SynchroniCity, the European IoT Large Scale Pilot for Smart Cities and Communities, is today one step closer to an open market based on the needs of cities and communities all over the world. Thanks to the 3m€ open call which closed in September 2018, SynchroniCity has now selected 16 new pilots that will be invited to prepare deployment of their IoT solutions in a total of 18 cities.

The cities include the 8 original core pilot cities from SynchroniCity – Antwerp, Carouge, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Manchester, Milan, Porto, Santander – that since the beginning of this focused initiative with their ambition for joint innovation have contributed to define the paths of the road towards a common technical ground supporting communities. The pilot groups will collaborate closely with the cities to develop the services they need, validating the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) of the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network, which are adopted by the OASC Council of Cities and built on an inclusive baseline of existing and emerging standards.

The SynchroniCity team is excited to include 10 additional cities from all over the world to work on key challenges, such as climate change adaptation, Mobility-as-a-Service, reducing air and noise pollution and more. The pilots will concretely contribute to validating the foundations of such a global marketplace in a very short and stimulating time frame of 6 months.

Pilots that successfully prepare will start officially in February 2019, with some financial and legal checks still pending to ensure the proper data sharing agreements and other elements are in place, and in line with the cities. In the meantime, you can join us at ICT2018 4-6 December in Vienna, and at the Connected Smart Cities Conference 2019, on 17 January 2019 in Brussels, to learn more about the SynchroniCity vision and pilots, and how to become part of the community.

SynchroniCity is part of the European IoT Large Scale Pilots Programme, a 104m€ initiative to close the gap between research and innovation towards mainstream adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Internet of Things.