The SeRGIo project will investigate the complexity and costs of developing mobile sensing applications alongside cutting-edge software platforms on an urban scale. These qualitative and quantitative sensing applications approach ‘humans as sensors’ to use mobile workforces, groups of citizens and their mobile devices. The goal? To gather accurate and high-resolution data on a huge scale and enable better, more interactive services, safer cities and happier citizens.
Industrial players have realized that accurate and relevant mobile sensing applications have the potential to provide extremely valuable data about cities, trends and opinions. However, current solutions, which are great at measuring things like speed and location, fall short in capturing qualitative metrics such as perceptions of safety, service experiences, cleanliness, amiability and other subjective experiences. This data is vital to enhancing the interactivity of urban services and overall quality of life in smart cities.
In partnership with Nokia, bpost and CityLife, the SeRGIo consortium explores ways of designing a solution for smart city application providers that:
To overcome technical challenges in enabling qualitative and quantitative mobile setting in urban environments, SeRGIo embraces a ‘human as a sensor’ paradigm. As such, it investigates:
"SeRGIo will explore ways of leveraging large companies’ customer and mobile employee bases to gather both qualitative and quantitative data on an urban scale. The goal? To make services more efficient, effective, interactive, and to improve the overall quality of life in connected cities."