City Experience Probe - End of Organicity Experimentation

Our OrganiCity experiment is coming to an end and we are excited to share the results with you. We will still be disseminating and developing the project, but our formal experimentation period has come to an end.

City Experience Probe

The first result of our experiment is the City Experience Probe(s). We set out to design and build physically manifested, wirelessly and digitally connected objects that afforded informal interaction in the urban space with the goal of capturing the user's experience.

The City Experience Probe contains of a microprocessor, a GPS and a radio transmitter with very long range covering almost all of DK and almost all of the EU. It easily runs for a week on a charge and has proved to work in both light rain and -5 C°. Currently we have realized in total 6 identical, functioning probes.

The use-case is for probing is pretty simple. Choose what sort of adjectives or words you want to prompt the users for, print, cut and place under the top layer of plexiglass. Place the probes were you want people to initially meet them. And wait for people to interact with them. Assess the experiential data streaming in on a map.

Data collected

After a couple of controlled trials where we closely followed the released probes in the urban, we set the first probes free to live their life as initially intended. It took no more than 20 hours before our first released probes had moved home to someone and eventually losing their GPS fix due to being inside a building. Although some of our probes quickly found a new home and eventually ran out of battery, a decent amount of data was generated!

An example is the data was collected by a probe placed around the main shopping street in the city of Aarhus. Each point is a user interacting and sending information through the probe.

Places marked as highly clean

Places marked as highly clean

Further steps

That is all very good but what can this be used for?

Almost regardless of your activities information is a potential source of learning. If you wish to know more about a specific area, an upcoming event or your general business City Experience Probe can help you. The Probes are easily customized to accompany your goals or interests and is independent of all existing infrastructure - its just define, deploy and wait for the data to flow.

If you are interested in trying out City Experience Probe or learning more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact us at or here

Thank you

Finally we need to say big thank you to all parts involved in the realization of this project. Anders & Christian from have been a great support to this project and Charlotte from Tovejs has provided valuable help in the inital framing of probes.

And at last a big thank you to Organicity for the support of this experiment and the great opportunity to broaden the scope of what is considered smart city data.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645198


Posted on January 31, 2017 .