Smarter with open source

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Article from Issue 206/2018

Making the city of Messina, Italy, smarter with open source and IoT.

Imagine you are driving downtown in the middle of the night. Rows of red lights shine ahead. Traffic is thin, almost non-existent, and you wish you could turn all the red lights green and arrive home earlier. What if you could pull your phone out, automatically connect to the nearby lights, and turn them green?

That's precisely what a team at the University of Messina, Italy, tried to do. "It worked. It was very precise in real time, but there are so many rules, laws, and regulations to comply with before even being considered for actual usage in the streets," said Giovanni Merlino, research fellow in the Department of Engineering, University of Messina. Merlino delivered a talk about his team's work at the Boston OpenStack Summit 2017.

Messina is one of the largest cities on the island of Sicily and is home to more than 300,000 inhabitants. A city that size has its own set of civil challenges – environmental pollution, wear and tear on roads, safety and security of citizens, traffic monitoring and optimization, and potholes.


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