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Sharing Experiences in Project Communication

Sharing experiences: project results, with a focus on dissemination and exploitation of smart cities innovation looking at DIRECTION, BRICKER, R2CITIES, CITyFiED, REMOURBAN projects

Author: 
Alec Walker-Love
Organisation: 

2015 SCIS Project Coordinators Meeting

Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Location: 
Albert Borschette Conference Centre - Brussels, Belgium

‘With 75% of EU citizens living in cities, cities are part of the problem, but also represent the solution’. The first European Smart Cities Project Coordinators Meeting took place Tuesday, bringing together project leaders, town planners and architects to discuss their experiences and lessons learnt from managing projects. The goal of the meeting was to gain feedback on ways to efficiently process information through the Smart Cities and Communities Information System (SCIS) web platform and to ensure project replication across Europe.

Eric Lecomte, EC Technical Officer, opening the meeting, said the SCIS portal should offer solutions for those setting up Smart City initiatives, and not just illustrate the potential problems. ‘Challenges appear at every stage. The SCIS should represent a One-Stop-Shop for sharing information and experience.’

SCIS is a continuation of the Concerto series of initiatives, which began in 2005. Several of the Concerto funded projects were showcased (including CELSIUS, DIRECTION and PIME). Those present stressed the need for reliable data, and noted the challenges created by public authorities and local regulations whilst highlighting the many cultural, climatic and socio-economic differences in projects. All the meeting participants agreed that Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) should take into account not only the synergies of projects, but also their individual features.

Architects and town planners insisted that the SCIS database needed to assist in the goal of making projects financially viable in the long term through ongoing collaboration with national, regional and local authorities. ‘Energy efficiency needs to be considered in the design stage not just as an add-on at the end of the project’, said one architect. ‘Yet currently it carries too much financial risk.’ As well as developing a project database from which KPI’s can be calculated based on data from Smart Cities initiatives, the SCIS team will produce analysis and recommendations that will contribute to policy development in the sector.

Further Smart Cities Project Coordinators Meetings will take place annually.

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