Date Published: May 9, 2018, 8:16 a.m.
Smart City Innovation Centre is a platform involving local authorities, research and academic institutions, as well as leading smart city-related companies, with the aim of allowing these actors to pool their data and knowledge in a single location, thereby multiplying opportunities to develop smart urban services and solutions. In a first phase, the project will aim at implementing Smart City Innovation Centres in accordance with the specific environment and socio-economic needs of each participating country. Building upon and capitalizing on the results of the first phase, the project foresees a second phase, aiming at creating a network of Euro-Mediterranean Smart City Innovation Centres, composed of tandems between Northern and Southern Mediterranean cities, operating as a platform for smart-city stakeholders - such as local authorities, research and academic institutions, non-governmental organizations supporting innovation, public service enterprises and innovative start-up companies - to exchange knowledge and best practices towards fostering sustainable, innovative, energy efficient, and inclusive cities in implementation of the UfM Urban Agenda objectives.
Due to the effects of rapid urbanization and industrialization in the recent years, many of the socio-economic challenges present in the Euro-Mediterranean region include an urban dimension. That is also why, an integrated approach to urban development throughout the region is needed, in order to create smart strategies for developing inclusive, sustainable and energy efficient cities in view of improving the living conditions of its citizens.
That is why, the main objective of the project is to develop and implement Smart City Innovation Centres in three South Mediterranean cities members of the Euromed Cities Network.
The proposed cities of the first phase implementation are:
In the first phase, the project foresees to carry out the pilot implementation (referred to also as Proof of Concept - POC) of the Nice Metropolis’ Smart City Innovation Centre model in order to demonstrate its replicability by testing and adapting the model in the 3 partner cities, subsequently allowing the beneficiary cities to proceed to the second phase, namely a complete collaborative platform, by capitalizing on the pilot implementation.
In the second phase, the platform will be composed of tandems of Mediterranean cities, consisting of one city of the North and one of the South. In addition, the project anticipates and encourages the creation of such tandems between other cities of Southern and Northern Mediterranean in order to foster greater knowledge exchange between both shores of the Mediterranean. Meaning that in the aftermath the project is expected to be replicated across the region, creating new tandems between Southern and Northern Mediterranean cities while unifying the existing platform and encouraging regional integration.
An estimate of 7.300.000 citizens of all the three cities: City of Fes (1.100.000), City of Tunis (1.040.000) and Governorate of Alexandria (5.160.000).
Starting date: 01/10/2018
Ending date: 31/12/2019
Since the aim of the first phase of the project is carry out pilot implementations of Smart City Innovation Centres in the participating cities, the nature of funding to cover its activity should be grants, rather than loans.
Foreseen potential funders to be approached:
Since the project has the potential to build some revenue in its second phase, it could be funded by combination of loans, grants and support of International Financing Institutions, donors and the private banking sector in the participating cities:
1. First phase results: The project foresees a pilot implementation (Proof of Concept - POC) in order to demonstrate the replicability of the Nice’s SCIC model by testing and adapting it the participating partner cities.
In terms of quantifiable results, the first phase will develop:
2. Second phase results: The project perceives to further develop the pilot implementations (POCs) in terms of newly established urban services as well as to develop the network through tandems across the region.
The impact on stakeholders after the implementation of the second phase:
Conditions to be met prior to the implementation of the first phase in order to secure successful implementation of the project:
Nice Metropolis’ Smart City Innovation Centre:http://www.investincotedazur.com/the-smart-city-innovation-center-opens-in-nice/