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BIoTope Use Case Implementation and Expansion
Deadline: Aug 22, 2017  

 Urban Management
 Smart Cities
 Urban Development
 IT Applications
 Urban transport
 Internet of Things (IoT)

Open Call Summary

Open Calls

The Internet of Things (IoT) brings opportunities to create new services and products, reducing costs for societies, and changing how services are sold and consumed. A critical obstacle to further IoT innovation is the “vertical silos” that shape today’s IoT landscape. These silos impede the creation of cross-industry, cross- platform and cross-organisational services due to their lack of interoperability and openness.

bIoTope lays the foundation for creating open innovation ecosystems by providing a platform that enables companies to easily create new IoT systems and to rapidly harness available information using advanced Systems-of-Systems (SoS) capabilities for Connected Smart Objects – with minimal investment.


Partners: BMW Group (Germany), OpenDataSoft (France), The Open Group (UK), Cityzen Data (France), ControlThings (Finland), CSIRO (Australia), eccenca GmbH (Germany), Enervent Oy (Finland), Holonix (Italy), IS-practice (Belgium), itrust consulting (Luxembourg), Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH (Germany), Aalto University (Finland), Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Fraunhofer IAIS (Germany), Brussels Region (IRISNET, CIRB, AED) (Belgium), Grand Lyon la Métropole (France), Forum Virium Helsinki (Finland), ITMO University (Russia).




 Open Call launches: 22nd May 2017

  Deadline: 22nd August 2017

  Total amount of funding: 420,000€

  Industries of interest are: Energy Efficiency, Electric Cars, Traffic and Mobility, Safety, Infrastructure Management, Project Management, Communications

  Relevant use cases with real market potential; experienced and representative project team; ambitious project with expectations for disruptive, new to market, new to the world solutions.

Overall goal

bIoTope Pilots illustrate the interaction between products from telecom, hardware, software and service industries in operational Internet Ecosystems. Given that, all industries are not included as bIoTope partners, the Open Calls will contribute to the completion of the consortium in particular Pilots in order to establish a technologically and economically viable SoS Ecosystems for IoT.



These will include providing competences and technologies needed for the successful completion of the projects, whilst engaging local developer communities and expanding the scope and scale of bIoTope pilots. The latter will support the project in its objective to create transformative capabilities for partners for the future, and enhance the sustainability of the collaboration and open ecosystems and services created during and after the project. It also enables bIoTope to remain flexible and take into consideration new challenges, needs and technological advancements in the beginning of the project.


Use Cases

The Open Call focuses on the implementation and expansion of the various bIoTope Use Cases. The following describes the Use Cases in general terms. Detailed description of the Use Cases can be found in the ‘Technical Annex’ document.

Lyon Pilot


Lyon Use case 1 : Bottle Bank Management

More than 2200 bottle banks are located on the 59 towns forming the Greater Lyon : on this territory, the Métropole de Lyon is in charge of the recycling and waste management. Glass recycling is managed by the Cleanliness Department (“Direction de la Propreté”). New bottle banks are supplied by a provider, chosen after a public procurement. Bottle banks are the property of Métropole de Lyon and they are maintained by an internal team. The collection of the bottle banks is performed by several private companies, chosen after a public procurement. The territory is divided into several areas, each of those areas is attributed to one of the collection companies.

For the time being, collection management and truck routes are based on the collection companies experience and internal tools. A sensor-based solution has been deployed in 2015-2016 on 10 bottle banks, enabling to know at an hourly frequency the filling rate of each bottle bank. This proof-of-concept has demonstrated that the knowledge of the filling rate could enable significant optimization in the collection process.


This pilot aims at deploying sensors on approximately 10% of the bottle banks, in defined areas (probably in the surrounding suburbs of the city of Lyon). The pilot must integrate in the bIoTope ecosystem the main actors/objects involved in the glass recycling process : bottle banks (with dashboards for the recycling unit),  citizens (with citizen oriented portal or application), collection companies with their trucks (with routes planning and connected navigation systems). The tools developed in the bIoTope project will be used to build new services enabling interactions between these actors and connected objects. Other relevant information sources such as road congestions, weather forecasts, citizen complaints about truck noise, special events in the town (including predictive capabilities) will be considered.

