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Smart Heritage City

Axis 1: Research and innovation
Developing dissemination of applied research related to essential facilitating technologies
STATE: Terminado
CODE: SOE1/P1/E0332
Gumersindo Bueno Benito


SECTORS: Information technology and telecommunications (including electronics and computers), Tourism
1 July, 2016
31 December, 2018
RESULTS: 0000-00-00
Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico. (ES)

2. Instituto Tecnológico Metalmecánico, Mueble, Madera, Embalaje y Afines. ES
3. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Faculdade de Ciência e Tecnologia. Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica. PT
4. Fundación Tecnalia Research &amp Innovation. División de Construcción Sostenible. ES
5. Ayuntamiento de Ávila. ES
7. Fundación CARTIF. ES

SHCity tackles the challenge of encouraging the evolution of the Smart City to the Smart Heritage City. In order to achieve this it will create a single open source tool to gather data on heritage urban centres and facilitate the work of the administrators in charge of their management. The solution that the project proposes will integrate data gathered by networks of sensors used in the urban setting that will allow controlling of and responding to the risk elements affecting buildings and their surroundings, the management of energy consumption, and the control and planning of the flow of visitors. The management system will be demonstrated and validated in the city of Ávila in Spain which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


SH CITY provides an open source tool to manage historic urban complexes and support the competent authorities in making decisions regarding the conservation of the historic complex, its maintenance and its sustainable tourism development. To this end, the project has developed a first pilot in the city of Ávila and collects data from the historical complex it processes to analyse the elements of risk that affect buildings as well as their energy consumption and the flow of visitors. It is based on a network of sensors that measure environmental and structural parameters in real time. This information is treated and converted to indicators that are published in two software tools. As a result, a self-diagnostic web tool generates wealth management recommendations that allow managers to intervene. On the other hand, the project has a mobile application for tourists and citizens that offers routes designed based on occupancy indicators, people flows, schedules, gauging and events.

The results of SH CITY include:

  • The development of a comprehensive management system for the heritage city of Ávila.
  • The creation of SHCity Tourist and SHCity manager applications.
  • The production of a system for the automation of decision processes based on the relationship between preventive conservation, flows, energy consumption and safety.
  • The design of protocols with cloud storage and open source access.
  • The creation of a monitoring system that acts as a base platform for decision-making in matters of wealth management.
  • The creation of a modular and scalable system with four blocks of action being these, energy efficiency, safety, use management and preventive conservation-