Five organisations where invited to participate presenting lessons learned and vision from industry and from ‘Smart City’ projects towards the Horizon 2020:
Mr. Steve Lewis for Living PlanIT (Private company) explained his vision of big data, sensor network and computing systems as the basis for the smart city. PlanIT is developing the “urban operating system” by embedding sensors and other technologies in smart city systems. He identified the urgent need for Europe to become competitive and export-driven in this sector, since the global development is fast and market is growing rapidly. He also emphasized the importance of the dynamic, market-driven approach to Smart City development.
Mr. Jarmo Eskelinen represented the CitySDK project (CIP ICT-PSP project). His main message was that interoperability is the key to the success of smart cities. This is a challenge, since the current market place is broken. In the working smart city market the services are provided in a true Internet fashion with an open pppp model (public-private-people-partnership). Applications should function in different cities without much extra tailoring. To achieve this we need collaboration of future Internet, smart city and living lab communities. Finally, he raised the question of large-scale service platforms supporting private, public and community services – who will manage these environments?
Mr. Thomas Luckenbach represented the OutSmart project (Future Internet PPP phase 1 use case project). The vision of Outsmart is to adapt key Future Internet enablers in existing utility value chains in five crucial areas: water, energy, mobility, waste removal and the environment. The services and technologies are based on an open and standardised infrastructure. One of the key challenges is to build collaboration across the whole value chain (city authorities, utilities operators, ICT companies and knowledge institutions) faster.
Mr. Jelle Monstrey representing the SmartIP project (CIP ICT-PSP project) emphasized the figure of the citizen (as smart citizen) and its participation and engagement through Living Labs. SmartIP digital technologies are used to improve living and working conditions and the overall quality of life, so that a more inclusive and sustainable urban environment can be developed. Active engagement of users and citizens enables the co-creation and co-production of new services.
Jose Antonio Galache represented the Smart Santander project (FIRE project). Smart Santander is a real-life Internet of Things testbed, with over 20 000 sensors installed in the city surroundings of four cities. This testbed enables horizontal and vertical federation with other testbeds. After already mastering most of the technical hurdles, the challenge now is to involve the open innovation communities and developers. The aim is to achieve this through open calls.