The CityBee project, funded by the EU's Sixth Framework Programme,is working on developing a low-cost wireless metropolitan network based on Location Based Services (LBS) wireless technology, which could be used for locating and providing useful services to lost citizens.
Each network will be specifically designed and tailored to meet the needs of vulnerable groups within society, such as children, the elderly and the disabled (both physically and mentally).
The proposed solution will use the IEEE 802.15.4 radio frequency standard (Zigbee), which provides a license-free radio frequency band at 2.4GHz and has sufficient capabilities for the development of a flexible, easily extendable, robust private wireless network.
The network is being designed to be flexible and scalable, to cover a variety of scenarios, from large metropolitan areas up to entire cities. The network will be divided into clusters and a multi-cluster network/transport layer will be implemented. The CityBee network will be formed by fixed and mobile devices and a Control Centre.
One of the partners in the project, Steve Lane, explains: 'One possible future application of such an infrastructure could be the communication with vulnerable or at risk people who require specific care.
'For example Alzheimer's sufferers can have their freedom rights restricted because of the risk of finding themselves in unusual surroundings. This network infrastructure would enable them to continue with their lifestyle because of the security measures the technology creates and the flexibility of being able to wear smaller, smarter devices for monitoring and management purposes. The IEEE 802.15.4 offers the possibility to create complex networks with relatively low power consumption for the mobile nodes, and permits high distances between nodes compared to other wireless network standards, making it ideal for this type of patient monitoring.'
The project is banking on using the lower cost Zigbee technology, instead of other location and communication technologies, because of its belief that the benefits for installers, operators and users of the CityBee network will ensure as wide as possible an uptake.
The town council of Barcelona will be the first to commission and evaluate the CityBee network in the district of 'Nou Barris', where a public institution for impaired people is located.
Other potential applications for the technology include a vehicle tracking solution for small businesses, and a live information service which could offer such services as waiting times at bus and tram stops, urban guides and synchronising traffic light signals with the arrival emergency vehicles.
The project began on 1 October 2006 and will run for two years.
Virginia Mercouri | alfa
Japanese researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display
19.02.2018 | University of Tokyo
Why bees soared and slime flopped as inspirations for systems engineering
19.02.2018 | Georgia Institute of Technology
For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.
In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...
Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale
Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...
For photographers and scientists, lenses are lifesavers. They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras.
But today's glass-based lenses are bulky and resist miniaturization. Next-generation technologies, such as ultrathin cameras or tiny microscopes, require...
Scientists from the University of Zurich have succeeded for the first time in tracking individual stem cells and their neuronal progeny over months within the intact adult brain. This study sheds light on how new neurons are produced throughout life.
The generation of new nerve cells was once thought to taper off at the end of embryonic development. However, recent research has shown that the adult brain...
Theoretical physicists propose to use negative interference to control heat flow in quantum devices. Study published in Physical Review Letters
Quantum computer parts are sensitive and need to be cooled to very low temperatures. Their tiny size makes them particularly susceptible to a temperature...
15.02.2018 | Event News
13.02.2018 | Event News
12.02.2018 | Event News
20.02.2018 | Life Sciences
20.02.2018 | Medical Engineering
20.02.2018 | Physics and Astronomy