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The U-Sound noise sensor has been approved by Sentilo and the city of Barcelona

The Department for Noise Pollution Reduction of Barcelona City Hall has recently successfully tested the Urbiotica U-Sound noise sensor over the requirements for noise sensors to be installed in the city.

The Urbiotica U-Sound is an autonomous and wireless acoustic sensor designed to measure noise in the city. It makes continuous measurements and every minute, it sends a new equivalent continuous sound level value through the communication network. From the data captured by the sensor, it is possible to generate other indicators and alerts for exceeding the previously defined noise levels. The quality of the sensor’s measurement is equivalent to a Class II sound level meter.

Being Sentilo-compatible means it is virtually “plug and play” with the Sentilo data platform.

Read the complete article here: http://www.sentilo.io/wordpress/urbiotica-sentilo-ready-noise-sensor-successfully-tested

Urbiotica will participate at the International Noise Awareness Day

Coinciding with the International Noise Awareness Day, from the 24th to 30th of April, Catalonia will hold the 1st Week Without Noise.

This initiative promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya aims to carry out various activities in order to raise public consciousness about the problem of noise pollution in the urban environment and to make citizens and administrations aware of the new management and control tools available on the acoustic market.

Urbiotica will participate in these activities offering to the municipalities the possibility to carry out a pilot test of its solution for continuous noise monitoring.

More information about the 1st Week Without Noise at: http://mediambient.gencat.cat/setmanasensesoroll

Urbiotica improves mobility in the centre of Istanbul

Istanbul is the most populous city in Europe (around 17M inhabitants), which puts without doubts mobility as a central issue of the megalopolis. The constant growth of the population goes together with an increase of private vehicles and traffic congestions, which implies a necessary regulation of parking within the central districts of the city.

This is why Urbiotica is currently implementing its smart parking sensing system to gather real time information about parking use in order to manage in a more efficient way parking in the most transited areas of the urbanization.

Urbiotica’ solution for regulated parking consists in obtaining accurate information about the use and presence of vehicles in each parking spot of the city to carry out an efficient control of the respect of the rules established by the municipality. On the other hand, the information of parking occupation can be aggregated per zone in order to share availability with the citizens to help them find parking faster.

Urbiotica’ solution, carried by ERBEN, our partner in Turkey, has been chosen by IsPark, Istanbul’ parking operator, after an initial phase of trials of the various technologies available on the market. Its reliability, accuracy and flexibility in deployment has convinced the local authority to go on with a 2nd operational phase, through the installation of 100 parking sensors U-Spot in the Fevzipaşa Caddesi area, where an important part of the city traffic is concentrated due to its commercial and central aspects.

On-Street parking control solution – U-Spot – Erben – Ispark

Urbiotica at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona

Urbiotica will be exhibiting its Internet of Things solutions for Smart Cities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March 2017. Live demos of Urbiotica’ sensing systems will be conducted by Intracom Telecom on their booth 7B54 in Hall 7 during the 4 days of the event, showing all the benefits brought by our technology to urban areas. Contact us for a personal meeting:

About Intracom Telecom:

Intracom Telecom is a global telecommunication systems & solutions vendor operating for 40 years in the market. Today, Intracom Telecom employs over 1,800 highly-skilled professionals and operates own R&D and production facilities. Its subsidiaries span across Europe, Russia & the CIS, the Middle East & Africa, Asia and North America.

Intracom Telecom portfolio of products and solutions enable Smart City organizations (Municipalities, Service Providers, Enterprises, etc.) realize the Smart City concept by ingeniously integrating smart infrastructure, powerful control, automation & visualisation, robust data transmission, storage and services, all providing the means to build the city of the future, today!

To know more: http://www.intracom-telecom.com/misc/scs/

About the Mobile World Congress:

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona.

