The Future Cities project of University of Porto, is supported by Microio.
The hardware development for the creation of an environmental data acquisition platform for the Future Cities project is handled by Microio.
According to the United Nations, it is estimated that, by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This global trend is leading to the deterioration of urban environments and, consequently, the quality of life of citizens. The Future Cities Project is funded under FP7.
Future Cities is a project of the University of Porto, with a multidisciplinary nature, involving research groups from several universities (FEUP, FPCEUP, FCUP) and companies, among which Microio.
In this project, Microio is responsible for the development and testing of an environmental data acquisition platform for installation at fixed and mobile points (STCP buses) in the city of Porto, coordinated by the Competence Center for the cities of the Future of the University of Porto.
The platform developed by Microio allows the acquisition of data such as temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind speed, wind direction, luminosity, noise, solar radiation, particulate matter, carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), dioxide nitrogen, nitrogen (NO2), ozone (O3) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carrying out the entire interface, signal conditioning, processing, calculation and sending data to the host element.
With this solution, it will be possible to analyze in real time, the environmental conditions of the city with a detail and scale never before possible, thus allowing decision makers to take sustained measures to improve the living conditions of citizens.
The closure of the Future Cities project will be held on 25 September 2015 at the Monastery of São Bento da Vitória (Porto). The event will present the results of the project and the impact generated in the city of Porto.