SMART CITIES CONFERENCE 2019 – Companies, Research-Development Organizations

Companies, Research-Development Organizations: Iskratel Ltd, Telekom Slovenije, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Jožef Stefan Institute

The next series of presentations I’ve seen were from companies and research-development organizations. The first presentation was by Mrs Ana Robnik, Iskratel Ltd, with presentation on case From Safe to Smart City with innovative approaches and advanced technology. She shared the vision, mission and values of Iskratel and their Safe City strategy. She presented pallet of services they are providing for Municipal Governance – Safe City Operations Center: Traffic Management Center, Forest Fire Control, Monitoring System for Flooding and few use cases for 5G implementation like Video Surveillance, Time-based location information, Virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence service. 

Another interesting presentation was from Mr Matjaž Beričič, M. Sc. from Telekom Slovenije, PLC with title: Cybersecurity – Service Operations Center for a Smart City. Telekom Slovenije is Slovenian national internet provider. They are also one of the first guy’s that provide so-called smart services like intelligent smart TV assistant Neo and fin-tech solution Valu. They have solid strategic mission for IoT and are also one of the main players for solutions on Eastern Europe telecommunications market. One of their ideas/pilots for implementing 5G and IoT technology is using it in Municipalities for services like: Smart Parking, Smart Lighting, Environmental Monitoring and Citizens Feedback. And they also have Cyber security center and provide internet security related services for enterprises. 

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Jaka Cijan from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, laboratory for Telecommunications presented 5G SPIN – innovative activity with urgent functions. There is a silent agreement in tech community that – a good smartphone application – can safe lives. This is often connected to subjective factor of user’s neediness for the application, but Mr Cijans approach is based on case to really provide good internationally standardized emergency services in a mobile app. The main problem here is that with modern mobile communication technologies – we don’t have standardized and user friendly app for emergency calls – especially for use abroad. In analog days, no matter which provider, no matter which device, the number was the same. Many things like that now depend on agreements between international telecommunication providers. The idea behind his app is that the app would use location services like GPS and wi-fi and also multimedia services like video call between operator in emergency center and caller. Many countries already use their own 112 emergency app and idea is to connect this apps in standardized solution.

The last presentation I’ve seen was from two scientists of Jožef Stefan Institute. Asst. Prof. Tomaž Klobučar, Ph. D. and Dušan Gabrijelčič, Ph. D. with presentation title: Security and Smart Cities, cyber and physical: good practices and the result of research projects.

Mr Dušan Gabrijelčič presented two project, one is project flex4grid (in collaboration with two other Slovenian companies Elektro Celje, Smart Com) powered by Eu’s Horizon 2020. The idea behind this project is to provide IoT services (open data and service framework) for Smart Cities and safe IoT communication network and private cloud network storage and mobile app. The idea us to have load on the grid under control to avoide possible blackouts caused by network overloads or lack of power supplies. The next project he presented was Project Defender. This project is very interesting, because they are working on solutions to provide safety methodology Critical Energy Infrastructure. This project is also collaboration with two companies ELES and ICS and is also powered by Horizon 2020. This kind of pilot projects are currently running also in other EU countries like France and Italy.

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Mr Klobučar, presented the project Concordia, it’s a pilot coordination center for DDoS attack prevention and solution for fake-information recognition. Another interesting project is Safety Cross-border services in Smart Cities, which is collaboration with SI-PASS and eID4U from CEF program. Various number of institutions and companies are involved in this story: IJS, MJU, NIJZ, UIL, ZPIS, AJPES, SETCCE, OSI. He shared some examples of Smart City projects like: Smart Resilience – safety of critical infrastructure, I-REACT – systems for emergency responses, mobile applications for citizens, RESILOC – platform for assessment of city resilience. And his last before the Thank You slide was tree how all this project are connected with SRIP PMiS.

In conclusion we can see that the story of Smart Cities is not just about providing new services to help people find cool parking spots or fly drones with medicine help or provide channels for communication and payment, but also a platform to provide safety – so we all can have restful sleep at night. Which is in times like this unpredictable times like this, very important.

And with the last post in series of reports I would like to thank again to organizers of the event and speakers who shared great stories! Keep up the good work!

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