With “smarticipate”, citizens will be more closely involved in the political decisions and planning processes of their city. By 2019, a platform will be in place as part of the “H2020” project that will bring political decisions to a more objective level and assist in the dialog surrounding urban planning projects. This will implement important aspects of a smart city, such as transparency and citizen involvement. London, Rome and Hamburg are the partner cities for the pilot phase.
The available data on the city (open data) as well as data released by other stakeholders form a valuable basis on which different applications are implemented. From a technological view, value creation is supported by semantic integration and the presentation of results is made attractive with 3D visualizations. For applications requiring intensive computation, such as impact assessments for plans, the backend of the platform allows the results to be calculated as feedback in virtually real time.
Fraunhofer IGD is coordinating the “smarticipate” project, in which the cities of Hamburg, Rome and London have specific issues. Hamburg, for example, wants to involve residents in finding suitable locations within the city to plant trees and virtually integrate them into a 3D landscape. The tree planting application can give direct feedback on the feasibility of selected locations (compatible with existing use? What types of trees can be planted?) and provide a forecast on the effects of a planted tree (e.g., how tall will this type of tree get? How much CO2 will the tree clean up in the city/will the tree have a negative effect on the solar potential of nearby houses).
More at www.smarticipate.eu