Ubiwhere created the Urban Platform to support cities in their daily challenges and help them become truly prepared for the future with data and digitization. Through this renowned solution, Ubiwhere focuses on responding to urban challenges associated with sustainable development, emphasizing its technology to have an actual and beneficial impact on people’s lives. The Urban Platform’s accessibility and usability stand out, offering understandable information on several domains, from urban mobility and energy efficiency to air quality, as well as for analytics and performance indicators with sustainability as the primary objective.
The Urban Platform offers Guimarães a city dashboard that presents information, updated in real-time, from different domains and several sources such as sensors, platform services, and even the citizens themselves. It supports novel features for operational activities such as faster response to road accidents, bidirectional communication with the community, traffic flow improvement, and parking area optimization. By integrating these sources of information and harmonizing the data, the analysis opportunities are noticed in real-time, enabling reliable decisions. A proven example is an analysis of how the organization of an event – such as a sporting event or a concert – can impact traffic flow and parking occupancy in certain areas, as well as the air quality and noise levels there.
The Urban Platform solves the digitization challenges of Guimarães through an integrated approach that allows the city to integrate data, through open and standards communication protocols and following their own agenda. With an effective digitalization of public administration, the city benefits from holistic perspectives to measure the impact of the decisions made based on the aggregation and standardization of information. Furthermore, the Urban Platform provides Guimarães with a digital twin, i.e. real-time status of the city, fueled by data from different sectors and sources.
The city has used the Urban Platform to digitize public administration through the aggregation and normalization of information, including demographic information of buildings and areas. In this way, the town enjoys credible informational data from multiple domains and sources on a single map, enabling real-time analysis and decision-making as well as efficient urban planning.
Speaking of planning, and looking towards 2030, the Urban Platform provides international standard indicators on the quality of life and sustainability, through personalized dashboards and performance reports of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mostly centered on mobility, environment, tourism, energy, and waste, which enables Guimarães to evaluate its performance along time and compare with other cities compliant with the ISO norm. Due to these unique characteristics, the implementation of the Urban Platform in Guimarães is considered a good practice by the European Commission.
The collaboration between Ubiwhere and Guimarães has not stopped there and we are working together in the PT2020 project City Catalyst. The City Catalyst project is a catalyst for sustainable cities, whose main objective is to research, develop, and validate a set of technological solutions and innovative services that can enhance integrated and effective urban management through specific contributions to urban platforms’ interoperability in an authentic context. With this objective in mind, knowledge-sharing is enabled by infrastructure that stimulates the local and business communities. The adoption of City Catalyst results from solid technological dynamism, and its benefits for improvement maximizes the quality of life and services offered to the citizens.
The ambition of City Catalyst for the Urban Platform and Guimarães is synonymous with innovation. The aim is to address challenges identified by the municipality and transform them into economic development opportunities and creating new products and services. The Urban Platform will be further enriched with data harmonization models, and the implementation of NGSI-LD, to ensure data interoperability and traceability, based on the open standard’s value propositions.
Within the City Catalyst scope, this solution will allow the Municipality of Guimarães to integrate new data sources in the future, according to its needs and the digitalization process implemented in the city. The whole concept designed by Ubiwhere demonstrates the city as a single ecosystem, based on four pillars: sustainable mobility, monitoring energy communities, centralizing urban operational activities, and sustainability.
The project will enable the dynamic calculation of sustainability and quality of life indicators through data analysis functionalities and machine learning technologies, further contributing to data-based governance and the decision-making process.