Walking down Bogoridi Street in Burgas feels like stepping into the past – the low-rise buildings give a careful nod to the rococo style of an earlier age, and in this newly refurbished pedestrian area there is not a single car to contend with. But all is not as it seems.
You would never suspect that this wide, sand-hued street is one of the most high-tech public spaces in Europe. The old-style streetlamps surreptitiously sporting ports for charging, and near their base are ports for charging computers, mobiles, cameras, electric bikes and wheelchairs. Needless to say, there is free wifi covering the area.
These same low-energy lampposts, are monitoring air and noise pollution, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, and even wind. This real-time information goes to an automatic humidity control misting system along the whole street that keeps pedestrians cool, and even activates a smart watering system for the hanging flower baskets.
Below the earthy tile mural in which the city and its ancient architecture are mapped out, underground containers store waste discreetly. Part of the pilot project launched at the beginning of 2018, sensors within these containers let the city know when it’s time to empty them.
Want to have a look at this street of the future? If you’re impatient you can go straight to www.vrburgas.com and stroll around through your computer screen, or get the full immersive experience through your 3D virtual reality headset.
For more information please contact Jana Koleva from Burgas: firstname.lastname@example.org
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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