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Fifth meeting of the MAtchUP project (Skopje, December 2019)

This time the steering meeting of the MAtchUP project has been organized in one of the project’s follower cities, Skopje, capital of North Macedonia.

The organization was a success and the locals welcomed the MAtchUP family warmly, despite the cold weather.

In the plenary sessions, we reviewed the status of the demonstrators of the lighthouse cities: Valencia, Dresden and Antalya. In addition, the people in charge of the Skopje City Council showed us the urban platform they are working on, a mixture of innovative technologies and applications and practical services for citizens.

The parallel sessions addressed specific issues in energy, mobility, ICTs and social actions. The project indicators (KPIs) and how to calculate them were the central theme of the discussion at each of the MAtchUP pillar meetings.

In order to show us the current state of urban services in Skopje, our hosts organized a city tour. We saw the traffic control center, where multiple video cameras constantly monitor intersections and roads, and from where traffic lights can be managed in real time to prioritize firefighters, ambulances and VIPs.

Another of the interesting visits was the Urban Living Lab of Skopje, an endearing place in the Historic City Center, which serves as the basis for urban regeneration, a space for the co-creation of initiatives with and for the citizen.

Later, we also visited a “Green Roof”, a garden on the roof of a building, in this case a shopping center. A thermographic study had been carried out in the city months ago, and it was discovered that there were points with high temperatures, either due to the concentration of pollution or the lack of air circulation. Therefore, they decided to give life to this type of initiatives. The “Green Roofs” are gardens built with the aim of softening the temperature and oxygenate these hot spots of the city, as well as serving as a recreation place for citizens.

We continued with work sessions to identify possible improvements in the procedures, in the generation of business models and in the description of the Technology Packages for Smart Cities (SCTP).

The final note was sung by Mother Teresa, a native of Skopje, reminding us that the most important thing is to enjoy the path:

And for the next plenary meeting in 2020… we will come back to Antalya!

If you want to know more about the project, you can visit the website of MAtchUP.

Valencia MAtchUP: Energy consumption

In Valencia, Spain, researchers have developed an information system to help households to better manage their energy consumption and to use renewable energy sources with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions.

European citizens often have no guidance about good practices to reduce energy consumption in their homes. Researchers from the Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía in Valencia, are working on a system called SHEMS (Smart Home Energy Management System).

It is based on a smartphone app that enables users to monitor their consumption and receive guidance on how to improve energy performance based on good practices.

Caterina Tormo Doménech, one of the researchers involved, explains:

“People also have a scoring system whereby they can compare their consumption habits with other application users on a day-by-day or month-by-month basis. The aim is to raise their awareness about efficient energy use and to get them to change their behaviour.”

Several studies have found that competitive comparison may be a strong incentive besides, of course, the eventuality of reducing the bills.
The app is being developed under the EU smart city project MAtchUP, aimed at fostering a more liveable urban environment.

Watch the video interview with Caterina Tormo Doménech from the MAtchUP partner Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE).

IoT In 2020: 5 Things You Need To Know

As the technology continues to advance, it’s important for individuals and organizations to utilize IoT devices to increase productivity and profitability. Here are 5 IoT trends you can expect to see in 2020.

Humans are in the middle of one of the most revolutionary moments in communication since the invention of the telephone — the “internet of things” or IoT. By connecting all the things in the world, IoT is the logical culmination of the internet itself. We can already see its effects on our lives and businesses.

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices do more than let us communicate with others. They track our location, monitor our health, learn our preferences and connect us to other devices. It’s a phenomenon that will impact how all businesses produce, market and grow. Something this complex needs some forethought and data. So, here are five things you need to know about IoT in 2020. Use them to make smarter decisions about your business.   

1. Smart Home Devices Move to The Office

Smart home IoT devices are gaining in popularity. The number of smart homes in the U.S. is expected to hit 28% of total households by 2021. Part of the upward trend stems from the fall of device prices. But, market preferences are changing too. Millennials love home tech. It’s their adoration that’s prompting property owners to integrate smart thermostats and security systems into new homes and remodels. Not to mention, smart home technologies are eco-friendly and help save on energy costs. But, these benefits are no longer exclusive to the home. Businesses can benefit from office automation too. In 2020, more firms will adopt the technology for the office for the same reasons.

