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2.1 Smart City Applications and Services

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Format of the workshop:

Interactive and moderated panel discussion.

Problem Statement and Objectives of the workshop

This session will address how to build Future Internet based applications and services in the smart city context from different perspectives:
•    The view of the city (as a unit governed by the public bodies,  and main city services suppliers, e.g. such as water suppliers, energy suppliers, etc.);
•    The view of the citizens for whom the concept of smart city only makes sense if it implies  a better quality of life, sustainability, more possibilities to receive personalized services, and a boost for (social) entrepreneurship;
•    The role(s) of the city as an actor within an increasingly complex value network

Thus far, there is no commonly accepted definition of what “smart” means in the context of smart citiesundefined1. In fact, this was confirmed by the previous Smart City Expo (World Congress) in Barcelona (Nov-Dec 2011)undefined2. During this event some speakers talked about different models being considered for developing smart citiesundefined3: As an example, on the one hand, one model was driven by the public administrators’ need for control; on the other hand, a contrary and even conflicting model rejected such top-down planning and called for spontaneous and emergent “order” from the ground up.

Smart cities will need to adapt the organic and chaotic nature of cities where unexpected things and behaviors will increasingly become the rule rather than an exception. The application and service lifecycle in smart cities is a multi-stakeholder exercise that brings high degrees of uncertainty to all the phases. The vision of both the city and its citizens are needed and they need to co-exist and complement each other. In this setting, living labs are becoming very popular instruments to shape the applications and services that smart cities will deliver to their citizens supporting the definition of macro and micro-services and application development in the smart city context.


The objectives of the session are to explore common challenges of different and heterogeneous approaches, showcase existing results and jointly identify recommendations for the development of application and services for smart cities.

Some of the running FI PPP use case projects (including FInest and SmartAgriFood) will show their results and concepts on how Future Internet technology can improve the provisioning of smart city services in a sustainable way. Besides others, this will include important aspects, such as how to “feed” people in smart cities, how to establish sustainable yet efficient transport & logistics chains, how to provide smart mobility and urban transport, as well as how to achieve energy efficiency and reduction of environmental impact.

The aspect of trust and user involvement in application development will be highlighted and discussed: citizens, tourists and even workers are not only passive users but they are active players within a smart city providing valuable content and often becoming service providers. Gaming approaches (using mobile devices) are highly relevant in this field and can be exploited to improve user awareness and to foster user active engagement.

The community which is growing around smart cities and living labs enriches and complements this perspective showing the importance of smart citizens, the role of a citizen as developer and the need of constantly improving the public-private collaboration in an iterative manner to give a societal and economic meaning to Future Internet enabled applications and services in smart cities. To this end, several projects around smart cities will provide their views and results, including EPIC, SmartIP, CitySDK and Open Cities.

Questions to be answered:

  • What kind of city services and applications would be part of the smart city of tomorrow? What level and kind of integration do these services require to fulfill the vision of a truly “smart” city?
  • What kind of Future Internet applications and tools are necessary to allow SMEs and citizens to shape the smart cities of tomorrow?
  • What kind of ecosystems, processes and partnerships are necessary for the smart cities to be driven by demand (application-pull instead of technology-push)? How to find a balance between infrastructure investment and demand?
  • How to employ and adopt concepts such as “Apps for Smart Cities”, “City as a platform” and “City as a service (ecosystem)”?
  • How to exploit big data to develop applications and services for smart cities?
  • How can games – especially location-based apps in mobility – help citizens to be involved in shaping their smart cities?
  • How can gaming and engagement approaches be exploited to (1) create awareness on smart city-related problems, (2) educating smart citizens and (3) gathering citizens demands and proposals to improve smart cities?

    Session organisers

    Target audience:

    • Smart cities community
    • Developers and "hackers"
    • The European Future Internet development community and interest groups at large
    • The FI-PPP Community
    • The Living labs community
    • The FISE community

    Draft Agenda

    16:00 – 16:15

    Session introduction

    Dave Carter (Confirmed) (MDDA, Eurocities, Smart City portfolio; ENoLL)

    Session introduction and objectives. Challenges, results and recommendations from the smart city portfolio.

    16:15 – 17:45



    Moderated and interactive Panel

    Position statements (overall 40 minutes), followed by discussions fostered by questions from the audience.


    16:15 – 17:00

    Presentations (5 minutes position)

    -          Esteve Almirall (ESADE – Open Cities project coordinator)

    -          Julia Glidden (21c Consultancy – views from the EPIC project)

    -          Marja Mattila (Forum Virium Helsinki, CitySDK project coordinator)

    -          Gianluca Ripa (CEFRIEL)

    -          Marco Pistore (FBK, Trento RISE project)

    -          Andreas Metzger (FI-PPP FInest project; technical coordinator)

    -          Krijn Poppe (FI-PPP SmartAgriFood project)

    -          Patrick Gatellier (FI-PPP Instant mobility project: project coordinator)


    17:00 – 17:45

    Open discussion based on the pre-defined list of questions and questions by the audience (Moderated by Dave Carter)

    17:45 – 18:00

    Session wrap-up (Ana Garcia, ENoLL and FI-PPP DWG)


    Build on previous FIA sessions:


    FIA Valencia:

    • Session “What does Future Internet bring to Smart Cities?”undefined4: Future Internet offers solutions to many challenges that cities face; community building, mobility, efficient service provisioning, new applications and services, rethinking utilities, culture and the built environment.  Cities provide a unique opportunity to the Future Internet; they offer real challenges, real users at a high density, realistic societal, organisational and operational structures, selfsufficient governance and decisionmaking.  There is however a gap between researchers dealing with cities and researchers dealing with the Future Internet: smart city research explores the problem space through application pilots and experimental research; Future Internet research explores open, internet scale infrastructure and platforms. The session “What does Future Internet Bring to Smart Cities?” locks these two groups into one place to foster an understanding and provide a launch for collaboration through presentations from leading researchers in smart cities, followed by a facilitated workshop session that will seek to link real smart city challenges to future internet research.

    FIA Budapest: (check sessions and results)

    • Session  “Beyond adaptive services” undefined5 : disruptive technology can only have a successful impact through a balanced approach that addresses both technical and socio-economic drivers.

    FIA Poznan:

    • Session “When infrastructure meets the user”undefined6  (ENoLL, FIPPP and other user areas): Open innovation and user engagement demonstrates a key potential to bridge the gap between research and development of Internet technologies and actually using Internet-based applications for societal and economic benefits. Results of the open discussion during the sessions where the need of developers to really involved, to target an ideal scenario of all citizens as developers, and the role of Living Labs in the development of applications in smart cities (demand side).
    • Session “User in control”undefined7: the session investigated how to put the User in Control of their data and information in the Future Internet and analysed how user interface design and information architecture for on-line community services can be used in order to offer new and powerful ways of working, communicating and socialising in a safe and secure way


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