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urbanAPI - Interactive Analysis Simulation and Visualisation Tools for Urban Agile Policy Implementation

News Archive

06.10.2014

urbanAPI tool featured in newspaper

The urbanAPI project has recently been featured in the Austrian Newspaper Kurier. The article highlights the Motion Explorer application for Vienna and provides some general information on the project. For more information please follow this link (German).

29.09.2014

urbanAPI @ 50th ISOCARP Congress in Gdynia

urbanAPI partners (Fraunhofer IGD, AIT, UWE and AEW) presented urbanAPI solutions at the 50th ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) Congress in Gdynia 22-26 September 2014. The Congress offered a unique opportunity to showcase the full range of urbanAPI ICT enabled tools and methodologies to an international audience of 600 city and regional planners.

In a special workshop session the various ways in which urbanAPI ICT enabled tools and methodologies support the development and delivery of urban policy for smart sustainable cities were demonstrated. In addition, a dedicated urbanAPI promotion stand offered live interactive demonstrations of the full range of urbanAPI products throughout the 4 day period of the congress.

ISOCARP as an International Organisation of urban and regional planners, policy makers, and architects promoting city development also provides an ideal forum for the development of dialogue with international leaders of city planning. Strong delegations from China, Africa as well as Europe offer the critical range of global urban planning expertise essential to the development of the generic smart city planning applications that are transforming city governance and management worldwide.

urbanAPI has made many new friends with the ISOCARP community in Gdynia and is now looking to further develop these relations with the global community of smart city planners at the forthcoming  ISOCARP events in the Netherlands (2015) and South Africa (2016).

22.09.2014

urbanAPI consortium meeting in Vienna

The most recent urbanAPI consortium meeting took place on the 18-19 September 2014 in Vienna, hosted by the City of Vienna. During the meeting the planning for progression of the project in the last two month was reviewed and the final meeting in Gdynia (50th ISOCARP World Congress 2014) prepared. Furthermore, further engagement, dissemination and exploitation of the urbanAPI knowledge and products after the project end were discussed.

18.09.2014

Final evaluations in Vitoria-Gasteiz and Vienna

Final evaluations for all applications were conducted in Vitoria-Gasteiz (remote training) on the 8 September 2014 and in Vienna on the 17 September 2014. During the evaluation a system introduction, hands on training session and an online evaluation questionnaire was offered to all the users. The results are currently being analysed and will be documented in Deliverable D5.4.

Bologna and Ruse evaluation are expected in first week of October 2014.

07.04.2014

urbanAPI consortium meeting in Bristol

The most recent urbanAPI consortium meeting took place on the 3 April 2014 in Bristol, hosted by Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. The meeting reviewed planning for further progression of the project during the final year. Special focus was given the final refinement of the products, especially regarding the ontologies and rule editor.

In addition planning of the final urbanAPI events, to take place at the end of the project, was discussed and potential locations selected in both Ghent (EcoProcura 2014) and Gdynia (ISOCARP World Congress 2014).

07.04.2014

Participation at Smart Green Cities: Integrating urban governance Dialogue Café in Bristol

The urbanAPI project was presented at the Smart Green Cities Conference in Bristol 1-3 April 2014 with the objective to support discussion on integrated data and monitoring. The conference was organised by the EU funded URBAN-NEXUS project that supports the dissemination of research on the promotion of smart green cities via integrated urban governance. The aim of the conference was to review both research and practical examples of smart urban governance including the demonstration of smart city tools.

The Bristol conference was the final event in a series of Dialogue Cafés hosted by URBAN-NEXUS, and combined the themes of urban climate resilience, health and quality of life, and urban land competition into a framework for the attainment of smart green cities. During the conference, participants from throughout Europe had the opportunity to debate the state-of-the-art in European research, discuss the core issues of smart green cities and review city-based demonstrations.

17.03.2014

urbanAPI @ CeBIT 2014 in Hanover

The urbanAPI team presented the project at the CeBIT 2014, the world's largest and most international computer expo. The fair took place on the 10-14 March 2014 and considered a barometer of the state of the art in information technology. The visitors had the opportunity to get acquainted with the new solution live on a multi-touch table of the project coordinator Fraunhofer IGD.

21.10.2013

urbanAPI evaluation workshop in Bologna

On the 18th October, as part of the Smart City Exhibition 2013, a user evaluation workshop has taken place in the city of Bologna to present the urbanAPI prototype products to the city partner. Employees from city planning and transport departments participated, some dealing with technical solutions and some unfamiliar with the application of technical tools. Based on the demonstration of the prototype products, the evaluation was undertaken by all participants, followed by a discussion on the usability of the different tools.

30.09.2013

urbanAPI user evaluation workshop, Stakeholder Board and consortium meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz

On the 23rd September a user workshop in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz was carried out to present the current status of the prototype products. As the usability of the different tools varies significantly, the training demands were at different levels. The 3D Scenario Creator allows more tool control, but requires deeper insights and more knowledge of the technical features to be addressed in supporting more active usage e.g. for navigating through a 3D scene or similar. The Mobility Explorer requires fewer skills to view the geospatial data interactively because of smaller number of functions to be selected. Based on the demonstrated prototype products and training, the evaluation was undertaken by all participants.

The user evaluation workshop was followed by the 3rd Stakeholder Board meeting on the 23rd and 24th September. The urbanAPI project consortium and the city partners took the opportunity to discuss the project progress from the user’s perspective as well as from the technical viewpoint. All Stakeholder Board members evaluated the prototype products, followed by a discussion on the current status of the products.

On the 25th September the urbanAPI project consortium remained in Vitoria-Gasteiz in order to discuss the status of the project and to plan next steps. Furthermore, initial results from the Stakeholder Board meeting and the evaluation workshop were discussed, especially regarding the further engagement, dissemination and exploitation of the urbanAPI knowledge and products.

13.09.2013

urbanAPI featured on Vienna’s website

The urbanAPI project has recently been featured on the website of the city of Vienna. The article highlights the Public Motion Explorer as well as the 3D application currently in development for the capital of Austria and provides some general information on the project. For more information please follow this link (German).

28.02.2013

urbanAPI consortium meeting in Vienna

From 26th to 27th of February the members of the urbanAPI consortium met in Vienna at the offices of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) to discuss the current status of the project, to plan the next steps and to prepare for the interim review meeting in March. A special emphasis was put on presenting the prototype applications to the city partners in order to make sure that the work of the developers is going in the right direction.

24.10.2012

Stakeholder Board meeting at the ICLEI office in Brussels

On 17th of October the 2nd urbanAPI Stakeholder Board meeting took place at the ICLEI Brussels office hosted by Stefan Kuhn, Director Urban Governance, ICLEI. This meeting attended by the project consortium including city partners provided the opportunity to develop bilateral discussions from the user's perspective as well as the technology development. Based on the presentations and discussions at the meeting urbanAPI partners considered additional suggestions as well as recommendations from stakeholder board for the more effective engagement of the project with the stakeholder community. These recommendations included emphasis on user interactivity, alternative planning impact assessment, visualisation based on the pedestrian perspective, training for local administrators and the introduction of additional thematic issues including climate adaptation. On the basis of these discussions in relation to the urbanAPI application domain, the stakeholder board supports further engagement and dissemination of the urbanAPI knowledge to cities throughout Europe.

25.09.2012

urbanAPI @ INTERGEO 2012

urbanAPI team presents the applications developed in the project at the INTERGEO 2012, the worldwide largest event and communication platform in the field of geodesy, spatial information and land management. The fair and the congress take place on October 9-11 in Hannover, Germany. The visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with he new solution live on a multi-touch table of the project coordinator Fraunhofer IGD.

10.09.2012

3rd Consortium Meeting in Rome

3rd urbanAPI Consortium Meeting took place in Rome on September 6-7 2012. The consortium met to discuss the results of the project so far as well as the outcomes of the first Stakeholders Board Meeting. In particular, the partners worked on the Sofia scenario and requirements and demonstrated the Vienna application. Furthermore, the partners agreed on next steps and scheduled the next meetings.

28.06.2012

urbanAPI @ INSPIRE Conference 2012 in Istanbul

urbanAPI solutions have been presented in Istanbul, Turkey, at the INSPIRE Conference 2012. The Conference took place from June 23 to June 27, 2012. Dissemination material has been distributed to the Conference visitors.

11.05.2012

Stakeholder Board Meeting in Brussels

The first Stakeholder Board meeting held as part of the urbanAPI project took place in Brussels on 10 May 2012, hosted by the ICLEI Brussels Office. The idea of the meeting was to initiate officially the work of the Stakeholder Board, to introduce stakeholders and project partners to one another, and to familiarise the stakeholders with the content and envisaged products and outcomes of the project. The members of the Stakeholder Board elaborated conclusions and recommendations for the future work.

