Real-time urban monitoring using cell phones: A case study in Rome

  • Calabrese F
  • Colonna M
  • Lovisolo P
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Abstract

This paper describes a new real-time urbanmonitor- ing system. The system uses the Localizing and Handling Network Event Systems (LocHNESs) platform developed by Telecom Italia for the real-time evaluation of urban dynamics based on the anonymous monitoring of mobile cellular networks. In addition, data are supplemented based on the instantaneous positioning of buses and taxis to provide information about urban mobility in real time, ranging from traffic conditions to the movements of pedestrians throughout the city. This system was exhibited at the Tenth International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Itmarks the unprecedentedmonitoring of a large urban area, which covered most of the city of Rome, in real time using a variety of sensing systems and will hopefully open the way to a new paradigm of understanding and optimizing urban dynamics.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Cell phone network
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
  • intelligent transportation system (ITS)
  • location-based services (LBSs)
  • real-time control systems
  • wireless locationing

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