The aim of the Get Home Safely project is to develop a smart lighting solution by combining an architectural perspective and IoT technology to improve safety of citizens. It also provides users a pleasant experience during their daily commute.
Get Home Safely illustrates the potential deployment of future technologies. The Digital City is an inevitable fact that humans and machines embrace. Ease of using the city is crucial for a functional environment fostered by digitally informed physical objects.
Adjustable smart lighting can decrease feelings of unsafety caused by darkness while increasing quality of life and satisfaction.
Lighting up Jätkäsaari smartly
In Jätkäsaari, Helsinki, Forum Virium assesses consequences of smart lighting on increasing the feeling of safety while helping people find their way in areas that are still under construction. Currently, the district’s lighting is either inadequate or conditional due to ongoing constructions.
In order to tackle the problem, proactive interactions with residents and city stakeholders are organised by Forum Virium Helsinki. Detailing the use cases in order to collect insights of residents’ behaviour is going to be conducted through different questionnaires starting in spring. Also, the test users will contribute to a better design and service of the solution through collaborative workshops. After recruiting test users and fetching their ideas, Forum Virium plans a pilot and executes it in autumn when dark season approaches.
The smart lighting devices will be integrated to the Smart City IoT platform with the goal of collecting data and controlling the device to react based on specifically designed situations. Integration of smart lights with users’ mobile devices will be possible both through the cloud and directly by exploiting sensing capabilities and proximity features of the light devices gateway. A user centred design approach will be taken into account for designing use cases and scenarios of pilots. Furthermore, end-users’ feedback and expectations will be implemented to facilitate business plan and to create a start-up.
In addition to Jätkäsaari in Helsinki, the smart lights will be tested in Matera, the 2019 European Capital of Culture, and on a 5G test field lead by Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin.
A collaborative project between three countries
Leading partners from three different countries collaborate to design a business for tangible innovation and smart technology to thrive. In addition to Forum Virium Helsinki, the consortium is consisted of Aalto University from Finland, Technische Universität Berlin and Fraunhofer HHI from Germany, and Telecom Italy and Fluxedo from Italy.
Main Image: Antti Pulkkinen. Source: Helsinki City Material Bank