Project MobiWise – from mobile sensing to mobility advising, is building a 5G platform that encompasses the access infrastructure filled with sensors, people and vehicles, to improve mobility in the cities, both for commuters and for tourists. The project aims to connect any sensor, person and vehicle, and use all possible information to improve the user mobility, through a complete network and services platform for an Internet of Things (IoT) real deployment in a smart city. Specific examples include eco-urban routing, which requires data from people's smartphones, sensors and transportation to choose the best paths in the city, for commuters that have meetings throughout the city, and for tourists that aim at visiting touristic places.
Susana Sargento, researcher from IT in Aveiro and the co-founder of VENIAM, the spin-off company from IT that delivers disruptive technology for connected transportation and smart cities, is the coordinator of MobiWise. The platform will be tested "in real large-scale environments, both in Porto in the area of ecological mobility, and in Aveiro in the area of automobile driving, accident prevention and detection, and can then be transported to other cities”, says Susana Sargento. In Portugal, this platform can also be used in Águeda, while abroad there are already contacts to be made available in S. Francisco (USA), Barcelona (Spain) and Singapore.
Together with IT and the University of Aveiro, the MobiWise consortium also includes the CISUC - Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra, the CMUC - Center for Mathematics of the University of Coimbra and TEMA – Centro de Tecnologia Mecânica e Automação. Having started in 2017, MobiWise is a 3-year project supported by Compete 2020 under the SAICT – Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica, involving an eligible investment of around 2,3 million euros, which resulted in a FEDER incentive of around 2 million euros.
Daniel Belo, Felisberto Pereira, Marina Jordão and Ricardo Correia, researchers from IT in Aveiro, under the coordination of Nuno Borges de Carvalho, were the winning team of the TC:24 (RFID Technologies) - Backscatter Radio, held within the International Microwave Simposium (IMS) 2018 Student Design Competitions, that took place last June 10 – 15 in Philadelphia, USA.
This competition required participants to design, fabricate and test a backscatter radio, which is a fundamental block of Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) transponders. In an RFID system the reader transmits a continuous wave signal, while the transponder reflects the signal and introduces a modulation, so as to convey its information. The prototype under test should consist of a binary backscatter modulator (i.e., based on binary amplitude shift keying, BASK, or binary shift keying, BPSK) that operates on 915 MHz.
The winning team from IT received a $1000 check and the possibility to publish an article on IEEE Microwave Magazine about the work developed.
Organized by the IEEE MTT, the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice.
On the photo, from left to right: Nuno Borges de Carvalho, Ricardo Correia, Daniel Belo, Marina Jordão and Felisberto Pereira