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City Use-Cases

A key requirement was for the platform to work in the three competition cities of Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki.


  • Deliver a solution for connecting cities IoT systems helping them become a large-scale de-facto Internet of Everything (IoE) Lab 

  • Validate solutions based on the use-cases through real-life living lab scenarios

  • Demonstrate the ‘solutions’ capacity to allow user-centred management of personal data (MyData model)


Cities IoE background

  • Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki are all renowned Smart Cities

  • They are pioneers in open data, e-government, participation, smart housing, smart grid, air quality improvement, smart urban mobility

  • The time is right to capitalise and scale up individual achievements by bringing them together within a larger IoE network, allowing for real-time use of aggregated data, and the development of innovative IoE solutions


The cities use-cases

The use-cases below provide an overview of different IoE settings in order to better test the ‘solutions’ capacity to integrate and connect different Smart and IoE ecosystems


  • Antwerp - Managing city traffic congestion with Mobility RTI

    • Data management in the Smart Zone


  • Copenhagen - Integrating IoT City sensor networks

    • Combine real-time mobility and air quality data into actionable insights for city planners and citizens


  • Helsinki - Environmental Monitoring in the new smart district Jätkäsaari

    • Increase the degree of innovation, enabling stakeholders through data collection to develop a variety of completely new data-driven services for citizens



  • “Informing city users through real time IOT data leads to efficiency gains and desirable behaviour.”


  • As a specific use case for Antwerp, we want to resolve the traffic jams around the “Sportpaleis/Lotto Arena”, this is a venue hall in the centre of Antwerp, next to the main highway, where all the top music concerts and major sport events take place. During all of the approximately 100 events per year, the traffic around the event hall is completely jammed.


  • By measuring all the traffic to and around the hall, measuring the capacity of public transport, the capacity of park and rides in the area, etc, we can give real time suggestions on how to reach or pass by the venue hall. We can reward anyone acting on these suggestions by giving them A-points, the loyalty system we already have in use in Antwerp and could be expanded for this case. These points could be used to buy a drink at the venue, or to pay for any activity provided by the city (swimming pool, theater, …)

Antwerp Use-case - Managing city traffic congestion with Mobility RTI




  • “Informing city users through real time IOT data leads to efficiency gains and desirable behaviour.”


  • The Smart Zone is the pinnacle of the City of Antwerp’s efforts to become a front-running smart city, which leads the city administration to focus its participation in existing IoT projects towards this area. The political decision to focus efforts on the Smart Zone ensures that this area will be much more equipped with technical components and available data by the time phase 3 takes off.

  • The platforms being developed in SELECT for Cities can be tested more thoroughly there, and they will provide more added value to the city as a result.



Expected outcome


  • An open source, open standard based platform that can be easily integrated with the existing infrastructure of the city and its affiliates.


  • A platform that can form a top layer above the existing infrastructure and platforms, that allows all the affiliates and the City to continue working in “their” way, whilst enjoying all the added benefits of the top layer.


  • A platform that will provide the city with the necessary analytics to enable it to easily perform comparative studies between data received from different types of devices. At first in the smart zone, but later to be expanded to all types of analytics.


  • The City of Antwerp is expecting that the SELECT for Cities PCP project and the use case in the Smart Zone will largely improve the visibility, usability and importance of the Smart Zone and its use cases with the cities’ stakeholders: citizens, merchants, business owners, tourists, decision makers.

Copenhagen Use-case - Integrating city IoT Mobility and Air sensor networks




  • Combine real-time mobility data from the ITS project with air quality data from the Street Lab demonstration area.


  • Focus will be on the city centre, around the City Hall and H.C. Andersens Boulevard. 


  • The objective is to provide actionable insights for policy makers, city planners, domain experts and citizens.

Expected outcome


  • (Near) real-time data visualisation of the traffic flow and air quality level in the city centre.


  • Control/Trigger feedback to the traffic controls to affect their behaviour.


  • Advanced data analytics for policy makers, urban planners, and domain experts (e.g. measure the effect on air quality after the implementation of a ‘green corridor’ for trucks)


  • Business Intelligence, forecasting & simulation tools for policy makers and urban planners (e.g. simulate the effect on congestion and air quality when changing the speed limit, broaden bicycle lanes, etc.)


Helsinki Use-case - Environmental Monitoring in the new smart district Jätkäsaari




Helsinki tries to increase the degree of innovation, enabling stakeholders through data collection to develop a variety of completely new data-driven services for citizens, and to advance IoE platform capability from a problem-solving approach towards a new solution creation.



A former logistics port surrounded by brownfield area is thus now converting into a valuable urban area with housing, offices, and services. This development turned Jätkäsaari into one of the biggest construction sites in Finland. These construction works will be completed by 2030. Construction sites often can cause dust hazards in the immediate environment.


The main environmental challenges in Helsinki's new smart district of Jätkäsaari are: 

  • The large construction sites,

  • The intensive and obstructed traffic,

  • The growing population.  

Expected outcome


  • Easily and quickly get reliable information about the current state of the air quality and other environmental indicators in different parts of Jätkäsaari;


  • Reveal dependencies of current air quality and other indicators from possible impact factors, especially traffic, active construction works, weather condition, industries, timing etc.;


  • Make short-term estimations on air quality and other indicator changes based on mixture of historical data and conditions;


  • Make a long-term estimation of air quality and other indicators based on different environmental impacting factors, such as new business, smart mobility initiatives, changes in traffic, etc.


  • Build mechanisms that drives behaviour change for different actors (citizens, visitors, tourists), e.g. taking different routes or means of transit when needed.

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