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MONICA – Management Of Networked IoT Wearables

By February 2, 2017November 28th, 2017Press


The MONICA project is a 36 month Innovation Action (IA) co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under the Large Scale Pilots objective Pilot 3: Wearables for smart ecosystems.

The project aims to provide a very large scale demonstration of multiple existing and new Internet of Things technologies for Smarter Living. MONICA demonstrates a large scale IoT ecosystem that uses innovative wearable and portable IoT sensors and actuators with closed-loop back-end services integrated into an interoperable, cloud-based platform capable of offering a multitude of simultaneous, targeted applications. It is one of the largest scale IoT platform demonstrations ever thanks to cheap wearables and legacy Smartphones. MONICA embraces a large number of IoT enablers aligned with AIOTI (Alliance of IoT Innovation) and IOT-A. It is demonstrated with a highly relevant IoT application in public safety at big events, where the cheap devices are needed because of the large masses of people. The demonstrators are aligned with Smart City noise, which is well known in many IoT demonstrators. The solution will be deployed in 6 major cities in Europe. All ecosystems will be demonstrated in the scope of large scale city events, but have general applicability for dynamically deploying Smart City applications in many fixed locations such as airports, main traffic arterials, and construction sites. Moreover, it is inherent in the MONICA approach to identify the official standardisation potential areas in all stages of the project.

The MONICA approach aims to demonstrate an IoT platform in the context of multiple existing and novel Internet of Things technologies for Smarter Living and supporting an extremely large number of uses compared to existing demonstration projects. At the same time, the approach will demonstrate solutions in the context of real societal challenges related to security and safety of citizens in the public space, the right to express and pursue European cultural values, and the concern for environmental and safety issues associated with large events held in inner cities. In this sense, the MONICA pilots are autonomous and will be able to select those services and applications from the MONICA platform that suits their specific needs. The relevance of the MONICA approach can be expressed in these different contexts.


The “European Culture” takes many forms and is expressed in millions of ways. Our project will focus on one of the key aspects of European Culture: the cultural performances in open-air settings, with special focus on musical expression. Music is one of the fundamental pillars of European Culture, in particular the open air performance of music. Open air musical events are not only cultural light-houses; they are also big business. The global Cultural and Creative Industries generate annual revenues of US$2,250b and provide 29.5 million jobs worldwide . The music industry in Europe alone had a turnover of $25,3b and employs 1,2m, a large part of which are between 15 and 29 years of age demonstrating that the cultural and creative sectors are highly attractive for young people. However, this arch-European cultural element is coming under pressure for the reason of safety (e.g. Lyon, Bonn, Leeds) or because of rising property costs in inner cities has made the neighbours less positive towards noise and congestion from open air concerts (e.g. Torino, Copenhagen, Hamburg).


Pilot Features
Each of the six pilots will undertake demonstrations during at least four large events according to their own priorities. The planned pilot events constitute a realistic blend of one-off city events A total of 41 events are scheduled with a total of 108.000 participants and 35.000 neighbours. With 10% of the participants expected to participate in the validation activities, the platform will be evaluated and validated with 14.300 users; affected by the MONICA demonstrators in one way or the other. This is believed to be statistically significant for comprehensive impact analysis and conclusions with regard to user acceptability and sustainability.

• Pilot 1: Copenhagen | Tivoli Gardens: The Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. It organises 24 outdoor concerts on Friday evenings featuring both national and international performers, with over 400.000 concert guests attending these concerts each year.
• Pilot 2: Torino | Parco Dora and The Movida: Open-air concerts are big business for the city; both for local organisers, employees, and for the municipality. The Kappa FuturFestival is held in the city’s Parco Dora and takes place every year with two full days of concerts. A second demonstration will be carried out in the city centre. Since the 90s, the night life has rapidly becoming taken a new direction in the district of San Salvario.
• Pilot 3: Hamburg | Hamburger DOM festival and Port Anniversary: Northern Germany’s biggest goose fair – the Hamburger DOM  takes place three times a year for four weeks in spring, summer and winter in a special, gated area (Heiligengeistfeld). It offers show booths, nostalgic carousels, high-tech rides and a food-mile, in total 251 attractions on 160.000 sqm with a yearly amount of 7-10 million visitors during the 91 DOM days.
• Pilot 4: Lyon | Nuits Soneres and Fete des Lumiéres: The City of Lyon has chosen to implement the MONICA applications for several events: The city is host to the famous light festival, Fete des Lumiéres when the residents of Lyon celebrate the Virgin Mary since 1643, whose statue stands on the Fourvière hill, overlooking the city. The outdoor music festivals are part of the culture of the city. The famous electronic musician Jean-Michel Jarre was raised in Lyon and the city is nowadays host of the nuits sonores; a huge electronic music festival which brings together DJs from France and the world over.
• Pilot 5: Bonn | Beethovenfest/Bonnfest: In order to have a well-functioning security and sound concept in the biggest enclosed pedestrian zone of Germany, the two yearly events (“BonnFest” as well as “Beethovenfest”) allow the opportunity to test the MONICA innovations in the forefront of Beethoven 2020. By attracting more than 350.000 visitors, the BonnFest is Bonn’s biggest open-air festival in its inner city and turns the city centre into one, big festival ground.
• Pilot 6: Leeds | Yorkshire County Cricket Club | Headingley Stadium: Headingley Stadium outside Leeds is the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team. The stadium is looking to enhance security in the context of the day to day management of crowds but also to increase its preventative measures in the event of extreme threats such as acts of terrorism. Since Headingly Stadium is situated in the middle of a residential area, the owners are also interested in measuring noise levels during test matches.

Expected Project Outcomes
These very large demonstrations validated with 14.000+ users will create impact across the full value chain: from supply-side actors like the telecom industry to demand-side actors like cultural event organisers, cities & the public at large. The most significant impact will be created by the mere size of the validated demonstrations = 143.000 end-users over two years. It will be significant in the areas of IoT technologies, user acceptance, and socio-economic performance. The fulfillment of the projects KPIs will demonstrate the MONICA platform as a case of Best Practice of IoT deployment.

The project will also develop, validate and publish a range of new business model proposals based on the new values created by the IoT platform for all involved actors to explore. Market analysis for the tourism industry will show new business opportunities for this important industry.

Finally, the interoperability of the MONCA platform and technologies with other Smart City platform will ensure its sustainability beyond the project.


Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Angewandte Informationstechnik (Coordinator)
AcouCité observatoire de l’environnement sonore du Lyon (Pilot owner)
Atos IT Solutions and Services
Bruel & Kjar Sound & Vibration Measurements
City of Bonn (Pilot owner)
Informatics and Telematics Institute/CERTH
CNet Svenska AB
Dexels BV
DigiSky S.r.l. UAV & Robotic systems
Technical University of Denmark, Electrical Engineering
Stadt Hamburg (Pilot owner)
Hamburg University of Applied Science
HW Communications Ltd.
In-JeT ApS
ISMB Istituto Superiore Mario Boella
Copenhagen Municipality
Kingston University, Computer Science & Mathematics
Leeds Becket University
Movement Entertainment Srl
Optinvent SA
Praesidio Group
Ring Advocacy
Telecom Italia
Tivoli A/S (Pilot owner)
Comune di Torino (Pilot owner)
VCA Technology Ltd.
Vaeksthus Zealand
Yorkshire County Cricket Club (Pilot owner)