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Smart Living

Kyoto Guide ENA

The Kyoto Guide ENA is an artificial intelligence-driven city guided chatbot. ENA uses local data to provide the correct travel information in and around Kyoto. ENA gets up-to-date information on local attractions, restaurants, shops, or traffic timetables. You can also display the data on the map.

Responsive street furnitures

Created in partnership with landscaping manufacturer Marshalls, Responsive Street Furniture uses digital technology to make streets work better for people who find moving around difficult for all kinds of reasons. It brings the adaptability of digital devices like iPads to the fabric of the city, allowing it to change to best suit the needs of the individuals who are using it. These changes include brighter street lighting, audio information, extra places to sit and more time to cross the road.

Digital City Card

In the future a digital city card may be the key to all Helsinki services. Visits to the swimming pool, bus journeys, library loans and appointments at the health care centre would all be managed with a single card. In the past yeast, Forum Virium Helsinki has run pilots to test how HRT travel card could work as a digital city card. Pilots have been run with several libraries, among others. HRT travel card is in the pocket of every Helsinki resident. This is why it has been a perfect starting point to start piloting the city card.

Walk and feel Helsinki (touristic routes designated digitally)

In summer 2011, a new guiding concept for cruise tourists was piloted in Hernesaari, Helsinki. A guided route was built from the harbor to the city center. What made the route special, were the digital tags attached to the signposts - they allowed people to access mobile services. The purpose was to attract cruise passengers to get acquainted with the city of Helsinki. The guided path was ready during summer 2011. It ran through Telakkakatu and Bulevardi to Erottaja and take around thirty minutes to walk through. Both larger boards and smaller sign plates marked the way.

Interactive climbing

 It is powered by a solar panel that is attached to the backpack. Thanks to the GPS map application APE@MAP by Onyx Technologie OG, one can upload hiking maps with more than 30,000 suggestions of routes to one’s cell phone. In addition to measuring time, speed and altitude, the application offers the possibility to record and modify routes using the cell phone. Additionally, outdoor sports enthusiasts can mark where they found something particularly interesting on the route. The system is available for cell phones with the Android operating system.

Personalized museum tour (research project)

This research will give insight in the individual visitor journeys and preferences, so museums can optimally adapt its (digital) experience to their visitor needs. Each year, we see museums investing more in visitor engagement. A significant part of these investments are directed towards mobile interpretation, a powerful tool to reach audiences and connect with them. But what do we really know about visitor behavior and how our stories affect them? After the reopening in 2012 and more than a million visitors since, it is time to take this further.

Shop Small (promoting local shops)

American Express and New York-based design agency Hush teamed-up to create an interactive installation allowing shoppers to discover small local businesses. “Shop Small” consists in a large digital touchscreen on which users can browse “virtual storefronts” and discover items they could buy in nearby shops. This lets shoppers curate a wishlist featuring details about stores’ location and opening hours. This information can then be sent via SMS or directly printed on-site. A prototype of “Shop Small” was recently experimented in downtown Seattle.

Regent Street App (shopping street application)

If you are shopping on Regent Street and want to find out all there is to know about the Mile of Style, it's time to download the Regent Street App. Regent Street has become the first purpose built shopping street in Europe to pioneer this innovative mobile app, which delivers exclusive personalised content whilst you shop. The exciting app, which is available to download from the App Store and Google Play now, uses unique beacon technology which allows you to receive alerts from the stores you love via their Bluetooth connection.

Bathroom Scout (public toilets search)

Need to find a restroom really quick? Install “Bathroom Scout” today and never be short of a restroom close to you! The database contains over 700.000 toilets worldwide and is maintained by an active user base.  The app displays those restrooms near to you on a map and let’s you make your choice. Of course you can leave comments for facilities you visited or add new ones!

Spiga Smart Street

The pilot project, in anticipation of Expo 2015, has the intention of making the City of Milan decidedly smarter through elements like a brand new LED lighting system and free ultrafast Wi-Fi. The energy saving lighting system will give the street a completely new look – and name – Spiga Smart Street.  Other innovative services for both citizens and visitors include a multimedia touch screen dedicated to communication and travel information, sustainable mobility with stations for charging electric cars and bikes as well as SOS and video surveillance system for security.