FAQ

SynchroniCity Open Call

1. Submission

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NOTICE I MADE A MISTAKE AND WANT TO RETRIEVE AN APPLICATION I HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED?
Applicants are not able to make amendments or edits to application forms that have already been submitted. However, you are able to withdraw application forms and re-submit them at any point prior to the open call deadline on 30th September at 17:00 CEST (Brussels time). If you wish to retrieve your application, please follow the steps:

 

Go to your Submittable account and click on the application form you would like to withdraw.
On the top, click on the withdraw button.
You will be able to include a message describing the reasons why you had to withdraw your application, and you will receive a notification after completion. Note that you will be able to download or access the application you have withdrawn at any time.
If you have any further questions, contact helpesk@synchronictiy-iot.eu

DOES SYNCHRONICITY OFFER A PRE-PROPOSAL CHECK?
The SynchroniCity team will not assess any applications prior to their submission. We are happy to answer general questions about the scope and format of the Open Call via forum, through the helpdesk email if the question is private, or at any of our launch events, online webinars and clinics;  but we cannot make any statement about the feasibility or value of a proposal.
CAN I SUBMIT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE NOT IN ENGLISH?
Unfortunately, not. We need to be able to assess your application and we cannot manage translations from other languages.
IN THE PROJECT PLAN TEMPLATE (EXCEL SHEET) HOW MANY MONTHS I NEED TO CONSIDER AND FILL IN?
The Pilot Phase will last 6 months. Therefore, consider 6 months in the template.
IN THE PROJECT PLAN TEMPLATE (EXCEL SHEET), AT WHAT MONTH I NEED TO FILL IN MY ACTIVITY?
It does not really matter if you start filling in the January or February months. However, the pilot will most probably start in February after all winning applicants will have signed their contracts. Therefore, starting your project plan in February will be most assertive.

2. General

When does the SynchroniCity Open Call open?
It opens on the 1st June at 17:00 CEST (Brussels time),
When does the SynchroniCity Open Call close?
It closes on the 30th September 2018 at 17:00 CEST (Brussels time).
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE OPEN CALL, E.G. EVALUATION CRITERIA, THEMES AND CHALLENGES, ETC?
All the detailed information about the open call can be found on SynchroniCity website. If you are an SME or a large business, please download and read all the documentation in the Open Call Toolkit for SMEs and Large Businesses. If you are a city, please download and read all the documentation available in the Open Call Toolkit for New Cities.
IS THERE FURTHER DOCUMENTATION WITH THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CHALLENGES?
You can find more information about the challenges in the Open Call Guide for Applicants which is part of the Open Call Toolkit for SMEs and Large Businesses (to download if you are an SME or large business) and the Open Call Toolkit for New Cities (to download if you are a city).

If applicants feel that their solution does not fit any of the open call challenges, they can also apply to the open challenge. Note that in case applicants choose the open challenge, they will need to demonstrate that they are meeting a real need of the cities where they choose to pilot in. To find out more about what the real needs of the Core Pilot cities, refer to the Cities Cards which are available as an annexe of the Open Call SynchroniCity framework document or directly in this link.

WHAT IS THE TOTAL BUDGET AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS?
The total budget available is EUR 3 million. We expect to fund between 10-25 projects.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS I CAN SUBMIT?
There is no limit to the number of applications. However, only one application per SME/Pilot Group will be funded.

In case two or more projects will be selected for the same SME/Pilot Group, then the one with the higher score will be funded. In case of the same score among two/more projects, then this will be agreed with the SynchroniCity Open Call Evaluation Committee.

HOW LONG MUST A PILOT PER CITY LAST? 6 MONTHS? OR CAN IT VARY FROM CITY TO CITY IF THE PILOTING PERIOD IN TOTAL WILL BE 6 MONTHS?
The piloting period within these 6 months could vary from one city to the other. However, pilots must guarantee that they prove the replicability, interoperability and reusability of their solution, independently on how long they test in on in each of the cities.

It may happen that what applicants estimated to last for 2 month on the first city may take much longer because of unexpected issues like components not being fully ready. Therefore, ideally, the pilots should happen at the same time but this is not a strict requirement.

