Tool to manage historic urban centers


SHCITY addresses the innovative challenge of creating a unique tool to manage historic urban centers and facilitate the work of the competent authorities in decision making. SHCITY will integrate data collected by sensor networks with artificial vision and 3D scanning technologies deployed in the urban area (Ávila), in order to respond to conservation, security, energy efficiency and tourism needs.

CARTIF is in charge of the development of the tool for control and management of information and security effects, performing 3D digitalization to assess the loss of material; the structural analysis by finite elements (FEM); the application of infrared video surveillance; 3D virtual replication of pieces of heritage interest; and the analysis of the evolution of the cracks by computer vision.


SHCITY has 2 main objectives:

  • Create a technological solution for the management and maintenance of historic urban centers that integrate different data, images and 3D models to control and respond to natural and anthropic risk elements that affect buildings and their environment, managing energy consumption and the order of visitor flow.
  • Create an exportable tool in Open Source format, available to wealth managers and public administrations.


    Use ICT and expert knowledge of the different fields related to urban heritage management, with the aim of extending the concept of Smart City to that of Smart Heritage City, adapting the monitoring and analysis scale, moving from a building to an urban complex.


    SHCITY provides a hardware-software system that unifies preventive conservation, energy efficiency, security in the built heritage of historical centers, and organized tourism, allowing a configuration adapted to the requirements of different scenarios.
    The use of the system results in a greater prevention in the execution of works and in a significant saving, both in the energy item, as in the conservation/maintenance.


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    INTERREG IV-B (SUDOE) 2007-2013



    Overall budget: 895.750,00 €
    Lifespan: July, 2016 – Dicember, 2018


    Susana San José Alonso

    Computer science engineer

    Industrial and Digital Systems Division


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