More information about the event: https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

Two new Smart Parking projects in Canada

One of the most dynamic Smart Parking market is precisely the Canadian one. Ambitious projects and major inversions realized in terms of parking improvement solutions have been deployed there and will continue to do so, and Urbiotica is by now part of this initiatives.

In the cities of Montreal and Hamilton, we are deploying two new projects in addition to the existing one in Toronto. They aim to improve control efficiency and bring added value to specific customers.

This way Urbiotica positions itself as one of the pioneering companies in the country.

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Urbiotica guides employees of Amazon in Madrid

The 1,500 places in the logistics center of San Fernando de Henares in Madrid are monitored with 12 wireless sensors (U-Flow Parking). The devices have been installed along with 6 variable message signs to guide workers and visitors in Amazon parking areas.

Amazon is expanding its logistics center in San Fernando de Henares in Madrid. In the framework of its expansion plan, the e-commerce giant plans to expand its headquarters from 32,000 to 75,000 square meters. Therefore, it becomes necessary to facilitate the daily experience of its employees in search of parking, which will go from 400 to 1,000 workers, after the expansion of facilities.

Learn more about the Parking Guidance Solution of Urbiotica

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Thank you for your visit at the Smart City Expo World Congress!

Urbiotica has been exhibiting at the Smart City Expo World Congress from the 15th to the 17th of November 2016, presenting its solutions and news about parking management and noise monitoring. With almost 17.000 visitors in just 3 days, you have made this 6th edition very special!

The focus of this year edition, cities for citizens, has perfectly highlighted the turn of the Smart City business into much more concrete applications, closer to the requirements of public authorities and the need of citizens, in which Urbiotica is fully involved.

It has also been the opportunity for Urbiotica to announce new partnerships and realizations: Amazon Fulfilment Center in Madrid (Spain), the city of Istanbul (Turkey, together with ERBEN), the City of Montes de Oca (Costa Rica, together with PARSO), the City of Martorell (Spain). The following weeks will be the opportunity to present these new projects in more details, keep posted!

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Urbiotica at Smart City Expo World Congress 2016

Urbiotica will be present at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 in Barcelona from 15th to 17th of November, presenting the latest news and projects about its parking management and noise monitoring solutions.

This year we will stick to the focus of the event, “cities for citizens”, showcasing how our solutions make the living in urban areas much simpler. You will found us on Hall 2, Level 0, Booth E503.

The Smart City business has made a lot of noise so far but is still struggling to convince the people of its present and future benefits, mainly because the technological issues are still dominating the debate. By developing useful and scalable solutions, Urbiotica has already achieved numerous projects materializing the fact that the concept of Smart City is not only for megalopolis and neither a fashionable gadget that will disappear as quickly as it came.

Book a meeting with our experts sending an e-mail to info@urbiotica.com indicating your company, contact details and preferred times.

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. Since its first edition in 2011, it has succeeded to become a referential global event to support the development of our cities. This professional, institutional and social meeting point is a leading platform of ideas, networking, experiences and international business deals that gathers together the highest level of stakeholders, in the context of urban development. The 2015 edition brought more than 14,288 visitors from 105 countries, 421 speakers, 485 exhibitors and 568 cities.

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New stage for Urbiotica

Urbiotica announces a strategical turn to consolidate its leading position in providing technological solutions based on the Internet of Things paradigm.

The company will focus its activities on its core markets: parking and noise monitoring, for which private customers oriented solutions will be launched. The objective at short and midterm is to consolidate the sales.

To conduct this turn, the general management of the company will be ensured by Josep Maria Torras, who was until now Chief Operations Officer at Urbiotica. Marc Boher will remain the Chief Commercial Officer of the company.

The company will count for this new stage with a 1M€ founding coming from private investors and industrial partners which will participate actively in the development of the new strategy.

Josep Maria Torras (CEO de Urbiotica): “The commitment of the team has been a key point to launch this new stage of the Urbiotica project. We firmly believe in the excellence of our products, and in the potential of this growing and increasingly well-defined market.”

