitor their consumption at any time on the web portal from PREměření, which has provided this portal and the related activities for its provision for this project free of charge.
The Data Platform will collect anonymised data and, for example, calculate averaged consumption.
The automatic responder will operate through a chat window. This is a supplementary service intended to facilitate the work of operators at the Lítačka call centre for several months. Clients will be able to use a chat bot to discover, for example, how to extend the validity of their card, where to exchange it for a new one, and much more.
As part of this project, anonymous data will be provided to the Data Platform from which we can ascertain which questions are asked most frequently, and also in which season or at which time citizens most frequently acquire a new Lítačka card. They will also help us identify the success rate of the calls and thus optimise the chat bot.
Virtualisation of Prague
Via enhanced virtual reality, this project will enable the display of individual urban phenomena in a natural 3D environment, and the simulation and prediction of their future behaviour based on mathematical models. Thanks to this project it will be possible to simulate e.g. traffic restrictions, the spread of emissions, or various emergency situations such as flood waves, leaks of dangerous substances, etc.
These phenomena can be monitored over a virtual model of Prague, managed by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, or over a physical model of the relevant part of Prague.
Virtualisation of Prague - this largely falls under the Data Area defined as part of the long-term strategy Smart Prague 2030 - it cooperates with the Data Platform PCC project, in particular in the area of the imaging and processing of real-time sensor data. The project’s home is at the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at the Czech Technical University in Prague, as part of the newly created “testbed” of the Future City Centre, and thus represents an important interconnection between the activities and needs of the city and academia.