European-Japanese collaboration sees ‘Cloud of Things’ for Smart Cities

July 24, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
A consortium of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities in the ClouT project is looking at ways to use the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing for smart cities.

ClouT, which stands for “cloud of things” and is led by French researchers CEA-Leti, will develop infrastructure, services, tools and applications for municipalities and their various stakeholders – including citizens, service developers and application integrators – to create, deploy and manage user-centric applications that use the latest advances in IoT and cloud computing.
Target applications include enhanced public transportation, increased citizen participation through the use of mobile devices to photograph and record situations of interest to city administrators, safety management, city-event monitoring and emergency management. The project includes nine industrial and research partners and four cities: Santander, Spain; Genoa, Italy; Fujisawa, Japan and Mitaka, Japan. The applications will be validated in those cities via field trials.
By combining EU and Japanese resources, the three-year, nearly 4 million-euro project is designed to create an on-going framework for smart-city initiatives between Europe and Japan.
In addition to Leti and the four cities, ClouT participants include the University of Cantabria in Spain, Italian IT group Engineering and ST Microelectronics, as well as NTT East (coordinator), NTT R&D, Keio University, Panasonic and the National Institute of Informatics in Japan.
ClouT is jointly funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission and by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan.