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ITEA 4 is the Eureka Cluster on software innovation


Barco at the forefront of Smart cities

Philippe Letellier · 12 November 2018

I had a singular opportunity to be invited to the Barco VX Innovation Days. A unique moment where Barco invites its key customers, shows unprecedented innovation and gathers user requirements to further adapt the Barco products. I have seen an incredible amount of impressive innovations, like this world premiere of the RigiFlex screen. This rollable screen can be stretched to 10m*3.8m and is extremely stable; this was demonstrated by the renowned tennis player Yanina Wickmayer, who practised her tennis serve on it. I was excited to see that some Smart Cities innovations arose from previous ITEA projects, like the awarded C³PO and JEDI projects and also the 3D-Testbench project.

Barco is one partner in our Community that has invested a lot in the Smart City challenges and delivers some important innovations that you have to check if you are interested by this theme.

Barco is the wizard of visualisation. Smart cities generate a huge amount of data which needs to be shared with multi-specialists teams. Cooperation and the removal of silos are key challenges that were highlighted by all the cities participating to our last international Smart City customer & end-user workshop in Istanbul. Cooperation for smart cities is applicable for their own teams, but cities are also challenged at a more extreme level, to share information and cooperate on decisions with their citizens.

Barco and its partners in the different ITEA projects have responded at least partially to these challenges. With the C³PO project they tackle digital urban design through a Cloud collaborative and semantic platform for city co-design. It is a challenge on the cooperation between people of different specialisms (politics, different technicians, legal experts, …) but also the sharing with the citizens themselves. At the edge of this platform is the visualisation tool which must be as accurate, interactive and cooperative as possible. In this respect, during these Barco Innovation Days I saw fast exploitation of these ITEA projects, two world-first products: the personal dome and the transportable cave.

The personal Dome is a spherical screen with a unique beamer delivering a large immersive experience. You enter the Dome and you become a personage of the video itself, actually a new video experience. Ask Barco for a visit.

The transportable cave offers a projection on 3 to 5 faces of a Digital Twin. The quality of the pictures reaches a very high level of accuracy and the interactivity is ensured with no delay; it reacts at your fingertips. You explore the 3D model of your Digital Twin as if you were inside the data. But the wildcard is that you can be two inside the cave each one looking the 3D model from his point of view and negotiating what to modify on this urban design. The state-of-the-art until now was to have a master who interacts with the model with his own point of view and the others who try to follow the point of view of the master, which is a bit misleading. The quality and comfort of the cooperation is drastically increased by this world-first innovation. Bravo Barco!

To extend the level of cooperation even more, they are now demonstrating a distributed architecture with heterogeneous products where, for example, a team at the head quarters can work in the cave cooperating with operationals, on another continent, working on the same 3D building model using virtual reality goggles. Imagine the efficiency generated by such architecture. A big step to reduce the misunderstandings among the different actors of design and building and to reduce cost and time to market.

Have they solved everything? Surely not, the topic is so large, but they have made a big step forward. I propose a new challenge to Barco and all the ITEA Community targeting the building industry. How to allow a good level of cooperation between the different teams from the design phase to the realisation of the building itself? How to reconcile the design model with the reality of the erected building? Which sensors and IoT to deploy to acquire the real-world data of what is actually erected taking into account all the occupations involved (mason, plumber, …)?

Keep connected to our ITEA projects and I am sure you will soon find the solution to such a challenge; the ITEA Community is very reactive!

Tags: Innovation · Smart Cities



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