VICINITY held a meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece to discuss the plan of the project and the preparation for next review. In addition, VICINITY partners gave an overview of the work packages and discussed technical part of the project.
The CERTH-ITI Open Day is an open workshop organized by the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) of CERTH every year for the presentation of its achievements to the public, businesses, universities and local organizations.
The participation in the CERTH-ITI Open Day Workshop consisted on the presentation, among several projects, of the VICINITY project describing its main concepts, capabilities, and provided services, presenting also the pilot installations (occupancy sensors, medical devices) inside the Smart house and in the ITI-building.
The Central Union of Municipalities in Greece (KEDE) organized the first Application Development Marathon on technological and operational innovation in the broader field of smart cities, called CITY CHALLENGE - crowdhackathon #smartcity. The conference was focused on technological and administrative innovation for smart cities where participants developed pilot services and applications solving problems that local authorities face. The scope was creative human capital to be mobilized, creativity and youth entrepreneurship to be strengthened.
The ETSI 5G Network Infrastructure workshop was very well attended and the ETSI Amphitheatre was full.
The workshop focused on the network infrastructure required to support 5G services. It was agreed that NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation), SDN (Software Defined Networks), Service Orchestration and Network Slicing would be key technologies for 5G.
This was the kick-off meeting of the new CEN/CLC/ETSI Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SF-SSCC) which will coordinate Smart City related standards being developed by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI in order to reduce overlaps and avoid duplication of work. There will be a wider, more inclusive approach to smart city standards which also takes account of standards being developed elsewhere (e.g. in oneM2M and ISO TC268) so as not to ‘re-invent the wheel’. SF-SSCC will not develop standards itself, but can recommend the development of new standards to fill gaps.
The ITU is a part of the United Nations organisation. It has a membership of approximately 700 organisations including the ministries of communication from most countries.
The new ISG CIM (cross-cutting Context Information Management for smart city interoperability) was approved by the ETSI Director General on 19 December 2016 and had its kick-off meeting at ETSI on 9-10 February 2017. The founding members are Telefónica, NEC Europe, Orange, Easy Global Market and iMEC VZW. The ISG will develop a Context Information Management layer which will sit above the oneM2M Service Layer and be used to integrate data for Smart City applications.
VICINITY held a meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia to discuss the plan of the project and the preparation for next review. VICINITY partners gave an overview of the work packages and discussed technical part of the project.
The CEN/CLC/ETSI Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Coordination Group (SSCC-CG) coordinates Smart City related standards being developed by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI in order to avoid duplication and wasted effort. It does not develop standards itself, but can recommend the development of new standards to fill gaps. It also involves associations of cities, such as EUROCITIES and ICLEI, and consumer associations such as ANEC and ECOS. It has a liaison with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).
Cambridge Wireless (CW) is a leading industry forum based in Cambridge, UK with a rapidly expanding network of companies (currently over 400 members from 31 countries) actively involved in the development and application of wireless technologies. Their activities are based around a number of special interest groups (SIGs) each focussed on a specific technology and/or market area.