Note that the pilots may extend beyond the 6 months at any time, with separate funding, as long as reporting follows the SynchroniCity requirements.

IF YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH USERS WITHIN A CITY, WHO IS THE RESPONSIBLE FOR RECRUITING THE USERS?
This has to be discussed with the cities (core and new) and will be different in a case by case. This could be discussed directly with the Core Pilot Cities during the Clinics that are being organised. To find out more about the Clinics, visit our events page in our website.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED SCALE? WHAT IS THE BEST SCENARIO FOR DEPLOYMENT?
With SynchroniCity we are trying to demonstrate that we can have a common and simple technical ground, that serve both the cities and the businesses, in a way that is also easy to roll out several services across different sectors. There are different ways where you can demonstrate scale. One of the ways through which we as a project will demonstrate scale is providing solutions across domains (i.e. mobility, air quality) but building them based on the same fundamental mechanisms.

For the pilots, you should demonstrate two things, you should demonstrate mainstream scale. Scale means that you can work in several cities. It can also mean that you can go from one corner of a city to cover the entire municipality. It could be that you can go beyond EU or that you reach millions of people. It could mean that you have thousands of devices. Each pilot should have a clear vision of how we spread this particular service or full stack solution across i.e. cities, geographies, devices. There are many approaches to achieve this and it is up to you to choose your strategy.

The best scenario is that you manage to fulfil some of the objectives that we are trying to reach which is to test the interoperability and replicability of your solution. This can take many shapes and forms. Because of the replicability aspect, this is why we are asking you to pilot your solution and prove replicability in at least 2 cities, but preferably more cities, this means that your solution can be easily scaled in several cities. What you propose should be the right number of cities that allows you to do something feasible. Solutions can be very different. Maybe one solution needs to deploy few sensors or other pieces of infrastructure, to prove their technology, others will need to deploy many more. It is really up to the applicants to demonstrate what is necessary for them to showcase that they demonstrate replicability, scalability and interoperability of their solution.

HOW CAN APPLICANTS FORM PILOT GROUPS? IS SYNCHRONICITY GOING TO SUPPORT APPLICANTS TO FIND PARTNERS?
The SynchroniCity project will be neutral and won’t actively seek to create partnerships between potential applicants. For this reason, a few channels to facilitate the establishment of partnerships between potential applicants have been created, including the Connect Section in our website.  Besides the online match-making platform, applicants can attend clinics and other events that are being organized by the Core Pilot Cities. More information about the clinics can be found here.

To find partners you can also reach out to stakeholders in your ecosystem or European wide ecosystem. Enterprise Europe Network can be a useful source to help you find partners. You can learn more here.

Moreover, SynchroniCity is built around the Open and Agile Smart Cities initiative, so there will be a good place to look for partners. OASC organises a series of events and activities where you could potentially identify partners. You can find out more about upcoming events and activities here.

WHERE CAN WE FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACCESSIBLE SYNCHRONICITY DATA FOR EACH CITY?
All information about the accessible SynchroniCity data for each city can be found here.
HOW CONCRETE THE SOLUTION HAS TO BE?
SynchroniCity will only fund mature solutions that have already been tested and demonstrated in a relevant environment (TRL ≥6). The solution needs to be well explained and understandable by a new reader. In addition, solutions must demonstrate that they are scalable and sustainable in the short term.
WHAT’S THE DEFINITION OF TRL 6?
We follow the European Commission definition.  TRL 6 is a technology demonstrated in a relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies). Click here for further information.

3. Eligibility

CAN I APPLY?
IoT enabled SMEs or start-ups[1] that have already demonstrated their solution in a relevant environment (TRL ≥ 6).  SMEs and start-ups can apply alone or in a Pilot Group (Consortium).

Cities and large businesses can apply in a Pilot Group led by an SME/start-up that can provide an IoT data-enabled application or a full stack solution.

Only SMEs, cities and large businesses legally established in an EU-28 or from a H2020 associated countries are eligible for funding.

