RADICAL Living Labs

The RADICAL project is about the homonimous Platform and added value services, but it  is also developing and deploying  a wide range of high‐impact added‐value smart city services that leverage social networks and IoT services. The  RADICAL  services  are deployed across five smart cities and one region in different countries. 

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Aarhus

aarhusAarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and is situated in the region of Central Jutland, a peninsula at the north of Germany. The population in Central Jutland is 1.2 million and in Aarhus 319.094 people. There are about 50.000 students in Aarhus.

In Aarhus the IT industry is one of the most growing industries – with significant synergies between the city’s businesses, educational institutions and researchers in the field. Additionally, Aarhus has a wide range of IT competencies, and with 20,000 IT jobs in Greater Aarhus, the region’s IT cluster is today a national top scorer in terms of growth and the establishment of new IT companies.

Following this innovative heart, Aarhus works, in favour of citizens and any other stakeholder, on two services:

– Cycling Safety, through PR events in which cyclists often using the street concerned by this new service are invited to participate in Living Lab activities. In this way, the City expands its living lab comunity and it involves relevant users to actively test this innovative service. On top of this, media are actively involved to spread the word around the project and this service.

– Eco-consciousness service, the City is targeting both a specific area of the city where our pilot site is and it is also expanding the user group to include citizens of Aarhus who are interested in participating.

Athens

AthensAthens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. The city of Athens has a population of 664,046 within its administrative limits and a land area of 39 km2 (15 sq mi). According to Eurostat, the Athens Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) is the 7th most populous LUZ in the European Union (the 4th most populous capital city of the EU), with a population of 4,013,368 (in 2004). Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.

Athens is characterized by a variety of individual and collective initiatives followed by citizen communities and NGOs aiming at improving everyday life and sustaining the environment, promoting local culture to visitors and so on. Municipality of Athens is making all possible efforts to initiate programmes and activities that bring together all the relevant community members and contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and to an attempt to bringing back citizens to participation and involving them in local activities. Understanding, communicating and applying the Living Lab methodology, was a first step to creating a Living Lab ready environment that can follow the principles of co-creation, especially within the internal eco-system of the Municipality of Athens (administrative and elected representatives) and towards the external one. The establishment of the Open Athens Living Lab is a concrete result of the above described current state of play. The Open Athens Living Lab applies the LL approach to the wider Athens region (Attica) and its citizens, aiming to create synergies between the public sector, private companies and citizens for building open data services that are working to make Athens a ‘Smarter’ City. The objective of Open Athens LL is to contribute to the development of innovative services and products that will increase the well-being of the citizens.

The overall community consists of citizens and visitors, local citizen communities already active-collaborators in other EU projects or other, NGOs, other local government organisations, local tourism organisations, the internal ecosystem of the Municipality of Athens and its respective organisations and local Businesses among others. All stakeholder groups are contributing to two Radical services:

– Cycling Safety (CycleSafe): cyclists can both participate in testing the application and provide feedback, but also in the actual co – creation of the service at specific workshops organized by DAEM. The application will be soon launched but has been already tested in real-life as it currently is.

– Athens Augmented Reality: this service idea is based on providing multi-media information on a map so that citizens and visitors can take a virtual walk in historic buildings of the Municipality of Athens.

Genoa

genoaGenoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan‐Turin‐Genova industrial triangle of north‐west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres. With a GDP of 15.08 billion Euros, or 1.3% of the national total, the city ranked fifth in Italy for economic strength in the year 2000. Today a number of leading Italian companies are based in the city. The city is leading a living lab strategy based on a process on the innovation derived by the specific territorial community, the public administration acts as a mediator being able to canalize the innovative ideas through its needs. Furthermore, the living lab strategy of Genoa relies on the creation of social innovation, the building of “informal boxes” of co-creation, co-decision and co-design being able to foster new visions and behavioural rules and the creation of “Green networks” among citizenship, association, public administrations etc.

