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CITYKEYS Report Summary

Project ID: 646440
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CITYKEYS (Smart City performance measurement system)

Reporting period: 2015-02-01 to 2016-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

European Commission has developed two parallel approaches to support the implementation of smart urban
technologies: the creation of 'lighthouse projects' (large scale demonstration of technology in cities and communities) and
'horizontal activities' to address specific challenges (e.g. regulatory barriers, in standardisation, public procurement and
performance monitoring). CITYkeys project is within the context of these horizontal activities. The mission of CITYKEYS is
to develop, and validate, a holistic performance measurement framework for future harmonized and transparent monitoring
and comparability of the European cities activities during the implmeatation of Smart City solutions. The work methodology
will be based on the following key factors:
• Extensive collaboration and communication with European cities.
• Establish a baseline by analysis and integration of existing results from previous initiatives.
• Develop a set of KPIs specific for Smart Cities initiatives evaluation and comparability
• Smart solutions for transparent and open data collection and processing.
The tangible objectives of the CITYkeys project are to:
1) Develop and validate a transparent performance evaluation framework: including KPIs definition, guidelines for data
collections, performance system prototype and testing in case-cities.
2) Develop recommendations for the implementation of the performance system into the cities decision-making process and
recommendations for the development of new business.
3) Engage stakeholders in identifying and exploiting opportunities for synergy and replicability; and establish a collaboration
platform for European cities.
The consortium includes 3 multidisciplinary research organizations, 1 cities association and 5 partner cities covering different
geographical regions in Europe and different urban realities. In addition to the 5 partner cities, 15 others shown their
commitment to join the project stakeholders advisory group.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Efforts on the 1st period were focused on building the indicators framework, including collecting stakeholders requirements to it and feedback on it. This resulted in an extensive description of all the framework and respective KPIs presented in report D1.4. In addition the needed data sources for the KPIs calculation were analysed in order to support the testing phase in the 2nd period. In general, the work progressed towards the main Scientific and Technological goals, although there were some small delays, most of which are now almost caught up (at the time of writing the periodic report).
The main results achieved were:
Overview of the cities performance monitoring needs (D1.1)
Overview of the current state of the art of performance measurement frameworks and systems (D1.2)
CITYkeys Smart city KPIs and related methodology (D1.3 and D1.4)
Definition of needed data sets for KPIs calculation and their availability (D2.1)
Dissemination and communication activities including the set-up of the project identity and (D4.5), the D&C and the exploitation plans (D4.1 and D4.2)
Administration and coordination activities focus on the everyday project management and on the setting up of the project guidelines and internal document sharing platform.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

CITYkeys has done extensive collaboration with cities (including Lighthouse cities) and citizen groups. In addition the co-operation with other stakeholders like industry, associations and networks. The collaboration enabled to Identify what are the needs of the cities and the needs of citizens & stakeholders with regard to the CITYkeys outcomes and results, namely smart city key performance indicators.

Major focus has been in identify the citizens and city stakeholders’ criteria with regard to how smart city projects are evaluated, selected and accepted.
The indicators that will be used for the CITYkeys framework are expected to be adopted and supported by a wider audience since already round 20 voluntary cities and city stakeholders have shown their interest to test the CITYkeys indicators in real life cities and projects.

CITYkeys is focusing on smart sustainable development including aspects from people, planet and prosperity categories, but introducing also governance and propagation. The performance measurement framework will include specific smart city KPIs that go beyond the traditional division into categories and will measure the integration level and openness of the technological solutions.

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Record Number: 190092 / Last updated on: 2016-11-07
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