WHAT TYPE OF SME IS THE SYNCHRONICITY OPEN CALL TARGETING?
Synchronicity is looking for innovative firms – based in the EU-28 or in countries associated to Horizon 2020. SMEs must be matured and have already tested their solutions in a relevant environment. Additionally, they must have potential to develop, grow and have a European or international impact.
IS THERE A MINIMUM NUMBER OF YEARS YOUR COMPANY HAS TO EXIST TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN SME?
No, there isn’t a minimum number. However, we will not fund early-stage solutions. We will fund projects that are able to reach scale.
CAN I APPLY AS A SINGLE ENTITY?
Yes, if you are an SME and you can provide a mature IoT data-enabled application or a full stack solution (infrastructure + middleware + application). Note that only SMEs established in the EU or a country associated to Horizon 2020 are eligible for funding.
I AM AN SME PROVIDING IOT INFRASTRUCTURE, CAN I APPLY?
Yes, you can apply but only as a member of a Pilot Group.
IS IT BETTER TO APPLY AS A SINGLE ENTITY OR AS A PILOT GROUP?
There is no best option. It is up to you to define how the project could be better implemented based on the parameters you will be evaluated for (excellence, impact, feasibility and sustainability).

However, evaluators may positively consider the incorporation of a new city in your Pilot Group.

CAN AN SME APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE PROJECT?
There are no limits to the number of applications per organisation(SMEs, cities and large businesses), but only one will be funded.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A START-UP (WITHOUT BALANCE SHEET) TO APPLY?
Start-ups are not excluded. However, the SynchroniCity Open Call will not fund early-stage ideas. The start-up should show that its product has already been demonstrated in a relevant environment.
ARE SMALL TOWNS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE OPEN CALL? IS THERE AN IDEAL SIZE OF THE CITIES WHERE APPLICANTS SHOULD DEPLOY THEIR SOLUTIONS?
Cities of any size are welcome to apply if they have an IoT platform and they are willing to adopt SynchroniCity minimum interoperability framework, so the SME lead applicant can deploy and replicate its solution there and in other Core Pilot Cities.

Note that one of the goals of the SynchroniCity open call is to reach scale. Demonstrating scale only in very small towns may be difficult. Therefore, a combination of small and large cities would be ideal so that SMEs can demonstrate that their solution works in all kinds of environments.

ARE SMES THAT ARE FUNDED IN ANOTHER H2020 PROJECTS ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING?
Yes, as long as the grant is not used to fund the same project. Also, note that applicants cannot use other EU funding as co-funding. We recommend applicants to carefully read the funding rules of the other EU funding streams which they have previously received funding before applying for SynchroniCity.
CAN UNIVERSITIES APPLY AS PART OF A PILOT GROUP?
Universities can potentially apply as part of a Pilot Group, but they are not eligible to receive funding.

Are solutions that handle sensitive information eligible to apply?

Yes. However, note that all organisations involved in the delivery of the projects need to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN AFFILIATED ENTITY TO A SYNCHRONICITY CONSORTIUM MEMBER?
According to the ‘Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation (Regulation (EU) 1290/2013)’:

  • art. 2.1(2)

‘affiliated entity’ means any legal entity that is under the direct or indirect control of a participant, or under the same direct or indirect control as the participant, or that is directly or indirectly controlling a participant. Control may take any of the forms set out in Article 8(2);

  • art. 8(2)

For the purposes of paragraph 1, control may, in particular, take either of the following forms:

(a) the direct or indirect holding of more than 50 % of the nominal value of the issued share capital in the legal entity concerned, or of a majority of the voting rights of the shareholders or associates of that entity;

(b) the direct or indirect holding, in fact or in law, of decision-making powers in the legal entity concerned.

WHAT IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
Conflict of interest is any situation where the impartial and objective implementation of the project is compromised for reasons involving economic interest, political or national affinity, family or emotional ties or any other shared interest.

If applicants have a relationship with SynchroniCity project partners and feel that this may lead to a conflict of interest, please declare the potential conflict of interest when completing your application. On your application form, you will be able to disclose the type of conflict of interest, names of organisation and people involved, the potential financial interests and rewards (if applicable), a possible violation of legal requirements (if applicable), measures to mitigate the potential conflict of interest and any other information you wish to disclose.

This information will be assessed by the Open Call Evaluation Committee.

