(Future Internet Research and Experimentation) – FIRE Initiative is addressing the need to experiment with networks, creating a multidisciplinary environment for investigating and experimentally validating highly innovative and revolutionary ideas for new networking and service paradigms. FIRE offers a discipline, a platform and tools for trying out innovative ideas for the Future Internet.
(Citizen Reinforcing the Open Smart Synergies) is a project co-financed by the European Union within the framework of European Programme (CIP Framework Programme for Competitiveness and Innovation), born with the aim and the ambition to create an innovative ecosystem and a new mentality to deal with the challenges and difficulties arising from the economic crisis.
OPTICITIES is aiming high, intending to develop and test interoperable ITS solutions in six different cities in order to provide urban citizens with the best possible journey conditions and to optimize urban logistics operations.
OPTICITIES gathers 25 partners from across Europe (6 cities, service providers, car industry, research laboratories and major European networks) and will strive to pave the way towards smart urban mobility. The project started on 1 November 2013 and will last for three years with an overall budget of 13 million Euros. The project is co-funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
(European Network of Living Labs) - A Living Lab is a real-life test and experimentation environment where users and producers co-create innovations. Living Labs have been characterised by the European Commission as Public-Private-People Partnerships (PPPP) for user-driven open innovation. A Living Lab employs four main activities:
- Co-Creation: co-design by users and producers
- Exploration: discovering emerging usages, behaviours and market opportunities
- Experimentation: implementing live scenarios within communities of users
- Evaluation: assessment of concepts, products and services according to socio-ergonomic, socio-cognitive and socio-economic criteria
Citadel on the Move is a European Commission funded (CIP PSP) project which aims to make it easier for citizens and application developers from across Europe to use Open Data to create the type of innovative mobile applications they want and need.
Open Government Data is often difficult to access and use by the developer community, let alone the average citizen.
Citadel on the Move aims to overcome this challenge by:
- Defining strategies that make it easier for local government to release data in useable, interoperable formats;
- Creating and providing templates that make it easier for developers and citizens to create mobile applications that can be potentially used and shared across Europe;
- Pooling tools and resources into an Open Data Commons that facilitates access to data in different formats by shared templates and applications
The iCity project aims at making a step forward in the co-creation of services of public interest by third parties (developers, small and medium enterprises) that are pushing for their space as service providers in the urban spaces of Smart Cities. The project intends to develop and deploy an approach to allow these interested parties to create, deploy, operate and exploit services based in the use of available public information, digital assets and infrastructures in cities. This represents a shift in the governance of cities and the concept upon which traditional public service delivery has been based.
The iCity project vision makes a step further on the concept of Open Data offering a novel approach of Open Infrastructures where the municipal ICT networks already deployed in urban spaces will be made available and accessible to the general public with the objective of maximizing the number of deployed services of public interest.
The services to be finally deployed will be developed by interested third parties who will be given access to public information and infrastructures through a shared technological platform integrated in the four participant cities (Barcelona, Bologna, Genova and London): the iCity platform.
Special care is given in this project to reach developers, entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises; the ecosystem that we believe is at the forefront of open innovation in cities. This will be done with the help of local promoters specialised in user engagement, like living labs.
In this sense, several local contests in every participant city will be organised to attract their attention and foster their use of the iCity solution for the development of services of public interest. Also, a Special Interest Group has been activated for those parties interested in closely following the development of the project and participating in its activities.
Main expected outputs
- The iCity Platform that will give access to open information and infrastructures in the participant cities.
- An ecosystem of services of public interest (mobile apps, web services…) created by interested third parties using the assets made available through the iCity Platform.
- A new methodology for user engagement in the creation of services of public interest.
Helping cities to open their data and giving developers the tools they need, the CitySDK aims for a step change in how to deliver services in urban environments. With governments around the world looking at open data as a kick start for their economies, CitySDK provides better and easier ways for the cities throughout the Europe to release their data in a format that is easy for the developers to re-use.
Taking the best practices around the world the project will foresee the development of a toolkit – CitySDK v1.0 – that can be used by any city looking to create a sustainable infrastructure of “city apps”.
Piloting the CitySDK
The Project focuses on three Pilot domains: Smart Participation, Smart Mobility and Smart Tourism. Within each of the three domains, a large-scale Lead Pilot is carried out in one city. The experiences of the Lead Pilot will be applied in the Replication Pilots in other Partner cities.
CitySDK is a 3.4 million Euro project, part funded by the European Commission. It is a Pilot Type B within the ICT Policy Support Programme of the Competitiveness and Framework Programme. It runs from January 2012-June 2014.
PEOPLE aims at speeding up the uptake of smart cities through the rapid implementation, deployment and uptake of innovative internet-based services in order to allow facing the main challenges of developed cities at present and towards their future quality of life. This will be enabled by designing and implementing user-driven open innovation methodologies and processes.
For these purposes, four pilot Smart Open Innovation Urban Ecosystems were created to become seeds towards sustainable smart cities based on ICT services for the people to live better at. They are called PEOPLE Pilots, and they will be deeply networked in order to enhance the total impact by creating synergies and increasing knowledge generation and uptake.
Four pilots created, at four different European cities:
- Bilbao, in Spain,
- Bremen, in Germany,
- Thermi, in Greece, belonging to the Thessaloniki agglomeration,
- Vitry sur Seine, in France, belonging to the Île de France area, close to Paris.
They have been selected due to their backgrounds in relation to smart cities based on innovation in ICT as well as their strategic interest in the project. Some initiatives are already being launched in each city in relation to the objectives of the project, and PEOPLE fits entirely within their local agendas towards the evolution of each city.
Open Cities is a project co-founded by the European Union that aims to validate how to approach Open & User Driven Innovation methodologies to the Public Sector in a scenario of Future Internet Services for Smart Cities. It will do so, by leveraging existing tools, trials and platforms in Crowdsourcing, Open Data, Fiber to the Home and Open Sensor Networks in seven major European cities: Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Bologna.