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SELECT for Cities Report Summary

Project ID: 688196
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SELECT for Cities (SELECT for Cities (Standardized, opEn, data-driven, service-oriented user-centric pLatform Enabling large-scale Co-creation, Testing validation of IoE services for Cities))

Reporting period: 2015-12-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

What is the problem/issue being addressed?
Internet of Everything (IoE) is recognized to be one of the dominant ways transforming the way we manage and live in our urban environments in the future. The extension of the Internet to the physical spaces and objects is a massive opportunity for new services and business for example in the areas of logistics, transport, environment, security and wellbeing.
IoE is directly linked to the smart city development, but it has proceeded slower than expected. The key showstoppers are the lack of common standards, fragmented marketplace, and lack of ways to systematically test and introduce new solutions in the cities.
The common challenge of the SELECT for Cities PCP is the design, research and development of “cities as linked and large-scale Internet of Everything labs”.

Why is it important for society?
The extension of the Internet to the physical spaces and objects is a massive opportunity for new services and business for example in the areas of logistics, transport, environment, security and wellbeing.
Besides the potential high number of new services capable of being created via such a City wide IoE lab, such a platform which integrates the cities current IoT and Smart infrastructure, will provide huge gains in terms of better public services, reduced public costs, and foster economical development through the development of an IoE focused industry.

What are the overall objectives?
The challenge lies in developing an open, standardized, data-driven, service- oriented and user-centric platform that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban IoE applications and services. This approach fosters the longer-term goal of evidence-based innovation in cities.
The envisaged platform has several requirements, components & features that are currently not available in existing solutions. The platform must allow collaboration between departments and cities, and (automated) testing of IoE services. The design should be based on an open and modular approach, and support cloud-based, data-driven, service-oriented, user-centric, and co-created large-scale testing.
The joint effort of the partners procuring this pre-commercial track lies in guarding the integration capabilities of the platform with solutions that exist in the respective cities today. Particular attention will thus need to be paid to technologies and tools that allow smooth communication and integration between these existing solutions. The end goal of SELECT for Cities is taking the idea of the city as a large Internet of Everything Lab and putting it into practice.

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

In the following, progress and achievements during the period of 1st December 2015 – 31st January 2017 are described for WP2 and 7. The Project management aspects (WP1) are described in Chapter 3.4.

Work Package 2 is responsible for a final common challenge definition and fine-tuning phase in which a further description of the key business requirements will be conducted. This phase is essential to inform fully both the internal and external stakeholders about the scope, objectives, requirements and constraints of the SELECT project, as well as on the pursued procurement strategy and procedures.
In the consecutive market consultation, the following goals were pursued:
• Give the stakeholders the opportunity to respond and give feedback to the ambitions and the planned approach of the SELECT project;
• Gain a broad insight in all relevant and available users, stakeholders, technologies and possible solutions in the market place.

WP2 goals and corresponding deliverables have been successfully achieved. The conduction of a pre-commercial-procurement PCP process preparation has turned out to be more complex than expected, which has required a large amount of human resources, a significant amount of coordination activities, physical meetings, and an extension of the timeline of the project.

Work Package 3 – Solutions Design (Phase 1) - aims at the execution of PCP phase 1 – Solution Design
During the first period report, phase 1 (open) call and all relevant tendering documents where concluded and published in month 15 (outside the 1st reporting period)

Work Package 7 – Communication and Dissemination
The objective of the WP7 is to ensure fluent communication and dissemination within the Project community and external stakeholders. In WP7 a Communication and Dissemination Plan will be delivered for the Project, providing instructions for active promotional activities aimed at ensuring the widest possible dissemination of the Project’s activities and outcomes. All Partners contribute actively to the Communication and Dissemination of the Project.

During the first period a detailed Communication Plan (D7.1) was produced. The plan sets out the target audience for SELECT, mapping key Stakeholder Groups against their areas of interest. Appropriate tactics are outlined for each group explaining who is to be engaged with, when and how.
Activities during the first year of the project were focused on (a) establishing the SELECT brand name across Europe, (b) introducing potential participants to the concept of PCP, and (c) encouraging participation in the Open Market Consultation phase of the project. The main tools and techniques utilised included:
The project site (www.select4cities.eu) was established during the first week of the project with content tailored to the needs of potential tender participants. The website is reviewed and updated weekly and the news is added on an ad-hoc basis depending on partner activities. Potential participants can sign up for regular news and updates, download outputs from the project – presentations (on outputs of Open Market Consultation (OMC), PCP etc.), factsheets, brochures, public deliverables – and watch videos to learn more about the PCP process and SELECT for Cities challenge. The website messaging was completely revamped in months 10-11 to reflect the progress the Consortium made in shaping the call vision and to provide an optimised platform for future publishing of the tender docs.

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)

SELECT for Cities PCP Request for Tenders as been launched immediately after the end of the 1st Period report. As such, we are still not in a position to assess the innovativeness, ambition level and potential impact of the resulting solutions.

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Record Number: 198386 / Last updated on: 2017-05-19