Smart-city happiness

CITIES IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS

A new trend in the Cities chasing for the Smart-est City title: Emotional Intelligence

What is the happiest city in the world? Many studies offer an answer to this question, sometimes designating Vienna as the winner, London, Seoul, or Melbourne… All compete for this title, but what strategies do these smart cities use to promote the happiness and wellbeing of their inhabitants? While some place just discovering the need of creating and maintaining happiness, others are already targeting of becoming the happiest city in the world. Such goals are inspiring nations to thrive on another level.

I. Emotional analysis and more

Happy face

Universal and Action Units – the methods Two-i uses to recognise and analyse emotions.

By analysing facial expressions, computer vision and AI algorithms are able to determine a person’s emotions. A smirk on the lips, a frown or wide eyes are valuable clues for emotional recognition analysis. At the city level, this functionality linked to CCTV cameras provides a statistical feedback on the experience of the city dwellers and tourists. Though the concept of “Happiness” or “Wellbeing” cannot be measured only by analysing emotions. It does involve much more complex analytics and other, less direct variables come into play.

II. The quality of urban planning

Park with people

The importance of quality parks in densely urbanised Cities.

Indeed, smart cities mainly take into account variables representing the interaction between public services and residents, because happiness in the city depends above all on the quality of the urban environment: the fluidity of traffic, the inclusion of all (facilitating the mobility of people with disability), air quality, accommodation quality and affordability, the distribution of green spaces, access to hospitals and schools, etc… Thus, Two-i uses its’ VCA technology aiming to understand this gigantic puzzle from a statistical point of view. By using already existing city CCTV infrastructure and analysing the video stream, cities can accurately measure the level of well-being of its residents and tourists. Knowing the current level of well-being of your citizens is a good start, so you can work on improving and measure the progress.

III. Identify and multiply happiness

Map page of Two-i software

Two-i Map simulation. This is one of the main features allowing the user to aggregate and visualise the data.

Two-i VCA Solution is more than just a Video Content Analytics software. It’s been developed in a way so the user could have all the data at the click of the button, to ensure effective and quick decision making.

Features, such as Two-i Map, make it easy to visualize the distribution of any metadata collected, for example, display wellbeing levels throughout a city. Zoom in to compare between neighbourhoods or zoom out to compare at the country level, allowing you to identify the levers (the highs and lows).

Once the levers are identified, the strongest variables of the highs can be applied to the lows to commence the changes and then follow and measure the impact of these initiatives. The goal is to distribute and spread wellbeing in our communities.

The Solution is using a method of spatio-temporal analysis, which makes easy for the users to observe the impact of initiatives. Comparing the evolution of multiple variables over time allows you to identify which initiatives have had a positive impact on well-being. Valuable indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies adopted.

IV. Improving everyday experiences

The trend of using video analytics systems in the cities has already taken place and the effectiveness of VCA has been recognised in security, although other areas are still discovering it.

Two-i’s VCA solution is suitable not only for security purposes, but it’s also targeting new areas that can improve our everyday experiences and make cities even Smarter.

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