Smart City Strategy for Limassol


Smart City strategy

Integrated Planning, Policy, Regulation and Management



The project relates to the Vision of the city to become "smarter", innovative and more creative, to ensure societal and social development and the well-being of citizens and visitors.
For this the city has already planned a number of stand-alone smart city projects. Experience, however, shows that a strategic vision, backed by all stakeholders and supported by long-term policies and respective regulatory frameworks, is the basis for an effective and efficient change process.

The requirement is for a detailed city-wide implementation plan including intelligent and innovative funding models which is key for a coordinated approach, and a holistic view and commitment to the smart-city process, in alignment between different policy fields and between regional, national, EU actors, using a participatory approach. 

Limassol city through the Smart City Strategy and Implementation Plan, will involve a broad range of policy fields and stakeholders and will formulate an integrated smart city strategy, 
with clearly defined targets. The strategy will involve regional and national authorities, and the EU in order to eliminate political, administrative, technological and financial hurdles to achieve the goal. 

The long term strategy will address policies and a defined strategic implementation, to enable the National Government, regional and local authorities and private investors to support the Limassol city-wide deployment and provide funding. 

- Include the smart city strategy in National and European funding considerations.
- Mobilise Structural Funds involving regional authorities with integrated actions
- Devise incentives to involve private companies and funding organizations, to contribute and invest in the implementation of the strategy.

The plan should target the following :
- Plan for Integrated Infrastructures and processes across Energy, ICT and Transport and connecting infrastructure assets to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the city
- Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and districts 
- Increasing the share of renewable energy sources used and the liveability of the city
- Alternative energies, Energy efficiency of buildings and districts
- Public transport, efficient logistics

Relevant actions in the Operational Implementation Plan :
5.2.1 Potential Action 1: Developing a Smart City Strategy and Implementation plan

- The project is inline with the overall goals of the European Innovation Partnership "To significantly improve citizens' quality of life, increased competitiveness of Europe's industry and innovative SMEs together with a strong contribution to sustainability and the EU's 20/20/20 energy and climate targets".

The Strategy and Implementation plan specifications should ensure that :
- Agreed standards, protocols and common data formats are used
- Data used in all sub-projects are accessible also to third parties, whilst fully respecting consumer privacy and protection of legitimate business interests, to foster the development and uptake of novel applications
- Re-using existing infrastructure and put it to multiple use.

The process of developing the long term strategy and implementation will involve and obtain input from the following actors :

- Regional Authorities
- Funding Organisations
- Private Companies
- Research Organizations
- National Ministries
- Citizens and NGO's

Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
  • Integrated Infrastructures and Processes across Energy, ICT, and Transport
  • Citizen Focus
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Integrated Planning and Management
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Baselines, Performance Indicators and Metrics
  • Open Data Governance
  • Standards
  • Business Models, Procurement and Funding


The long term plan, to lead and guide the city of Limassol to become "A Smart City" and a developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life, and by considering :

- Smart Governance 
- Smart Economy
- Smart Mobility
- Smart Environment
- Smart Living
- Smart People

Results expected in

  • 2014 Phase 1: Vision, Phase 2: Smart City Strategy and Roadmap
  • 2015 Phase 3: Action/Implementation plan and Funding plan, Phase 4: Dissemination and progress reports
  • 2016 and beyond Phase 5: Sustainable Smart City Development and Urban learning