01.03.2012

2nd Consortium meeting in Innsbruck (AUT)

At the beginning of March all members of the urbanAPI consortium met in Innsbruck in order to discuss the current status of the project and to plan the next steps. Since all the user meetings before were conducted separately in each city, it was an additional positive aspect of this meeting that all city partners gathered at one place. As a result within this consortium meeting city partners could exchange their ideas on the desired outcomes of this project and share this with the scientific and commercial partners.

26.01.2012

User requirements meeting in Sofia (BUL)

The urbanAPI team together with ASDE met with the City of Sofia representatives from different departments (including Chief Architect, European projects and programmes Directorate, Architecture and Urban Planning, representative from Sofia Master Plan project, MTel – Products and Services). In Sofia, the objective of the meeting was to introduce the urbanAPI project in detail with the help of existing application scenarios and to acquire requirements for selected urbanAPI applications depending on the priorities and needs of the city. Project partners introduced the project and wider user perspective in local and European context to participants and presented urbanAPI applications. Depending on the interest of the City of Sofia, the focus of discussions was on Public Motion Explorer using GSM application (city-wide scale) and Urban Growth Simulation application (urban region scale). Representatives from the City of Sofia introduced the CityMaster Plan, issues and needs, ongoing development projects and discussed requirements for the development of the Public Motion Explorer and the urban growth simulation applications for Sofia.

11.01.2012

User requirements meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz (ESP)

At the start of year 2012, the first major activity in the urbanAPI project took place in the City of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The urbanAPI project team met with the City of Vitoria-Gasteiz representatives from different departments (Environmental Studies Centre and Public and Nature Space Service etc.). Here, again the emphasis was to introduce the urbanAPI project in detail and to acquire requirements for selected urbanAPI applications depending on the priorities and needs of the city. Project partners introduced the project and user perspective to participants and presented tailor-made urbanAPI applications according to context and background information received from the city. Depending on the interest of the City of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the focus of discussions was mainly on 3D Virtual Reality application (neighbourhood scale) and Public Motion Explorer using GSM application (city-wide scale). Representatives from the City of Vitoria-Gasteiz introduced the Sustainable Mobility Plan, the Interior-Green Belt, the existing system, needs and discussed requirements for the development of 3D VR and Public Motion Explorer applications for Vitoria-Gasteiz.

24.11.2011

User requirements meeting in Bologna (ITA)

UrbanAPI project partners met with the City of Bologna municipality representatives from different departments (Environment and Energy Sector, Maintenance Sector, Sustainable Mobility Sector, Housing Services Sector, President of San Vitale District, city-regional agency representatives etc.). Again, the main emphasis of this meeting was to introduce the urbanAPI project and to acquire requirements for selected urbanAPI applications based on the priorities and needs of the city. Project partners introduced the project and user perspective to participants and presented urbanAPI applications. The focus of discussions was on 3D Virtual Reality application (neighbourhood scale), Public Motion Explorer using GSM application (city-wide scale) and Urban Growth Simulation (urban region scale). Representatives from the City of Bologna municipality introduced existing system, needs and discussed requirements for the development of 3D VR, Public Motion Explorer and Urban Growth Simulation applications for Bologna. Later, due to political priorities of the City of Bologna only 3D VR and Publication Motion Explorer applications were considered for implementing the urbanAPI based solutions.

07.11.2011

User requirements meeting in Vienna (AUT)

The urbanAPI project team met with the City of Vienna municipality representatives from different departments (including Public Relations in Planning Department, 3D-Technologies in Surveying Department, Technology and Communications Department, Urban Research and Space Analysis, Traffic Planning, Telematics, etc.). Major emphasis of the meeting was to introduce urbanAPI project and to acquire requirements for selected urbanAPI applications depending on the priorities and needs of the city. UrbanAPI project partners introduced the project and user perspective to meeting participants and presented urbanAPI applications. Based on the interest of the City of Vienna main focus of the discussions was on3D Virtual Reality application (neighbourhood scale) and Public Motion Explorer using GSM application (city-wide scale).Representatives from the City of Vienna municipality introduced the existing system, needs and discussed requirements for the development of 3D VR and Public Motion Explorer application tailored for the City of Vienna.

18.09.2011

UrbanAPI project was successfully kicked off in Darmstadt

In order to support urban planning in actively managing the urban environment, the project urbanAPI was initiated by a consortium led by Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics. The objective of urbanAPI is to develop ICT-based tools in different urban planning contexts so that public participation can be raised and to enhance the transparency of planning outcomes at the local scale. The project is partly funded through the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union and was successfully kicked off on September 19th in Darmstadt at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics.