What digital services would make your city smart?
One of the main focus points in ALMANAC is to demonstrate how the ALMANAC platform can engage citizens actively in developing and using smart city solutions.

To collect initial needs and ideas about the design of such solutions, a co-design workshop was organised on 29th April for residents from the social housing project, SHARING, in Turin which offers temporary, energy efficient rental apartments at a low cost and with a low environmental impact.

Several suggestions surfaced as to what an application should ideally feature, including:

- Integrated waste collection support notifying residents about what type of waste is collected when and which waste bins closest by are available here and now. The system also provides information about how to recycle.

- Integrated bike-sharing management system providing real-time information about the availability of shared bikes; automatic reporting of problems with the bikes and integration with external city bike sharing services.

- Issue management system reporting issues arising at building and city level and integrating other relevant data such as the weather forecast and social media.

An important point during the discussions was that even if notifications were useful, too many notifications would be counterproductive. A solution would be to filter the notifications and thereby customise the service to the user's own needs.

The next co-design workshops will focus on prototyping and then evaluating the developed applications.

The ALMANAC project is co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609081, objective ICT-2013.1.4 'A reliable, smart and secure Internet of Things for Smart Cities'. Duration: 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2016.

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