HandyCity

HandyCity is an developing application, whose goal is to help citizens to make decisions by providing a real view of their immediate environment (city and district) and its evolution on time, based on real information and contrasted for other citizens, organizations, associations and global indicators.

The application is designed to allow citizens to make inquires, and to evaluate the information provided with the rest of the statistical data and trends available, in order to obtain a ranking or opportunity to solve your needs.

HandyCity also includes a subscription service that will allow traders, associations and institutions to program and manage alerts and notifications to keep the citizen informed for events, offers and information of interest.

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Handy City is pioneering the use of new FI-WARE technologies, which is why it has been funded by the European accelerator SOUL-FI related to SmartCities. Currently the project is one of 50 projects selected in the Round-A of SOUL-FI, and we are working in order to access the second call Round-B.

Technical Architecture

HandyCity will be based on two virtual servers with OS GNU/Linux Ubuntu, one of them will act as database server and another as a web server.

The database server will use the MySQL engine, the web server will use Apache services. The Web server will also have PHP interpreter, principal programming language of HandyCity application.

Users may access the web application through their regular browser, HandyCity application will have responsive design and will be compatible with mobile devices and tablets, HandyCity will be compatible to the most common browsers using standard technologies: HTML5, CSS. For management task, application managers users can connect to servers remotely via secure terminal (SSH) and in the case of web server sFTP for managing files (scripts).

Architecture Cloud FIWARE

The architecture will be based on FI-WARE Labs services, and mainly in the virtual infrastructure powered by the OpenStack cloud. This infrastructure will support the 2 virtual servers (web and database services) of HandyCity and the FIWARE components (GEs) that work together in the system, including the CKAN platform. The servers will be created and deployed from generic instances available on FI-LABS.

Through the infraestructure of FIWARE LABS all services and components of HandyCity and FIWARE will be interconnected, to provide a fully functional application set. In addition the development and administration team will have dedicated GEs tools for management tasks, such as IaaS Resource Management GE or Monitoring GE.

FIWARE technology within HandyCity architecture

The HandyCity solution will be developed in FIWARE Labs, once the process be completed and the aplication be fully funcional, is possible to export the solution to any other cloud infrastructure type for exploitation. For deployment it will make use of so-called BluePrint templates, which allow a simple way to deploy server instances and virtual services under OpenStack in FIWARE-Labs. In addition HandyCity will use FIWARE tools such as OpenStact Swift for redundant storage space for virtual machines, IaaS Resource Management GE for the management and administration of virtual machines or GE Monitoring – TID Implementation for systems monitoring and states of SLAs.

HandyCity will use FIWARE solutions through Generic Enables, such as Identity Managment KeyRock and Identity Management for user authentication in a secure framework OAuth 2.0, or the GE Application Mashup – Wirecloud for widgets of the web portal. The data of the SmartCity will be accesible from CKAN solution, deployed in FIWARE platform too. CKAN allows a simple mode of data query and exploitation.

Work Plan

Handycity aims to give users confidence to make decisions by means of providing a real and structured vision of their surroundings and its evolutions, using real and verfied information
Thanks to the participation of SoftcomputingCyL in the Round-A of SOUL-FI accelerator, we have had the chance to develop the first milestones.

Business Plan

The objective for the first year of implementation is that the application is used by two Town Halls that belong to smart cities in Spain, increasing this number up to 6 in three years.
The turnover is expected to be over 128,000 euros in three years. This will lead to a big increase of the company, given that this amount represents a 65% of the turnover obtained in 2014.
In terms of employment with the team identified above will be enough. If we decide to include new functionality would have to incorporate more staff.
Talking about market share, we expect that the third year of operation we obtain benefits. We have set a fixed cost per year (over 52,000 euros). Given this cost, we will expect for the first year over 24,000 euros, for the second year over 40,000 and for the third year over 63,000. We will need another year more to recover the investment.
Revenues are defined by Direct advertising clients, Advertising across platforms adservers, Customers pay per use, Subscription customers.
Costs are defined by Hosting, Domain, Staff (Support), Commercial visits, New study deployments, indirect costs




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