Smart Cities / Smart Grids


This project is motivated by the societal challenge "Smart buildings and communities of the future" and the supporting scenarios “Mobility for everyone”, “Energy control in the urban and rural environment” and “Security” as defined in the ARTEMISIA Strategic Research Agenda (SRA).
Monitoring has reached cities and regions. Urban sensing has raised a growing interest all over the world. Public bodies are gradually becoming aware of the monitoring benefits and, willing to bring smartness into their cities, spread sensitive devices across the urban landscape. Yet, not only sensing devices are flourishing in our cities, also the concept of  citizensensor” is arising with a new generation of extremely proactive citizens who send an incredible amount of valuable data through their smart phones.
However, current urban monitoring scope is still focused on its earliest stateof-the-art stage, monitoring issues such as traffic, pollution, temperature, parking availability, public transportation, waste management, route planning, mentioning just a few common examples. Moreover, current urban monitoring is still conducted in isolation. Data proceeding from monitoring of different but related issues is still processed separately and not interconnected, thus urban control is potentially reduced.
The key to succeed under such complex and potentially unstable conditions relies on the ability to anticipate and control both day to day situations (e.g. traffic congestion, increasing energy prices and high-levels of pollution) as well as unexpected events (e.g. power failures, traffic accidents and exceptional climate conditions) overarching the borders of the different processes (subsystems).
The project will not only improve the described scenario but also innovate it, through an advanced solution of adaptive cooperative control. ACCUS aims at three innovations:
1. Provide an integration and coordination platform for urban systems to build applications across urban systems
2. Provide an adaptive and cooperative control architecture and corresponding algorithms for urban subsystems in order to optimize their combined performance
3. Provide general methodologies and tools for creating real-time collaborative applications for systems of systems
The ACCUS system and tools will be validated and demonstrated in an extended use case in Poland and with at least four different urban systems.

Start: 01/06/2013


End: 31/05/2016




Grant: € 77,972


IIiA Coordinator: Joaquim Meléndez



HI - Iberia Ingeniería y Proyectos

Instalaciones INABENSA

Information & Image Management Systems

ACCIONA Infraestructuras


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid