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Projects

Project name: Real-time water quality monitoring

 

Real-time water quality monitoring, that prevents water pollution events and ensures public health and safety, unlike existing water monitoring devices. The Bar-Ilan Center for Smart Cities enabled CyWat Ltd to conduct a pilot on campus and worked to connect it to relevant researchers in the field, The system is regularly displayed to all visitors, mayors, and delegates from abroad.

 

Company: CyWat Ltd

 

Service: Showcase technology; living lab

Real-time water quality monitoring

Project name: Online leak detection

 

As many cities face aging pipelines and water supplies, leaks are becoming more frequent and more costly. Finding and fixing leaks is a critical way for cities to conduct preventative maintenance. Aquarius Spectrum, a technology leader in online leak detection, is conducting a pilot program in which their unique acoustic sensors for leak detection will be installed in campus facilities.

 

Company: Aquarius Spectrum

 

Service: Showcase technology; Living Lab

Project name: Water saving

 

Israel is 70% desert and therefore the necessity has made Israel a world leader in water saving technologies for agriculture. At the center, we are promoting an experiment where we take systems from the field of agriculture and examine their effectiveness in urban gardening, especially large urban parks. The systems are: irrigation computers, electromagnetic systems and various ground sensors. We are working with the members of the center initiated the project and the cooperation between the companies that created a system adapted for urbanuse and can be monitored for the results of the actual experience. The system is also installed on campus and is regularly displayed to all visitors, mayors and delegates from abroad.

 

Company: Motorola, Ami-Tenn and Hashkaya Ecologit.

 

Service: Showcase technology; Living Lab

Transportation and Autonomic Vehicle

Project name: Smart Cards

 

Smart cards were installed in bus stops around campus,and in buses routed to these stations. The Smart Cards feed BIU’s control center with real time data about the number of people in each station, and the location of each bus end route, alerting dispatchers as to the need for more or less buses in real time.

 

Researcher: The system was developed by Dr. Yuval Hadas as part of a study he is conducting with the
center.

 

Service: Living Lab

Project name: Public transportation-usage patterns

 

The project monitors the public transportation-usage patterns of university goers with the collaboration of one of Israel’s largest taxi companies, cutting down travel time, reducing traffic around campus, and increasing user satisfaction for university students, staff and faculty. NAVYA Autonomous Level 3 vehicle arrived on campus and the intention is to integrate engineering studies, communication, sensors, behavioral and integrate into the university shtetl and provide service to student and faculty. The center is going to lead and coordinate the research activities in the autonomous vehicle, this is a large number of studies in different fields and we want to examine the integration of results into one central image

 

Company: NAVYA

 

Service: Living lab; research

Public transportation-usage patterns

Project name: Autonomous cars

 

For autonomous cars to become commercial and vastly deployed, there is a great need for research both on the technological side and the behavioral aspects of the passengers expecting to used it. Mashov systems and ST Engineering that have brought NAVYA Autonomous Level 3 vehicle to Israel have approached the Smart Cities Center to assist them in this task. The Vehicle is a platform for SMEs development while the tests are performed on the university campus living lab.

 

Several projects have commenced on this platform:

Project name: COVID- 19 Autonomous Shuttle

 

Observation research which analyses the behaviour of Clinic Escorts on-board a COVID- 19 isolated autonomous shuttles, with remote shuttle control capability allowing transport of COVID-19 patients in geofenced mixed-traffic areas. Autonomous Shuttles, as they are designed today, require a safety supervisor onboard according to current ODD (Operational Designed Domain) to resolve any situations which requires manual intervention and to intervene in any safety scenarios. This imposes a risk for the safety supervisor as the virus is highly contagious. This project aims to alter the ODD with the ability to safely supervise the shuttle, un-attended onboard, while keeping all safety capabilities to actively observe, intervene and control the vehicle using a remote control station away from the shuttle – for Full Autonomous (un- attended) shuttle driving.

Project name: Dynamic charging

 

Technological research that aims to implement a dynamic charging that has been deployed on large vehicles such as busses and trucks to light flexible multi-passenger vehicles category M1 . The SME involved, Electreon, will deploy a dynamic charging system (stripe, inverters, receiver, and communication system) on campus and fit the vehicle with the reciever that will be adapted to the size of the vehicle. The shuttle will run on camus as part of the student transport service

Dynamic charging

Project name: Moodify

 

The risk of falling asleep while driving is one of the main causes for car accidents. Moodify makes use of and develops unique active scents that enable people to improve their performance, enhance their well being and increase their safety. Based on more than a decade of research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, Moodify’s scents affect the olfactory sense in a non-invasive and safe manner. When the system detects that the driver is about to fall asleep, it sends a smell to the driver’s compartment that stimulates him and keeps him alert.

Moodify

Sustainability

Project name: Heat Island Cooperating

 

BIU is cooperating with Nanjing University (China) to conduct an experiment on both campuses which offers solutions for the Urban Heat Island phenomenon. The project incorporates researchers from the fields of geography, medicine, botany and vertical fields Ltd. The center is going to coordinate the research activities in the "Heat Island cooperating", this is a large number of studies in different fields and we want to the integration of results.

 

Partners: Nanjing University (China); vertical fields Ltd.

 

Service: Living lab; 

Heat Island Cooperating

Project name: Control and monitoring systems by sensors

 

A wide range of sensors have been installed across BIU’s campus monitoring campus as a "small smart city". These controllers monitor environmental, water, lighting, air quality, utilization, transportation, parking, all in real time, and provide crucial data to system administrators and for analysis by the Centers researchers. The sensors and systems are open to the use of any company that wants it to allow testing of different systems with different emphases by different compass.

