The SELECT for Cities competition is built around the premise that cities across the world are seeking new methods, technology and tools to foster open innovation to solve challenges, create value for their citizens and business, and to become ‘smart cities’.
Internet of Everything (IoE) is one of the dominant drivers transforming the way people manage and live in urban environments. This new connected approach involves physical spaces as well as objects and provides a massive opportunity for the creation of new smart services and businesses especially in the areas of logistics, transport, environment, security and wellbeing.
However, IoE progress to date has been slow due to a number of barriers such as the lack of common standards, a fragmented marketplace, and lack of ways to systematically test and introduce new solutions in the cities.
To combat this challenge, and accelerate innovation, the SELECT project lays forth a competition open to all European companies to develop 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.
SELECT for Cities is open to all organisations, not just those based in the competition cities of Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki.
The competition is funded across three phases. The participants who will take part in the funded competition will be chosen through a tender process. This tender process will select the organisations or consortium’s to begin the competition. At the end of each phase the number of contractors will be narrowed down until at least two organisations are left to undertake large-scale demonstrations of their solution in Phase 3.
- Phase 1: Suppliers will be asked to highlight the technical feasibility of the tendered concept.
- Phase 2: Chosen suppliers from Phase 1 will develop & demonstrate their prototypes.
- Phase 3: Chosen suppliers from Phase 2 will test in a larger-scale living lab environment located in all three of the competition cities.
Tender documents for the competition will be launched in February 2017.