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Research and Development:

Partnership with Universities / Cultural Exchange Sponsorships / Doctoral Funding

The Polo Multimodal Pecém will finance and sponsor, in the university field, permanent actions intended to develop the project in accordance with the smart modern criteria shown in the three macro-areas (Building, Factory and City) so as to  adequate them to the local community patterns and needs. 

The aim is to produce the appropriate conditions to create a process of improvement in sustainability, technology and multimodality that have always been the foundations on which the project was based.


  • UNIPARMA (January)

  • AECIPP (February)

  • Prof. Bergamasco (March)

  • UIR Maquetes (April) 

  • IS.SMART (May)

  • 2nd ISCW (May)


El gandi Youssef speaking on UIR in Morocco.

MAY 2018

2nd  International Workshop:

Innovation in the world of building and smart cities – ISCW 2018.

The event was held at the Federal University of Ceará in the Architecture, Urbanism and Design Department – DAUD, Av. da Universidade, 2890 – Benfica Campus, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.

It covered the following main topics:

  • "The concept of smart city – an experience in Rabat and Fortaleza";

  • "Is.SMART -  International Research and Technology of smart materials and Islamic Architecture Centre";

  • "Tactile Photoluminescent Floor – Portland Luminescent Cement".

Victor Ghia speaking

about Smart City.

Imane Bennani lecturing on Architecture and Urbanism in Morocco.


MAY 2018

The formation of the IS.SMART Research Group is a development of ISCW 2017 in Brazil.

IS.SMART Research Group Training Criteria:

  • the presence of a team of professionals from Brazil, Italy and Morocco;

  • the previous professional and personal experience in different countries with Islamic and Middle Eastern architecture;

  • and the deep interest in research and development (R & D) applied to Islamic technology, architecture, urbanism and design.


The Polo Multimodal Pecém finances and sponsors permanent actions at university level to develop the project according to the most modern “SMART” criteria, explained in the three macro areas (Building, Factory and City) and adapted to local standards and requirements of its inhabitants .

Study and research activities are monitored by the School of Architecture and sponsored by the universities of Parma (Italy) and Rabat (Morocco) - Department of Architecture (UIR) through specific courses and with the use of research and analysis laboratories present in some facilities.

In September 2020, Professor Walter Gaj Tripiano published a book on the case study of the Polo Multimodal: "Designing the smart city: A case study on the Multimodal Pole Pecém - Ceará (Brazil)". The Book is available in digital media on Amazon, translated into 4 languages ​​(Italian, English, Portuguese and French).

Smart Mobility

The Polo Multimodal Pecém was designed using the concept of smart mobility, carried out both through structural investments and through low-cost initiatives, which act on social innovation and awareness of users / inhabitants.

  • Design of the road network differentiated according to the purposes of use of the areas and the type of transport used;


  • Versatility of the road network for future transformations, characteristics of a dynamic and innovative Smart City;


  • Park and ride, areas designed to increase the use of more sustainable means of transport, reducing noise levels in the storage / production areas.

This was made possible, within Polo Multimodal, thanks to the use of autonomously driven electric vehicles, which transport goods and materials between the integrated yards, where the traditional heavy vehicles on wheels and rail cars of the Transnordestina network are parked.


  • Availability of private areas for pedestrians and limited traffic for specific vehicles;


  • Preference for automatic parking, combined with autonomous electricity generation systems.

Smart Environment

40% of the useful area of ​​the Polo Multimodal Pecém (4.7 million m²) is allocated to the implementation of parks and green areas.

Polo Multimodal Pecém has developed "green" solutions, defining intelligent electrical management systems for its spaces, and building smaller-scale photovoltaic / wind power plants, connected to the main energy distribution network with energy-saving sensors.

Buildings are intelligent and use new information and communication technologies (NICT) to transmit and store data about their use and status, in order to adapt their energy consumption.


In the architectural design of buildings, vegetation is used as an integral part for the thermal control of facades and flat roofs, bringing considerable advantages.

System for the collection and reuse of waste: the project established as one of its objectives, to reduce the production and harmfulness of waste within Polo Multimodal, and to value it for recycling purposes (obtaining reusable materials or energy with utilization from 95% waste used).


The waste collection system chosen for the project is of the pneumatic type (Automated Vacuum Waste Collection System): the various collectors located in the area and differentiated by type of waste (glass, paper, metal, plastic, etc.) are connected underground by tubes that "aspirate" the material and transport it directly to the collection and treatment center.


For domestic organic waste, there is a selective collection service through small electric vehicles that transport the waste to the areas of transformation and production of dry fertilizer material (quality compost), for use as organic fertilizer.

Rationalization of public and private lighting: called "Smart Light Ring", the specific project for the Polo Multimodal Pecém implements a system of intelligent sensors that allows to automatically modulate public lighting according to the intensity of traffic, resulting in savings of up to 60 %.