ARE NATIONAL AUTHORITIES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY ON THE BEHALF OF A NEW CITY?
If the national authority is responsible for managing the IoT architecture of a city and can commit on its behalf to adopt the SynchroniCity Framework, then it is eligible to apply.

4. Cities

WHAT ARE THE CORE OPEN CALL PILOT CITIES?
Antwerp, Carouge, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Manchester, Milan, Porto, and Santander.
MUST CORE PILOT CITIES BE INCLUDED IN THE PILOT GROUP?
Core Pilot Cities do not need to be included in the Pilot Group. When completing the online application form, applicants will be given the option to select the Core Pilot Cities where they would like to pilot their solutions in.
IF I AM APPLYING IN A PILOT GROUP WITH A NEW CITY, DO I ALSO NEED TO PILOT IN A CORE PILOT CITY?
Yes, you must apply in at least one Core Pilot City. Altogether, you must pilot in at least two cities, but preferably more.
DO I NEED TO ENGAGE WITH CORE PILOT CITIES DURING THE APPLICATION PHASE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
No. When completing the online application form, applicants will be given the option to select the Core Pilot Cities where they would like to pilot their solutions in.

Note that you will need to pilot your solution in at least 2 cities. If you are bringing a new city as a member of your Pilot Group, the new city (not the Core Pilot Cities) will need to provide you with a letter of support.

CAN CITIES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD APPLY?
Yes, cities from all over the world can apply in. However, only cities from the EU and H2020 associated countries will be eligible for funding. Note that cities can not apply alone.
CAN PILOTING CITIES BE IN THE SAME COUNTRY?
Yes.
IS THERE A TEMPLATE FOR THE LETTER OF SUPPORT THAT NEW CITIES NEED TO PROVIDE TO PILOT GROUPS?
No, there is no template.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PILOT IN MEXICO OR IN KOREA?
The Mexico and Korean cities in our SynchroniCity Consortia are not Open Call Pilot Cities.

However, if applicants have direct contact with these cities in the consortium or other cities in South Korea and Mexico and they would like to be part of their Pilot Group, then they can participate. However, because these cities are not from EU or H2020 associated countries, the cities will not be eligible to receive funding.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO APPLY WITH A CITY THAT IS A MEMBER OF OASC, BUT IS NOT PART OF THE CORE PILOT CITIES?
Cities that are part of the OASC are eligible to apply, but they must apply as part of a Pilot Group which is always led by an SME Lead Applicant. This OASC city must commit to adopting the Synchronicity minimum interoperability points. The city must also provide the Pilot Group with a letter of support which must be uploaded during the application. Note that all OASC cities are eligible to apply. However, only OASC cities from the EU and H2020 associated countries are eligible for funding.
WHAT’S THE PROCESS TO INCLUDE A NEW CITY?
New cities must always be part of a Pilot Group. New cities must share the principles of the Open and Agile Smart Cities Network (OASC) and be willing to adopt the SynchroniCity reference architecture during the implementation phase of the pilot project. These cities need to provide a letter of support to the Pilot Group.

To find a city that is interested in applying to SynchroniCity, you may use the support tools provided by SynchroniCity via the website.  You can also attend events or reach out to OASC.

How do I get in contact with the cities?
To contact cities, you can attend the open call clinics or contact them directly if their contacts are available on the website. To access the calendar of the clinics, please click here here. Note that during the application phase, applicants are not required to contact the Core Pilot Cities.
How are the proposals geographically divided over the different cities?
There isn’t an established manner through which proposals will be geographically divided. However, we will need to guarantee a geographical balance among the Core Pilot Cities. Applicants will be requested to select the Core Pilot Cities where they would like to pilot in when completing their online application form.

Once the projects are selected, in case there is an imbalance of projects, applicants will be notified, and a new combination of cities will be agreed. Note that SynchroniCity reserves the right of having the final decision in case an agreement cannot be reached between the SynchroniCity team and the applicant.

