Smart Urban Spaces –project is developing smart city services that work from one country to another. Accessible by mobile phone, these services aim to make urban living easier. Near field technologies (f. ex. NFC) are used to ensure the ease of use of the services. NFC enables using services by a simple touch.
Pilot projects in the Helsinki Metropolitan area range over three different thematic areas : traffic, tourism and events and, daycare. Embedding NFC enabled services in the urban environment has been tested for both tourists’ and city inhabitants’ services.
The Smart Urban Spaces research project is a joint European project involving nine cities from Finland, France and Spain. Started in July 2009, the Smart Urban Spaces project will last until 2012. More than 30 cooperation partners both from the public and private sector are participating to the project.
The research organizations involved in the project are VTT Research Centre of Finland, the University of Bordeaux, the University of Caen, AICIA and ESI Tecnalia. The participating companies are While on the Move, Fara, Top Tunniste, Bonwal, Thales, NXP Semiconductors, Gemalto, CEV-Group, Intelligeré, Applicam, Moviquity, Telvent, CBT, Palma Tools, Visual Tools, Avenzis & ITMC.