The iCity Project works on its own Business Model

iCity's picture

The iCity Project has reached its final phase, in November there will be the final European review and the Work Packages of the project would have resolved its commitment to the European Commission. But beyond duty and compromises the will of this project has always been to offer a new way to create Apps that eases the path for truly European Smart Cities. Following this philosophy, the European project is now working on a business plan that would allow this public service continue after the European Commission ceases to be inolved.

For that purpose, the cities and technological partners of the iCity Project’s consortium are working on the viability of a business plan for the project. The first step towards this goal was a workshop celebrated in Genova on 15th July. During this workshop, the partners agreed on the necessity of a transition period until the iCity Project would be able to work in an autonomous and self-sufficient way. Until then, Cellnex Telecom has accepted the responsibility of continuing with the maintenance of the iCity Platform, the main asset of the project.

Flexible platform

There are still some details and issues to solve, but the workshop was considered a very productive session by its attendees. During the first part of the workshop, the partners worked on the service model and its catalogue. Different input and output scenarios were taken into consideration. Targeting the users of the iCity Project in relation to their population, technological maturity, the number of services or prices were also one of the main discussions of the workshop. Finally, it was necessary to study the iCity Project’s stakeholders and their roles on the new version of the project. This debate ended with a clear consensus of how the final P&S should be and the need of a flexible platform able to adapt to each scenario previously identified.

On the other hand, the partners studied and evaluated different possibilities in order to include more public administrations from different European cities in the project. The most suitable solution was a Joint Procurement system where there is a city administration leader that pushes the rest of the local governments and guides how to implement the previous scenarios and works on the effort and timing estimations until the proper services begin.

Either city Barcelona, Bologna and Genova and the technological partners Cisco and Cellnex Telecom finished the workshop with the belief that a new business model for the iCity Project was possible and sustainable. The work packages also agreed on the importance of working together with all the assets of the project on the creation of new products and services.