Dr. Lutz Heuser, President of the Urban Software Institute and leader of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) Marketplace shares his view on the future of the AC he leads.
‘As of today, the market place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) appears to be not a very lively place.
To make a use out of it, it should be revitalised in a way that ‘targeted’ stakeholders have an interest in using it. With this in mind, the market place should take an approach by which its activities are put into a scope of tangible goals and targets through which the projects part of the market place can head to.
Concrete examples from the Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster include the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the open platform initiative or the ELENA Grant application (to be submitted by end of March 2017) for establishing the business case for the purchasing of 2,500 – 3,000 electrical cars.
The relationship between such concrete projects and the market place can be twofold:
- Share such projects in the market place to call for more stakeholder to join-in the project; or
- Treat them as role model for other to follow a similar approach.
Either way, the market place should offer something concrete to stakeholders making them eager to come to Brussels and connect to it. As an example, stakeholders in the Urban mobility sector would be interested in getting funding means required to develop big scale pilot projects in the new mobility services domain; here, the market place can be the umbrella organisation under which carrying this out.
A big challenge to bring forward could be how to get access to traffic data from ITS system, a field without standards and with a regulatory framework that is not sufficient to create a satisfiable business value. Such project would enable to gather traffic data in real time, boosting the EU industry in being the forefront of the autonomous driving system worldwide’.