AI4Cities uses AI to accelerate the carbon neutrality of cities


Kaisa Sibielius, coordinator of the AI4Cities project at Forum Virium Helsinki, was at VivaTech to present the seven finalists.

During the VivaTech 2022 show, the metropolis of Greater Paris organized a presentation of the European AI4Cities project, in which it is participating. As part of this, seven solutions have been selected to meet the challenges of reducing the carbon footprint of cities, all based on advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence.

AdvertisingAI4Cities is a European innovation project aimed at helping urban areas achieve their carbon neutrality goals faster, through the development of solutions based on artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies. The project, which took place between January 2020 and December 2022, is supported by six European cities, Helsinki in Finland, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Copenhagen in Denmark, the Greater Paris metropolis in France, Stavanger in Norway and Tallinn in Estonia. Through a pre-commercial procurement mechanism (PCP), €4.6 million was used to finance the design of solutions responding to two main categories of challenges: optimizing the mobility of a on the one hand and energy-related issues on the other. A total of 41 proposals were selected during the initial design phase, then 20 for the prototyping phase. Seven finalists will now be able to test their solution in the different cities of the project.

For the first batch on mobility, three solutions were chosen. Avenue is a shared mobility platform that uses big data and AI to understand the mobility demand in each neighborhood, but also to predict and optimize the impact of the different transportation choices offered on greenhouse gas emissions. The solution is developed by two Spanish players, Nommon and Populus. The second project, MPAT (mobility policy auto-tune), is a recommendation tool that suggests to cities the optimal distribution of shared vehicles in order to reduce CO2 emissions as much as possible. It is developed by the French company Vianova and Rebel Ticketing in the Netherlands. The latest winner is the Ix3 project, co-developed by two Finnish players, MarshallAI and Dynniq. This tool uses the images uploaded by traffic surveillance cameras to optimize signaling and improve traffic flow in real time, thanks in particular to computer vision algorithms.

Predict energy demand and optimize usage

The second batch on energy has four finalists. The C-In project. City (carbon-intelligent city) is led by a French consortium made up of the companies Kayrros, La Javaness and NexQT. It offers a cockpit to allow cities to monitor and manage their carbon budget, by exploiting the different data sources available. Citizens and public decision-makers can thus see what the trends are and identify the best opportunities for action, thanks to exploration and simulation tools. The BEE (building energy efficiency) solution is developed by two Finnish players, Eeneman and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, as well as the company Unetiq in Germany. It combines different technologies to better align renewable energy production with consumption, notably combining energy demand prediction algorithms with a virtual power plant. The tool, for example, uses buildings equipped with solar panels to recharge electric vehicles in the middle of the day, when performance is at its maximum. The Spike project, designed by the Italian company Enerbrain, is based on a management platform for connected buildings, in order to make the best use of energy for the various heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. It aims to go further than the technical management of individual buildings, by interconnecting the buildings with each other thanks to the cloud. Finally, Holoni is a solution developed by the Norwegian company Alphaventuri and Energinet in Denmark, to predict and share excess solar energy from positive energy buildings. It aims to promote the self-consumption of renewable energy on a collective scale and to encourage joint ownership of solar panels, thanks to a marketplace that also guarantees the non-fossil origin of the energy.

AdvertisingEnergy pilots will be rolled out in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stavanger and Greater Paris. The same cities will host the mobility pilots, with the exception of Copenhagen replaced by Tallinn. An additional budget of 1.45 million euros has been reserved for this new stage.

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AI4Cities uses AI to accelerate the carbon neutrality of cities

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