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Marita Holst, CDT, Luleå University of Technology Photo: Linda Alfredsson
Marita Holst, project manager at the Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Linda Alfredsson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Citizens' initiatives for smarter cities

Published: 19 January 2016

The majority of the European population live and work in cities, and the urbanization is expected to continue in the future. The project OrganiCity will make cities smarter by using Internet technology solutions and thus become more inclusive for residents.

– It's all about mobile, smart services that make life easier, says Maria Holst, project manager at the Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology, CDT, at Luleå University of Technology.

– And the solutions must be viable, not be done just for the sake of the project.

The term smart city is simplified about how various functions in society communicate and interact with each other with the help of IT. This can include everything from keeping track of air pollution and traffic flows to available parking spaces. The project includes three cities already that have come a long way in the use of IT as a part of the urban infrastructure: Aarhus, London and Santander in Spain. The three towns and the data that is already available, will be linked in a OrganiCity platform, a platform that also will be evaluated and validated within the project.

Open calls for anyone

The goal of OrganiCity, a three year project funded by Horizon 2020, is to develop and design technologies and services to cities that are more inclusive for both individuals and groups of citizens. Services and solutions that are built, should be based on the platform's data, and the initiatives will come from individual citizens.

– A third of the project's budget goes to the open-calls that are for civic-run experiments, says Marita Holst.

– The aim is to make open data available and allow citizens to come up with ideas about how it can be used to improve the cities.

The project OrganiCity includs 15 different partners and CDT leads the work of the open calls for research proposals.


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