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The Greek state in the realm of Internet of Things

Featured The Greek state in the realm of Internet of Things

The ground for the development of intelligent solutions around the Internet of Things is paving the way for the Ministry of Digital Governance.

The Greek State is dynamically entering the era of smart cities with the development of the iot.gov.gr platform, but also with a network-guide of 135 sensor stations for the monitoring of environmental indicators. Air quality, meteorological conditions, road traffic, energy consumption can be improved through innovative solutions, as a "smart" eye will monitor the critical infrastructure of the country in real time.

The spearhead for the "smart" cities, in which it seems that by 2050 almost 70% of the world's population will live, is innovation, automated systems, Artificial Intelligence.

The interconnected world is already here. Homes, electricity, water, heating, appliances are becoming smarter thanks to the Internet of Things. By 2030, interconnected devices are expected to jump to 200 billion from 30 billion in 2020.

The new platform, which will run through gov.gr, will offer the necessary infrastructure for the development of IoT applications, which will contribute to the improvement of everyday life, the protection of the environment and the well-being of citizens.

The competition

The competition, which aired yesterday, concerns the project "Integrated system of horizontal platform of Internet of Things (iot.gov.gr) and network of sensors", with a budgeted cost of 3.72 million euros including VAT. The Ministry of Digital Government undertakes to create a central Internet of Things framework, as well as a corresponding business platform using innovative technologies and parallel installation of the necessary equipment to ensure its interoperability.

The object of the contract is the creation of a central, horizontal Internet of Things platform, which will provide the necessary basic infrastructure for stakeholders to develop different solutions around the Internet of Things. These solutions include:

A. Measurement of critical indicators of prosperity, such as environmental indicators, radiation, energy consumption, etc.

B. Monitoring of critical state infrastructure and

C. Smart Cities

The platform

Through the platform, the required security will be provided, as well as the necessary supplies for the design and implementation of such systems by the competent bodies. This will allow implementations, with different and heterogeneous technologies, architectural solutions and providers. Thus, economies of scale and synergies will be achieved, in order to maximize the benefits of the citizens from the implementation of IoT solutions.

At the same time, the development of solutions that will offer domestic added value will be supported, through the utilization of a single, central platform with open standards and increased cybersecurity, which will provide access to a large number of users and will accelerate the testing and commissioning time of IoT applications. The target model for the implementation of the iot.gov.gr platform is the government computing cloud, the so-called G-Cloud, which supports critical functions of public administration.

The IoT platform will support at least 500 IoT devices in the initial installation, while there will be the possibility of future expansion for additional devices or subsystems. It will integrate data and functions of individual "smart" applications and provide services to citizens, businesses and central administration.

It will collect data from sensors, interconnected devices, management systems, which are installed in utility networks, roads, streetlights, traffic lights, public buildings, etc. It will then convert them to a format suitable for further use, so that application development specialists can use them to constantly develop new services.

The platform will be put into pilot operation for a period of two months. Operating body will be the General Secretariat of Telecommunications and Posts.

Development of 135 sensor stations

In addition, as part of the project, a network of sensors will be developed to measure environmental indicators to monitor air quality, meteorological conditions, electromagnetic radiation and river flow rate and velocity. A total of 135 sensor stations will be installed. The monitoring and management of these stations will be done through a suitable application, which will work in the cloud and will utilize the possibilities offered by InternetofThings and Artificial Intelligence.

The measurements should be presented in a user-friendly way while the application will automatically calculate indicators, such as the Air Quality Index, predict the levels of measurements and send alerts to those interested in cases of fluctuations outside the desired limits. This will be an application of an integrated solution (end to end) and will be the pilot for the implementation of other similar projects nationwide.

The contract is funded by the Public Investment Program. The bids will be submitted by Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 17.00.

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