IES Cities will adapt and use most of the technical components and achievements coming from previous projects in order to facilitate the use of an open technological platform in different cities across Europe, allowing the citizens to produce and consume internet-based services based on their own and external data related to the cities.
IES Cities has detected the following groups of stakeholders:
- Citizens: One of the aims of IES Cities is increasing the knowledge of a city by their population as well as increasing the value of the data from it, making it useful for their inhabitants and visitors around, giving an added value to the existing data and involving the users, in a way that they can be considered at the same time producers and consumers of contents (super-prosumer concept).
There will be different types of citizens using the services, like passengers in the transport networks, patients suffering from a certain illness, drivers, carers, students, business people, families, etc.
- SMEs: aligned with the work programme, the open platform in the project, will allow the creation of services benefiting the local businesses. For instance, the owner of a shop or several ones could generate a service to score the quality of their products, offering special discounts according to the citizens’ inputs or position etc. The potential impact to foster local businesses, given an open platform of these characteristics, is enormous.
- ICT-developing companies: The open platform infrastructure will enable the chance to create new apps and services based on likes and needs of final users, bringing new possibilities and added value to these users.
- Public administration: the interaction with the users will enable them to improve and foster the use of their deployed sensors in urban areas and open databases.
A thorough evaluation of the pilot phases will be carried out by combining online surveys completed by final users with the analysis of the logs gathered during service at the users’ smart phones in order to get feedback from the usage of the application and the services. Users will have a central role in the project, and this is one of the key points to be covered by the local authorities involved in the project.