SmartCity proposal towards Slovene government_May 2015


ZI_12509ZI_12600ZI_12918ZI_12373EuroCloud Slovenia announces Smart City proposal towards Slovene government

Within the preparations for Slovene Smart Specialization call for projects, which is the base for structural funds 2014-2020, the largest cities in Slovenia (Ljubljana, Maribor and Koper) have joint forces with the Slovene innovation hub, represented by Competence Centers of Slovenia (, where technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Advanced Control Technologies are merged with Smart and Sustainable and Innovative Construction Technologies, built on top of the competences within these cross-technology fields, to enable key technology players to interconnect with other EU Smart City initiatives, such as the Connected Smart City initiative Presentation has been delivered during event, organized by Government office for development and European regional policy as invited project proposal within SmartCities and communities panel- see HERE

See our project proposal presentation  HERE

Three key differentiators of the proposal are:

  1. The main goal of the proposal stretches across a software layer that will include newly developed concepts, a complete architecture of software and concrete implementation that will be developed within European standard.
  2. We plan to develop additional controls within already existing EuroCloud Star Audit certificate scheme, with which we specifically aim to bring digital service maturity model within domain of SmartCities servicesm and support Slovene industry players to take part within global value-chains.
  3. On the basis of this comprehensive development, the proposal will incorporate newly developed concepts and solutions into the various standards, which will be incorporated into standardisation of this field through the ISO SmartCities work groupwhere we will add descriptions of key concepts within smart cities and thus influence the establishment of key concepts and relevant technological components, but also market and social demands for ICT standardization within this domain.

The lead partner of the proposal, EuroCloud Slovenia, has gathered 26 key players coming from Slovene industries, all 3 Slovene Universities, the biggest Slovene research institute, and main Slovene cities to be part of this coalition.

Slovenia’s Smart Specialization program 2020 projects smart communities as one of the most important investment areas with future development potential, where Slovenia would look for global niches within new value-chains.

In spring 2014 the consortium has previously provided to the Slovene Government Office for Development and European cohesion policy a roadmap of how we tend to involve technologies, talented people present within city environments, and users on the city level as well, to be part of Smart City pilot projects, which will to develop within the 2014-2020 period.

Within this roadmap we have seen cross technology areas, which are part of technology pool, such as cloud computing, Internet of Things, sustainable and smart-buildings of the future, smart-grids, etc.

On the social challenges fields the consortium will focus towards EU smart cities, energy efficiency on the city level, climate goals, and sustainable city developments based on new technologies.

The model of Slovene Smart City initiative is built on 6 pillars, aligned to the EU Smart City vision:

Smart economy: Economy represents one of three key areas of sustainable developments based on economy driven ecosystem, enabling creativity, innovation and collaboration towards new jobs. Once this eco-system partners work hand in hand, economy models on local but also on global scale of economy change, as new global opportunities arise via new innovative business models. Local industry gets involved as well, start-ups get involved as well and internationalization becomes key economy driver, new investments readiness gets higher visibility through by local players.

Smart environment: lower energy consumption is one of key goals future cities have to dedicate their activities/programs/services. By that we mean from smarter lightning systems to alternative energy usage enablement, optimize power consumption based on distributed power provider systems of alternative energy sources, such as solar energy, etc. Other very important field of smart environment is smart planning of resources, such as water consumption, loss control, waste management and recycling capabilities, pollution control, connected with smart mobility, smart buildings, connected with smart city environment via new technology enablement in smart city environment, based on sharing data on city/community level, provided by city authorities, based on infrastructure sharing, etc.

Smart management: presents efficient and transparent public services, which enable safe and stable environment for business and industry development with enablement of public collaboration of managing cities (public proposal offering, open innovation platforms, etc). It means simpler, ICT supported public services for citizens. Smart management is enabled via e-services, which have public interfaces towards users. E-services on all levels enables paperless communication, supports better mobility and quickens city processes. It opens the fields of open innovation, where citizens are invited to participate within the transformation into smart-city. Also innovation management support is crucial to bring innovation as part of core system, which enables new smart city services in place, which a close to real needs. Terms like open data, open processes and open services get in use at this point, which support transparency, collaboration and participation, which in the end brings new innovative solutions into real life situations.

