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Giovanni Giuliani on DC4Cities project: 'adaptive' and 'visionary'

Graduated in Electronics Engineering with honors in 1982, Giovanni Giuliani is Master Architect at HP. In the last decade he has been involved in several research projects funded by European Commission in the area of Mobility, e-Collaboration and Cloud Computing. In 2005 he joined the HP Italy Innovation Center, where he’s been leading the Cloud Computing Initiative since 2009. Starting from 2013 he serves as Lead Architect of the HP LIFE platform (HP worldwide program offering a cloud based e-learning initiative for entrepreneurs).

Giovanni Giuliani is also the technical coordinator of DC4Cities EU FP7 project (follow-up project of FIT4Green and All4Green), which promotes adaptive data centers policies that affect the energy consumption through the interaction with lower level subsystems. These data centers would play a key role in the Smart Cities energy policies. Giuliani has also been the lecturer at the INNOVER-EAST Webinar on Energy Efficient Data Centers, which took place on April 20, 2015. We talked to him about the innovative features of the DC4Cities project and the reason why the European Commission considers it “visionary”.

Which are the most innovative characteristics of the DC4Cities project?  

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I would highlight the “adaptive” concept, meaning that eco-friendly energy policies need to be capable of adapting the data center power consumption to the availability of renewable energy and at the same time being adapted to the requests received by the Smart City Energy Management Authority. And all of these without requiring any modification to the logistics of the DCs, and without impacting the quality of the services provided to their users. DC4Cities data centers control system will use an interface to retrieve information on renewable energy availability from the respective providers, and will receive energy constraint directives from the Smart City authorities and the Smart Grid. Then, based on these constraints, the eco-friendly data center controller will communicate with the energy adaptive sub-systems controlling applications and services to create and optimize energy plans and then enact them.

Which benefits will DC4Cities bring to society?  

There are huge expectations on Smart Cities in offering high levels of services to the citizens and to optimize their processes. All this requires IT, and therefore data centers able to run at the highest levels of renewable energy sources to comply with Smart City environmental goals. This is the great challenge of the DC4Cities project. Optimizing data center energy use, energy consumption will decrease and therefore emissions reduction. Shifting IT tasks to the highest renewable energy availability periods will also have an important impact while integrating data centers in Smart Cities. Our goal is to enhance the integration of data centers into a city’s infrastructure in an eco-friendly manner, so that each process runs on a maximum of renewable power and to find out how this can work for any city on the planet.

National experts appointed by the European Commission in the ICT and energy field have qualified DC4Cities project as “visionary”. In particular, they have stressed its disruptive character, having indeed great mind-term impact for the European cities of the future. Which are the reasons to be considered visionary?

As EU Commission experts have stated, although it is early to estimate the final contribution of the project to the state-of-the art, an impact can be foreseen in the areas of new metrics and in the shifting of the IT workload to periods of high renewable energy availability. The full development of the DC4Cities methodology requires the presence of Smart Cities and Smart Energy grids, which are currently not available everywhere to a reasonable level. So taken into account the current status of data centers, Smart Cities and Smart Energy grids, its approach is, certainly, visionary.

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S2CT 2015: second call for papers, deadline May 31st

The International Conference on Smart Sustainable City Technologies (S2CT 2015) will take place in Toronto, Canada on October 13–14, 2015 and will be co-located with the SmartCity 360 Summit.

S2CT 2015 conference is dedicated to the role of open access platforms, and research and development on sustainable smart city ecosystems. Latest outcome of these enabling technologies will offer plenty of opportunities for policy-makers, research institutes and business to learn, share, and collect experience and best practices of using ICT to plan and operate sustainable urban communities. Scientific results, design concepts and technical solutions will be presented, as well as approaches, and professional experiences.

Topics of interest:

  • enabling ICT platforms for sustainable smart city;
  • sustainable communication in urban environment;
  • open access network in future sustainable cities;
  • open data platforms, management, and exploration for sustainable development;
  • smart technologies, their role and application in smart cities;
  • sustainable architectures, models and development of smart city ecosystems;
  • ICT in emissions quantification and life-cycle assessment of city services;
  • green ICT services in smart city;
  • testbeds for sustainable smart cities;
  • modeling human behavior in smart sustainable cities;
  • smart city ecosystem modeling, standards and protocols;
  • ICT-based disaster response and recovery.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Complex Systems.

 

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: May 31st 2015
Acceptance Notification: July 15th 2015
Camera-ready deadline: August 15th 2015
Find more details here.

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Smartcity360 2015 summit: the challenge of the new cities and citizens

Only six months left till SMART CITY 360, the first international summit about technology and innovation applied to smart cities!

SMART CITY 360 brings together researchers, industry and urban leaders to discuss the crucial issues around smart cities and mobility. The Summit will take place simultaneously in Bratislava, Slovakia and Toronto, Canada, on 13-16 October 2015 and consists of three tracks: TechnologyInnovation and Community.

