24 January 2022

The 'Gemelo Digital' project studies the creation of safe buildings and environments in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic

The GRITS and ARC research groups from La Salle-URL participate in the initiative

La Salle-URL, through the GRITS and ARC research groups, has participated in the project 'Gemelo Digital, Smart Building management for the post-COVID-19 era', which has studied the development of smart building management. The initiative has been coordinated by Smartech Cluster with the collaboration of La Salle-URL and eight other partners and has received funding from ACCIÓ, the Agency for Business Competitiveness of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

'Gemelo Digital' is designed to provide a safe environment in which to apply initiatives that aim to increase air quality and guarantee maximum occupancy of the building. To do this, in the Internet of Things Institute of Catalonia (IoTiCAT) at La Salle Campus Barcelona, ​​a set of sensors and cameras connected to a real-time simulator of the building have been deployed in recent months. This simulator has made a future prediction of the occupancy and CO2 levels in the building and, based on those predictions, proposes suggestions to ensure that the environment is safe for the people in it.

The project has been developed through technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) for the deployment of sensorics, artificial intelligence (AI) for the development of the simulator that predicts future behavior and virtual reality (VR) for the creation of the representation of the building on a virtual platform. The 'Gemelo Digital' has made it possible to have total control of the development, operation and maintenance processes of the building.