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Inventing tomorrow’s smart cities with BigClouT

​Leti, a CEA Tech institute, is helping develop a platform to fuse data and drive new services. The work is taking place under the BigClouT joint research project, which was set up to come up with integrated solutions for smart cities.

Published on 13 December 2016

The BigClouT* project, which is an offshoot of the successfully-completed ClouT (for Cloud Computing and Internet of Things) project, is breaking new ground toward solutions that will let cities leverage the Cloud and IoT to develop smart capabilities.

Leti is playing a key role in ClouT by helping develop the sensiNact software platform that aggregates data from urban sensors (traffic, weather, pollution, noise, and more) and makes it available via a single interface to drive a variety of applications. “sensiNact makes it easier to integrate data from all kinds of sensors by working at a level of abstraction that bypasses the sensors’ heterogeneous characteristics,” said a Leti researcher. “Each sensor and switch translates into a sort of service—ensuring homogeneous access to the data generated by the devices.”

Leti researchers are working on some specific issues for BigClouT, such as adding new data-processing features to the interface and moving processing as close to the source as possible to limit transmission over the network. Implementation of the software will continue in BigClouT test cities in Europe (including the Greater Grenoble Area) and Japan.

*BigClouT, is coordinated by Leti (France) and includes European partners Engineering (Spain), Absiskey Collaborative Projects (France), Lancaster University (UK), and National Technical University of Athens (Greece). The project’s Japanese partners are NTT East (coordinator), NTT R&D, Keio University, Tsukuba University, the National Institute of Informatics, and YRP-IoT. Four pilot cities are serving as living labs for the project: Grenoble, France and Bristol, England in Europe; and Tsukuba (which has a twinning program with Grenoble) and Fujisawa in Japan.

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