European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, set the tone for the day“It’s getting to the point that cities have to become smart in the interest of their citizens…We count on all of you here today to share your innovative ideas for making this happen and to help us build a citizen-centric and sustainable Digital Single Market”

The Commissioner highlighted the importance of European initiatives that drive the digital transition of cities. These include the Digital Transition Partnership launched in 2017, public-private cooperation platform EIP-SCC, the Internet of Things Large Scale Pilots, and the ETSI industry specification groups on Context Information Management and City Digital Profile.

While Commissioner Gabriel also stressed the importance of SynchroniCity, the project lead and coordinator Martin Brynskov, Chair of OASC and research director at Aarhus University, announced SynchroniCity’s upcoming open call.

SMEs, start-ups, cities and other consortia will be able to propose working IoT-enabled urban services to SynchroniCity’s open call starting from 1 June 2018. SynchroniCity will fund piloting at scale IoT solutions with €3 Mio in total. These solutions will be piloted across the 8 European cities and global partners participating in the project.

Plenary Session

Jarmo Eskelinen (CITO of Future Cities Catapult), chaired the plenary sessions and presented the results of an interactive, real-time survey among attendees. During the opening session, participants were asked what they regarded as the most significant obstacles to digital transition in cities. The highest number of participants found great benefits from sharing best practices most important, however high number of people opted for making more efficient use of public resources and creating resilient connected cities.

The high-level opening plenary heard First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula, who stressed the importance of the CoR in supporting its member cities and regions in their digital transformation. His address was followed by Secretary General Anna Lisa Boni of EUROCITIES, and Kees van der Klauw, Chair of the European Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).

Parallel sessions followed the opening plenary. SynchroniCity partners presented the project and its Open Call during the session on IoT-Enabled Smart Cities Market Creation: Policy Issues and Open Calls. The discussion continued in the afternoon session titled Tech track: Global Standards for IoT and Smart Cities & Communities. Speakers and participants could also visit the exhibiton area, at which SynchroniCity as well as other Large Scale Pilot Projects were presented.

To see the PPT slides and videos of the session, visit the OASC website.