The use case aims at :
 Upgrading service quality for citizens, by avoiding full bottle banks :

o Improvedinformationandservicetothecitizen.Incaseoffullbank,indicationofthenearest available bank

o Better quality of city:streets will be cleaner  Reducing pollution and noise:

o Reduction of the number of glass collections: triggering and organization of the trucks routes depending on banks % of filling

o Reduction of the length/duration of routes by avoiding traffic jams, works zones  Reducing costs :

o Less personal and fuel directly linked to the reduction of the number of glass collections  impacts on contracts

o Subcontractors relations improved: knowledge of glass collection relevance and efficiency, knowledge of unusual banks handling (i.e. with not enough care)

Technical implementation

The figure below shows the general architecture of the system to be deployed during the project :

  • -  Off the shelf vertical solution for the bottle banks, including all the technical layers : autonomous and connected sensors, wireless communication of the sensors information, database and applicative platform enabling sensors management, data visualization, basic

    tour scheduling/optimization

  • -  Citizen app or portal : a website of the Métropole de Lyon giving information on the bottle banks location already exists and a project called “Digital counter” is in progress and will integrate functions of information or contribution for the citizen

  • -  Collection trucks navigation system/application

  • -  Data Grand Lyon : the existing metropolitan data platform, with several data sets which will have to be used for collection optimization / real time guidance


Call for Proposals

This call for proposals deals with the deployment of an IoT vertical solution for waste management optimization, which will have to be integrated in the bIoTope ecosystem.
Another call for proposals, also linked to the bottle bank management, should be published in a few months : this second call will deal with the development of a truck navigation solution integrated into the bIoTope ecosystem and taking advantage to the the O-MI/O-DF standard to access various information sources.

Each call has a unique identifier that should be mentioned in the proposal submission.

Lyon Use case 2 : Heat Wave Mitigation


Several works or experimentations have been conducted in the last years on the metropolitan area in the field of climate observation including heat waves, and climate change adaptation:

  •   Doctoral thesis on urban heat island modelling

  •   Roadway humidification in order to reduce surface temperature in the distrcit of Part-Dieu

  •   Studies on climate change adatptation (heat island modelisation, population vulnerability, adaptative capacities)

  •   Study of a mobile weather station enabling the measurement of thermal comfort, vegetation and streets coating impacts

One of the sites of climate observation in Lyon is the “Rue Garibaldi”: this street has been recently rehabilitated and provides now a large space for soft modes of transport and for green spaces. During the rehabilitation works, a large rain water reservoir was created: the water will be used to re-fill the cleanliness trucks and to irrigate the green spaces around.

Various sensors are already deployed in the street:

  •   Trees activity sensors

  •   Soil humidity sensors (tensiometers)
    Other sensors or systems are currently being deployed or will be deployed or connected in the coming months:

  •   Air temperature sensors

  •   Rainwater tank level

  •   Water debit meter

  •   Water irrigation valve


Information coming from sensors and for other sources will be analysed and crossed in order to optimize trees and green spaces irrigation.

The solution will benefit the citizen’s comfort and health by keeping trees’ irrigation, which consequently results in lower temperatures

The system deployed should demonstrate that an IoT based solution can be used to trigger irrigation in a smart way in order to:

  •   Improve inhabitants living conditions

  •   Enhance health policy results


Call for Proposals


LYON Open Call 2: Heat wave mitigation – Detailed data sources

We invite proposals for building a solution for the second step shown in the figure above: data analysis, complex dashboards and automatic irrigation.

Brussels Pilot
Use Case: Capital Region School Support

The overall objective of the bIoTope project is to strengthen and accelerate innovation and impact creation capacities for European companies and public agencies. The Open Calls will increase impact and evidence base for the selected use cases. Open Calls are open for all eligible proposers, but also target local developers (can be individual persons or companies), SME’s (preferably start-ups), or city service providers (SME, larger companies or non-profit organizations) who are interested in implementing developed technologies in their own context, thus contributing to the project through their experiments and insights, and building local ecosystems.

This document describes the Open Call for the Brussels-Capital Region intended to support the schools and their surroundings (management, teachers, students, parents, police and local inhabitants) during the implementation phase of the project.

Description of the Pilot

Topics of each Use Case

The Brussels-Capital Region participates on this European Project as a City Pilot in order to improve safety around schools and mobility on the region.

