Project stages

1
Research
2
Implementation
3
Testing
4
Functional
5
Evaluation

Partner

Bucureşti, RO

Project Details

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Alba Iulia Smart City powered by Orange is a pilot program that aims to digitize and develop the city of Alba Iulia. It was started by the Alba Iulia City Hall and Orange, along with its partners, facilitating smart solution development, based on infrastructure and Orange architecture.

The intelligent city conceived by Orange Romania establishes an open and interoperable platform that can be expanded and adapted to the changing needs of citizens and municipalities.

The platform benefits from the open infrastructure created by Orange – broadband 4g networks, fiber optic, IoT LoRa WAN, LTE-M, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – as well as Orange applications and expertise of its partners, Romanian high-tech start-ups. Information collected by the sensors installed in the city (air quality monitoring, intelligent lighting management, intelligent water distribution metering, etc.) within the public data sets available at the local authorities level (www.apulum.ro ) and the Government (data.dov.ro, ithub.gov.ro) are aggregated into the platform and allow new information to be added from any type of sensor or institution.

With an open interface and interogabile for application scheduling (API), any organization can develop new applications for the Smart City project.

Technical specifications

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The Orange Romania concept for the pilot project Alba Iulia Smart City 2018 includes:

  • Wi-Fi hotspots with secure Internet access in public areas (in the Alba Carolina Citadel, in bus stations, at the train station, in high schools and university);
  • Intelligent public transport solution in 15 buses, managed by the public transport company of Alba Iulia, which includes secure Wi-Fi access for travellers and real-time access to positioning, speed and direction information and movement of the buses for the public transport company;
  • Communication solution with citizens via Wi-fi hotspots and e-Alba Iulia application;
  • Viewing and optimizing pedestrian traffic and public transport by using the City Analytics solution;
  • LoRa WAN infrastructure needed by that applications and IoT devices connected to the Internet; Recently, the LTE-M network became available at City level for the evolution of IoT-type applications;
  • Air quality measurement solution, URadMonitor, which provides information on the level of pollution in the city and the surrounding area;
  • The tourist promotion solution and interaction with citizens, including 250 beacons installed in about 225 objectives (museums, university, Citadel, restaurants, statues, cathedrals) that will transmit information about them directly to visitors mobile phones;
  • Public lighting management solution inteliLIGHT includes installation of 101 intelligent devices supplied by Flashnet on the lighting poles, remotely controled by a programme of light operation and intensity, over the LoRaWAN network. Devices send alarms and provide real-time information about electricity consumption for each pillar. In addition to activating this micromanagement function, the 101 lighting fixtures with LED bodies were changed. The operation of the public lighting service is carried out by the partner Flash Lighting Services;
  • Securing Internet access for all smart city components and system monitoring through the Business Internet Security platform;
  • Section dedicated to the Pilot project Alba Iulia Smart City in the program to accelerate startups Innovation Labs 2017, where infrastructure was open to developers;
  • The Civic Alert solution, whereby citizens report city issues to City Hall and the status of open tickets can be traced in real time on the city’s website;
  • Digital-class solution containing tablets, digital didactic content, digital catalog, Internet access via secure Wi-Fi and filtered web traffic.

Orange Platform for Alba Iulia Smart City in the media

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Results in the second year of project implementation:

  • 14 Solutions implemented locally since the first year;
  • The first utilities savings made thanks to Smart City Solutions – Intelligent lighting poles save between 50-70% of electricity consumption;
  • 30000 unique users who connect on average to the Wi-Fi infrastructure in the Citadel area during the events organized by the City Hall;
    2 TB of data used via Wi-fi solutions on buses in Alba Iulia.
    At the end of the first stage of the pilot project, there are more than 600 sensors in the city, which, together with mobile, fixed and connected object networks, create a digital infrastructure of the city.

Connectivity

The city of Alba Iulia enjoys broadband internet and IoT networks, 4G/4G +, Wi-Fi, LTE-M and LoRaWAN provided by Orange Romania and secured through the Business Internet Security platform.

The Wi-Fi network includes over 228 access points in the Citadel and City and 15 access points in public transport buses. In almost a year of running Wi-Fi hotspots on buses, more than 10% of the population of 70,000 inhabitants in Alba Iulia accessed the service, generating more than 2 TB of data in sessions with an average duration of 30 minutes.

The network dedicated to Internet-connected objects (IoT), LoRaWAN, covers through 6 gateways the entire city and connects 150 lighting and various sensors. At the end of 2017, the LTE-M capability in Alba Iulia was activated to complement the benefits of developers and users of IoT type applications.

This open infrastructure is based on an open data platform through which applications developed by start-ups partners, connect to local authorities, locals, tourists, and entrepreneurs in Alba Iulia. In this way, the city’s digital infrastructure facilitates new opportunities, as well as optimization of local resources.

Digital governance

Citizens can communicate more easily with authorities on topics of public interest through the Wi-Fi connection platform. Surveys have been conducted involving more than 4300 users of public transport.

Through the City Analytics solution, the city can follow the pedestrian traffic trends, depending on the time of day or weather conditions, also identifying the most common trails. In Alba Iulia, the average of unique visitors to the citadel is between 30,000 and 15,000 people per week.

Digital Society

The Digital class solution was installed in 2 high schools in Alba Iulia: the Economic college “Dionisie Pop Martian” and the National College Horea, Cloşca and Crişan. This includes tablets, through partnership with Lenovo, digital catalog application, Internet access via secure Wi-Fi and filtered web traffic. In addition to using the catalog for the 2017-2018 school year, the data on the school performance for the last 3 years have been uploaded in the application. In total, in 2017 the solution was tested and brought benefits to 120 teachers and nearly 1500 pupils.

Through the e-Alba Iulia app, available on Android and IOS, tourists have access to information about the city’s main objectives, and local businesses can organize dedicated campaigns. At this point, the application has 1200 users who have initiated over 11,300 sessions.

Also, following the acceptance of Orange in the research and development programs Horizon2020, MATILDA and SLICENET, Alba Iulia will become the beneficiary of 5G technologies with the vertical application of smart city.

Sustainable city

Through the air quality monitoring sensors, installed in 15 buses equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots, citizens can know at any time what are the areas of the city in which they can have outdoor activities without problems. The solution also provides both authorities and citizens with information on the impact of their daily activities on the environment. It was noted that, on the first day of school in the 2017-2018 school year, when the use of personal machines was increased, the level of volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere was negatively influenced.

The public lighting management solution generated savings between 50-70% on electricity consumption, depending on the intensity of the light selected for each pillar.

The data presented are for the year 2017 and the first months of 2018. Of course that, dynamically, other updated information will be added to our website for the presentation of Orange solutions for pilot project Alba Iulia Smart City.