EIT Digital: City Enabler wins Select for Cities Award 2018
City Enabler is one of the three candidates awarded contracts to start the final phase of Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) Select for Cities
During the last edition of Smart City Expo World Congress, which was held between 13 and 15 November in Barcelona, EIT Digital's co-funded Innovation Activity CEDUS was announced winner of the 2018 Select for Cities Challenge. The competition's goal is to develop a data-driven, Internet-of-Everything (IoE) platform for European cities, that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban IoE apps and services.
In the last phase of SELECT for Cities, the CEDUS consortium, led by Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA, together with EIT Digital and ATC International, embraced two new partners: Rombit in Belgium and Aalto University in Finland.
CEDUS's City Enabler, which was among the finalists at the EIT Awards 2018, is an ecosystem digital platform, powered by FIWARE, that supports cities in synchronizing and harmonizing Data and IOT at urban level.
SELECT for Cities started its pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to obtain R&D services, for the creation of large-scale, city-wide, Internet-of-everything platforms, in order to facilitate collaboration and open innovation. The process is highly competitive, and during the previous Phase II, five contractors produced platform prototypes, using open standards to visualise and analyse city data, for generating actionable intelligence. All of the five were invited to bid for Phase III, during which the innovative platforms are going to be tested in real-life settings in Helsinki, Finland and Antwerp, Belgium.
The third phase of the execution stage is expected to end in September 2019.
'The three Contractors entering phase III all have very strong solutions' said Hugo Goncalves, of Forum Virium Helsinki, the project leader of SELECT for Cities. 'SELECT for Cities is very proud to play a significant role in accelerating their development and is looking forward to seeing their impact in the city test beds over the next year'.
Stéphane Péan, Digital Cities Action Line Leader at EIT Digital, presented City Enabler in front of hundreds of people during SCEWC 2018 and pointed out: 'City Enabler, winner of SELECT for Cities, is now a reference point in Europe. This smart open-source solution does not only support cities, empowering people and businesses, but also accelerates the digital cities market. Supported by EIT Digital, it has already started its deployment in several European cities as well as South America.'
SELECT for Cities is the first Pre-Commercial Procurement in the world to focus on the Internet-of-Everything, in a multi-country and multi-partner joint effort. Partners of the consortium include Forum Virium Helsinki (Finland) as project lead, Digipolis (Belgium) as partner and lead procurer, Antwerp (Belgium) as procuring entity with Copenhagen (Denmark), IMEC (Belgium) and 21c (UK). The project is supported by the European Commission through its H2020 programme.