 

Company: 

 

Service: Living lab

Control and monitoring systems by sensors

Project name: HarishCity-Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan 2050

 

Our Urban Futures Lab is currently assessing The City of Harish on its 2050 Sustainable Mobility Plan by combining the European SUMP principle’s (Integration, Participation and Evaluation) with Dr. Oren’s Synchronized Urbanism approach calling for remote management of public spaces, Databased operation, MAAS instruments. Introducing synchronized Micro mobility and encouraging walkability. The team includes experts in Transport engineering and architecture. Accounting for Israel currently most progressive mobility plan. The program will create a roadmap for digital SMEs focusing on transport solutions to offer solutions and prepare pilots.

 

Service: Consultation and for municipalities

 

Partners: Levy Shtark Zilbershtein Engineering and Mansfeld-Kehat Architects

Pollution

Project name: Pollution measuring sensors

The BIU Smart City Impact Centre, in collaboration with municipalities, will be setting pollution measuring sensors around school’s area to study pollution levels when children are dropped off in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. A uniquely designed application will help parents form carpools to reduce vehicular traffic at peak hours. The project integrates psychology and law researchers and Radgreen Ltd sensors.The idea for research came from an environmental law workshop at the law school, the center coordinates the activities of the researchers, the activity Radgreen and Givat-Shmuel

 

Municipalities: Givat-Shmuel

 

Company: Radgreen

 

Service: Consulting to municipalities

Entrepreneurship

Project name: My-Way and MyGateway

 

The Bar Ilan Smart Cities center is focused on strengthening digital entrepreneurship. Our team, studies evolvement of entrepreneurial ecosystems, map competencies and provides interventions programs to facilitate training, technology transfer and capacity building to international ecosystems. Amongst the projects that focused on this activity were MY-WAY https://mywaystartup.eu/ focusing on web entrepreneurship and My-Gateway https://mygatewayproject.eu/ aiming at strengthening the CEE ecosystems. Both initiatives were funded under the Horizon 2020 umbrella.

 

More details: https://mygatewayproject.eu/

Project name: The “Silicon Valley” workshop

 

During this year there was a workshop at the Entrepreneurship Club, the "Silicon Valley" workshop. The workshop is named after the series “Silicon Valley” by HBO. It is important to emphasize that the Entrepreneurship Club has HBO approval for the workshop. Participants watched together a Silicon Valley episode. After watched the episode, an interesting discussion was held with an industry leader selected by episode topic (Business plan, legal issues, make exit yes or no). As part of the Center’s collaboration with Cisco, the workshop sessions were broadcast to entrepreneurship centers established by the Israeli government in the periphery by WebEx system. It allows participants from the periphery to see and hear participants at the university and other centers and we can see and hear them. In doing so, we fulfill the mission we set ourselves to connect people from the periphery with excellent ideas to the eco-systems.

 

Partners: Cisco

 

Service: Entrepreneurial club activities

Project name: Covid19 Hackathon

 

Circles fosters a people-centric, bottom-up approach to innovation by providing businesses with a digital space to create radical solutions. With the Circles platform, users can join a number of challenges assigned to them or open for anyone by scrolling through all challenges available on their home page. Executives and users can create new challenges and open them up for the community to join in. Members, advisors, and mentors can set timelines, ask questions, and review progress within each challenge.


The center is facilitating the connection to municipalities by assisting the developers in brainstorming and organization of events that use the platform and demonstrates its potential to the target end users. A Hackathon is currently prepared by the hub together with IBM and Cisco that have been exposed to the SME and will utilize Circles platform to facilitate the event focused on smart city solutions for COVID- 19

 

Service: Networking, Showcase and Demonstration facilities

 

Partners: Circles

Accessibility

Project name: Milbat

 

Milbat is a nonprofit public organization operating throughout Israel to enable people with deterioration in their function to enjoy maximum independence by creating an adapted technologic environment for them. Petel is an SME responsible for the development of technological innovations for Milbat. The company develops a new technology that facilitates access to buildings, classrooms and restrooms for the physically disabled and the elderly by automatically opening doors for them.

 

The center has provided a workspace to the company as well as facilitated it’s networking with potential customers. The first system was installed at the campus and is now used by students with physical, mental and chronic disabilities

 

Partners: Petel and Milbat

 

Service: Networking, Consultation and workspace

 

More details: http://www.jwire.com.au/new-assistance-for-the-disabled-and-
elderly/?fbclid=IwAR02dKxoUX1G7XBbONiDtOPlIKFa8CKKQwANLjuMeIzQ-TCj8nmQm0fSfXw

Artificial Intelligence

Project name: AI instant designs customized to users’ needs

 

Leaperr is an AI interior design app that uses deep learning, image processing, and advanced algorithms to create instant designs customized to users’ needs. Leaperr processes photos to build new interior designs for the specific space, illustrated in photo-realistic images. Leaperr makes interior design easy, quick, free, and accessible

 

Needs: The entrepreneurs approached the hub needing assistance in establishment of the company, finding a workspace and business development consultation

 

Project: The hub provided Leaperr with their first work and meeting space. The Hub’s experts consulted the company regarding the business development strategy. They have stayed in the hub until they have raised funding and taken the next step/

 

Service: Networking, Consultation and workspace

 

Partner: Leaperr AI