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SPECIFI: Smart Platforms Enabling the Creative Industries for the Future Internet

Focal areas that Smart Cities try to overcome are the reduction of pollution, traffic, or crime, and the introduction of models for public data. However, it is SPECIFI’s guiding principle that Smart Cities need to go beyond upgrades related to control tasks and public data. They can only become a success if they also become Smart Creative Cities, by employing open, Future Internet infrastructures to become thriving centres of arts, media and leisure. Creative Industries can create wealth through the generation and exploitation of IP, and include advertising, design, film and video, music, performing arts, printing, etc. Creative Industries lie at the crossroads between the arts, business and technology, making them a source of competitive advantage, not the product of wealth but the origin of it. The issue tackled by SPECIFI is to capitalize on the cultural and creative richness and diversity of European cities, while overcoming some of their key weaknesses, i.e. fragmentation and isolation. The promise of employing open Future Internet platforms and infrastructures in a smart, citizen-centred way, is to forge creative links between citizens, administrations and Creative Industry SMEs, between cities and their larger region, and between cities across Europe. SPECIFI will demonstrate the positive impacts of a European Creative Ring of Smart Cities and Regions, with real-life Future Internet (Fiber-to-the-Home and wireless) infrastructures, with real-life users and producers, and in 5 real (certified) Living Labs active in 3 smart cities and their surrounding regions. SPECIFI will demonstrate how cities can overcome technological limitations, geographical limitations and lack of sustainable business models. Hereby, they can become Connected Creative Cities through open Future Internet platforms and linking cities’ “Super-Creative Core” with other cities’ Cores and with the broader region surrounding them.

Contact information

DE VOS Koen
GASTON CROMMENLAAN 8/102
9050 GENT
BELGIUM
Tel. +32 9 331 48 60
Fax.

Participants

Coordinator: IMINDS VZW, BELGIUM

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
IMINDS VZW BELGIUM
ZETICON NV BELGIUM
THE EGG EXPLOITATION SA BELGIUM
STAD KORTRIJK BELGIUM
European Network of Living Labs BELGIUM
BUDA KUNSTENCENTRUM VZW BELGIUM
BELGACOM SA BELGIUM
ALCATEL-LUCENT BELL NV BELGIUM
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS GREECE
INTERPLAY SOFTWARE SRL ITALY
GRUPPO EDITORIALE TRENTINO SRL ITALY
CREATE-NET (CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND TELECOMMUNICATION EXPERIMENTATION FOR NETWORKED COMMUNITIES) ITALY
ALCATEL-LUCENT ITALIA S.P.A. ITALY
INSTITUT DE CULTURA DE BARCELONA SPAIN
FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A CATALUNYA SPAIN
Departament de Cultura - Generalitat de Catalunya SPAIN
DIALOGIC INNOVATIE & INTERACTIE BV THE NETHERLANDS

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