Smart Data Collection with Cunit City Council 

Small city, small solutions, big impacts. Cunit is a beach town 30 km away from Barcelona. Due to the high demand in summer holidays and weekends, the city can multiply by five its population. The increased use of the infrastructure creates an issue on its maintenance. Data gathering and analysis are essential to make the optimal decisions and better planning which leads into cost reduction in the maintenance. Through RAPTOR Cunit will benefit from an innovative solution to address the challenge.

Objectives and solution outcomes 

The solution should include the following objective:  

  • Optimization of data collection, analysis, and maintenance of road elements

The solution can be delivered as any of the following: 

  • Visual recognition system, its cameras can be installed in the local police car fleet
  • Integration with the current inventory GIS system would be desirable or the presentation of the data in a standard system that is easy to export, such as JSON
  • Support system in road maintenance decision-making 

Detailed challenge description

Cunit is a coastal city 30 km southwest of Barcelona home to around 8,000 inhabitants. During the peak holiday season, however, the population can increase up to 50,000. Cunit has a network of over 140 kilometres of roads. Currently, the Municipality of Cunit is using an outdated geographic information system (GIS), a web map comprised of different data layers, developed by a third party. It is necessary to modernise the GIS so that it incorporates the inventory of road elements such as pedestrian crossings, traffic signs, traffic lights, etc. and is easily updatable. A modernised GIS would provide the municipality with an analysis of the deterioration of road elements and enable better maintenance and management of the whole mobility system.  The solution required is an image recognition system employing cameras. Local police would provide their car fleet for camera installation. Currently this fleet consists of 4 cars that travel around 100,000 kilometres a year, allowing good coverage of the municipality. 

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
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