For the upcoming 15 months, Sigma Orionis will - together with 5 other consortium members - analyse the replicability’s potential of European Smart City Communities (SCC).
“A Smart City is a place where the traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses”. Smart Cities are systems based on renewable energies, smart grids and smart metering systems as well as smarter transportation systems (i.e. reducing traffic congestion, better and real time information, etc.). 5 % of the European population is expected to implement this kind of solution thus reducing by 40% their greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 1990).
The transition towards true smart cities will take time with possible issues to be addressed including risks related to scaling-up, as well as integration and interoperability (both between old and new technologies, and among innovations). Moreover, public and private stakeholders must face uncertainties, risk aversion concerning innovative solutions, barriers to new entries, increasing costs, the lack of common standards and the immature market for truly integrated energy, transport and ICT solutions.
The study “Analysing the potential for wide scale roll out of integrated Smart Cities and Communities solutions” initiated by the European Commission, will contribute to the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities & Communities and support conceiving and promoting scalable and transferable solutions to reach the EU’s 20/20/20 climate action goals, to reduce high energy consumption, greenhouse-gas emissions and traffic congestion as well as improve air quality.”
Sigma Orionis is part of a consortium led by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC, Italy) and composed of the Danish Technological Institute (DTI, Denmark), the Istituto di Studi per l’Integrazione dei Sistemi (ISIS, Italy), Sinergis (Italy) and Trento RISE (Italy). The Partnership will analyse, assess and evaluate the roll out potential of smart city services, particularly in the domains of ICT, energy and mobility.
Sigma Orionis’s experiences in projects at the crossroads of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), energy and environment, and buildings as well as its implication in the field of international cooperation on ICT for Smart Cities with particular focus on the whole Asian area, will provide input to the analytical activities. Sigma Orionis will also work on Smart City Communities integrated approaches from the Chinese perspective and on on-going EU-China SCC initiatives.
This collaboration will enable Sigma Orionis to strengthen both its knowhow of Smart City Communities trends and success factors for their deployment, and its expertise of EU-China collaboration.
The collective dynamic is already in motion for this study that will last 15 months: the official Kick-off Meeting was held in the European Commission offices in Brussels on January 29, 2015. Next step? Release 300 examples of worldwide Smart City Communities initiatives by mid April 2015!