ITEA presented the latest R&D innovations for cities at SCEWC 2019
Each year, ITEA organises an event (including an exhibition) where ITEA projects can showcase their (intermediate) results. As customer orientation is one of the main ambitions in ITEA, this year we have decided to target several commercial events for this and Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) which took place from 19 to 21 November in Barcelona, is one of them. This event provided the perfect opportunity for our projects to present their results to potential customers and for the cities and other visitors to discover the latest trends in the domain of Smart City.
To help city representatives solve their individual Smart City challenges, ITEA offered customised Innovation Discovery tours at its pavilion, designed to introduce city representatives to a set of projects that specifically deal with those challenges that are of most concern or interest to them. About 20 representatives, from Almere to Istanbul and from Oulu to Grenoble, benefited from such personalised tours that also provided the ITEA project partners with high-qualified visitors and opportunities for discussions.
On the final day of the congress, ITEA organised a Smart City Innovation side event aimed at giving the audience of city stakeholders the possibility of actively engaging with ITEA project leaders in the latest ideas and developments as well as sharing challenges and perspectives. Using an interactive tool, the audience provided views and opinions during the presentations, giving the projects a better insight into priorities and ideas of the audience. For example, safety is a main priority in all Smart City challenges, and although autonomous driving is already possible now for some traffic situations, 60% of the audience will only be ready in 10 years to buy a car with autonomous driving capabilities. It was evident that trust is an issue that needs to be resolved too.
Smart City exhibition
The ITEA pavilion contained 12 project booths, each providing a reply for many Smart City challenges:
- You want to fight against the information silos?
- You want to deploy connected services in your city?
- You want to enhance the mobility in your city?
- You want your city to be safe?
- You want to offer a secure open platform for health data of your citizens?
- You need to enhance the e-Democracy in your city?
- You want to protect the commercial activity in the centre of your city?
- You want to master (security, taxes, shared services) the key buildings in your city?
- You need to master indoor as well as outdoor air quality?
- You need to strengthen the sport & cultural events in your city?
- You need to optimise the energy consumption in your industrial buildings?
- You need to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of your port in your city?
Public Safety and Crisis Management Service Orchestration
Project leader: ViNotion (The Netherlands)
International Smart City Business Forum
18 November 2019
The day before the SCEWC, the International Smart City Business Forum took place. This forum is a partnership between The Netherlands and the Nordics,
by ITEA with the aim of providing government, city
representatives, start-ups, SMEs, corporates,
experts and investors with a platform to initiate long-term partnerships. National organisations and cities
all over the world gathered to establish new alliances and build on existing ones. Innovators and
experts shared their solutions and it was a great opportunity for investors with a smart city focus
find investment opportunities.
Focus areas were:
- City as a Platform
- The Climate Neutral City
- Smart and Green Mobility
- Circular Economy
- Safety and Security
- Healthy Urban Living
- Smart City Financing and Investments
In the MOS2S Babbelbox demostrator that was set up at the event, city representatives could share their ideas on the future of the City.