Smarter Together and 11 sister projects under the Horizon 2020 umbrella, together with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) and the EU Smart Cities Information System met to participate in the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC18) on 13-15 November 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
The participating Lighthouse projects were GrowSmarter, IRIS, MatchUp, My Smart Life, RemoUrban, Replicate, Ruggedised, Sharing Cities, SmartEnCity, Smarter Together, Stardust and Triangulum. Each of these smart city projects are testing and implementing a wide range of innovative solutions with the goal of stimulating uptake and growth in the market and the transition to a more sustainable Europe,
The projects all came together at the EU Smart Cities stand to showcase their projects and initiatives, as well as the collective work being done to help shape the smart cities market across Europe. The stand also hosted a number of discussion sessions and workshops with a range of topics including citizen engagement, mobility and retrofitting among others.
SCEWC18 also hosted three special ‘Agora Sessions’ organised in the exhibition space and were dedicated to looking at specific areas relating to smart cities. The first topic, ‘Trial. Innovate. Replicate. Smart Cities and Communities.’ was moderated by Jens Bartholmes, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENERGY and Smarter Together was represented on the panel by Philippe Fournand. This session presented the world’s largest Smart City R&D Initiative which is ready to scale up.
Smarter Together’s, Stephan Hatmann, was a panelist for the second session, ‘Future Mobility: How will new transport systems change the urban landscape?’. This session covered mobility in the city of the future: e-bikes, self-driving buses, automated beacon-powered infrastructure and looked at wider rollout of these mobility options.
The last session was a panel discussion, featuring Smarter Together’s Wolfgang Glock, and looked at various approaches to the collection and utilisation of urban datasets in cities, data platform solutions and the progress of digitalisation in municipalities. A strong focus of the session was on lessons learned and recommendations for the future. Over the course of the Smart Cities Expo World Congress, Smarter Together and all of its sister projects worked together and helped forward the mission of smart cities everywhere: Better lives for citizens.