Objectives of the Use Case

The objective of the project is to improve the security around the schools, specifically the daily commute from and to the schools by the school children.
To achieve this, we propose to collect a maximum of information to quantify the corresponding feeling of insecurity.

This information includes from one side the amount of accidents, the amount of injuries, the vehicle density depending on the hour of the day, .. . And on the other hand more subjective information, as the feeling of insecurity as perceived by the school children, the parents and the members of the school staff.
The analysis of this data will help us to identify the critical points influencing the sense of and the security itself: the transportation method, the infrastructure, the behavior, ... .

As such we will be able to influence the school children on their itinerary and on specific actions to improve the security situation. And we will finally measure the feeling of insecurity again at the end of the pilot phase to verify the size of the impact on the overall perception and the security itself.


Partners for this Use Case are :

  • -  CIRB (IT Agency for the Brussels Region)

  • -  IrisNet (Telecom Agency for the Brussels Region)

  • -  “road safety service” in Brussels Mobility (Mobility Administration for the Brussels Region)

  • -  4 pilot schools

  • -  Holonix for the mobile application & the web site development

  • -  Cityzen Data for big data analysis

Technical implementation (with picture)



This Use Case is composed with the following components:

Data collection

- Information about the students commutes and their way of transport, is collected through the Mobile Application (see below)


  • -  Information about global flows of people in the Brussels Capital region around the schools is provided by the telecom Operator Orange Belgium

  • -  Information about current local traffic situation is provided by Waze and BeMobile Data analysis

    CIRB will collect and push all these information in a central database in order to create an historical database. These information is analyzed by CityzenData for determining:

  • -  Risky road segments for pedestrians, for bikes, for cars, ... (based on “issues” provided by students, on number of cars, on accidents, ...)

  • -  Peak hours around school (based on information collected from students commutes) -...


Mobile Application Development

Holonix will develop a mobile application intended for students or parents (for young students). Application features are :

Main screen

  • -  Access to different features

  • -  Show student avatar

  • -  Show student gamification points

  • -  Show last notification


  • -  Allow to send a notification to another student or a group of students

  • -  Allow to receive notifications from a student, the school management,

    public transport company, ...

Street view

  • -  Show student geolocalisation on a map

  • -  Show different Point Of Interest on a map

  • -  Show Issues on a map

- Allow to create an “Issue” (an issue concerns the feeling for lack of security)


- Calculate itinerary for bikes, pedestrians (by foot or with public transport)



  • -  Allow to create a group of students/parents

  • -  Allow to plan an itinerary for this group

  • -  A co-mobility leader can start a co-mobility session. All members of the

    group receives notifications

  • -  A member can notify that he will join the group.

  • -  A member can act that he is joining the group

  • -  All members geoposition are showed on a map


Web Site Development

School management will use a Web Site in order to manage school data and authorize students access to the application. This authorization process is foreseen for assuring that only students have full access to all the mobile application features (notifications, reporting of issues and Co-Mobility).
The Web Site provides also information about each school in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Road infrastructure integration

(This component is out of scope in this project and is only mentioned for completeness)
We can dynamically improve the safety around school by reducing car’s speed, by informing drivers, by securing school zone.

1.1. General Description of the Required Work

1.1.1. How it links to the Use Case/ Pilot

In order to allow the adoption of the mobile application by their users, a close cooperation with school management, teachers, students and parents is needed. Optionally additional contact with the police and local inhabitants might be needed.


1.1.2. What competences and resources are needed

We need :

  • -  The expertise to create a survey for reviewing the sense of security with school children, for determining the sense of security of the school children prior and after the project, including the definition and analysis on the key indicators (these key indicators are to be determined in cooperation with CIRB and Irisnet), creation of a measurable hypothesis (qualitative & quantitative) on the school safety of school children, choosing and flagging possible biases.

  • -  The expertise to determine a statistical relevant output derived from the above survey.

  • -  The expertise to create a clear definition on the different type of participants to the survey (school legislation, different types of students, other actors around the school, etc.).

  • -  The expertise to cooperate and organize presentations with school principals, teachers and school children of schools in the Brussels Capital region, and this in both the local languages: Dutch and French.

  • -  The expertise to distribute (communicate in case of an electronic version), gather and process all the surveys.

  • -  The expertise to create an overall methodology for maximizing the usage of the mobile application by the school children, including a first presentation of this mobile application, and further efforts for improving the usage of the mobile application.

