Better Knowledge - Action 12: Implementing the digital framework for emerging technologies within the digital infrastructure

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    5 February 2018 - updated 3 months ago
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Cities need to define how to exploit the potential of digitalisation and new technologies in their processes and how they serve their citizens. There are several emerging technologies in the upcoming years (e.g. virtual reality, augmented reality, 5G, machine learning) which cities will benefit from in facing their future challenges. Cities need to study existing laws and regulations, think about the ethics (what city you want to be?) as well as their own activities and roles in a whole new way. Next to that the data transformation will provide opportunities to explore new business models where citizens start to profit from the full value of their personal data.

The new technologies will force cities to think about how to implement these technologies to reach the full potential and safeguard the public interest. There are two main challenges to solve; what do cities need to do (and invest) to create an adaptive digital infrastructure? And how can cities exploit new technologies as part their digital infrastructure (including safeguarding the public interest)?


To help cities implement the new digital infrastructure we work on the following deliverables within this action:

  • We build a (dynamic) digital framework which helps cities & countries to implement the new technologies (from ethical, inclusive and accessible, technical, procurement & legislation perspective) within European boundaries and to deliver continuous input for European legislation. This instrument provides the tools, guidance and instructions in a practical and easy way to implement, develop and integrate new technologies; for cities that are frontrunners as well as followers.
  • A white label (an instrument that provides tools, guidance and instructions) for cities on how to implement (and invest) in digital infrastructure for your city. Within cities there are a lot of examples of the implementation of smart neighbourhoods and what is necessary for cities to become digital and safeguard the public interest


The action will deliver the following outputs:

  • A practical digital framework for cities & countries to implement new technologies which will feed into discussion about the potential EU legislation during 2020-2024.
  • An implementation strategy for digital infrastructure based on a white label which helps cities to implement a digital infrastructure which is adaptive for new digital technologies.
  • A funding report of the investment which is necessary to implement a digital infrastructure based on the white label.
  • Input for the discussion about the potential European legislation and funding regarding new technologies.


To implement the action, the main focus is on knowledge sharing and communication; the tools and instruments are there. They need to be extracted. Participating organisations need to have support in 5 parts by the Technical Secretariat, European Commission and other platforms:

  • support on the coordination and steering
  • marketing and communication
  • development budget of the digital framework and white label
  • Action leader, partners
  • support in form of funding, experts & resources.


The following steps in time will be followed:

  1. Defining the digital framework and white label, including the overview of all developments which is already done - Q1 & Q2 2018.
  2. Defining the assignment for the funding report and assigning to a research partner for the white label - Q1 2018
  3. Developing the digital framework and white label for implementing digital infrastructure - Q3 & Q4 2018 and Q1 2019
  4. Developing the funding report of the investment which is necessary to implement the digital infrastructure within the EU-  Q4 2018
  5. Start with the 5 living labs on 5 Q2 2018 - end 2019
    • bring together the multi-level networks and defining the local implementation
    • strategy within the living labs Q2 & Q3 2018
    • testing and implementation of 5G solutions within the living labs - Q4 2018 & 2019

Action leader

Eindhoven and Oulu


The following partners will be involved:

  • Europe; DG CNECT, Knowledge society forum, Epson and ENoLL[1]
  • Countries/cities; to see which cities want to join (URBACT will help to identify cities)


See also:


  [1] From the European partners specific we need the connection with other platforms & programs, political perspective and framing (references to the strategic approach in European policies) and access to funding mechanisms