Smart living: On the level of individual and the quality of his life at home and outside, public need of the citizen need to be addressed. Therefore it is important that we enable innovation potential on personal level in the fields of health, security and wellbeing. Special car needs to be considered towards elderly people, which is getting bigger and bigger, due to long-life, which again, gives a huge potential of bringing new innovative services towards elderly people especially in respect to their health-care, which needs to be enabled from their home, based on their personal needs, which will in the future even be more important due to demographic changes. Furthermore, smart-living also means information on a specific situation you might be in at current time, which is relevant for you at that time, which can also influence on the quality of living in city environment at important events, such as accidents, social events, activities important to your lifestyle and age, etc. And in the end also bring all this information into your homes, to ease the living within our homes, houses, apartments within smart home environment.

Smart mobility: Mobility is a key element of successful city life, therefore optimization of traffic is of utmost importance. Smart mobility wants to get to very smooth traffic within city centres, lower personal traffic need and use public transportation means instead, integrated multimodality is key aspect, which can help extensively towards this goal, meaning integration of different public transportation means (time management, integrated tickets for all public transportations within one area, integration of all information on public transportation services). In the end this means transformation of public transport services, which becomes much more citizens friendly and time and also economic efficiency becomes very important in comparison towards private car transportation. To enable such as transportation system, one must think of developing better and much more real time traffic control in respect to lowering the traffic jams, car accidents and consequently quicker response mechanisms for avoiding jams on your way.

Smart society: smart society is a society, which needs collaboration with others an also new ways of learning experiences. It proposes open space collaboration places where people can meet and exchange new creative ideas on all levels of education. Smart society is targeting toward raising the technological competences of people, leaving within city, better access to internet and usage of digital technologies into learning processes – it is open and inclusive society, adopted to their citizens as well as tourists (different services, multilingual services, etc); the main vision here is to enable social and cultural gathering, which enables support to individuals and create environment for creativity and cooperation. From the social point of view smart society means cooperative society, which embraces differences and intercultural dialog and open mind creativity.

Basic conditions for smart city environment is technological environment, which needs to consist of:

–        Scalable sensorial network, which can be controlled efficiently and is two-way communication enabled (internet of things

–        Scalable program modular platform, which enables complex data analysis (analysis of huge sets of multimodal real-time datasets (hi-performance computing – HPC) from the user perspective it runs in the cloud

–        High speed network connectivity (wireless, other)

–        Interoperability and integration of interfaces which enable connectivity with sensors, IOT devices, internal and external services and applications and systems

–        Monitoring control and KPI control enablement and metric for information delivery

–        Open authentication and authorisation mechanisms

–        Human-computer interaction systems

Targeted impact

If smart city’s vision is to provide smart and sustainable components in place, on the level of individual buildings one most provide components, which are:

–        Energy efficient, from the user as well as provider viewpoint

–        Comfort to people living in buildings

–        Building block, which are coming from materials, enabling long term sustainability of a city

–        Strong clean environment policy support towards city sustainability

–        Services, which enable interconnection on the city level

“Smart city outputs within proposal therefore consist of:

–        “Open datasets”, which enable wider user under secure measure in place, which support safe data exchange

–        development platform (PaaS – development tools), which will serve public usage for integration between services and interoperability of those services, which enable big data management of all events within (“SmartCity” ecosystem)

–        set of public services, which deliver data towards user in user context way towards citizens on all level of city living

–        a city with lower energy consumption due to efficient consumption management in place

–        a city with high energy independency (city energy performance certificate)

–        city with high usage of alternative materials with low impact on environment (smart waste recycling, higher usage of renewable materials)

–        public services, which enable optimized city management; efficient two-way communication enablement (between city management and city residents)

–        Synergy between services, managed directly by city management with so called secondary services, which enhance the experience of resident or tourist, such as “smart taxi services”, etc

Other collaborations on SmartCity in EU

EuroCloud Slovenia works closely with Connected SmartCities network, which supports strong FiWare technology enablement of EU Cities to develop a partnership on this topic:

We have implemented action items of EU Commission’s work into this proposals in the area of open data and SmartCities opportunities – When you look to the EU Commission’s work in the area of open data, they are focussing on generating value through re-use of a specific type of data – public sector information, sometimes also referred to as government data. That is all the information that public bodies produce, collect or pay for. Examples are: geographical information, statistics, weather data, data from publicly funded research projects, and digitised books from libraries.

They support open data for 4 reasons:

–        Public data has significant potential for re-use in new products and services;

–        Addressing societal challenges – having more data openly available will help us discover new and innovative solutions;

–        Achieving efficiency gains through sharing data inside and between public administrations;

–        Fostering participation of citizens in political and social life and increasing transparency of government.