ENoLL Strategic Project Involvement

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The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL AISBL) as an association participates, selectively in EU-funded projects that are as strategically important for the whole network or for its working groups.

1) Smart Cities

Smart Metropolitan Areas Realised Through Innovation & People (SMARTiP)

The idea of the SMARTiP project is to take the experience developed by a wide range of existing user-driven, open innovation initiatives in Europe, particularly those developed through Living Labs, and to apply this experience to the challenge of transforming public services by empowering ‘smart citizens’ who are able to use and co-produce innovative Internet-enabled services within emerging ‘smart’ cities. The aim is to enable to adoption of open platforms for the co-production of citizen-centric Internet-enabled services in five test-bed sites, Manchester, Gent, Cologne, Bologna and Oulu. The objective is to enhance the ability of the cities to grow and sustain a ‘smart city’ ecosystem which can support new opportunities emerging for a dynamic co-production process resulting in more inclusive, higher quality and efficient public services which can then be made replicable and scalable for cross-border deployment on a larger scale.

This will focus on a series of pilot projects, as outlined ‘Technical Pilots’, covering three thematic areas:

  • Smart engagement
  • Smart environments
  • Smart mobility

The pilots aim to act as a catalyst to stimulate citizen engagement in becoming active generators of content and applications development, as well as being more informed and involved users of the developing Internet-enabled services in ‘smart’ cities. ‘Smart cities’ require ‘smart citizens’ if they are to be truly inclusive, innovative and sustainable. The promise of the information society, to create new ways of empowering people to play a fuller and more equal role in emerging governance systems through their access to dynamic Internet-enabled services, is also proving to be its biggest challenge, as not everyone is getting equal access to the skills and opportunities that are supposed to be there.


The European Platform for Intelligent Cities (EPIC)

The European Platform for Intelligent Cities – EPIC – will combine innovation ecosystem processes, fully researched and tested e- Government service applications and new cloud computing technologies to create the first truly scalable and flexible pan-European platform for innovative, user-driven public service delivery, along with a user Road Map.

Living Labs help individual public administrations harness the power of Web 2.0 and future policy directions to develop and deliver citizen and business-driven services. Cloud computing is increasingly helping the private sector to reduce cost, increase efficiency and work smarter. EPIC is unique in that combines both of these innovations in a first-of-its-kind way to enable 1) local SME's to rapidly prototype scalable new user-driven solutions, 2) innovative public administrations to test and deploy them and 3) cities across Europe to ultimately access and use them.

In so doing, EPIC will present public administrations – regardless of whether they have a Living Lab – with a unique opportunity to cut costs and drive innovation by providing access to a market-leading shared infrastructure that facilitates rapid prototyping and testing.

The objective of PERIPHÈRIA is to deploy convergent Future Internet (FI) platforms and services for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles in and across emergent networks of “smart” peripheral cities in Europe, dynamic realities with a specific vocation for green creativity. Its Open Service Convergence Platform, an “Internet by and for the People”, extends and enhances the Save Energy project’s Social Information Architecture, integrating key new components – sensor networks, real time 3D and mobile location-based services – with the FI paradigms of Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Services (IoS) and Internet of People (IoP).


Networked Smart Peripheral Cities for Sustainable Lifestyles (PERIPHÈRIA)

PERIPHÈRIA develops the Living Lab premise of shifting technology R&D out of the laboratory and into the real world in a systemic blend of technological with social innovation. It defines five archetypical “Arenas” – specific urban settings or innovation playgrounds, with defined social features and infrastructure requirements – as the spaces where co-design and service integration processes unfold:

  • Smart Neighbourhood: where media-based social interaction occurs
  • Smart Street: where new transportation behaviours develop
  • Smart Square: where civic decisions are taken
  • Smart Museum and Park: where natural and cultural heritage feed learning
  • Smart City Hall: where mobile e-government services are delivered

Pilot projects in the five PERIPHÈRIA Partner Cities – Malmӧ (SE), Bremen (DE), Athens (GR), Genoa (IT) and Palmela (PT) – use Serious Games to stimulate social interaction of “people in places”, cross-city linking of Arenas and discovery-driven platform convergence. Transfer scenarios developed with the six Sponsoring Partner cities validate up-scalability and the emergent Network of Peripheral Smart Cities.


2) Future Internet


CONCORD Future Internet PPP programme Facilitation and Support action advances the European Future Internet research by supporting the European Commission in the successful implementation of a coherent FI PPP programme. CONCORD will coordinate and facilitate the alignment of FI PPP activities to ensure the relevance, rigor and robustness of the co-created Future Internet concepts, visions and roadmaps. The methodology used is an applied SECI model with a spiral development process.  CONCORD advocates fair, open and inclusive procedures for the supported parties to achieve commonly agreed goals. Reflecting this, CONCORD creates an open and transparent decision-making mechanism and collaborative environment where in a systematic manner, all projects contribute to , and are accountable for, their contributions towards the success of the FI PPP Programme as a whole. 

CONCORD will facilitate horizontal cross-project knowledge transfer and co-creation on various collaboration levels, as well as with the related external groups. It will further support the projects’ integration and implementation with the development of guidelines regarding the handling of technical and non-technical horizontal functionalities related to standardization, legal frameworks, SME and user involvement and cross-project collaboration. 

CONCORD addresses the identified challenges and conflicting interest within the community through structured discussions and meetings, while maintaining a neutral approach to the subject matter. CONCORD seeks consent and minimizes dominance by a few participants through a set of rules for participation and interactions.  CONCORD will focus on future oriented strategic planning for FI PPP and on bringing a valuable contribution via unbiased outsider attention to the FI PPP structure and processes. CONCORD will leverage on past work and investments when designing and facilitating the development of an overall system level programme view and collaboration across all FI PPP projects.