Project Description


Independence Day

Real-time monitoring of every sensitive aspect of the Independence Day, with particular reference to communication, traffic and safety

gestione sicurezza independence day

Independence Day is a federal holiday celebrated every year on July 4. It is a very heartfelt event by the American people and is an unmissable manifestation also in the City of Independence, Oregon.

The 2018 edition presented an absolute novelty in the field of security management of the event: technology has played a decisive role in the management and monitoring of the city. The geographical dashboard Situation Room has made it possible to manage real-time every sensitive aspect of the event, with particular reference to communication, traffic and safety.

Independence Day celebration in complete safety

During the celebrations of July 4, the City of Independence, which has about 8,600 inhabitants, can host over 20,000 people among the population and visitors from all over Oregon are attracted by parades, barbecues and fireworks that animate the city for 4 whole days.

The safety of the event is a priority for the government of the small town, which has a limited number of staff dedicated to control the event.

For the 2018 edition the necessity of the city administration was to have a tool for managing the security of event, in particular for:

  • Monitor the visitors’ gathering to avoid large crows
  • Respond promptly to the critical issues that emerged during the event
  • Monitor the event in real-time and be able to send a prompt intervention from a single control center without having to oversee the whole territory.

Wisetown® Situation Room for real-time surveillance

Situation Room is a platform equipped with a social interface and graphical dashboards that can show in real-time what is happening in a given context.

During the event, there have been acquired and processed the open data, the geo-referenced posts of social networks, and the data acquired by IoT sensors located in the main critical points of the city. The Situation Room platform was connected to a city application to collect the spontaneous issues from the citizens. The visualization of the data in a single intuitive and immediate dashboard has allowed the surveillance of the events from a single control center, with a small number of employees having the ability to send a prompt intervention targeted to the critical places.

The integration of the Situation Room platform with the application for citizen’s reports has encouraged the involvement of the inhabitants in the organizational dynamics of the event.

Innovative character of the Situation Room application

Wisetown® Situation Room was able to:

  • prevent any potentially dangerous situations;
  • optimize control even with a limited number of staff;
  • speed up the mode of intervention;
  • stimulate valuable communication between event organizers and citizens/visitors.

The system has also proven to be able to integrate the data files and applications already used in the specific context, thus being able to ensure maximum adaptability to the needs of the specific context.

Carattere innovativo dell’applicazione Situation Room per gestione sicurezza città

The functioning of the geographical dashboard Situation Room

  • The operations centre

    The Situation Room platform represents a sort of centralized brain that collects the necessary information and then distributes it to the various operators involved in the organization of the event (city staffers, volunteers, law enforcement etc.).

  • Dashboard management

    Each team member has the opportunity to access the dashboard to manage the administrative part of their competence: view analysis and reporting, have an overview of the data on the map, manage and assign reports.

  • Data collection

    The instructions that arrive at the operations center are based on data from specially installed Iot sensors, open data, video surveillance of the area and geo-referenced posts on Twitter. The information collected and processed provide very useful elements on people densities, traffic and traffic situation, etc.

  • Reports of citizens
    Another primary function of Situation Room is the possibility for citizens to send reports through an app, social networks or access to a portal created specifically for this purpose.

Project realized for the City of Independence, Oregon, USA

City of Independence is a small town in the United States, located in Oregon and has a population of 8,500 people. The institutions, attentive to progress and innovation, have the ambition to combine the tradition of the place made of history, culture and anniversaries, with the exceptional opportunities coming from new technologies.

How the Porject was born

The Pilot Project was funded by FIWARE, European business accelerator and official partner of the Global City Teams Challenge.

Città di Independence in Oregon USA

Press Release

L’esigenza dell’amministrazione era quella di avere uno strumento per la gestione della sicurezza degli eventi

“”Security is always a concern, and we don’t have enough people locally to handle such a large event. WiseTown is an effective way to monitor and support our event operations.”

Shawn Irvine, direttore dello sviluppo economico , City of Independence

The pilot “Independence Day” was created to promote digital innovation, aligning its aims with the SDGs

The project aims to contribute to the achievement of the following Sustainanble Development Goals of the’Agenda 2030, defined and promoted by the  United Nations: 

SDG 9. Building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

Investments in sustainable infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase economic growth, create jobs and promote prosperity. Objective 9 therefore aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote industrialisation and promote innovation.

Increased resource efficiency and increased adoption of clean, environmentally friendly technologies and industrial processes needed to make infrastructure and sustainable industries by 2030.

The use of innovative technologies in cities allows the formulation of infrastructure and digital services that monitor the movements of people to respond promptly to critical issues and ensure safety, protection and efficiency to the population. Moreover, the involvement of the inhabitants in the organizational dynamics of the cities and in the construction of infrastructures and efficient services allows an all-round social inclusion that makes the citizens supporters of their own well-being and stimulates a dynamic and participatory dialogue with the institutions.


  • 9.1: Developing the quality of infrastructure by making it reliable, sustainable and resilient, including regional and cross-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on equal access for all
  • 9.4: By 2030, upgrading infrastructure industries and making them sustainable, with greater resource efficiency to be used and greater adoption of clean and environmentally friendly technologies and industrial processes, in accordance with the respective capacities of the countries
  • 9.5: Improving scientific research, technological capacities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular in developing countries, by 2030, encouraging innovation and significantly increasing the number of workers in research and development.

SDG 11. Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Global urbanization is one of the most significant developments of the 21st century. It is the most significant. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, a percentage that is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. Cities lead local and national economies as centres of prosperity where over 80% of global economic activity is concentrated.

Being able to build a network of monitoring the mobility and flows of people, to ensure a safe and integrated coordination of cities during moments of conviviality and cohesion. This has a great impact on the economic apparatus of the territory, helping to provide access to safe, accessible transport systems, achieving integrated and sustainable urbanization, to provide universal access to safe public spaces and to enhance understanding of cultural heritage.


  • 11.2: By 2030, to provide access to safe, accessible, and sustainable transport systems for all, to improve road safety, in particular by extending public transport, paying particular attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly
  • 11.3: By 2030, improving urbanization and inclusive and sustainable capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
  • 11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, especially for women and children, the elderly and people with disabilities
  • 11.4: Strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

SDG 16: Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

It is clear that without a peaceful and inclusive community and effective governance, development cannot be sustainable. To ensure that societies are peaceful and inclusive. The goal 16 also aims to promote inclusive institutions and the rule of law, and to ensure equal access to justice.

Innovative technologies help institutions and organising bodies to support citizens in the multiple moments of conviviality and social life, making transparent the work that in this way ensures inclusiveness and tranquility. Involving city dwellers horizontally in decisions and in the organization of convivial moments reduces information distortions and develops participatory governance.


  • 16.6: Developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7: Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 16.8: Broadening and strengthening the participation of developing countries in global governance institutions
  • 16.10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national law and international agreements.