Smart Citizen Kit: Digital Social Innovation case study

Smart Citizen Kit: Digital Social Innovation case study


[MUSIC PLAYING] The Smart Citizen Kit is
an open hardware project that we developed in
Fab Lab Barcelona. And basically, what it does
is captures information about the environment
in the city, specifically in terms of
noise pollution, air quality, temperature, humidity. And the aim of the project is
to bring open tools for people to participate in the
production of useful information in cities. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Smart Citizen Kit
is, basically, sound, temperature, humidity
sensors and light sensors that actually are capturing
this information, sending it to the microcontroller,
then the microcontroller sends it to the antenna, and the
antenna sends it to the world. We have produced already
more than 1,000 kits. Those kits have produced more
than 300 million data points. One of the most important things
is the social implications relating on how
people can relate with each other in
a totally new way. What happens when
your information has some value for someone else? For me, I put the
example of a noise or it could be in air quality. You could say you live
next to an airport and you can say that both
air quality and the noise is above the limits
of the EU regulation. You’re putting in the
hands of the people the tools to make
some kind of claim on their rights to live
in a healthy environment. It’s done through the
empowerment of people. And I think that’s maybe
the most interesting part of the potentials
of the project. The motivation of making
it an open hardware basis is that people can
build on top of that. People can develop
their own sensor boards and attach it to the
existing sensor board. And we want to encourage that. We want to encourage people
to use the Smart Citizen and transform it into something
meaningful or useful for them. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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