Business owners can shrink monthly power consumption with smart lighting and sensors. Smart video doorbell cameras and locks let you give remote access for deliveries or employees. It keeps your business safer too. Smart thermostats reduce energy waste by learning your staff’s temperature preferences and the cheapest times to heat and cool.  

2. Major Growth in IoT in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is perfect for IoT. It’s a growing, highly regulated and tech-dependent market. Today, many “smart” hospitals are using IoT devices for remote patient monitoring through wearables and health sensors. Integrated monitoring systems can now track patients, staff and equipment like an “indoor GPS.” This maximizes resources and saves money. Healthcare providers are also using small ingestible devices (i.e., “smart pills”) that transmit data about medication effectiveness, leading to better decision-making about patient care.

Look for the healthcare industry to adopt more IoT devices to streamline processes, cut costs and raise patient care. Increased investment will also push associated markets (e.g. physical therapy and nursing homes) to adopt similar technology to stay integrated with hospitals.

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source: iotforall.com

The IoT will improve your holidays

Maybe it’s just a matter of days before you close your laptop and drive to the airport or maybe there are still a few days to go before you can say “Goodbye everyone, see you when I’m back!”. In either case, you have long been waiting for your. Hotel chains, airlines, museums and restaurants are taking advantage of modern technologies to make sure their guests enjoy unique experiences. No doubt, the technology that’s currently having the biggest impact on the travel and hospitality sectors is the Internet of Things, i.e. a newtwork of wifi connected devices infusing connectivity into everyday objects and enabling users to manage them at a distance.

Here are different ways the IoT will contribute to making your holiday a unique experience.

  • Luggage Tracking

The Bluesmart suitcase has a built-in GPS chip that lets you track it anywhere in the world, so you don’t need to worry about your luggage going missing anymore. It’s controlled by a smartphone app, which is great as long as your phone doesn’t run out of battery. 

Other option is the use of Urban Tracker, recently, major brands and luggage retailers have started to implement luggage tracking systems into their products.


  • The information you need on your smartphone

Beacons technology allows businesses, as well as town councils and tourist centres, to send tailored information to travellers and help them find their way to the nearest museum, hotel or store.


  • Leave the concerns at home with chatbots

Thanks to Chatbots, we might never know. Chatbots(also known as Talkbots or Bots) are voice-activated, smart and easy to use applications making all human-to-machine interactions (HMI) much faster and speeding up daily-life tasks. Installed on smartphones and mobile devices, chatbots enable users to activate and operate connected devices at a distance. Chatbots allow users to perform their every day tasks and take care of their home, wherever they are in the world.


  • A connected SD card

Mobi have created a great solution for transferring photos from one device to another – an SD card with built in WiFi, which you can connect to an app on your smart device. The Eyefi Mobi SD card functions like a regular SDHC card, works on most cameras and thanks to the built-in WiFi, it pairs your camera to your phone, tablet or laptop where the images appear instantly.


  • A smart bikini

The Neviano UV Connect smart bikini includes a built-in UV sensor that connects to an app on your smartphone. The app can tell you when you’ve been in the sun for too long, allowing you to take a break. It even allows you to send a message to a partner or friend to let them know they need to reapply sunscreen.


  • An intelligent umbrella

Wezzoo’s smart umbrella – Oombrella, will make sure you never step out into the rain unprepared again. It comes with a little capsule attached to the end of the handle, which has four sensors to measure temperature, humidity, air pressure and sunlight. The sensors communicate with your phone via Bluetooth and will send you an alert if it’s going to rain.


Enjoy your holidays!

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Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The industrial internet of things (IIoT), also known as Industry 4.0 is the use of smart sensors and actuators to enhance manufacturing and industrial processes.  While IoT focuses on consumer usage, IIoT is used for industrial purpose.

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One of the top touted benefits the industrial internet of things affords businesses is predictive maintenance. IoT can greatly improve your operational efficiency while reducing overhead costs, many decision-makers have questions about the available technology, how to introduce it and how it can benefit their business.

Here are some of the most common IIoT questions:

      1. What’s a Smart Building?

      2. What Are Best Practices for Introducing Smart Buildings?

      3. Why Is Lighting a Key Part of IIoT?

      4. How Do I Use the Data Generated From IIoT Devices?

      5. Can My Business Afford to Implement an IIoT System?

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