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Innovative cities for the next generation


ICING will research a multi-modal, multi-access concept of e-Government. The model - thin-skinned City - will be sensitive to both the citizen and the environment through the use of mobile devices, universal access gateways, social software and environmental sensors. Intelligent infrastructure will enable a Public Administration Services layer and a Communities layer. Communities will interact with the infrastructure to avail of services created by the administration, and will also create their own information-based services.

ICING will research into eCommunity and Usability and also into two-way interaction with the physical environment. The research will focus on the areas of embedded intelligence, tighter integration of operator platforms and city infrastructure to enable novel services, empowerment of citizens to evolve systems of interaction with the city via social software, input from citizens and sensors for management systems and decision modelling, and a combination of city systems and multi-modal, multi-device communications to provide enhanced services. The technology platform will gather indicators from the City, process the information, propose actions to be taken with human intervention and supervision and connect the City with its constituency. Services and information will be delivered on a range of commodity devices, providing greater reach and accessibility to local government and communities.

Solutions will be tested in - City Laboratories - in strategic city regeneration districts, 22@ in Barcelona, Grangegorman in Dublin and Arabianranta in Helsinki, where users will trial and evaluate technologies and services. Outcomes will include the following:
- Vision Model of a more sensitive, accessible city;
- Technology Models and Open Source Tools for multi-modal access;
- Communications Gateways and Location Based Services that interact with the citizen and the environment;
- Urban Mediator system for citizen-led services;
- Research roadmap for the future.

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