To reduce water waste both in the domestic area and in the production area, it is planned to treat and reuse gray and black waters, with submerged aerated biofilters systems, the storage and use of meteoric water and the use of controlled irrigation systems. for green areas and agricultural areas, such as "urban gardens" and "hydroponic crops".


Promotion, protection and management of urban green: in order to promote, protect and efficiently manage the "lung" of the Polo Multimodal Pecém, the project foresees the use of native flora resistant to the climate of the region, selecting species that need less water. The irrigation system is an integral part of the "smart grid", as it uses wastewater and is automatically controlled by a system of sensors connected to the central unit (neural network).


Some areas, such as residential areas, are equipped with hydroponic technology, which combines the cultivation of vegetables and plants with fish farming in a synergistic and organic way. The biological system "hydroponics", which involves the cultivation of vegetables and fish farming using the same food product in the same life cycle, aims to make agricultural and fishery production processes efficient.


The synergy between agriculture and fish farming foreseen by the project, may be the basis for an independent local economy, ideal in the area of "Smart Blockchain" (minimum use of raw materials and reduced capital to be invested).

Smart Living

Polo Multimodal Pecém is developing some specific applications, designed to improve and enhance the use and enhancement of local resources. In addition, these applications offer users the possibility to access Polo services, such as: intelligent transportation, data sharing, sports activities, events, "sharing citizens service", "purchases and deliveries", activities for citizens and companies , news, etc., quickly and directly;

The project provides for the application of artificial intelligence algorithms to cameras located in the territory, so that an alert is automatically sent to the local security operations center when anomalous situations or accidents are detected.


The system is completed by specific "totems", also located in the green areas, which allow emergency calls and communication with security personnel.

Smart People

At the Polo Multimodal Pecém, an operational manual is available to users, illustrating specific tools, such as research, collection of statements, suggestions / complaints, and petitions.


Through the Polo Digital Platform, a crowdfunding platform will be created to improve collaboration between management, citizens and companies, with a view to identifying resources and financing selected social projects.


Social Development Fund (FDSP): 3% of Polo Coin's revenue will be used to finance projects of relevant social, environmental, cultural and scientific interest, through PMP's own initiative or in partnership with public and / or private institutions.

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APRIL 2018

Partnership with the Université Internationale de Rabat (UIR) for the study and application of the SMART Master Plan of the Multimodal Polo Pecem.

Through its Educational Executive Center, the UIR participates in successful partnerships in the socio-economic world. It has reputed partners, both Moroccan and international, to act as a driving force for social mobility, professional training, a catalyst for job creation and an incubator of good practices.


MARCH 2018

The Polo Multimodal Pecém together with professor Massimo Bergamasco’s  partnership (Director of the University Sant’Anna in Pisa and Director of the Institute of Robotics Percro), are developing a series of innovative solutions in the logistics field applicable to the hub reality such as:

  • Distance-learning course using virtual, augmented reality;

  • Shared robotic warehouses;

  • Monitoring with virtual custodians and A.I. for automatic recognition;



The team of Polo Multimodal Pecém visited the Association of Companies of the Industrial Complex and Port of Pecém (AECIPP), as well as CSP and IFCE Pecém, with lectures regarding and recognition of the Polo Multimodal site.


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The Polo Multimodal Pecém project is part, as a case study, of a three-year research doctorate in industrial planning and has the financing of  ITE Ltd. (Industrial Technical Equipment).

The Italian company ITE, also based in Casablanca (Morocco), operates in the engineering of industrial and civil plants and is specialized in the area of renewable sources such as geothermal, photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind energy. 

The doctoral candidate is the architect Youssef El Ganadi, a former professor at UIR (International University of Rabat) from Rabat (Morocco), while his supervisor is the architect Walter Gaj Tripiano, a former teacher at UIR of Smart City and Smart Building  and special advisor to the Polo Multimodal.

The study and research activities in the case study of Pecém mainly concern the following topics:

Walter Gaj Tripiano.

Youssef El Ganadi.

1.    Study and definition of the concept of smart city (forces and criticism). Comparison of smart ecosystems on a national and international scale.

2.    Proposals for intervention and application of the elements and methods of the smart city in the case of the Polo Multimodal Pecém.

3.   Proposals for the intervention and application of the elements and methodologies of the buildings that make up the smart city in the case of the Polo Multimodal Pecém.

The study and research activities are monitored by the School of Architecture and sponsored by the universities of Parma (Italy) and Rabat (Morocco) – Architecture Department (UIR), through specific courses and relying on the use of research and analysis laboratories present in some premises.

Each solution chosen and used in the project is proposed and agreed with the technical department of Polo Multimodal and consulting professionals.

Specific publications will be produced to support the various activities as set out below:

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