Technical feasibility


SECTION I: Testing



Has the R & D result been tested?





In what mode has the result been tested?


                Pilot Application

                Alpha/BETA testing


The objective of Smart city reference model, as a conceptual planning framework is to address the smart innovation ecosystem characteristics that elucidate the assembly of all smart city notions into green, interconnected, instrumented, open, integrated, intelligent and innovating layers composing a planning framework called, Smart City Reference Model. Since cities come in different shapes and sizes, the model could be adopted and utilized in a range of smart policy paradigms that embrace the green, broadband and urban economies. These paradigms address global sustainability challenges at a local context. Smart city planners could use the reference model to define the conceptual layout of a smart city and describe the smart innovation characteristics in each one of the six layers. The testing included cases of smart cities, such as Barcelona, Edinburgh, and Amsterdam, which are examined to evaluate their entirety in relation to the Smart City Reference Model.


Please describe and discuss the testing results

The Smart City conceptual reference model could be used by smart city planners as an analytical tool to identify the innovation processes and policies that complement a city’s smart city plan. The proposed conceptual reference model is used as an analytical framework to analyze the smart city plans for the cities of Barcelona, Amsterdam and Edinburgh.

The conceptual model could be also utilized to synchronize and optimize city’s investments in green and broadband economies. It also provides a common understanding among smart city stakeholders of investment priorities. The investigation of critical city’s resources that will contribute to its readiness to smart vision is a crucial preliminary planning step. The outcomes of this research could be utilized by smart city planners to prevent unsustainable investments and to build upon the socio-technical complementarities in the smart city course of action.



SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development



To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )

URENIO is a university laboratory for the promotion of research and supply of scientific and technological services. URENIO is part of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

URENIO’s current research emphasis is on intelligent cities and regions. In particular:

   Innovation clusters development and planning: Development, assessment and planning of innovative clusters, technology districts, technopoles, science and technology parks, innovation centres and incubators.

   Regional innovation systems and strategies. Knowledge-based urban and regional development. Management of regional systems of innovation. Regional innovation strategies. RIS and RITTS projects. Measuring and benchmarking of innovation performance.

Intelligent cities: Intelligent-global clusters and technology parks. Virtual innovation environments. Digital city platforms and innovation e-communities. Strategic intelligence, foresight and benchmarking. Global technology transfer networks. Collaborative new product development. Global product promotion.




What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?

The research result has gone through modeling and testing phases. The next steps are:

The implementation of processes and the roadmap for smart city planners.

The design of sustainability indicators for assessing the smart city plans

The automation of processes and roadmap into a web platform.

A report generator module for smart city planners.



What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?

For the implementation phase the following expertise are needed:

A smart city engineer

An smart city planner with innovation background

A PHP and MySQL programmer

A Java programmer





Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.

The model  clearly identifies a planning paradigms that could be useful  to smart city planners. The current stage of development is under conditions of evolving environment and emerging technologies for smart cities.  The organizational targets of the implementation effort are imposed by the following conditions:

  • Improve decision-making on issues related to urban planning, city management, environmental protection and energy consumption based on urban pattern and its morphology.
  • Promote inclusion among various users groups (e.g. elder or diversely able citizens) through services that account for barriers at city level.
  • Involve citizens at wider scale by collecting geo-referenced information based on location-based services at urban scale.

The assessment concludes that the model has a potential for further developing and is ready to implemented as version 1.


SECTION 3: Deployment


Define the demands for large scale production in terms of

·       Materials

There are no plans for mass production since the access to smart city conceptual model is online via web.

·       technologies, tools, machineries


·       Staff effort



SECTION 4: Overall Assessment


What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?


Smart city conceptual model starts a 3D web application to create very high-resolution solar potential maps of the city. This is required to define new policies or incentive schemas at the city level. The 3D design will actually applied as visual representation of plan policies using the model’s layers.  For every city, in its conventional terms, there are certain operations and processes that must be synchronized toward obtaining a smart city’s vision responding to certain challenges. These challenges refer to the enrichment of a city’s urban planning with smart planning activities and to the type of infrastructure intervention, which are planned to complement smart city actions. Another critical factor is the ability of the city to create an identity for smart priorities, which blend with the city’s plan and innovative outlook. A smart city’s identity must be aligned with regeneration projects, planning to change, and social innovation actions that should be taken to create a socially inclusive smart city vision among citizens and communities.



Please put X as appropriate.






Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far






Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team






Current development stage






Overall technical feasibility








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