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Smart Cities workshops

Monday, November 28, 2016
Paola Dal Zovo, Santer Reply

 

In the last 7 months of the project, a series of Smart Cities Workshop in seven different city locations (London, Istanbul, Athens, Galway, Madrid, Lille, Turin) have being held to demonstrate the capabilities of the implemented VITAL-OS framework. These workshops served a dual purpose: on the one hard to disseminate the project results to local communities and stakeholders, and on the other to obtain evaluation feedback which has been used in order to improve the prototypes.

• London, March, 2016
• Istanbul, April, 2016
• Athens, June 30, 2016
• Turin, July, 2016
• Galway, September 12-13, 2016
• Madrid, September 30, 2016
• Lille, October, 2016

In all workshops, participants were provided with questionnaires and were invited to fill them in. Two distinct questionnaires were administered, one for city authorities stakeholders and another for technical experts and solution providers. The questionnaires included questions about the overall assessment and added-value of the VITAL-OS platform and services, with an outlook on whether they could be useful for the participants.
In general, both city authorities and solution providers expressed positive comments about the functionalities and the innovation of the VITAL-OS platform. However, beyond some positive comments, their opinion about the possibility of exploiting VITAL-OS in their organizations was influenced by some concerns such as the customization effort that they deemed could be required for adoption, the lack of readily available infrastructures (such as IoT devices and IoT platforms), which could enable the direct integration and use of VITAL-OS, regulatory concerns.
The most positive message was however the willingness of the majority of the participants (both city authorities’ employees and solution developers) to engage in follow up activities of the VITAL consortium. Based on this willingness, the consortium has created a critical mass of potentially interested parties (i.e. interest group), with which it could work closely for the enhancement and exploitation of the project’s results.