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Pilot living labs at the JRC

Living labs are a modern way of creating user-centred environments that enable innovation, co-creation and start-up development.

Living labs integrate research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings.

Why living labs at the JRC?

The JRC aims to bring real added-value and innovation to the policy-making process.

With living labs we want to co-create high-quality, policy-relevant and people-oriented solutions in particular with relation to smart cities.

We want to share knowledge and best practice with mayors and urban planners, who are facing the challenges of implementing smart cities.

Testing under real-life conditions

Before putting new technologies and applications into practice, they need to be tested in real-life and controlled environments.

We are opening two of our research sites, Ispra, Italy and Petten, in the Netherlands to host living labs.

Both sites simulate urban environments with a large number of

  • staff
  • buildings, roads and utilities
  • dedicated experimental facilities
  • high-speed communication networks

Knowledge for better policy-making

This testbed approach will advance scientific insight in

  • technology-related aspects (interoperability and robustness)
  • trust, user acceptance and user-feedback

This approach will help us provide better evidence for policy-making.

Pilot projects at the JRC

We have a number of ongoing pilot projects for smart city solutions with focus on digital energy and future mobility.

Future mobility solutions in Ispra

  • The JRC Ispra site acts as a technical verification and commissioning site and offers its Living Lab to the Horizon 2020 project SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption).
  • Through international Automated Vehicle robotic competitions we engage with citizens to discuss the implications of future transport technologies and to support the scientific developments.
  • We are organising, in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center, focus groups with citizens to gather their views about connected and automated vehicles.
  • The project on innovative social ride-sharing service concerns the co-design, testing and validation of a service that connects people who have a social connection and travel on compatible routes.
  • The project on thinking body of automated and autonomous vehicles addresses the development, validation and demonstration of an electric and automated modular platform.
  • The project on automated droids aims at testing real delivery scenarios for indoor and outdoor low contact services and last-mile delivery operations.

Digital energy solutions in Ispra and Petten

  • The project on innovative electric charging stations aims at testing open systems for charging e-vehicles and investigating the impact of deploying the chargers on staff behaviour.
  • We are developing an Energy Monitoring System for office buildings to raise user awareness and engage staff towards sustainable behaviours through gamification tools.
  • We are developing apps and interactive visualisation tools to raise awareness and test the impact of visualisation on user behaviour.

Open call

Call for expressions of interest - Pilot living labs at the JRC