CyberParks can become senseable places
One of the key challenges of Cyberparks Project is to create a seamless exchange of information between people and the environment. To achieve this aim, there is also the necessity to provide a space with those kinds of technologies that are able to give contextual information to the users. Furthermore, to achieve a bidirectional synergy between the users and the space, it is necessary to collect the digital footprints that they leave during the journey in a park. This can be achieved by placing specific sensors into a green open space. Providing real time services to the visitors and monitoring their activities at the same time, we can transform a cyberpark in a senseable place.
CyberCardeto app was developed to enhance the visit of the Cardeto Park in Ancona, made by the Engineering Faculty of Università Politecnica delle Marche. The localisation services with GPS facilitate the orientation of the users inside the park, where there are several historical and botanical Points of Interest (POI) to be discovered. Thanks to the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, some beacons scattered among the area provide contextual information in real time suggesting possible paths and in depth analysis. The objective is to valorize the fruition of public open spaces in an innovative way, creating a connection with the city. At the same time, these sensors and the localisation service allow to gather specific data about the user’s trajectories and behaviour inside the park.
The CyberCardeto App is available both for Android and iOS users. This digital tool can be freely obtained from the Android’s Play Market or the Apple’s APP Store. In this way, if a visitor has the CyberCardeto APP open in his/her smartphone or tablet (both in foreground and in background), he/she will receive a notification every time a beacon is near his/her position. This notification shows the current position of the user in the park. Additionally, this digital tool has further functionalities, such as maps or contextualised information about the different nature and historic POIs of the park. Thanks to the GPS, the current location of the user is showed and the monitoring of the user’s routes is made possible.
How to extend the research
The application is up to know available to be experienced in the Cardeto Park in Ancona. However, the sensors installed in the park are commercially available. If you are interested on developing a similar use case, do not hesitate to contact us using the following addresses:
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e dell’ Architettura.
Via Brecce Bianche