The ENIGMA cities believe that their citizens deserve to see their quality of life increase
The partner cities of the FP7-funded ENIGMA project aim to achieve this by installing an innovative public lighting system that will positively impact upon their sustainability and vibrancy.
The system should not only reduce energy consumption and emissions, but should also decrease development and maintenance costs, thus doing more with a reduced public budget. The purchasing municipalities also want the system to improve their residents' feelings of safety and to encourage them to spend more time outside, therefore promoting an active lifestyle, developing stronger social networks and stimulating local economic activity.
For more information on what the lighting system that the ENIGMA consortium aims to purchase, click on the image below.
Is this feasible and how do these five cities aim to achieve this? Having discussed their lighting needs with local stakeholders and concluding that they face similar challenges, these five European cities have decided that, while individually they could not afford to develop such a system, if they act as a single procurer, their proposed contract could become more appealing in the eyes of ICT and lighting companies.
Moreover, they would not try to limit the creativity of businesses providing lighting solutions; instead of specifying what technology they want used, the consortium has translated its common needs into functional specifications through its latest report.
Therefore, companies can use whichever technology they see fit, as long as it properly addresses the cities' ambitions. ENIGMA is preparing a pre-commercial procurement process through which interested businesses can compete to provide a system that can respond to as many of the ambitions above as possible. At each of the three steps of the process, selected companies and consortia will be awarded R&D contracts.
For more information about the PCP process, please see the dedicated section on the ENIGMA website.