ROCK sensors on the map of Vilnius

In Vilnius, the sensors are indicated on the city map

In Vilnius, ROCK sensors are now indicated on the city map. Those interested in perhaps the most innovative project in the capital can access the data of each sensor about the emotions and state of the city’s people in real time. On the main city map, it will be possible to find not only the exact locations of the sensors, but also the measurements of these sensors at a specific location. The team of researchers of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) and the implementation of advanced technologies of Vilnius Municipality has created a dedicated webpage for this.

“This step is taken because we want to be even more open and help to create a more comfortable environment that best suits the residents and guests of the city. Emotion data was available only to experts for analytical purposes, but from now on residents and guests of the capital will have the opportunity to see their emotions in ten places in Vilnius. In addition, it is a great opportunity to compare the data of sensors installed in different places, and we can tell the city planners more and more precisely what tools or instruments change people’s emotions,” said Eglė Radvilė, IT Adviser to the Director of Vilnius Municipality Administration.

For the second year in a row, we can monitor in real time the mood of the residents of the capital and their guests coming to the beaches of Vilnius, but from now on, the same data is available on sensors installed in other parts of the city. Vilnius city specialists applied one of the favourite tools of Vilnius residents – a map – to the sensors of the ROCK project. By selecting a specific sensor, real-time sensor data can be seen. We can access this map by clicking here.

According to the head of the project research team from VGTU, prof. Artūras Kaklauskas, it is no secret that people are affected by many things in the surrounding environment, but so far this has not been reflected in  data. For several months, a sensor installed in Lukiškės Square captured the mood of the service and entertainment objects here – the fountain, the renewed and maintained environment, the beach, etc.

“The data does not lie, it accurately shows that throughout July, a higher level of happiness prevailed in Lukiškės Square than in the whole city. The situation is similar with anger – it was even more so in points where there was no such free and relaxing atmosphere and city objects as in the renovated square, which was suitable for entertainment and leisure,” said VGTU Professor A. Kaklauskas.

In ten places of the capital, the strongest emotions of passers-by, captured by sensors and special equipment, are assessed and presented as a total expression of Vilnius happiness on the website . The Happiness Index website not only provides the overall value of the Vilnius Happiness Index but is also presented for comparison together with the Happiness Index measured by the interested parties and employees visiting the VCM building.

The neuroanalytical system developed by VGTU together with Vilnius Municipality is intended for data collection and analysis of depersonalized emotions, affective and physiological state of the population in public spaces, including additional data and combinations of information layers, from which emotional, affective and physiological and pollution maps of public spaces (taking into account the circadian rhythms, sex and age of people of the day and week) will be created and personalized recommendations will be provided.


Author: Sliekaitė Sonata - Vilnius