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Smart Cities

New technologies help to improve the quality everyday life, making public services more efficient and environmentally sustainable. But the opportunities extend way beyond that. Cities will be at the heart of the development of public policy in the years to come. Cities have always had to adapt to new challenges.

Digitization is transforming cities and will bring significant benefits to their inhabitants.

The so-called smart city is at the heart of today’s digital revolution. Digital service platforms make it possible for cities to provide a common digital infrastructure that supports the development and provision of useful services by third parties, as part of an innovative and entrepreneurial digital ecosystem. A city’s digital services platform must be designed to enable synergies and interoperability between different services and systems such as transportation, energy, health and others.

Open platforms and open data can boost innovation and place cities at the centre of digital transformation.



In short, there is an opportunity to promote a shared vision and ensure the leadership of our cities, enterprises and industries, developing the following work areas in Europe:
  • Fostering Smart Cities

    Fostering Smart Cities as a means of putting into practice Large Scale Pilot (LSPs) and promoting the development and adoption of Internet of Things solutions by means of 1) innovative sample projects (“leading by example”) and 2) the aggregation of demand and advanced procurement mechanisms in the public sector.


  • Endorsing data sharing

    Endorsing data sharing and the use of open data in a safe and reliable manner, stimulating data-driven digital development (”Economy of Data”).




  • Encouraging public-private models of relationship

    Encouraging public-private models of relationship and new patterns for the more effective management of innovation and take-up actions (e.g. by means of public-private partnerships, pre-commercial public procurement schemes and public procurement of innovative solutions).



  • Promoting an infrastructure based on a horizontal open platform standard

    Promoting an infrastructure based on a horizontal open platform standard in order to overcome fragmentation and encourage the development of a competitive offer and a balanced ecosystem, allowing the necessary scale (e.g. The FIWARE open platform, which is becoming the “de facto” standard adopted by cities and which has been developed upon the basis of the European Future Internet initiative, conducted in partnership with industry –FI-PPP. Its main aim is to promote the creation of an open and sustainable ecosystem based on standards, easing the development of smart applications in different sectors among others Smart Cities, Smart Industry, Smart Agrifood, Smart Energy…)


  • Promoting acceleration and funding programs for start-ups and SMEs

    Promoting acceleration and funding programs for start-ups and SMEs which launch onto the market new products and services for the city and industries, particularly those based on the Internet of Things, and ensuring that SMEs can gain access to the technology platforms and open data necessary for the development of innovative applications and services.



  • Integrating city initiatives

    Integrating city initiatives to stimulate the scale and the development of communities of agents around open horizontal platforms, supporting the creation of networks and interaction, the exchange of good practices and promoting skills and training activities (e.g. Open Agile Smart Cities (OASC)).



Policy Paper: Smart Cities.

The city as a platform for Digital Transformation

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