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Pilot 6.1 Citizen as sensor


Citizen as sensor

This pilot intends to create a collaborative environment in which citizens of Santander and Fujisawa provide their reports on various notable events (both good and bad), and sending quantitative measurements of physical sensing provided by sensors incorporated in their mobile phones. With the aim to develop an application for a Smart City allowing citizens to act as sensors, citizens will feel more involved in the daily operations of the cities they live in. Such reports will also be accordingly checked and attended later by municipal personnel, giving them more information to help them carry out their jobs.

Users will be able to form a community attending to their own interests, receiving notifications via the app when other users report something related to those interests. This approach also integrates gamification systems and prizes for the winners of such games, establishing competitions between both cities. The implementation of a “like”/”commenting” system between users and/or local management staffs will also be considered, in order to motivate user input. This solution will develop ways to let app users cross-post their reports directly on Twitter or Facebook, as these are currently popular platforms for people to provide these kinds of report.

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This pilot will be in charge of the creation and implementation of the participatory environment in which citizens of Santander and Fujisawa provide their reports on various events, while sending also quantitative measurements of physical sensing provided by sensors that incorporate their cell phones. This way, citizens will feel more involved in the daily operations of their corresponding cities and municipal officers will get an additional information resource to help them carry out their jobs. Discussions to choose the common functionalities to address in both cities to satisfy customer needs have recently progressed and thus the initial shape of the solution has been decided. The initial trials are expected to start during the first half of 2020.

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