Cities of Antwerpen, Copenhagen and Helsinki in a 4 million Euro innovation challenge for European companies
How can the cities reinvent themselves as linked and large-scale Internet of Everything labs, with an easy access to developers and innovators to pilot, test and validate their solutions?
Select for Cities has a 5.6 million euro budget for the innovation challenge, divided into 3 competition stages, between December 2015 and November 2018. The innovation challenge competition is funded by the participant cities and the European Commission.
Cities around the world are looking for ways (methods, technology and tools) to foster open innovation in order to solve challenges, create value for their citizens and business, and to become ‘smart cities’ in the process.
Internet of Everything (IoE) is recognised to be one of the dominant ways transforming the way we manage and live in our urban environments in the future. The extension of the Internet to the physical spaces and objects is a massive opportunity for new services and business for example in the areas of logistics, transport, environment, security and wellbeing.
IoE is directly linked to the smart city development, but it has proceeded slower than expected. The key showstoppers are the lack of common standards, fragmented marketplace, and lack of ways to systematically test and introduce new solutions in the cities.
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. This approach will allow the design, research and development of cities as linked and large-scale IoE labs.
The envisaged platform has several requirements, components and features that are currently not available in existing solutions. The platform must allow collaboration between departments and cities, (automated) testing of IoE services, and be based on an open and modular approach, supporting cloud-based, data-driven, service-oriented, user-centric co-creation, and large-scale testing.
For that purpose SELECT for Cities started a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to procure the research and development of new innovative solutions capable of realising the goal having of the city as a large Internet of Everything Lab and putting it into practice.
Through the PCP action, the project partners run the innovation challenge, having selected a number of different potential solutions suppliers, which compete through different phases of development. The most promising innovative solutions are tested within the participant cities in real-life scenarios.
The consortium is built around three renowned Smart Cities: Antwerp, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and comprises a balanced combination of six multidisciplinary partners across four European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland and the UK. These are Forum Virium Helsinki (the project coordinator), Digipolis, iMinds, Københavns Kommune, Stad Antwerpen, and 21C Consultancy Limited (partners in alphabetical order).
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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