The URBAN AND REGIONAL INNOVATION Research (URENIO) and INTELSPACE INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES S.A. (INTELSPACE) is a research-driven group focusing on the design, development and governance of innovation ecosystems and intelligent cities.
URENIO is a university laboratory for the promotion of research and supply of technological services in the fields of cluster development, innovation systems and strategies, and intelligent cities.
URENIO is part of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Development in the Faculty of Technology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. URENIO has been involved in numerous research projects funded by the European R&D Framework Programmes (FP and H2020), the Competitiveness and Innovation Programmes (CIP), the EU territorial cooperation programmes (INTERREG, MED, SEE, etc.), the Innovative Actions of the European Regional Development Fund, the OECD, and the United Nations. Research carried out in the Lab is acknowledged by leading organisations worldwide. It is among the early proponents of research in the field of intelligent cities, having introduced the concept of intelligent cities as cyber-physical systems of innovation and most advanced innovative agglomerations. URENIO is certified with ISO 9001: 2008 for the Design and Development of Software.
INTELSPACE is a spin-off company founded in 2005 by members of URENIO Research. The company offers IT and consulting services in the field of intelligent / smart cities, such as strategy design, development of software applications, training and customization of solutions, cloud-based platforms and IaaS for smart city solutions. INTELSPACE also focuses on the design and development of software applications and web platforms that sustain key innovation processes, such as scan for best available technology, improve learning and technology absorption, involving end-users in innovation, assessing business models for innovation, design for commons and online marketplaces. INTELSPACE is working with interdisciplinary teams and brings together expertise from the fields of city development and planning, knowledge and innovation management, and information and communication technologies.
Working together the two organisations promote the innovation-led development of cities and regions, the creation of innovation territories and environments supporting R&D, human skills, and learning, and intelligent cities as main planning and development model for the present period. They also promote the development of cloud-based infrastructure and solutions for smart cities, repositories for hosting applications and solutions, and a strategic approach to the development of intelligent / smart cities scaling-up from learning to strategy elaboration and then to technology design and development. The group is also active in the field of smart specialisation and smart growth, supporting regions in the design of innovation strategies or digital growth strategies, and online platforms and methods that facilitate the design and implementation of those strategies.