The start of 2015 has seen CITyFiED sign up to a group of fellow Smart City projects under the name MySmartCityDistrict (MSCD). Three other projects all aimed at moving us towards a sustainable urban future make up the group that was set up during the course of last year. These fellow projects are EU-GUGLE, R2CITIES, and ZenN.
MSCD is a clustering initiative among like-minded projects in the Smart Cities field. It operates as a joint dissemination network and knowledge exchange framework. Its ultimate goal is to maximise the replication potential of developed methodologies and share the combined experiences with other European cities. The network draws further strength from several of the project partners being involved in more than one project.
With CITyFiED signed up along with recent member SINFONIA, the number of demo sites represented by MSCD has jumped from 14 to 20, not to mention the “follower cities” that are connected in some way to the member projects. For CITyFiED, this represents a valuable opportunity both for gathering data, information and know-how from others’ experiences and extending the impact of its own work to other cities and districts across Europe.
The MSCD group offers the opportunity of joint activities such as workshops, web cross-linking, joint social media and events, and the exchange of best practices. The coordinators and disseminators from each project will work together on annual events in Brussels or elsewhere to discuss and manage the way forward for this initiative. It will embrace other projects from the field along with potential replicators interested in sharing knowledge.
All the projects come from within the EU’s Smart City and Communities initiative and share the major challenges of transforming our urban spaces into smart cities of the future on a large scale. The MSCD initiative will provide a coherent outlet for such projects addressing multiple audiences.
The CITyFiED project aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and implementing innovative technologies and methodologies for building renovation, smart grid and district heating networks and their interfaces with ICTs and Mobility.
CITyFiED is coordinated by Fundación CARTIF (Boecillo-Valladolid) and developed in cooperation with 17 other partners: Acciona Infraestructuras S.A., Ayuntamiento de Laguna de Duero, Dalkia Energía y Servicios S.A., Mondragon Corporación Cooperativa Scoop, 3IA Ingeniería Acustica SL, Lunds Kommun, IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB, Lunds Kommuns Fastighets AB*LKF, Lunds Energikoncernen AB PUBL, Soma Belediyesi, Turkiye Bilimsel veTeknolojik Arastirma Kurumu, Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Soma Elektirik Uretim ve Ticaret AS, Mir Arastirma ve Gelistirme AS, youris.com GEIE, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum of the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 609129