Supporting smart services

Endorsed by ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs)

Smart cities

The current economic crisis, combined with growing citizen expectations, is placing increasing pressure on European cities to provide better and more efficient infrastructures and services, often for less cost. This trend has contributed to the growing popularity and use of the term ‘Smart City.’ Definitions of a ‘Smart City’ vary widely – ranging from the use of discrete new technology applications such as RFID and the Internet of Things through to a more holistic conception of intelligent, integrated working that is closely linked to the concept of Living Labs and user-generated services. The former definition is widely used by ICT companies of all shapes and sizes. The latter definition, albeit with more emphasis on user generated services than ICT, has been loosely adopted by the European Commission. Since early 1995, the European Commission has attempted to improve government services, transactions and interactions with European citizens and businesses through the funding and deployment of a wide variety of strategic ICT initiatives.

Completed and Ongoing  Projects





Smart Cities Innovation network

Smart Cities, funded by the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme is creating an innovation network between cities and academic partners to develop and deliver better e-services to citizens and businesses in the North Sea

Living Labs Networking

The APOLLON, funded under ICT PSP, is networking and harmonising Living Lab approaches throughout Europe.

Cities Network

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. We bring together the local governments of more than 140 large cities in over 30 European countries.

Cities Network

International network of Mayors and High Political Representatives who believe that the development of the Information Society should be for the benefit of all the citizens, communities

Smart Cities Network

European Smart Cities, supports medium-sized cities and their perspectives for development.

Smart Cities Network

Digital Cities, funded under Interreg IVC, focused on the problem of the low ICT adoption by European local authorities in non-metropolitan areas

Smart Cities Network

CoreLabs CA is to achieve a coordination of activities towards the establishment of co-creative Living Labs as the foundation of a Common European Innovation System on several levels.

Yet until very recently technical and procedural limitations have combined to prevent European cities from truly harnessing the full power of ICT to collaborate, create and deliver genuinely ‘smarter’ citizen and business-centred services. The European Platform for Intelligent Cities – EPIC – aims to help European cities deliver improved public services in a ‘smarter’ and more sustainable manner by creating an open, pan-European platform for web-based ‘infrastructure and software as a service’ that enables ‘smart cities’ to learn from one another and exchange practical working models in a real-life context.

 EPIC is supported and partly funded by the European Commission