SHCity partners study replicating its systems in other historical places

22 june 2018

The main challenge of SHCity project (Smart Heritage City) is to improve the management and conservation of historical centers in Europe, as well as to facilitate its tourist dynamism by developing a specific technological solution. After two years of development of technological solutions in Ávila, with excellent results, it is time to study those that can be extrapolated to other European historical groups.

Cascais in Portugal, Saint-Émilion in France and Ribaroja and Baeza in Spain are the four cities in which the analysis of the possible replicability of the project has begun. During the last working meeting of the consortium, held this week at CARTIF, the reports of the technical visits made to these four cities have been shared.

To achieve these results, since 2016, 230 sensors and devices have been installed in Ávila to control a score of environmental and structural parameters related to safety, energy consumption and the flow of visitors.

The data collected by the sensors will be added to those derived from other existing systems, generating an information flow of more than 1000 data per hour, which will facilitate the work of the managers, improving diagnosis and decision-making, through knowledge more accurate of the buildings and their surroundings. At this moment the testing phase is being finished so that the storage and visualization of the data collected by all the monitoring systems has a unique management and so that the preview can be done on an urban 3D model.

SHCity also contemplates the development of an application for tourists, which will take advantage of the information captured by the monitoring systems and will give it a more informative approach, aimed to making visitors and society in general aware of the importance of adequately preserving heritage. The app is in its final phase and will allow the user to generate personalized routes to travel the city adapted to different profiles or search criteria.

Another important aspect of the project is related to safety, which has occupied the team of researchers of CARTIF. Specifically, 3D scanning to assess possible losses of wall material, 3D photomodelling to create digital backup copies of parts of areas of great interest, the analysis of imagens to assess the evolution of cracks in walls quickly and low cost, and advanced computer simulation of risk conditions.

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