What about iCity Camp scenarios: Citizenship, mobility/transport, environment? Usefull feedback received from stakeholder and developers.

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During the first day of the iCity Camp were organized 3 workshops to discuss about the scenarios proposed for the developments of apps and about the already identified need of citizens to interact with the cities data.

Stakeholders and developers, attendands at the iCity Camp, shared ideas related with the targeted data delivered trough the iCity Platform. The workshops were designed as dynamic activities to drive the conversation in each scenario table discussion.

  • Citizenship: Information systems related to the interaction with the citizens. For example, systems that allow citizens to communicate incidents and complains. Among the information systems participants will find cultural agendas, or information about public or private facilities, etc.
  • Mobility/Transport: Information systems related to information that would allow improved urban mobility: real-time traffic conditions, traffic courts, construction, state of public transport, geolocation updates of buses, trains, trams, etc.
  • Environment: Information systems-related information - preferably in real time - on air pollution, levels of allergens, current state of the beaches, etc.

The group that was discussing about the environmental scenario was moderated by Jordi Cirera, iCity Project coordinator. During this workshop interesting ideas were highlighted and concepts were redefined. It was specified that there is a lack of Project understanding in the cities and it was proposed to help cities define their potential development of iCity services in order to potentially enforce the opening of the information systems in the cities.

The group also discussed about the importance to create a sales speech focusing on the value offered by iCity Platform through opening Information Systems and putting emphasis on the security and orchestration provided by the platform. Also, the delivery of the methodology developed inside the Project, the legal issues that are related with the services and realease through the platform, are usefull tools for the third parties wishing to develop a service using the iCity Platform data.

The developers proposed to study the technical implication of the possibility to upload data coming from the apps, this proposal was considered by the technical team of iCity as an added value for the platform that will be studied for the coming platform development functionalities.

Business aspects were also brought to discussion, the participants asked questions related with the platform maintenance costs, fees and potential returns from the development of iCity apps. On this aspects further work will be developed with the purpose to define the business model that better fits for iCity and the Project Consortium. There are lots of implications to be studied for the business models, this being the main challenge of the Project for the final year of the Project, 2015.

The second workshop was about Citizenship scenario, moderated by Artur Serra, innovation director at Citilab. The participants attending this workshop were acting as citizens who were expressing their suggestions. A noteworthy remark was appointing to the transparency of the information systems opened by the policy makers.

Suggestions as empowerment of the citizens for the development of apps through opening attractive information systems were written down as further methodological implementation for the city interaction with iCity.

When talking about data privacy, it was identified the need to protect the citizens privacy, opposite to the need of governments privacy that are transparent.

The third workshop was about the mobility scenario.

The mobility in a Smart City stands for efficient public transport routes through the city, improved air quality, diminution of the stress caused by the traffic mobility and a secure management of the transport data communication. This Smart objectives should be part of the strategy of any city that wants to ensure that mobility in the city is effectively deployed by reducing pollution, stress, costs and traffic congestion.

iCity Platform is the piece of the city architecture that represents the edge between the decisions took by the cities and the citizens participation on improving the mobility in the city.

All the 3 workshops came with powerfull insights on how it should be provied the data through iCity, citizens empowerment in the Smart strategy of the cities and transparency of the governments.