Our vision is to help EU cities to develop into "smart cities" that provide public services to their citizens in a more convenient way, that are more responsive and citizens-centred, that provide the right information in real-time to allow for better everyday and business decision-making, and that achieve all this in an economically viable way so as to improve environmental sustainability.
Our priority is to coordinate the development and implementation of a smart cities strategy through the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on smart cities & communities (together with Directorates General responsible for energy and transport), and through establishing links and building on relevant policies and initiatives in DG CONNECT. Smart Cities significantly builds on activities with a longer history and structured research and development initiatives, notably Energy Efficient Buildings, Intelligent Transport and Smart Grids.
Despite the flurry of activity and media attention around smart cities; there are few if any cities that are recognised as coming close to our vision of smart cities. Barriers include:
Data will be a key ingredient of 'smart city solutions'; current challenges and needs include:
ease-of-use and accessibility to all of 'smart city solutions'.
The Green Digital Charter which assemble cities ready to make commitments around digital technologies and energy/climate targetsStandards development organisations (SDOs) to address a range of needs including metrics to assess environmental impact of technological solutions, machine-to-machine communications.Stakeholder groups of the EIP including the High-Level Group, Stakeholders platform and EU Member StatesDefinition within the H2020 workprogramme (2014-15) of innovation-related actions including Lighthouse projects to support the EIP on smart cities & communitiesOwn staff (12FTEs), also links to units dealing with development of future networks and data value chain (G3) respectively, and other DGs (ENER, MOVE, REGIO)Working Group on Smart Cities: H2, E3, E4, E1, G3Collaboration with D1 (focus on China)
|Baseline||38 cities (2013)|
|Target||50(by end 2014)|
Reduced GHG emissions and increased energy efficiency in cities enabled by the application of ICT solutions at an initial stage in areas such as energy, transport and construction, and by quantifiable improvements in the energy efficiency of ICT infrastructure and services
|Target||reduction of GHG emissions by 30%(by 2020)|
More companies using open data and developing smart city apps
EU leadership in smart cities, in terms of technological advancement, how well citizens' needs are served and state of roll-out.
Timeframe: 2015 onwards