Arduino in Kazan and Innopolis, Russia
Prof. Antonio Puliafito, from the University of Messina (Italy) has visited the Republic of Tatarstan, located in the Volga Federal District of Russia.
Within a fruitful cooperation with the Social and Urban Computing Lab at Kazan University lead by Prof. S. Distefano, he delivered a talk on "Combining IoT and Cyber world: Tools and methodologies to manage a urban environment" where he highlighted how cities can be viewed as a microcosm of “objects” with which citizens interact daily: street furniture, public buildings, transportation, monuments, public lighting and much more. The Internet of Things (IoT) concept, imagines all these objects being “smart”, connected to the Internet and able to communicate with each other and with the external environment, interacting and sharing data and information. As a consequence, cyber and real worlds are strongly linked in a smart city. New services can be deployed when needed and evaluation mechanisms will be set up to assess the health and success of a smart city. Prof Puliafito's talk presented some innovative developments in areas related to sensors and smart cities and introduced the crowdfunding #SmartME initiative. Arduino devices were presented and their applicability to smart cities was shown through integration inside the cloud infrastructure Openstack to provide new advanced services to the citizens of a smart city. Several questions were raised showing the interest of the audience towards such kind of devices and technical solutions adopted for their integration in a smart city context. During his visit, prof. Puliafito also met representatives of the Innopolis University, a new and dynamic institution specifically focused on the development of Information Technology. Arduino technology was introduced and several possible forms of cooperation were identified.