EIP Smart Cities Conference
On 26 November 2013, the European Commission hosted a conference during which city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders discussed the actions outlined in the “Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan” and how to put them into practice. The plan is part of Europe’s fifth “Innovation Partnership”.
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, said that the Smart Cities initiative is a great opportunity to make changes happen for less congestion and better business opportunities in European cities. According to the EC’s Digital Agenda, the future of infrastructure and city planning will be based on integrating ICT systems and using big data to make our cities better places to live and work. These new systems will need to be based on open standards for hardware, software, data and services which this European Innovation Partnership will develop.
The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) in Smart cities and communities focuses on those areas where ICT, energy and mobility overlap, and identifies the most effective, common approaches and solutions. The Commission intends to make available approximately EUR 200 million for Smart Cities and communities in the 2014-2015 budgets of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, to accelerate progress and roll-out of smart cities solutions.
The FIA was present at the iMobility Challenge and HeERO project stands at the exhibition corner of the conference, to promote intelligent mobility technologies such as eCall.
Picture: Zoran StanÄiÄ, Deputy Director General of DG Connect at the European Commission, visits the iMobility Challenge and HeERO stands.