Supporting smart services

Endorsed by ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs)

Smart City Portfolio

The European Commission is currently funding for seven new ‘Smart Cities’ projects under the 2010 Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) Objective: ’Open innovation for future Internet-enabled services in 'smart' cities’. [1] Smart City projects are all designed to help cities deploy ICT in new and innovative ways that enable them to become ‘smarter’ by developing the smarter, digital, greener and more inclusive economies that need to emerge after the recession. In particular, the projects are structured to enhance the role that the 'networked Living Labs approach' [2] – which involves citizens and business alike in service design and creation - can play in supporting innovation in ICT and Internet-based services - especially for SMEs.

The Smart City projects were convened first on November 18th 2010 during the City of Helsinki’s “Connected Smart Cities Conference – towards digital, sustainable and open communities”:

Under the chairmanship of Manchester City Council in the UK, all seven projects will collaborate to maximise the synergies of their work through a new ‘Smart Cities Portfolio Working Group’. Projects in the Working Group range from the European Platform for Intelligent Cities (EPIC), a cloud-based web service delivery platform that aims to deliver innovative smart city services across Europe through to Smart Innovation and People (SMART-IP), a project to test out new Internet devices that can monitor the environment and feedback real-time information and Peripheria, an initiative that will showcase the benefits of Internet‐of‐Things type of technologies in services of high societal value.

The new ‘Smart Cities Portfolio Working Group’ will bring together leading smart cities across Europe, including Issy-les-Moulineaux, Brussels, Cologne, Bologna, Oulu Bremen and Malmo. Together, these cities hope to bring the benefits of new ‘Future Internet’ services to all of their residents and businesses. They also hope that working ‘smarter’ will enable them to become ‘Living Lab’ test-beds for new Future Internet services that will benefit citizens and businesses alike.

The seven projects and their coordinators are:

EPIC:     -     Pieter Ballon
Life 2.0:     -     Neeli Prasad
Open Cities:     -     Esteve Almirall
PEOPLE:     -     Raúl del Pozo
PERIPHÈRIA:     -     Álvaro Oliveira
SMARTiP: (website coming soon)     -     Dave Carter
SMART-ISLANDS: (website coming soon)     -     Marc Bonazountas


 EPIC is supported and partly funded by the European Commission