Today’s children are being labeled "the backseat generation": chauffeured to and from school and experiencing their world from the backseat of their parent’s car. This behavior, and other limits placed on children by their parents, restricts the independent mobility of children in their own neighborhoods, stunting their physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. Instead, being active, independent, confident members of the neighborhood promotes positive childhood development.
The CLIMB project, a joint initiative of Bruno Kessler Foundation and the Municipality of Trento with the goal to make children’s independent mobility a SAFE, SOCIAL and FUN experience, exploiting the neighborhood as a smart community and ICT research results as transformative technologies. CLIMB integrates technology and advanced IT solutions such as the Internet of Things, Internet of Service, and Gamification. Our initial focus is on simplifying the daily operation of walking buses and provides a mobile App supporting volunteers, smart, wearable devices that use proximity sensors to allow the automatic detection of children joining the walking bus, and a complementary game called Kids Go Green that motivates children to get to school through sustainable means.
This talk introduces CLIMB, its challenges, solutions, successes, and the research behind the work. We also place the project in the greater context of the smart community, discussing current directions and future challenges.