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Urbiotica is one of the key companies in the implementation of IoT for Smart Cities according to Insight Partners

The increase of the vehicular pollution and the limited number of spots for park in cities makes necessary the implementation of smart programs in cities, thus it explains the service of research of Insight Partners, who mentioned Urbiotica as one of the companies key players in the application of IoT for Smart Cities.

 

More information in the web of Insight Partners 

 

 

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The German Company Glatt optimizes it parking system with Urbiotica’s solution

The challenge: optimize the search for parking for workers providing the company an innovative company image.

Urbiotica’s solution arrives to Binzen, Germany. The Group Glatt– world leader in innovative solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industry – has an area of 10,000 km2 and more than 200 jobs, that’s why the company has decided to improve it services for employees and visitors.

Harald Schmitt CEO of MSR-Traffic GmbH says about the Glatt Group: “The owner built a fantastic new building for its employees and they also wanted to have the most modern technologies which can be installed in the direction of the car park”. It is in this sense that Urbiotica solution has been launched on this new project.

In order to optimize the search for parking in the parking lot the company installed a simple system of intelligent detection with 240 U-Spot sensors. The collected information is transmitted to the modern LED screens showing the number of free seats per row.

Due to monitoring spot to spot, employees and visitors are directed with digital signs to the nearest available parking place saving time and improving the everyday experience.

More details in the success story of Glatt.

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Urbiotica, key player de la industria global de las Smart Cities

Navigant Research is a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of these industry sectors.

In its last report, Navigant Research team examines the evolution of the global market for the Smart Cities and points to Urbiotica among the 20 key participants in this industry, on par with companies such as General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, Panasonic, Philips, Ericsson, among others.

The report is focused on five key points of the Smart City industry: energy, water, mobility, buildings and Governments. The study compares different approaches to smart cities and provides comprehensive profiles of projects in every region of the world. Different models of business used to finance this type of project and the competitive landscape are analyzed.

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Free but regulated parking, the solution to the center of Vic-en-Bigorre

Urbiotica’s parking sensors have been installed to regulate the use of parking spots and increases their rotation. Due to our technology, the enforcement agent no longer has to monitor parking spot by spot.

This small French town with a surface area of 32km² and a population of about 5,500 inhabitants, suffered from traffic congestion due to the deficiency of parking spaces in the city center. The lack of parking near the shopping areas coupled with a significant number of cars occupying the spots for long periods of time, generated discomfort for local merchants and upset citizens.

The local administration decided to limit the parking in the city center to two hours per parking spot. If a car exceeds this time limit the vehicle owner will receive a fine. To successfully implement the system of free and shared parking, it is necessary to regulate the use of parking space. In order to do this, 114 U-Spot sensors were installed in parking spaces. These were accompanied by a complete parking management system and a mobile application to alert the guard of breaches in real time and to guide them to these vehicles.

The project was executed by Axione (Bouygues Energie Services subsidiary) in collaboration with Mentis and Urbiotica. The deployment was fast and easy with minimum civil works; thus, great savings were achieved regarding other smart solutions.

In an interview with France 3 Midi Pyrenees, Mayor Clément Menet explained that the objective of the project was implemented to avoid having vehicles park in the same parking space for the entire day. He exclaims, “It was a real problem: I could not park in the city center of Vic”.

The mayor and citizens of Vic-en-Bigorre have been interviewed by the French television channel France 3 Midi Pyrenees. You can view testimonials and more information about Urbiotica’s system here:

Smart parking at Vic-en-Bigorre. Parking sensors

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Regulated parking and the challenge of controlling the correct use of it

Every day we face the problem of finding convenient parking spots central to our end destination. The increasing population density and number of vehicles in big cities makes it increasingly difficult to find free sites as well as generates constant traffic jams. These issues lead to an increase in air pollution throughout the cities and consequently a rise in discomfort among citizens. Although specific regulated parking places have been created for disabilities, residents, and load/unload, these regulations are not always followed and respected by inhabitants.