5. Themes & Challenges

MY IDEA DOES NOT FIT INTO ANY CHALLENGE. CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes, you can apply for the Open Theme/Challenge. However, you need to be able to demonstrate that the challenge that you are trying to tackle is a real need in all the pilot cities you selected to pilot your project in.
CAN I SELECT MORE THAN ONE THEME (E.G. SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY AND ENVIRONMENT AND WELLBEING) BECAUSE THERE MIGHT BE SOME OVERLAP IN THEMES?
Applicants should choose the challenge they feel is more relevant. Applications will be selected based on the score and evaluation criteria and not on the theme. The only added condition is that,  SynchroniCity will try to get at least one application for every theme as long as they score at least 14/20. And the Open Call challenge will not account for more than 20% of the winning proposals.

6. Evaluation

HOW MANY EXPERTS WILL REVIEW MY APPLICATION?
All applications will be evaluated by three independent experts: one expert will look at the technical aspects of your application, followed by a city perspective and finally from a commercial viability perspective.
IS THERE ANY THRESHOLD FOR EACH EVALUATION CRITERIA?
No. However, the technical feasibility is a very key aspect of the evaluation. In case the project is not technically feasible, it will not be funded. There is an overall threshold of 14 points, therefore we will only look at the overall score.
Will the innovation of the solution be evaluated?
We will welcome innovative solutions; however, the focus will be to select projects that can achieve scale and be sustainable in the short term. To achieve this, applicants must consider three elements: interoperability, replicability and reuse of the envisaged results. More information about the evaluation criteria can be found in the Open Call Toolkit for Applicants.
The open call evaluation process is anonymous. Why and what does it mean?
This means that the SynchroniCity Open Call Evaluation Committee will anonymise the personal details of all applications before the evaluation of the three reviewers to ensure impartiality. This will also guarantee compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation
To what extent has the proposal to be technical? (eg. not sustainable?)
Technical feasibility will be of critical importance in this open call, which aims to show the replicability and scalability of urban IoT-enabled solutions. Therefore, your proposal can be rejected only on the basis of poor technical feasibility.

7. Costs, Payment & Legal

IS THERE A MINIMUM BUDGET TO APPLY FOR FUNDING?
No. SynchroniCity Open Call considers all proposals requesting a contribution up to €100,000 for single entities; up to €200.000 for Pilot Groups of 2 organisations; up to €300.000 for Pilot Groups of 3 organisations or more.
WILL THE PROJECTS BE ENTIRELY FUNDED BY THE OPEN CALL?
The SynchroniCity Open Call will co-fund projects up to 80% of the total individual budget of each project. The remaining 20% will need to be provided by applicants either as in-kind support or by bringing funding to the project. Note that funding to cities and large businesses is limited to €60,000 per project.
DOES THE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR EACH PROJECT (€100K/200K/300K) APPLY TO THE GRANT FUNDING THAT SINGLE ENTITIES OR PILOT GROUPS CAN RECEIVE OR TO THE OVERALL PROJECT COSTS?
The amounts €100k/200k/300k refer to the maximum grant the proposal will be able to access. The total project costs can exceed these amounts. Applicants can find out more about the details of the distribution of the budget by each applicant (either applying alone or in a Pilot Group in the budget template which is available in the Open Call toolkit for applicants. In this document, there is a sheet dedicated to explaining different scenarios of how you applicants may consider their budgets for the open call. You will only get up to €100k if you apply as a single applicant, your Pilot Group will be able to get up to  €200k if you apply in a Pilot Group (=consortium) of 2 entities or €300k if you apply in a Pilot Group of 3 or more. Cities and large businesses can receive a maximum of €60k.
IS THERE ANY MAX SUM FOR SUBCONTRACTING?
There isn’t a cap on the subcontracted amount, However, subcontracting may cover only a limited part of the activity.  Costs which are higher than 40% of the project budget will not be looked at positively by the jury.
CAN A UNIVERSITY OR RESEARCH UNIT BE AS A SUBCONTRACTOR?
The call is not intended to be for Universities, although they may act as a subcontractor if their activity is justified and makes sense for the solution proposed.
DO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS SIGN THE SYNCHRONICITY GRANT AGREEMENT? HOW DOES CONTRACTING WORK?
The selected applicants will need to sign a Pilot Agreement with Future Cities Catapult.  In the case of Pilot Groups, we expect that the partners will have a collaboration/consortium agreement in place before signing the Pilot Agreement with Future Cities Catapult. As an annex of the Pilot Agreement, there will be a Sharing Agreement which successful applicants will need to sign with all cities where they will be piloting in. This agreement will be the basis of the data and assets sharing between these parties. In the Open Call Toolkit for applicants, you can download a template of the Pilot Agreement.
IF A PILOT GROUP IS COMPRISED OF ONE SME AND TWO CITIES, IS IT STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR € 300,000?
Yes, the Pilot Group can apply for up to € 300,000K, but the cities will receive a maximum of € 60,000 each.
IS THE BUDGET OF € 60,000 ONLY FOR ALLOWING THE CITY TO BECOME COMPLIANT WITH SYNCHRONICITY?
No, the € 60,000 can cover other types of costs, such as travel, staff costs, among others. Note that large infrastructure costs will not be covered by the grant. You can find out more about the eligible and ineligible costs in the Open Call Toolkit for New Cities.
ARE COSTS RELATED TO HARDWARE ELIGIBLE?
SynchroniCity doesn’t fund infrastructure costs. The project builds on the assumption that the participating cities are offering up their existing IoT infrastructure and related data streams in a simple, common way following the OASC interoperability points and mechanisms. There is neither time nor budget in a SynchroniCity pilot to deploy, demonstrate and evaluate a service if the infrastructure isn’t there already or can be established by adding to, integration in and/or upgrading existing deployments.

