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Citizen Focus Ambassador Cities Initiative Relaunch

In view of the EIP-SCC Manifesto on Citizen Engagement one-year Anniversary, the Citizen Focus Action Cluster is re-launching the initiative ‘Inclusive Smart Cities Ambassadors’.

As a result of previously conducted interviews, three Ambassador Cities were nominated, namely Glasgow, Utrecht and Leeds.

In line with the Action Cluster’s commitment to promote citizen engagement, empowerment and participation in order to ameliorate the urban environment, the initiative has been re-launched with the aim of selecting and nominating new Ambassador Cities, to a maximum extent of 10, while reconfirming previously appointed Ambassadors.

In order to do so, an online survey, designed to gather relevant information on the Manifesto’s implementation and the state of the art across EU, has been launched. 

We would, thus, encourage you, as city representative, to take part in the survey, which will remain open for two months starting from today.

In case you have not yet done so, we would encourage you to endorse the EIP-SCC Manifesto on Citizen Engagement here and become promoter of its citizen engagement principles.

About Citizen Focus 
Citizen Focus is the European Innovation Partnerships on Smart Cities and Communities’ Action Cluster promoting citizen engagement, their empowerment and participation in ameliorating their urban environments.

The Action Cluster is active in the EU arena since 2014, promoting networking efforts with key stakeholders and policy makers.

Any inquiry may be addressed to



Event Tip: Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (Barcelona)

The upcoming Smart City Expo World Congress (Barcelona, November 14-16th) is the leading international event for the smart urban solutions industry, the key meeting point for experts and leaders of the world’s most innovative cities, companies, research centers and international organizations, and the place to share knowledge and get inspired. ESPRESSO will present the use of standards in Smart Cities.

Peterborough named as one of UK’s top 10 smart cities (external content)

The city has been placed among the UK’s top 10 leading Smart Cities by global information company, Huawei, which has assessed the top 20 Smart Cities’ achievements. Peterborough was ranked ninth – above Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Sheffield and Liverpool – and listed as one of 12 “contenders” behind the smart city “leaders” Bristol and London. The city also received a Star Award 2017 for innovation in sustainability. The Future Peterborough project, run by Opportunity Peterborough (OP) and Peterborough City Council, was singled out for its approach to sustainability and its work to create a circular economy to reduce waste and reliance on raw materials. ADVERTISING There was praise for Share Peterborough, the resource sharing platform which has 200 company members aiming to make better use of under-used resources. Steve Bowyer, OP’s chief executive, said: “It’s great to see Peterborough recognised for its efforts to create a better city for its citizens and businesses.” “Our position in the index reflects that whilst we look for solutions that might be empowered we don’t look just at digitally led answers: we want to create a ‘future Peterborough’ rather than a ‘futuristic’ city which is resilient and sustainable, and a great place to live, work and invest.” Cllr Peter Hiller, the council’s cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “Seeing Peterborough retain a prominent position within the UK’s top Smart Cities, finishing higher than the likes of Cambridge and Oxford, is a real testament to just how much the Future Peterborough team has achieved.”


Event-Tip: Cities set Standards to be Smarter and more Sustainable

How to replicate smart city solutions? Are standards the right tools for cities? Can the European Standardization Organizations be part of the cities’ journey towards a smart and sustainable future?


Cities are not always fully aware of what standards can offer, as they may not be familiar with the value voluntary standards bring and how to get involved in the standardization system. This conference will bring cities and standardizers together to debate on priorities and needs for cities in their journey to become smarter and more sustainable.

Therefore this event aims to:

  • raise awareness and promote standardization among cities and citizens;
  • showcase and exchange cities’ best practices where standards play an important role;
  • find out how to replicate smart cities solutions;
  • collect expression of needs for further standardization development;
  • motivate decision-makers and investors. 

The results of the debates will feed into the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum on ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ acting as advisory and coordinating body for European standardization activities in this field. 


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Albert Borschette Centre, Brussels, Belgium

ESPRESSO at EIP-SCC General Assembly

Smart housing & living, smart electric mobility, intelligent lighting and mobility services…lots of things can and need to be done to deliver smart cities that benefit citizens needs. The solutions are there, but need to be taken up. This is why facilitating access to finance for cities, developing bankable business models and providing good and effective policy and regulation are now the focus of the work of this partnership.

This and other topics were discussed at the EIP-SCC General Assembly 2017 in Brussels. ESPRESSO join the GA to discuss the use of standards in Smart Citys and provide input at the “Knowledge Wall”.


11th ESPRESSO Webinar

Standards and reference architecture enabling a smart city urban platform!

June, 13th – 10:00 AM CET

Joachim Lonien and Bart De Lathouwer 

Many Smart City solutions are based on sophisticated information and communication technologies. However, technological complexity, as well as the complexity of the various sectorial services involved within a Smart City, require a system approach to standardisation.  Such an approach must promote the greatest possible reuse of existing open standards to accelerate Smart City deployment. In an effort to leverage the promise of a system approach, ESPRESSO (Espresso – systEmic standardisation apPRoach to Empower Smart citieS and cOmmunities) focuses on the development of a conceptual Smart City Information Framework based on open standards.
In this webinar, we discuss our first findings with other Smart City Projects. It will be an opportunity to get to know the ESPRESSO Smart City platform and have an overview of the relevant open standards, technologies, and information models that constitutes it.


Shaping the role of standards in smart city initiatives

As part of the activities to be carried out for the project, the ESPRESSO team is pleased to invite you to take part to a brief survey concerning the role and impacts of standards in smart city initiatives. Your contribution will be highly appreciated and of key importance for modeling and influencing future trends in the smart city field.
The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. You can answer it in one go or complete it in stages, your responses will be saved automatically by the system. You can then resume it at any time, and review your earlier responses.

Visit the Content Section to start the Survey

10th ESPRESSO Webinar

 Data management and citizens’ privacy in smart cities’ open governance

April, 26th – 14:00 AM CET

Daniel Sarasa and Antonio Kung 

Thanks to smartphones and apps, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, networks and sensors deployed throughout public spaces, cities are collecting vast amounts of data beneficial for the ‘public good’. This data enables municipalities to develop better-informed decision-making and improve public services (waste management, traffic prediction, energy efficiency).

This webinar intends to show how data management processes by city administrations and use of privacy-by-design standards are key to build trust and resilience in smart cities and open data.

Watch the recording in the Webinar-section!

9th ESPRESSO Webinar

 The perspective and potential of standardizing operational processes in the administration across EU, with a focus on Life Events

April, 7th – 11:00 AM CET

Daniel Homorodean 

As citizens of an integrated Europe, we can work, relocate, conduct business in any member state and we expect that our relationship with the administration should be predictible and consistent anywhere. Yet, we are not there. From one state to another and even from one city to another our interaction with the administration is different, following particular action flows, documents and timelines.

The need for standardization is highly emphasized at EU level and consistent activity is taking place in various domains of the administration, like procurement, invoicing, e-signatures, reuse of public data, data proctection and privacy. Some countries pioneer their own standards in other domains, preceeding a larger European approach. But what is the perspective for standardizing the Life Events at EU level ? In this webinar, we will explore it together.

Smart Cities Done Smarter

City planners weighing up their IoT platform options could be forgiven for feeling slightly owerwhelmed. According to the reserarch firm IoT Analytics, there are more than 360 different IoT platforms available worldwide. Of that number, more than 60 are targeted specifically at the smart city.


Want to read more about it? Dowload the paper “Smart Cities done Smarter


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