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The project FEM IoT Connected Street is moving towards implementation in the city

To control air pollution from traffic. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Catalan Government, it involves the team of Boris Bellalta, head of the IoT Lab research group at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies.


In the field of research into the Internet of Things, the IoT lab research group, led by Boris Bellalta at the UPF Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC), is focusing its research on exploring new concepts, technologies and paradigms of communication applied to wireless networks.

Measuring the impact of mobility in the Poblenou superblock

The IoT lab is implementing low power consumption IoT (Internet of Things) technologies, such as a network of environmental sensors, to obtain reliable, real-time information on pollution levels in a specific area within a superblock of the Poblenou district of Barcelona. The ultimate goal is to measure the impact of new mobility policies. “We hope to initiate the first activities of the project in early 2021”, Bellalta states.

Correlating pollution levels with performance at school

The researchers have shown that correlations can be made with other data to carry out other types of research. For many years, there has been concern about how pollution affects children’s academic development. Schools located in areas of higher pollution allegedly yield lower academic performance. This issue could be dealt with using the data obtained, contrasting them with data on academic performance to draw conclusions.

Towards a transformation of the city

This type of project will transform the city. The data obtained are expected to be used to study and improve mobility and urban planning. Combining these and other data will allow estimating the impact of policies on indicators such as air pollution. The network would know what time of day and where there is most traffic in order to decide when to start taking action, taking into account Meteocat weather data and details of vehicle movements from Google.

The project is part of FEM IoT coordinated by the I2CAT, which began in early 2020 and has a duration of 36 months. Boris Bellalta’s team is working on the Connected Street Infrastructures sub-project to achieve an integrated, flexible, multi-technology ICT infrastructure for application in cities. This project also involves Vanesa Daza, a member of the Wireless Communications (WICOM) research group of the (DTIC-UPF), who is specifically responsible for IoT Data Enhancement.

This project has been 50% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020.


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