Meeting in Eindhoven on 23 May, the coordinators of 13 ongoing European smart city projects agreed to enhance cooperation and open more channels of communication in order to help each other on the path to success.
During their first ever meeting dedicated to community engagement, held on the eve of the 2016 General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), the participants shared information about their work on business models and about financing smart cities solutions in their respective projects. They exchanged views and ideas on how to achieve successful replication and maximise the impact of those 13 projects across Europe. They also exchanged views on key performance indicators (KPIs) and on standards for smart cities.
Building on their mutual interest in replicating their results and mindful of the dangers of duplication, the partners decided to solidify their approach to information-sharing. The details of this new mode of coordination will be worked out in the months ahead.
The conclusions adopted chimed with the European Commission’s call for all 13 smart city projects to participate in, and actively contribute to, the EIP-SCC marketplace.
This meeting is meant to become a regular forum for experts involved in smart city lighthouse projects and supporting actions to pull together talent, share experience, knowledge and insight - and act as a community.
The projects at issue currently involve 21 so-called ‘lighthouse’ cities and their follower cities. The EU has committed more than €200 million in funding to support the development, roll-out and replication of demonstration projects, and the partners are designing business models to secure investment over the lifetime of the projects – and beyond.
The event was organised by EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities and a partner in the CITYkeys project, and Fraunhofer in cooperation with the Commission’s Directorates-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT) and Energy (ENER).
The next such meeting will be held in Brussels in November.
The following projects were involved in the meeting:
Smart cities support actions