Framing a Satellite Based Asset Tracking (SPARTACUS) within Smart City Technology

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Fabio Casciati, Sara Casciati, Clemente Fuggini, Lucia Faravelli, Ivan Tesfai Tesfai, Michele Vece



“Smart city” is a term currently used to denote cities moved by the opportunity to enhance the quality of life and the security of their citizens. Attention is here focused on the concept that the development of smart cities can also be achieved by improving the efficiency of civil infrastructures through a real-time monitoring. This is the specific target of the European Union FP7 project (SPARTACUS), moved from the parallel chance to develop industry pull applications for the European EGNOS and GALILEO satellite systems. In this paper, laboratory tests are carried out to provide specific devices the ability to run while satisfying the requirements of the incoming GALILEO system. Moreover, some of the targets are achieved within the current GPS system. An extensive experimental campaign is offered to validate the units in such a scenario.


smart cities; asset tracking; security; positioning; data transmission;GNSS

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