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SynchroniCity opens up a global IoT market where cities and businesses develop shared digital services to improve the lives of citizens and grow local economies.
Aalto University/Unto Rautio

SynchroniCity project consists of 34 organizations – public, private, NGOs and academia – who have joined forces to realize this goal, with a budget of 20m€, including 15m€ contribution from the European Commission. Starting in 2017 and continuing until 2019, SynchroniCity aims to harness existing front-runner city capacities, and to provide opportunities for industry, SMEs and other cities to pilot IoT-enabled urban services in a concerted fashion on a massive, global scale. 

Antwerp, Carouge, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Manchester, Milan, Porto and Santander – these are the 8 cities in Europe that serve as so-called reference zones for the first piloting. The project will build on existing efforts and infrastructure, locally in the cities as well as globally. A pivotal element in finding a common ground between the cities is the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative, which is backed by more than 100 cities globally.

Concretely, the SynchroniCity project will deploy IoT-enabled urban services in two phases: initially within the areas of mobility and near-real-time policy support, and later in the form of an Open Call where new services can be proposed and developed. 

Project schedule: 2017-2019

Partners: 34 partners, Aalto University / CKIR as Work Package leader

Project funding: European Union's Horizon 2020, LEIT-ICT-IoT, The IoT European Large-Scale Pilots Programme

Researchers from CKIR: Ilkka Lakaniemi, Heini Ikävalko

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