The Covid-19 stars in the fourth plenary meeting of the M-Sec project

Fourth plenary meeting of the M-Sec project, this time by telematic means. This is a collaboration between Europe and Japan in which TST has a leading role. The virtual meeting has served to evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on the execution of the project’s use cases, and their corresponding pilots, as well as the preparation of the next audit.

M-Sec is a project involving partners from five countries, Japan, Spain, France, Greece and the United Kingdom, whose main objective is to foster collaboration between stakeholders in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT), whether governments, citizens, researchers or companies, to develop, deploy and operate new IoT applications based on a scalable and highly decentralised paradigm that facilitates incentive interactions between objects and people, and thus creates new connections and innovative solutions to problems in cities.

The online meeting, held between 21 and 24 April, should have been held in the Japanese city of Kanazawa, but it could not be held due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.  Precisely, the Covid-19 has been one of the topics that has focused the online meeting, in which 30 people have participated. The situation of the different cases of use, and pilot projects, affected in some way by the pandemic were addressed. For example, with regard to the status of integration work, user recruitment actions or the project’s own dissemination work.

On the other hand, the meeting also addressed the tasks to be carried out in preparation for the next audit, which will be held in September this year, also remotely.

TST Use Cases

In M-Sec, TST leads two use cases: one of them, to be fully deployed in Santander city, consists in the implementation of IoT devices for environmental measurements and people counting. In this case, we actively collaborated with the Santander City Council and with the French company CEA, a partner that provided a security module. The devices will be located in strategic places of the Parque de las Llamas, and their results will be checked via a web application, also in charge of TST.

The second use case we are working on is considered to be cross-border, affecting both Santander and Fujisawa, the Japanese smart city involved in the project, and will make use of the functionalities of an application developed by Keio University (JP).

Our company also leads, together with Keio, the analysis of the risks and threats faced by a platform such as the one developed by M-Sec.

The M-Sec project began in July 2018 and is now in its 22nd month out of 36. It is the result of a strong partnership between leading European and Japanese cities, research centres, universities and technology companies.

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