1.1.3. What are the responsibilities of the third party

The third party will be the primary contact with all schools members participating on the project.
They will collect requirements and problems and regularly transfers these information to the project manager.

Helsinki Pilot
Electrical Vehicles Charging

The massive roll out and usage of electrical cars in Finland is challenged by several factors that are mainly related to infrastructure for charging. The charging stations are located mainly within large cities; in shopping malls, new residential areas and private parking places. In order to ensure charging possibility, companies need to set up their own charging stations. This leads to inefficiency and scattering of the market.

The current charging infrastructure comprises different types of charging stations and it is built and owned by several big players and a few small companies. The development of the infrastructure is driven by the interests and strategies of these companies.
In the Nordic countries there is already existing electrical infrastructure to pre-heat cars during winter time. In fact, there are a lot of poles with embedded electrical outlets on the streets and parking areas including residential areas, companies’ parking places, some public and private parking places. With (or even without) some modifications they could be used for slow charging service.

There are two major players (Liikkenne Virta and Fortum) and several small companies that have their own charging poles, authentication and payment systems, mobile and web application where you can find, book, and pay for the services. However, there is neither single entry point nor a standardized interface to access information about all existing charging possibilities in the area, their availability and calendars. Moreover, the charging service companies demonstrate some resistance to provide and publish open interfaces that would give access to their systems in order to construct a service that would integrate different charging service providers. As a result, electrical car manufacturers do not have full information about charging possibilities that they could use in the car dashboard. At the moment car dashboard provide limited information about charging possibilities in some cases based on crowd-sources services.
Due to these challenges Finland has been lagging behind in adoption of electric vehicles, as there are currently less then 3000 of them on Finnish roads. One of the reason for EV low adoption is due to a problem with charging infrastructure. It will be challenging to achieve a goal to have 250 000 electric vehicles (25% of all vehicles compare to the current 0.5%) by 2030 without significant improvements, innovations and investments in charging infrastructure.

One of the objective of bIoTope project is to support municipalities and state to achieve this goal by development of new innovative technology that will improve charging services by increasing amount of charging stations, providing interoperability between different services suppliers, and improving quality of services. It will be achieved by creating Systems of Systems (SoS) where information from cross-domain platforms, devices and other information sources can be accessed when, and as needed using Standardised Open APIs. Biotope also offers a framework for Security, Privacy and Trust that facilitates the responsible access, use, and ownership of data, even when data is stored in vertical applications/silos. Suitable billing mechanisms for IoT will be developed to support micro-transactions for facilitating IoT market creation.


There are several initiatives and discussion about possible “roaming” between the providers, and using residential and others electrical poles. There is a need to create such a system in Finland that would integrate all charging possibilities into the same place/map/service catalogue and provide complete information through user interfaces for the end users and through standardized open APIs to the service developers about charging possibilities.

Drivers can find all possible charging stations in the region and thus have better opportunities to secure travelling. They would not need to know different providers in the region to have several subscriptions for different providers. Drivers can easily compare service levels, prices. They can use the same access credentials for all charging stations. Additional benefit is a parking solution for electrical cars which is important in crowded areas.

Car manufacturers/providers do not need to make separate contracts with all possible service providers in area. They get access to crowd-sources charging services. They don’t need to adapt implementation for each service providers’ proprietary interface. Thus they can deliver more cars into the region.

Charging service providers will be visible in all car dashboards. They can focus on certain service development and buy complementary services from others (for example, authentication and payment services). Number of electrical vehicles will increase and thus their business will grow.
City and regions will achieve better life quality and services for people and more electrical vehicles to the region. The ecosystem will create new business opportunities (operating of ecosystem, new business applications), improve current competitive landscape, and optimize public and private assets.


Call for Proposals


Figure 1. Helsinki Pilot Integrated IoT BnB.

We invite proposals for building such platform for connecting different actors and service providers for an IoTBnB solution for locating stations and charging electric vehicles. This work involves technical development work, as well as communication and marketing activities for raising awareness of this topical issue.
The call has a unique identifier that should be mentioned in the proposal submission. Details of the call can be found below.

The total amount of 200 000 euros can be divided between several company, including their subcontractors. The amount of money given to one bidder is not more that 150 000 euros.

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