Smart Environments and Interaction

Processes become smart through digitalisation. They provide situational awareness to assist in decision-making. The interaction between processes and decision-making is becoming seamless. Generally situational awareness systems require digital, three-dimensional spatial data, precise positioning and real-time information about the environment. This situational awareness system enables a high degree of automation in smart agriculture and smart forestry, where the aim is to automatise many processes to be as independent of human input as possible. In an urban environment it signifies smart cities and their design, construction and related functional packaged services, where it is possible to combine real world objects and virtual reality with precise 3D models. At sea, situational awareness systems can be used to improve the safety of shipping, improve environmental monitoring and improve the response of rescue services.

Central themes of this core competency are, for example:

  • Modelling the built environment
  • Digitalisation of forest data
  • Automatisation of agriculture
  • Support systems for maritime spatial planning
  • Services related to nature and trekking
  • Usability and visualisation of spatial data
  • Situational awareness
  • Virtual worlds and augmented reality
  • Easy-to-use user interfaces
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Responsive and adaptive maps
  • Linked data and ontology technologies