Making European Cities smarter: take the survey!

The European Commission is launching a new platform in early 2012 to encourage the development of smart cities projects and policies. Its first step is a user survey to ensure the platform meets stakeholder needs.

By combining technologies as diverse as water recycling, advanced energy grids and mobile communications, smart cities reduce their environmental impact and offer their citizens better lives.

This is not, however, simply a technical challenge. Organisational change in governments - and indeed society at large – is just as essential.

Making a city smart is therefore a very multidisciplinary challenge, bringing together city officials, innovative suppliers, national and EU policymakers, academics and civil society.

The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform will stimulate the emergence of smart cities by bringing these stakeholders together from across Europe to exchange ideas, launch projects and improve policy.

The two main goals are:

  • Policy input and analysis: get stakeholder input into how national and EU policies and programmes can best support smart cities;
  • Smart City Projects: help cities go smart through both helping cities learn from each other and by generating privately and publicly funded projects.

You can read more about this on the EU Smart Cities web site.