The objective is to provide a platform for international scientific cooperation, presentation of scientific output, linking research and practice community-based and popularization of topics Smart Cities and mobility in Central Europe and North America.

The day before the opening and the official start, 12 co-located scientific conferences that give a space to selected scientific researches will start. Each of the one or two-days conferences will have a separate organizational and scientific team. The following events will take place in Bratislava: SmartCityCom, ECARS, MobilityFoF, Sustainable MoG, CivicTech and DanubeRegionMobility. The appointments in Toronto will be with: SUMS, SGSC, SWIT-Health, 5GiSC, S2CT and BigDASC.

More than 100 speakers from all around the world, representing both industry and academy, have already confirmed their participation – including leaders of IBM, Ericsson, Qatar Foundation, SAVI, GENI, or Italian Create-NET. Furthermore, EAI partners with various governmental and regional bodies, including I-Canada Alliance, Slovak University of Technology, or Toronto University, in order to ensure the top quality of the event in Slovakia as well as in Canada. SMART CITY 360 will also welcome representatives of various cities, among others Bratislava, Toronto, Montreal, Vienna and Barcelona.

Furthermore, Mr. Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner of Energy Union, will patronize the event.

If you are ready to meet leaders of innovative technology companies, or you are a manager focused on the world’s most innovative examples of smart city development, get involved!

Find more info about the SMART CITY 360 Summit and the co-located conferences here and follow us on Twitter!

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5GiSC 2015: submit your paper!

The 5G in Smart Cities (5GiSC) conference focuses on utilizing the 5G technologies for making our urban environment more sustainable, increasing quality of life and efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness while meeting the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects.

This year,  5GiSC will to take place on October 13-4, 2015 in Toronto, Canada and will be co-located with the SmartCity360 Summit. The latest outcomes of these enabling technologies will offer plenty of opportunities for policy-makers, decision makers, researchers and implementers  to learn, share, and collect experiences and best practices on the use of 5G to plan and operate sustainable urban communities. Scientific results, design concepts and technical solutions will be presented, as well as approaches, and professional experiences.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile and Communications and Applications.

Participation in this event will give attendees the unique opportunity to be exposed to all technical scientific aspects of Smart City related topic areas at co-located conferences, as well as be able to have full access to the Smart City market place and business aspects in practice at the Smart City 360 Summit.

check here the wide range of topics to be discussed at the conference.

Important dates

Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline: 31 May 2015
Notification deadline: 15 July 2015
Camera-ready deadline: 15 August 2015
Start of Conference: 13 October 2015
End of Conference: 14 October 2015
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S2CT is now accepting papers!

S2CT (Smart Sustainable City Technologies) conference focuses on utilizing the transformational power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for making our urban environment more sustainable, increasing quality of life and efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness while meeting the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects.

This year, S2CT 2015 will be collocated with Smart City 360 Summit at Toronto, Canada, from October 13-16, and dedicated to the role of open access platforms, and research and development on sustainable smart city ecosystems. Latest outcome of these enabling technologies will offer plenty of opportunities for policy-makers, research institutes and business to learn, share, and collect experience and best practices of using ICT to plan and operate sustainable urban communities. Scientific results, design concepts and technical solutions will be presented, as well as approaches, and professional experiences.

Highlights

  • Participation in this event will give attendees the unique opportunity to be exposed to all technical scientific aspects of Smart City related topic areas at co-located conferences, as well as be able to have full access to the Smart City market place and business aspects in practice at the Smart City 360 Summit.
  • All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Complex Systems.

 

Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline
31 May 2015
Notification deadline
15 July 2015
Camera-ready deadline
15 August 2015
Start of Conference
13 October 2015

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EU Projects FI-Adopt Project News

FI-WARE will make cities smarter!

FIWARE, launched by the European Commission in 2014, is an Accelerator Programme that helps businesses and entrepreneurs develop projects based on its technologies. As we have mentioned before, some of these accelerators, including FI-ADOPT, one of the projects EAI is involved in, are currently present at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover.

The event has witnesses the announcement that FI-WARE will play a crucial role for the future of Smart Cities and Digital Economy.

In a world where few solutions support the digital transformation of cities, FIWARE provides mechanisms accessible to everyone. 31 municipalities from Europe and beyond have committed to launch the ‘Open & Agile Smart Cities’ initiative, the goal of which is to accelerate the adoption of common standards and principles that will transform cities into engines of growth and innovation.

The aim is to encourage cities to use FIWARE standards to foster the development of Smart City applications and solutions. The initiative strives to make them adopt a first open-licensed standard API implemented in FIWARE that provides a simple means to gather, publish, query and subscribe to context information describing what is happening in the city at any given time.  The cities will also collaborate in the definition of common standard open-data models based on the results of experimentation and actual usage.

We are thrilled to have been there when this announcement was made, and hope to see you at CeBIT, too, before it is over!