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Galway Smart City Traffic – Noise and Light Pollution IoT-Enabled, is a live demonstration / protoype implementation to a real problem that affects not only the city of Galway in the republic of Ireland in Europe but many cities in the world. In this demonstrator the Galway Smart City traffic prototype is introduced an the interconnected and intelligent dashboard for visualising secure city traffic services showcased. The Galway Smart City traffic enables monitoring of the conditions about speed cameras, real-time interaction of the street lighting system based on traffic volume, IoT connected devices and their interactions with the community of drivers, using informative/visual information like LED panels, traffic signs, etc.

In live the Galway Smart City Traffic demonstrator diverts the traffic in unpredicted circumstances using data analytics and IoT technology (like Internet connected sensors i.e. noise and light to define pollution levels according to umbrals defined for national or international regulations). The Noise and Light pollution levels are used to control, the traffic conditions and alleviate the traffic flow maintaining a certain level of noise that guarantees car move but also reduce the traffic flow when there is excessive noise in the road creating a temporal diverted route to alleviate traffic flow in a balanced. The diverted scheme is announced using information display(s) to announce to the drivers that the scheme is in place and also to know the system is back to normal conditions of operation.

This design prototype implementation is part of the Galway Smart City project and by using noise and light pollution levels we ensure the design of technology incorporates measures for monitoring accurate noise levels in their design and reduce the emission and intrusion of any noise or vibration which might give reasonable cause for annoyance, where appropriate.


Relevance for Cloudscape Brazil 2018: 

This demonstrator will Introduce key concepts in the design process and deployment activity of the Light Pollution, Air Quality and Noise Monitoring Smart System, it utilizes available open-standards, including: Using available high-performance, low-power, low-cost general-purpose development Internet of Things technologies, services and applications that can be interfaced with existing off-shelf industry standard sensors and communication devices (e.g., Bluetooth, Wi-Fi for GSM modules). Design the project focused on interconnectivity of application data and the use of industry standard communication technologies such as Wi-Fi 3G/4G Cellular and Satellite technologies for data transmissions and collection.

Incorporate open-cloud, (open source and Virtual infrastructures, i.e. OpenIoT an open source European IoT platform), VITAL-OS platform for the secure development of interactive data with web and mobile applications and high-performance data analytics. Design complaint applications with REST-API, MQTT and CoAP IoT Protocols for effective communication from sensor data to the EC OpenIoT server, the interoperability allows user to access the real time data on any desktop or mobile devices.

Galway has pioneered some smart city ideas. It has implemented an award winning 3 bin recycling scheme that achieved higher levels of recycling than any before seen in Ireland. Galway was the first city in Ireland to achieve the European Energy Award. It is involved in a number of projects to reduce energy usage and to lower the levels of carbon emissions. It adopted a smarter travel policy, including a new public transport strategy, various schemes to encourage citizen’s mobility (cycling and walking) and improved traffic management systems. The ‘slow the flow’ programme reduced the amount of drinking water being wasted in the City. In terms of education, Galway was possibly the first City in the world to achieve Green Flag status in all of its schools.


Dr. Martin Serrano - Insight Centre for Data Analytics Galway