The guiding principle for assessing whether hardware cost is eligible is alignment with the open call objectives, especially to validate the OASC approach in a large-scale mainstream way, and the evaluation criteria, especially those of feasibility and sustainability. In the open call documentation, we distinguish between infrastructure and materials, indicating the role of the hardware as supporting the existing infrastructure, not constituting substantially new infrastructure.

For example, you may need a few sensors to acquire the relevant data and roll-out your solution otherwise impossible to provide a service with. As long as the need of these sensors is justified in alignment with the open call objectives, you may claim them as material costs and therefore be eligible for funding.

However, hardware will be funded only under very specific conditions, and under no circumstances more than 25% of the total requested contribution from SynchroniCity. Also, the purpose of the hardware will need to be well justified.

Finally, the pilot is very welcome to provide additional con-funding from other sources, public or private, to deploy infrastructure, as long as it is feasible within the timeframe of the pilot.

CAN A NEW CITY SUB-CONTRACT THE SERVICES OF THE SME THEY ARE DOING THE PILOT WITH TO IMPLEMENT THE SYNCHRONICITY FRAMEWORK?
This is possible as long as the SME has the skills and capacity to carry out the implementation. On the positive side, the given SME will be more familiar with the SynchroniCity framework and therefore will probably be more effective in performing this job.

8. Technical

WILL I ACCESS DATA FROM MULTIPLE CITIES FROM A SINGLE-ENTRY POINT?
No, you will access data from each city separately.
IS IT COMPULSORY TO USE FIWARE SOLUTIONS? WILL THEIR USE BE FREE OF CHARGE?
FIWARE is one of the solutions that we provide, but its use is not compulsory. Applicants can use any type of technology. For example, you can use any gateway for the IoT management or you can use other context management system. You can also use context brokers that are compliant with the specifications.

Most of the FIWARE components are free to use. However, the SynchroniCity project doesn’t offer the execution environment to deploy the services. We provide a cloud environment that is a sandbox to test the services. However, the applicant should provide the specific deployment environment that required to deploy specific services of the application.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE SYNCRONICITY AND THE ORGANICITY TECHNICAL PLATFORMS?
OrganiCity was the first reference implementation of the Open & Agile Smart Cities mechanisms. SynchroniCity has learnt from that implementation, but it is much more flexible. It has evolved and many of the constraints of the OrganiCity setup and tools do not exist. It is also a sign that the entire field has evolved is much more agile. There is a reference implementation based on OneM2M and it is one mainstream. Both have the same ambition, but it is much more usable.
DOES THE SOLUTION NEED TO USE EXISTING DATA SOURCES OF THE SYNCHRONICITY’S CORE PILOT CITIES?
Not necessarily. SMEs and Pilot Groups offering a full-stack solution don’t necessarily have to use the data provided by the cities. However, the new data generated will need to be compliant with the SynchroniCity data models and the API in the SynchroniCity framework. In addition, this data will have to become city data. It will be mandatory that the data generated is provided to the City
HOW DOES SYNCHRONCITY DEFINE IOT? WHAT TYPOLOGIES OF DATA ARE YOU EXPECTING THE APPLICANTS TO USE IN THE PROPOSAL?
We have no specific restrictions on the data typology. The data should be related to the specific domain (challenges) of the open call. Applicants are welcome to bring other types of data that are not related to the challenges in the open challenge of the open call. In terms of IoT devices, there are no specific restrictions as well. The only requirement is that the data is compliant with SynchroniCity data models and the APIs in the SynchroniCity framework.
WILL THERE BE A MARKETPLACE WHERE APPLICANTS CAN BE IN DIALOGUE WITH OTHER POTENTIAL PARTNERS?
With regards to the SynchroniCity marketplace, the idea is to provide a marketplace that has two main elements:

