SCC Innovation Hub & Living Lab Network

Funding institution: Regione Lombardia

Duration: 30 months, from 01/01/2020 to 30/06/2022

Smart City • A.I. • Wearables • Lifestyle • Health prevention • Digital Transformation

The smart city of the future

Innovation Hub & Living Labs on Artificial Intelligence for Smart & Connected Cities is a research project whose objective is to create a big digital and physical ecosystem, named Innovation Hub, for the gathering of vast amount of data and the development of algorithms used to implement solutions and services to improve the life quality of the citizens of the city of the future.

The project, recognized by Regione Lombardia as a project of excellence under its Research and Innovation Hub Call, is coordinated by MediaClinics and  includes as partners Santer Reply, Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italtel, Comftech, Marlegno, Orobix, Aries More, as well as involving Cluster Smart Cities and Communities and Talent4Rise (Fondazione Triulza). 

In order to provide advanced and customized services to the citizens, the gathering of a significant (both quality-wise and quantity-wise) amount of data is necessary, to adequately train A.I. algorithms. The analysis of these data then allows for the identification of needs that are expressed by the citizens, sometimes unawarely, through their daily behaviours.

The project aims then at setting up of a network of Living Labs on the Lombardy territory: centers of gathering and sharing of data that involve the final users – i.e. the citizens – in the processing of this information and in the design of services and solutions based upon this knowledge.

The innovation Hub operates as Coordinator of the Living Labs network. More specifically, it defines the requirements for “Living Labs” status validation and the working methodologies; it acts as management and distribution center of the A.I. services for the involved subjects, facilitating the meeting between supply and demand and providing infrastructure, know-how and data access; it manages the common dataset that will be populated and exploited by the Living Labs and the stakehoders (research centers, start-ups, big companies, public entities).

Project Vision

To talk about quality of life means embracing several perspectives and points of view, from the health status to the chronological age, to the level of social inclusion: all these different angles define the citizens’ needs. The quality of life improvement must be based also on  the ability to intercept these needs: therefore, to develop truly innovative services addressing at these issues, the technologies on which these services are based must be able to acquire these information in a reliable and accurate way.

The services realized are aimed at every population group, and include services of physiological parameters monitoring for preventive purposes, services for the improvement of one’s food habits that integrate existing food delivery services, services for the improvement of lifestyle and sport performances, urban walkability services, women safety and company welfare.

These services result in opportunities to anticipate the times and embrace new challenges, to choose healthcare prevention with a relative resources optimization, to foresee innovation phenomena to support the cities of tomorrow.

The Living Labs Network

The project foresees the launch of three initial Living Labs, but the intention is to foster and support from the start the activation of more in different possible locations, such as college campuses, places of interest and landmarks, sanitary structures, technological hubs and research centers, the objective being the establishment of a real network distributed on the Lombardy territory.

The first three Living Labs will focus their activities on specific areas of interest, respectively:

  • Living Lab MIND:
    This Living Lab, located within the MIND district in the Expo area, will host the design and validation activities of services for assisted living and promotion of healthy lifestyles. Topics addressed will include nutritional education, active ageing, citizens’ physical and psychological wellbeing. Also, the support of the Social Innovation Academy allows the development of twelve Co-Creation Workshops, where citizens will be involved in the design of services of the Smart City of the future.
  • Living Lab Environmental Sustainability and Research:
    Objective of this Living Lab is to bring at the center of the idea of Smart City idea the principles of both environmental and economical sustainability, and safeguard of the citizens’ safety and quality of life. The activities of this Living Lab, lead by Università degli Studi di Bergamo and Marlegno, foresee the renovation and redevelopment of a ALER Social Housing building, in which home automation systems and environmental sensors will be installed, to monitor its energetical performances, the structural behaviour and the overall safety and comfort condition.
  • Living Lab Workplace: The objective of this Living Lab, located in the Reply HQ, is to improve the comfort condition in workplaces. The following technological tools will be used to achieve this goal:
    • Interactive totems that allow a quick yet accurate measurement of individual parameters
    • Sensors to monitor the indoor environmental conditions: temperature, humidity, air quality, electrosmog
    • cloud Platform with individual access to a Health Coaching service.

The Living Labs obtain data from (and populate at the same time) a wide, common, constantly-growing dataset, composed by data and information coming from different sources:

  • Environmental data:
    • Open Data E015
    • Data acquired via environmental sensors
    • Satellite images
    • Meteorological data
    • Video-surveillance images
  • Individual data:
    • Data acquired via wearables
    • Data acquired via individual medical devices
  • Data generated by Web and mobile softwares.

The Innovation Hub and the Living Labs are going to be integrated within the wider European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and are intended to survive as permanent innovation centers after the lifetime of the project.

The Pilots

The designed solutions will be validate in a real environment through their application in specific contexts, i.e. starting eight Pilot projects gathered in two macro-areas:

  • Health:
    • Home automation and Assisted Living for Active Ageing: Development of services addressed to elderly population for the promotion of active ageing and the integration with the health and wellbeing services network (pharmacies, hospitals, etc)
    • Genomics and Nutritions: Use of information related to the genetic profile, the microbiota, the users’ lifestyle to provide services aiming at improving one’s eating habits (Food Coaching, integration with Food Delivery services)
    • Preventive medicine: Use of information related to the cognitive profile, the health status of the user, the activity performed by the user and the city events (E015) to provide suggestions on physical activity and improve preventive medicine services.
  • Wellbeing:
    • Outdoor activities and City walkability for young Students: City walkability suggestions based on the information about the user’s profile (e.g., health profile, lifestyle, geolocalization) and the environment (e.g., air quality, safety, public transportations, traffic, city events)
    • Women safety: 5G-based real-time processing of video-surveillance images and wearables’ data to improve city and home security and safety
    • Cognitive wellbeing and Corporate welfare: Development of company welfare service aiming at the improvement of employees’ lifestyle, their performances and the business climate in terms of safety, health safeguard and workers’ mood; the tools used to achieve these objectives are monitoring systems of individual physiological and environment parameters and methods of psychological wellness monitoring and stress management
    • Safety and sustainability at Home: Design of services aiming at improving the safety and the comfort in domestic contexts
    • Urban analytics for Wellbeing planning: Exploitation of information about the safety inside buildings and the comfort in living environments to enable a urban development plan which focuses on the citizens and their wellness.