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SHAR-LLM Report Summary

Project ID: 691895
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - Sharing Cities (Sharing Cities)

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

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Sharing Cities is committed to developing common solutions to shared challenges.

We are empowering cities to explore and exploit the potential of smart technologies (sensors, mobility and data integration) in order to improve city services, support innovative new businesses and deliver a better quality of life for everyone. We are doing this by developing and deploying replicable smart solutions for challenges that all cities face in regards to energy, transport and the built environment. We are demonstrating how the digital and human aspects of these measures can bring economic and environmental benefits to any city in Europe. We are engaged with investors in order to line up funding for future procurement. We are working closely with the EIP-SCC Marketplace as well as other Lighthouse programmes to explore multiple collaborative approaches. By focusing on shared opportunities we can co-design innovation, aggregate demand to attract investment and develop scalable and viable smart solutions for the cities that we live in.

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 order to develop solutions that are scalable we have worked hard to ensure that the technology we design and implement meets the needs of the city. We have done this through engagement and collaboration, for example co-creating use cases that can be used by a variety of stakeholders. We are carrying out activities that explore how the end user will interact with the smart measures we are creating. To explore how we will incentivise their use, these measures are being co-designed with a range of partners, including city governments, businesses and citizens. This approach will result in business models that help to resolve shared problems and that can be replicated.

The measures we are implementing focus on three main areas - people, place and platform and we have adopted a ‘digital first’ approach to all three. For example, supported by an urban sharing platform, we are retrofitting technology to buildings in order to make them more energy efficient. We are aggregating and sharing data between multiple partners to enable predictive analytics, leading to effective urban planning and more efficient energy operations. We are promoting a shift away from petrol and diesel engines by implementing shared digitally enabled e-mobility. We are deploying smart lampposts with LED lighting, parking sensors and environmental monitors. We are sharing good practice amongst the cities and stakeholders on citizen participation and how we can innovate together.

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)

Sharing Cities is committed to creating a positive legacy from the funding that we have received. We want to drive value out of every single euro that we spend and to that end we have set ourselves ten audacious goals that we aim to achieve.

Chief among these is the commitment to use our €24 million in EU funding to trigger €500 million investment through procuring common solutions at scale. We have already engaged with over 100 cities across Europe and continue to drive this number upwards by identifying other cities that would seek to co-design and potentially jointly procure common solutions. To this end we have also played a key role in engaging with our fellow Lighthouse programmes to coordinate our efforts. A critical mass of demand attracts investors and industry, generates economies of scale, delivers more confidence in solutions that are faster to market and delivers bigger returns on investment.

We would like to invite you to become a part of Sharing Cities and the journey we are on. If you are a city, a business or an investor and are interested in getting involved, we invite you to visit our website and sign up to our Knowledge Sharing Platform, or just get in touch via twitter @CitiesSharing.

By demonstrating the financial and environmental value of urban innovation to residents, businesses and municipalities we want to change the way that we think about sustainable development and guide smart city technology into the mainstream.

This is what we mean by creating common solutions to shared challenges.

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