Even though municipalities have created regulated parking areas, the problem requires new solutions. Fortunately, new technologies have been created to address these issues. The internet of things applied to cities now makes it possible to control who parked in each spot, and whether or not they meet the stipulated times and areas, ultimately saving the citizens time and the cities money.

The proposals of Municipalities: Are they effective?

Municipalities have made public parking issues an important part of the mobility policy in cities. Some of the actions that are usually developed for urban centers include: defining authorized areas and maximum parking time in each sector, reserving places for the disabled, loading and unloading areas, adjusting the service prices, and encouraging more public transport usage.

In recent decades, governments have implemented various measures to alleviate the problem of traffic, lack of parking places, and pollution. Here are some examples:

  • In Athens, car traffic was restricted to a central area in 1982;
  • Stockholm was also one of the first cities to establish a limited traffic zone in 1996;
  • Since 2008, Germany has required drivers to have an environmental license plate to acquire access to green areas in the cities;
  • Italy has restricted access to ancient centers of major cities during business hours.

These solutions were combined with parking control mechanisms to not only achieve a reduction in the flow of vehicles in the busiest areas of cities, but also to assure that the vehicles entering are able to park.

  

New problems, new solutions

Despite these advances, new problems have emerged: if parking areas are to be used correctly, effective communication is imperative. The user should know where to park, how long they can stay, where and how to pay. Additionally, there is the issue concerning the way in which the council can know and control if the parking places are being used appropriately.

In many instances, a driver will park on a site reserved for the disabled and will not realize it, or a tourist will park there because they are not aware of the rules of parking areas reserved for residents. Fraud is another major drawback for municipalities. Cases in which users can break the rules and not pay for the parking time are very difficult to control by a traffic officer or other precarious systems, opening the door to  fraudulent mindsets.

The internet of things applied to smart cities generate possible solutions to alleviate these problems. The sensors that detect in real time the occupancy of parking spaces and then translate that data into information for citizens and the administration to utilize is a prime example of this system. This information is then integrated with the customer’s payment information, policy, and specific uses, making it possible to recognize when the stipulated rules are being followed and when they are violated. Cities like Santa Barbara D’Oeste in Brazil or Nice already use this technology. As a result, these cities have managed to optimize their management which in turn caused an increase in the correct use of the regulated parking and mobility throughout each city. Other cases like Madrid or London apply different measures with the same objective: to improve the quality of life of citizens. Let’s see how they have done this.

Santa Bárbara D’Oeste (Brasil): sensors that control the use of each spot

The challenge of Madrid: pollution control

London: cameras that recognize cars license plates 

Nice believes the sensing system will prevent fraud and congestion

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Novatilu launches a new line based on Urbiotica’s SMART Technology

Recently, Urbiotica established an agreement with NOVATILU, a Public Lighting and Urban Equipment manufacturer. Novatilu just launched its new SMART line, which takes the solutions from Urbiotica’s latest generation sensors and integrates them into its portfolio, under the slogan “Make your city think for itself”. As a result of our affiliation, Novatilu now offers solutions for managing urban parking, regulated parking, parking in shopping centers, and noise control in the cities.

Novatilu’s market experience and understanding, paired with Urbiotica’s technological “know how”, allows them to construct an array of solutions that will further improve citizen’s quality of life. Andrea Carandell, the current CEO of Novatilu, comments “our will is that our SMART line is deemed a referent for cutting-edge solutions in the cities”.

Additionally, the Business Director of Urbiotica, Marc Boher, explains: “With more than 20 years of experience in the field of urban equipment, Novatilu is committed to the most innovative technology to deliver intelligent solutions to a new generation of SMART cities, adapting to the current needs of citizens. “

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Noise pollution and its impact on cities today

The importance of its control and management. The real case of Girona. 