Reflecting this strategy, the Municipality of Genoa is using the RADICAL platform in order to develop advanced services. In the last months, the internal team developed the procedures to register and send data acquired by local sensors to the platform repository. For instance regarding Weather data, each sensors has registered more than 25.000 observations. This aspect clearly demonstrates the scalability of the platform in order to manage a large amount of data:

– Carbon footprint management service, it focuses in particular on GASs (Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale – Local Exchange community) management, allowing citizens to meet local companies and buy local agricultural products.

– Eco-consciousness service, the City of Genoa is developing the idea of a minute agriculture, conducted by local citizens and supervised by the municipality itself, which would store information about land, plantations, and much more.

Issy-les-Moulineaux

Photo2The City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, counting on 72.000 jobs, is part of the Grand Paris Seine Ouest Urban Agglomeration that represents around 180.000 jobs and stands out as the biggest ICT Pole of Paris Area and, generally, in the whole country. Actually, about 40% of the jobs of the City are in the ICT Sector that includes major international companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Huawei and Bull. Next to international groups, Issy is highly focused on hosting SMEs and start-ups that play an important role at local level as some of those represent Excellence at French, European and International level. Moreover, pioneers in the use of media and information technologies, the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux is today a real living laboratory of innovative utilisations of these technologies for the benefit of the population and its economic development. It is nowadays involved in numerous European projects and is renowned at the international level as a leading town for provision of digital services to its inhabitants.

Following up its digital heart, Issy is working on two services:

– Augmented Reality, it focuses on an historical application related to the eco-quartier of the Fort d’Issy to make the visits of this area as innovative and interesting as possible. The City is collaborating with the cultural association CLAVIM that manages the cultural center “Le Temps des Cerises” where the most of living lab activities take place.

– Data Journalism service, Issy is introducing in City life an application, TellMyCity, useful for communicating with the City to congratulate, to suggest or to indicate any problem. Some testers of the City and of Community Centers are today doing a real-time testing to make possible to have this application in City daily life.

Santander

Capture rzadSantander, with a population of about 200,000 inhabitants, is located on the northern coast of Spain, between Asturias and the Basque Country overlooking the Cantabrian Sea. It is a coastal city that grew in 19th century thanks to a flourishing commercial activity and also throughout the 20th century thanks to tourist activity promoted by the Spanish Royal Family.

The City is considered one of the most intelligent cities in Spain due to a very strong performance in the smartness dimensions. It has provided a position of leadership in the smart cities paradigm, creating a competitive advantage, thanks to a combination of research, innovation, knowledge and technology.

Following its Smart dimension, Santander is working on two services:

– Augmented Reality, the service is related to an application called SmartSantanderRA that is already available to be downloaded by the end users. It offers an interactive experience through its “stroll in the city” mode where visitors receiving information about specific Points of Interest taking into account their preferences as they stroll around the city.

– Participatory Urbanism, a service of the City aiming at exploiting the use of citizens’ smartphones to promote a collaborative environment in which end users become active sending information to the Municipality through the Platform.

Region of Cantabria

santillanaCantabria is a Spanish region located in the north of the country with Santander as its capital city. It is bordered on the east by the Basque Autonomous Community, on the south by Castile and León, on the west by the Principality of Asturias and on the north by the Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay). Technological innovation and development are a priority in Cantabria.

This context unites activities in the field of technological development and the information society, reinforced by an ambitious programme of incentives and support to foster R&D&I activity, initiatives which are all set within the framework of the 2007-2011 Regional R&D&I Plan.

According to these priorities, Cantabria is leading activities on two local services:

– Augmented Reality, a service deployed in a small village, Santillana del Mar, in order to extend the Smart City concept to rural areas. The mentioned service provides information to both tourists and citizens, becoming an added value service intended to boost local economy, contributing to the technical progress in the village.

– Carbon Footprint Management, a service tested through the installation of 7-10 sensor devices for the bus lines previously selected at the most adequate for the testing. This will let, on one hand, to calculate static carbon footprint per bus line, depending on the vehicle’s performance and, on the other hand, to calculate Carbon footprint per capita.

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