• Tim Cosgrove

Italian tourist destination to become smart city prototype

Integral to the Taormina City tech project, led by start-up T.net, is 5Ghz wireless networking that will help create an IoT network and a vehicle-to-everything a corridor.

The Taormina project aims to be a model for other smart cities in Italy Taormina, on the Italian island of Sicily, famous for its landscape, beauty and historical monuments, is to become a showcase and model for smart city projects in Italy. The Taormina City tech project is being led T.net, a start-up in the innovation accelerator EIT Digital’s portfolio, and is supported by the municipality. Smart city services The project, scheduled to be finished by the end of the year, focuses on a range of services from mobility and waste collection to lighting, which will be managed via a network of intelligent sensors. It leverages 5Ghz wireless networking, enabling the creation of an Internet of Things (IoT) network and a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) corridor for connected autonomous vehicles. This is intended to significantly improve intermodal communication in real-time as well as the overall travel experience. By successfully managing the interaction between the vehicles, the road infrastructure, and the infrastructure users, T.net hopes to ease the burden of heavy traffic flow, making it simpler for citizens and tourists to move across the city. “We are doing this using innovative and modular IoT technologies, replicable in other contexts and expandable with additional services” For instance, it is possible to calculate waiting times at toll booths, travel times from the highway to the city centre and to show available municipal parking stalls. Moreover, the system monitors the cable-car tourist service, keeping passengers informed of the waiting times for the next trip. T.net’s technology allows authorities to save and optimise resources by using smart lighting systems, metering systems for pollutants and monitoring systems for garbage bins. It said with citizens’ collaboration, it is possible to trigger a “virtuous process” leading to a smart community.

Source: Smart Cities World

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