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Major smart city project gets green light

Led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, these cities have a vision to co-create the future

Trondheim (above) and Limerick are among the cities in the consortium
Trondheim (above) and Limerick are among the cities in the consortium

The +CityxChange consortium has been invited by the European Commission (EC) to become a new smart city lighthouse project as part of the Smart Cities and Communities research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.


+CityxChange brings the two aspiring Lighthouse Cities of Trondheim in Norway and Limerick in Ireland together with their Follower Cities of Alba Iulia, Romania, Pisek, Czech Republic, Võru, Estonia, Smolyan, Bulgaria and Sestao, Spain.


The consortium will receive €20 million in funding from the Horizon 2020 programme with project partners adding a further €10 million.


The +CityxChange vision is to enable the co-creation of the future we want to live in. It includes the development of a framework and supporting tools to enable a common energy market supported by a connected community. It believes this will lead to recommendations for new policy intervention, market (de)regulation and business models that will deliver "positive energy communities", integrating e-mobility-as-a-service (eMaaS).


Under the leadership of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), these cities will develop and test new solutions together with a number of large and small companies, not-for-profits and other universities.


Among those participating in the project is the IOTA Foundation, which developed the IOTA protocol distributed ledger technology.


“Smart cities is one of the fastest growing cross-sectorial arenas of innovation for IOTA,” said Wilfried Pimenta, head of business development at the IOTA Foundation. “Building on our work and partnerships across mobility, energy or data marketplace, these smart city ecosystems bring it all together.


“The +CityxChange consortium gathers many public and private partners around an ambitious open innovation and co-creation initiative. This is 100 per cent aligned to IOTA Foundation’s DNA and we can’t wait to get started.”


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