ROCK City People Flow application for urban regeneration

Challenge: WHY the innovation has been developed? What problem is addressed and why has not been not solved before?

Detecting the actual presence of people in public spaces is very important for security and safety issues, as well as for rating the success of events or rehabilitation processes in cities. New tools have been developed to help cities measuring urban policies’ success, to improve the management of urban areas and the perception of security alike.

Solution: WHAT the solution is about? HOW it goes beyond the state of the art?

LBASense is a technology delivered by DFRC AG for the estimation of people present in an area, the duration of their stay and their country of origin. The technology has been adopted in various contexts. Within ROCK project it has a novel large-scale application to measure the impact and effectiveness of heritage-led regeneration actions. The technology counts anonymous mobile phone signals thanks to special sensors installed in the areas under observation, without interfering with the phones’ communication. The system is completely passive: it doesn’t require individual mobile apps and is able to detect any mobile phone, regardless of the operating system. Soon after the acquisition, data is transferred to a local server and aggregated on the basis of time and region of collection, whereas the raw data is immediately deleted. Aggregated figures are elaborated with statistical approach to determine the so-called Crowd Analytics.

End-users and examples of uses: WHO will beneficiate/ is beneficiating from the solution? WHERE and HOW the solution has been adopted? How will impact people or end-users? Add as more as possible examples of market and society uptakes

The end-users of LBASense technology for ROCK are municipalities, universities and stakeholders who wish to measure the success of the initiatives in the selected cities. As of today, the innovation has been deployed to understand citizens’ flow patterns in four partner cities. Other stakeholders such as museums, concert halls, cultural events’ organisers and tourism operators, including SMEs, look at the system as a marketing tool to improve tourists experience.


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Application sectors:

  • Historical sites
  • Tourism economy and impacts
  • Enabling digital technologies for CH


  • Supporting environment (Infrastructures, intermediaires, new business opportunities)
  • Regional/Local development

RRI Dimensions:

  • Open Access


  • Circular, sustainable and creative cities