SELECT for Cities is a collaborative project between three cities for the procurement of a shared IoT solution. Consisting of a major a pre-commercial public procurement, the aim is to see whether cities could find better solutions available on the market by combining their efforts in the field of IoT procurement.
SELECT for Cities is a development project funded by the EU and three cities, namely Helsinki, Antwerp and Copenhagen, which is seeking a shared IoE solution to facilitate the large-scale utilisation of collected data and integration between different actors, data sources, sensors and city districts. The project aims create an IoE platform on which European cities can develop, test and validate smart city applications and services in collaboration with residents, public organisations and companies.
The main obstacles standing in the way of the large-scale IoT utilisation have been the lack of common standards, the fragmentation of the marketplace, and lack of ways to systematically test and introduce new solutions in cities. To overcome these obstacles, the project aims to find out through pre-commercial public procurement whether cities could find better solutions available on the market by combining their efforts in the field of IoT procurement.
For Helsinki, the SELECT for Cities project is a major opportunity to further strengthen the city’s position as a pioneer in the utilisation of open data. The project also facilitates the realisation of the strategic objectives of the City’s ICT programme, particularly in regard to open APIs and open source software.
Follow the solutions as they develop
Actors of all sizes have submitted their ideas and prototypes to compete in the innovation challenge based on the pre-commercial procurement (PCP). The procurement has a total budget of EUR 3.9 million, divided into three competition stages. Each stage provides added value to the participating companies in the form of product development, visibility and learning, so there are tangible benefits to participating even for companies that do not make it to the final stage of the competition. The project is one of the largest IoT procurements in Europe, and it is hoped that it will facilitate the utilisation of IoT solutions in cities.
Currently, SELECT for Cities is moving to the third stage of the pre-commercial procurement process, in which the aim is to test the solutions offered by the companies that passed the second stage of the challenge. This validation stage consists of pilot projects carried out in local living labs, in which these innovative prototypes will be tested in real-life scenarios by both developers and end-users. One of the scenarios will be focusing on the monitoring of a city’s air quality measurements. The aim is to provide easy access to information about a city’s air quality via the IoE platform in map format. This would, for example, allow a person suffering from breathing problems to choose the best routes to take through the city on the basis of air quality, avoiding roads with dusty construction sites. At the same time, this kind of solution would also make it easier for the city to utilise air quality data in its traffic planning and steering.
Want to help test the solutions?
In Helsinki, the project is being coordinated by Forum Virium Helsinki, which is also responsible for cooperation between the cities and will be running the local living lab in 2019. Forum Virium Helsinki will be utilising Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari in the project, to which end it will be recruiting test users for the living lab experiments from among the area’s residents and actors during the autumn. If you’re interested in the project and would like to learn more about the upcoming experiments, please contact:
Project Manager Natalia Reen natalia.reen(at)forumvirium.fi or Project Planner Tiina Inki tiina.inki(at)forumvirium.fi
SELECT for Cities is part of Forum Virium Helsinki’s IoT programme, the aim of which is to develop ways of collecting and utilising data as well as to create the foundation for an open IoT ecosystem.
The Internet of Everything (IoE)
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is recognised as one of the dominant ways transforming the way we manage and live in our urban environments in the future. The extension of the intangible world of the Internet to physical spaces and objects is a massive opportunity for new services and business in areas such as logistics, transport, the environment, security and wellbeing.
The Internet of Everything is directly linked to the smart city development of the future, but it has proceeded slower than expected. The primary obstacles have been the lack of common standards, the fragmentation of the marketplace, and lack of ways to systematically test and introduce new solutions in cities.
Project is co-funded through Horizon 2020, PCP- ICT-36-2015.
SELECT for Cities innovation challenge lies in developing an open, standardized, data-driven, service-oriented and user-centric platform that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban IoE applications and services.
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