Rome, capital of future cities
In 2020, the city of Rome launched a strategic plan for a smart city. It contains guidelines for improving the quality of life and of City services with a multi-disciplinary approach based on the use of technology and digitalization.
Roma Smart City’s lines of action
The strategic plan to make the city of Rome increasingly smart aims at guaranteeing more safety and information for the public and keep a constant focus on environmental sustainability. Further, to make the streets safer by making mobility sustainable, it is necessary to monitor urban traffic but without losing sight of the local context, the capital’s heritage that needs upgrading.
In accordance with the guidelines of the Rome Smart City Plan, Edison NEXT in collaboration with Sony and Envision produced a series of experimental smart mobility services. The technology underpinning these solutions is the Smart TIP developed by Envision using Sony technology. Installed on existing street furniture (bus shelters, traffic light posts, etc.), these devices can acquire and process information on the position of empty parking spaces, people on pedestrian crossings, and numbers of people getting on and off buses/trams and waiting at stops.
These are hardware/software infrastructure supporting the provision of innovative smart services such as people counters, internet connection, charging and proximity marketing.
The tips installed atop traffic light posts identify empty parking spaces throughout the city and communicate their GPS locations to the more common car navigators.
Smart pedestrian crossings
Special sensors in the tips installed on traffic light posts trigger acoustic and visual signals warning pedestrians of dangerous situations.
Smart bus stop
Sensors make it possible to determine numbers of passengers at bus stops and how full buses are and cross-read such data with public transport estimated arrival times.
The project’s many results include an appreciable reduction in traffic and optimization of transport. Innovative new services have been introduced and pedestrian safety has been improved.