Strategies for smart cities & regions

Strategies for intelligent cities range from strategies for smart city development to strategies for digital growth and smart specialization, featuring different typologies depending on the goal and characteristics of the envisioned intervention.

Smart city strategies, in particular, may be sector focused (government, education, healthcare, mobility, tourism, etc.), cluster or district-focused (Central Business Districts, Residential Areas, University Campuses, Technology Parks, Transportation Hubs, etc.), smart infrastructure ecosystem – focused (ramifying along the broadband economy, knowledge economy and green IT economy, etc.). Spatial and administrative criteria also apply, distinguishing local from regional and national strategies and reflecting the initiating challenges, character and development mix, especially if areas that call for special attention are included, for example greenfields or brownfields.

Smart regions, on the other hand, refer to regions that aim to foster a competitive production base and unique development mix through sophisticated Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). Forward looking administrative authorities across and beyond EU regions and member states now develop, implement and review RIS3 strategies which enable them to identify niche areas of competitive strength and address major societal challenges. Successful RIS3 require a demand-driven approach into shaping and implementing strategies and the cultivation of innovation partnerships among different stakeholders, resulting to the creation of smart regional ecosystems of actors and relationships.

URENIO Research has rich experience in the development of strategies for smart cities and regions in all different types and levels. We have contributed substantially to a host of regional innovation and smart specialization strategies for Greek and other EU regions and countries. We have also created smart city development strategies and roadmaps for many cities. For example in the Intelligent Thessaloniki strategy, we proposed a wide range of digital applications and e-services with a focus on improving innovation and entrepreneurship, combining ICTs and innovation in specific districts of the city (see figure). Another example we are proud of is the Smart City strategy for the city of Thermi, Greece, whereby not only did we create the overall strategy and the included smart city applications, but we also guided the municipality in operating them successfully.

In the field of intelligent city strategies, URENIO Research offers the following services:

  • current status and challenges assessment with respect to the smart city vision
  • consultation with local stakeholders in developing the smart city vision and priorities
  • intelligent city strategy development, including implementation roadmap and schedule of activities, the development and piloting of smart city applications and the provision of training services for prospective users
  • advice on how to sustain and advance the intelligent city ecosystem after the ending of the project

Strategies for intelligent cities

Figure: Intelligent Thessaloniki Strategy, developed by URENIO Research


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