The first is the data marketplace where all the datasets from the cities that are relevant to the project fall in this catalogue. Applicants will be able to search and access the datasets. Some datasets will be open source and free to use others will be accessible after the payment of a license fee.

The second is the IoT product/service marketplace. The latter has the goal of allowing different stakeholder in the IoT and city ecosystem to engage. This includes cities, SMEs, technology providers, IoT device manufacturers that that are compliant with the Synchronicity framework. The ambition

However, the goal of the marketplace is not to be a match-making tool for the open call. To find a partner for the open call, you can rely on their tools provided by SynchroniCity such as the website and specific events. Please refer to the specific question on how to find a partner in this FAQ.

IF A POTENTIAL APPLICANT HAS A TECHNOLOGY THAT IS NOT BUILT ON AN OPEN API ARE THEY NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR SYNCHRONICITY?
No, SynchroniCity is a project where interoperability and integration are very relevant. Therefore, applicants can have their existing products/services/applications, but the idea is that their product can be integrated with the SynchroniCity APIs, data models and using Synchronicity capabilities. It is not necessary to provide anything open source.

In fact, we don’t enforce any licenses. What we do as SynchroniCity is to encourage free license, open software and data sharing through the marketplace. What we do enforce is that the minimum interoperability mechanisms are maintained. We leave the implementation completely to the supply and demand completely to the market.

WHAT IS FIREWARE AND WHY IS IT RELEVANT FOR SYNCHRONICITY?
FIREWARE initiative started a few years ago founded by the European Commission. It is an ecosystem which provides a catalogue of open components in various domains, including IoT, cloud, data visualization, among others. For SynchronCity, FIREWARE is relevant in the sense that some of the components for the reference implementation are based on FIREWARE. But it is not limited to this, it is possible for applicants to use any type of technology.
How is the Synchronicity Technical Framework related to oneM2M?
OneM2M is one of the standards that was used as input in the SynchroniCity framework. These two platforms are interoperable, and we are working to demonstrate the integration between them in a pilot project in Seongnam in Korea. Therefore, if you have a OneM2M solution, it is compliant with the SynchroniCity framework.
How do I know the TRL of my solution? Is there a certification?
There is no certification that can prove the TRL of your solution, but you should follow the EU definition of TRLs. For the SynchroniCity Open Call, you must be able to demonstrate that your solution is mature and has already been tested in a relevant environment. It cannot be a concept/idea or a prototype. For further information, download the IoT Large Scale Pilots SME Engagement Handbook available here.
If you an SME has two technologies, one is TRL6 and the other one is TRL7 and they want to combine them and apply for the Open Call. Would this solution be eligible for funding?
There isn’t a yes or no answer to this question as it depends on several factors.  You must always make sure that the combination of these technologies is mature enough to be scaled across cities. If the combination of these technologies is something completely new that hasn’t been tested in a relevant environment and which brings down the TRL then this technology is not eligible. However, if it is simply the combination of the technologies, maintaining the original TRLs, then it is eligible.
[1] For-profit SMEs’ means micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC, that are not ‘non-profit legal entities’ as defined in Article 2 of the Rules for Participation and Dissemination (‘legal entity which by its legal form is non-profit-making or which has a legal or statutory obligation not to distribute profits to its shareholders or individual members’).