The Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), in collaboration with FC Barcelona, held an Open Day to present IoTwins, a project funded by the European Commission that seeks to change the management model of high-traffic infrastructures.
The event took place at the BSC and then at the Camp Nou, and was attended by representatives of the Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Provincial Council, technology and innovation centres, transport companies, sports industry, among others.
The day began with a guided tour to the MareNostrum 4 supercomputer located at the BSC-CNS. After this, Fernando Cucchietti, Head of the Data Analytics and Visualization group at the Computer Applications in Science and Engineering Department of BSC, and Albert Mundet, Director of the Barça Innovation Hub, gave presentations in which they explained the project and provided details on its progress.
Regarding the objective of the initiative, Fernando Cuchetti pointed out that: “What we seek through this project is to identify patterns of how people interact with the stadium and its surroundings. For this, we must collect anonymous data, for example, through mobile phones and social networks, and enter it into a simulator. Once this is done, the model will be able to make accurate predictions about crowd flows and their behaviour in different scenarios”.
To analyse and predict the movement of people, the initiative uses an innovative system that applies the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. In the long term, the digital twin will allow, for example, to anticipate crowds, plan emergency actions, improve security and organise the use of spaces more efficiently.
At the end of the presentations, the guests were led to the FC Barcelona facilities, where they took a tour of Camp Nou and visited the museum inside the stadium.