The increase in population and frenetic activity of our cities is causing a proportional increase in the noise generated by vehicle traffic, followed by industrial, business and night-life activity.


While it is true that the threshold of noise tolerance varies according to the situation, individual and culture, a survey conducted by the Environmental Agency of the CAM in France showed that people exposed to noise levels of more than 85 dBA suffered a 12% increase in cardiovascular problems, 37% in neurological problems and 10% in digestive problems, in contrast to people exposed to lower levels.

Noise can also affect individuals differently depending on its factors. Depending on the type, duration, place and even the moment when it is produced, it can annoy, irritate and cause convenience, even in some cases altering a person’s physical and psychological state.

Temporary, irreversible or progressive hearing loss is one of the physical effects described and related to noise pollution, as well as blood pressure and heart rate disorders, muscle tension and digestive disorders, among other problems.

Noise can also have psychological consequences for individuals, affecting the stress, mental concentration, learning and productivity of people.

Although the ultimate objective of any city is to improve the life quality of citizens, economic effects are also considered, particularly bearing in mind the budgetary constraints that all administrations are facing currently. Economic costs are clearly reflected in the prices of homes in areas that suffer noise pollution and also evident in the amount of sick leave days and resources allocated to public health resulting from the physical and psychological effects of noise pollution.

 

Noise monitoring in the city of Girona 

Results and conclusions

Thanks to constant technological innovation, the necessary autonomous systems exist today for the continuous real-time monitoring of noise in cities. These systems enable the implementation of new, more efficient, economically viable management models, and therefore improve the quality of life of citizens, which is the priority of any urban action:

  • Transparency with citizens, local awareness and respect.
  • Reduce number of complaints and, therefore, the administrative work associated with it.
  • Reduction in physical and psychological effects to boost citizen well-being and satisfaction.
  • Reduce the economic effects caused by sick leave days and public health costs resulting from noise pollution.

 

Testimonial

“The cost of wireless sensors is less than other methods. In our case, the most interesting thing about the monitoring network is having data continuously, both day and night, rather than the accuracy itself. It has allowed us to highlight the importance of the noise vector and view levels continuously at night. The sensor network now allows us to control changes in noise (peak traffic times and activity in the city) and check what is happening regarding citizen complaints. The public viewer is a way of facilitating access to environmental information to Girona’s citizens and promoting transparency.”

NÚRIA MAYOL RAMON. Finance and Sustainability Area of the Girona City Council

 

Contact:  communication@urbiotica.com

Urbiotica receives an award for its initiative in the Smart Cities field

On Tuesday 17 May, the Catalan Federation of Telecommunications Installation Companies (FECEMINTE) held the 48th World Telecommunications Day -in the emblematic MUHBA (Barcelona History Museum) in the Plaza del Rey- at which Antoni Brey, CEO of Urbiotica, received the “Award for an initiative or technological development in the Internet of Things or Smart Cities field”.

Urbiotica received the award at the CONEXIÓ awards ceremony which Feceminte holds each year, with this being its 17th edition. The President of Feceminte Román Lantarón Cuesta said, “It is an honour for me for Urbiotica to receive this award, which undoubtedly demonstrates its track record in the telecommunications sector”.

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Homage in the field of telecommunications

The CONNEXIÓ awards, symbolised by an original design of the Collserola Tower, are given to companies, organisations and individuals that have stood out either individually or collectively in innovation, research, quality of service or for making a singular contribution in any area of the profession.

The Feceminte CONENEXIÓ awards were held for the first time on 26 May 2000 at the closing ceremony of the “BCN Meeting Connection” European Congress and the commemoration of World Telecommunications Day. Feceminte celebrates this day each year and brings together the whole telecommunications sector of Catalonia: government representatives, the most important organisations and telecommunications installation companies, as hosts.

