The aim of the DANS Cluster Kick-off conference is to bring the Digital Agenda for Europe to a more regional level and to show how activities and projects implemented in the frame of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme can contribute to it.
On September 13-15 2011 the Smart Cities project held a three-day conference in Brussels to explore how cities can develop and deliver better e-services to citizens and businesses.
Last week the Smart Cities project was ceremoniously closed during a 3-day final conference. More than 200 participants from 16 countries listened to the best strategies and practices for the development of personalized and user-oriented services.
The Smart Cities workshop on Co-Design learned the partnership to use co-design as a strategic method for developing services and solutions for their cities. Co-design is an ongoing process that allows providers to collaborate with customers to help improve service design and delivery.
ESD Toolkit and Smart Cities organised a workshop on service lists in London. 50 attendees from all over the UK and partners from the Smart Cities regions were welcomed by LocalGov and ESD Toolkit. This one day conference combined presentations and a workshop to examine how service lists are use by local and national government for information management and customer insight.
The Smart Cities project is happy to announce the official dates of the Final Conference. The three-day conference will be hosted in the Heart of Europe, Brussels, and in the Kortrijk region. A mix of high level meetings, diners, a conference, exhibition and local case studies will inspire a target public of policy makers, eGov officers and anyone involved in eGovernment for local authorities.
The 24th and 25th of March 2011 a lively workshop on the businessmodels for Wireless services was held in Groningen. The main goal was to determine the drivers and pitfalls for a successful and sustainable wireless city.
Now that in ten locations the outdoor-info-terminals have been equipped with bluetooth-technology, BIS Bremerhaven will begin with the user survey resp. the testing of the terminal architecture, the contents and especially the handling of the bluetooth services at the centrally located terminal location „Hafeninsel“. It is important that the test persons use their personal mobile phones.
Many cities are planning to implement a WIFI network. During this workshop from Smart Cities, we will highlight a few cases and try to extract the success and fail factors that are driving the business case for wireless netwoorks in urban areas. New developments and business opportunities will be discussed.
The Smart Cities project is invited by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions to present the methodologies and cases developed during the past months. The council is interested in the experiences of the Smart Cities partners and the cases of service development, the work on Customer Insight, the EU service list and the Customer Contact Contres.