Since 2015, ITEA had a strong customer orientation, which is underlined
by the participation of customers in ITEA projects, the yearly customer
workshop on a specific theme and the participation in different customeroriented
fairs. To further improve this customer orientation, ITEA has
established the Smart City Advisory Board (2019) and the Cyber Security
Advisory Board (2021) together with a set of forward-thinking customers.
These boards are a platform where customers can easily meet their
international peers in an open discussion and directly exchange with the
ITEA R&D&I Community in a trusted environment.
The ITEA Smart City Advisory Board
The ITEA Smart City Advisory Board (SCAB) was established in
2019 with the purpose to create continuous dialogue between cities
and innovative Smart City technology developers by sharing best
practices, challenges and innovative solutions on an international
level, to finally make the cities a better place to live in.
During an online meeting on 27 May 2021, representatives of the
cities of Antwerp, Brno, Dortmund, Istanbul, region of Northern
Hesse, Stockholm, Tampere and Zaragoza have signed an MoU with
ITEA to become part of the ITEA Smart City Advisory Board (SCAB).
This shows their strong commitment to stay at the forefront of
Smart City innovation to create a better city for their citizens. Ghent,
Rennes and Zwolle also joined the meeting. The main objective of
the session was to share the urgent requirements of each city and
to find potential collaboration opportunities among the cities. More
details of these challenges will be presented during the ITEA PO
Days that will take place online in September 2021, as input for potential
new project proposals.
ITEA Cyber Security Advisory Board's first session was a unique
opportunity to realise some common interests between
cities, namely in the field of urban dat a, where it appears
that most cities are willing to grasp the vast array of
opportunities that it may bring to improve decision-making
and economic development in our cities. Excited for the next
session and the ideas that the industry will brin g onto the
table to help us cities seize this great opportunity.
The ITEA SCAB will continue to grow and stimulate Smart City
innovations through international collaboration. Are you a city
representative and interested to become a SCAB member? Contact
the ITEA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ITEA Cyber Security Advisory Board
In addition, ITEA has established the Cyber Security Advisory Board
(CySAB) in July 2021, with the similar purpose to create a dialogue
between Cyber Security customers and Cyber Security technology
developers, to identify the current challenges and possible solutions,
that may already exist or are to be developed.
At present, the CySAB consists of 11 members and additional interest
has been shown by several others. The Advisory Boards will meet
(online) twice a year, where one meeting will focus on discussing
the customer needs and the other one on innovative results of
ITEA projects. The first online CySAB meeting took place on 6 July 2021 with all 11 members. Outcomes of
this meeting shall also be shared during the Online ITEA PO Days 2021.
ITEA emphasises the importance of Market Value chain
in R&D&I projects to create economic and social impact.
Therefore, I am very grateful for the trust and dedication
of the municipalities to join SCAB. As it is obvious in the
outcomes of the SCAB meeting, software innovation is
mandatory for Smart Cities. The challenges shared by
the cities need integrated solutions and international
collaboration to build not only a Smart City concept but an
‘Agile and Living City’ via online decision-making systems.
We are very excited about these initiatives that are gaining shape
and we are convinced that both customers and the ITEA R&D&am;I
Community can strongly benefit from this new collaboration.
*Title based on Sephen Hyken's quote