Test Beds

To accomplish the transformation of public health systems, and stimulate the development of intersectoral policy in cities, PULSE will leverage large amounts of data from city governments, health systems, and citizens (via sensing technologies and social media)

PULSE has chosen to work directly with cities in response to the significance accorded to the EU Urban Agenda, and in recognition of the fact that urbanization is a major driver of the public health risks we will address. It is in cities that solutions can be found and resilience can be scaled up.

PULSE is collaborating with five ‘SMART’ cities.

In Paris, the primary theme will be Air quality and Asthma (not only the risks posed by air quality for asthma, but also the risks posed by active mobility for asthma, especially in the context of air pollution)

In Barcelona, the primary theme will be T2D and mobility behaviours in an augmented city environment.

The PULSE interventions will take advantage of the infrastructure investments put in place during the H2020 GrowSmarter project, especially those associated with mobilities (e.g. smart street lighting). In addition to these investments, PULSE will take advantage of existing smart city infrastructure and apps already in place (e.g. beacons and transport apps).

In Birmingham, the primary theme will be T2D, and mobilities (emphasizing active transport/walking on the basis that lack of physical exercise is a risk factor for T2D). Importantly, Birmingham is a Living Lab within the ENOLL system, and the responsibility for public health is located at the local level. PULSE will take advantage of existing smart city infrastructure and apps.

In Singapore, the primary theme will be Air quality and respiratory diseases, in the context of the inclusive mobile city. PULSE will take advantage of existing smart city infrastructure and apps.

In New York City, the primary theme will be Air Quality and Asthma in a global city leader in public health innovation. PULSE will take advantage of existing smart city infrastructure and apps.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No GA727816.

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