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Urbiotica launches a solution for urban noise control with its new U-Sound sensor

Urbiotica launches its new U-Sound device, the autonomous wireless noise sensor designed to measure noise in the city. After 2 years of R&D, several months of testing and the project already successfully implemented and running, the company continues to expand its range of latest generation technology solutions for more efficient and sustainable management of smart cities.

Noise pollution has become one of the main environmental problems in today’s increasingly built-up cities. Noise caused by night-life areas, traffic, building work and roadworks is affecting the health and well-being of citizens causing stress and dissatisfaction among citizens and increasing public health costs.

Urbiotica’s proposal is to implement a noise monitoring network for the continuous monitoring in real time of city trouble spots and the use of alerts when the established limits are exceeded. The new solution allows:

  • Noise monitoring 24h a day, 7 days a week completely autonomously and with the quality of a class II sound level meter. It enables the creation of a permanent monitoring network for controlling a city’s trouble spots and configuring alerts for cases where the established noise levels are exceeded, in order to reduce nuisances and citizen complaints.
  • Remote access to data: The information sent by the sensor and the resulting indicators are stored on the Urbiotica platform, which means the data is accessible in real time and measurements can be consulted remotely.The information generated by the system is accessible to both the manager and citizens through the web tool VisorAcustic. This helps to keep citizens involved and informed, and promote transparency too.
  • Design, robustness and durability: U-Sound was designed to integrate with the aesthetics of the environment, to guarantee the robustness of the hardware and communications, and to therefore have a 10 year useful life.

Urbiotica’s noise monitoring system has already been introduced in the city of Girona. The project deployed jointly with the city council involved the setting up of five sensing points with traffic and night-life related noise problems. Through VisorAcustic inhabitants can access information in real time on noise in the city and those responsible for managing noise pollution receive notifications when noise limits are exceeded for immediate action, particularly necessary in night-life areas.

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Urbiotica manages the guidance of Audi’s 5,000 parking spaces in Ingolstadt with 22 sensors

The Audi factory located in Ingolstadt -Germany- has a parking lot with a capacity of more than 5,000 spaces. With so many parking spaces, a system needed to be implemented that would optimise the use of the spaces and reduce the vehicle flow caused by cars looking for free spaces, so that workers would not waste any time looking for parking and could go to work more relaxed and satisfied.

Urbiotica’s proposal is based on the installation of 22 wireless parking capacity sensors to detect vehicles entering and leaving each sector, in order to communicate the number of free spaces. Being an area with delimited entrances and exits, the guidance project could be deployed with only 22 sensors to monitor the 5,000 spaces.

Parking in Audi is now far smoother and quicker. Thanks to the improvements introduced, congestion has disappeared and vehicle flow in the parking area is now more efficient. This was how the CEO of MSR-Traffic Harald Schmitt, our partner in Germany, explained it. “Urbiotica’s solution is also a very good system in terms of cost effectiveness”, said Schmitt, and added, “Audi and LGI are delighted to have a dynamic parking guidance system which they are thinking about extending”.

 

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Our network to control noise, at the first acoustic congress in Catalonia

We are extremely satisfied both by the interest in and the success garnered by our solution for noise monitoring at the first edition of the AcustiCat Congress.

Our team presented the noise monitoring network with a real time demonstration of the technology and the project implemented in the city of Girona. We also outlined the benefits of taking continuous measurements in the most conflictive areas.

AcustiCat, the first Catalan acoustic congress, was held on 28 and 29 April. The conferences, which were held at the Sabadell Conference Centre, was attended by 350 people, with 48 speakers and 13 sponsors. Different debate and reflection activities were conducted, as well as round tables, solutions and demo workshops with solutions to specific noise problems in the urban environment.

We are happy to see that the sector is aware of the importance of integrating the latest technological innovations from the Internet of Things to its projects, for more efficient and effective management of urban noise.

For further information, please take a look at our solution for noise monitoring.

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