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NGIoT Thematic Workshop: Smart Cities & Communities

March 30, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm



NGIoT Thematic workshop series on IoT and Edge Computing

This workshop on Smart Cities and Communities is part of a thematic workshop series on IoT and Edge computing, organised by the NGIoT and EU-IoT Coordination and Support Actions in collaboration with the European Commission and relevant associations, networks, and projects.

In spring 2021, NGIoT workshops are dedicated to IoT and Edge computing in 6 key application domains: Smart Cities & Communities; Agrifood and rural communities (30 March); manufacturing; automotive industry and mobility (27 April); energy and health (18 May).


NGIoT workshop on Smart Cities and Communities

Better quality of data and real-time data can improve the quality of the indicators instruments deployed by cities (e.g. air quality, GHG emission, etc.). In many cases however, data is fragmented or access to data is delayed. With limited data on the local level application the operational means of gathering data at central level loses its value. Citizens could benefit from accurate local services, e.g. for automated traffic management, parking, charging, etc., cities could provide incentives for the installation of local edge nodes (e.g. lamp posts or charging points) and make use of the ability to abstract of single local edge resources to drive an application mesh across different sectors like mobility, transport, energy, renewables, etc.. In light of current legislation on data, the role of Data Gateway Platforms in the context of data spaces, platforms and digital twins will be explored. Special attention will be given to the role of “Edge Nodes”, which are mentioned in the Commission communication on ‘Europe’s Digital Decade’, with reference to the goal of 10,000 climate-neutral edge nodes.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • identify research, innovation and deployment priorities long term, with a specific focus on the green and digital transformation of European cities and communities
  • identify trends and gaps related to the advance of IoT in urban areas and communities leading to sustainable pathways,
  • opportunities related to the convergence of IoT with other technologies, specifically, the current shift from cloud to edge; digital twins, and AIOT based services
  • mobilise the communities around the identified solutions and the upcoming calls under the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe Programme.

Special attention will be given to the role of “Edge Nodes”, which are part of Europe’s Digital Decade, and the goal of 10,000 climate-neutral edge nodes. Also, the role of and potential investments in Device Gateway Platforms in the context of data spaces, platforms and digital twins will be explored

Hosted by NGIoT and EU-IoT projects with Living-in.EU, OASC, EUROCITIES, AIOTI, FIWARE Foundation and the European Commission.


Moderator:  Martin Brynskov , NGIoT coordinator, Prof. Aarhus University, DITCOM

9:30 – 9:40 Welcome

  • Cristina Martinez
    Deputy Head of Unit, Technologies for Smart Communities, European Commission

9:45 – 11:00 Part I: Strategic Agendas and Positions

Priorities and starting points
Local strategies and priorities
Suppliers and service ecosystems
  • Albert Seubers, Director for Global Strategy IT in Cities, Atos
  • Jonne Soininen, Head of Open Source Nokia
  • Mikko Sierla, International Affairs, Vastuu Group

11:30 – 12:15 Part II Visions and Statements

  • Short (2-minute) pitches from the audience (submit your own and see other statements here).
  • Open discussion

12:15-12:30 Next steps: Roadmap Thematic Workshops

  • Roadmap outlook: Federico Facca, Martel Innovate, NGIoT
  • Short introduction to the thematic workshop series (March – May).
  • Wrap-up: Rolf Riemenschneider & Martin Brynskov

We welcome your vision

NGIoT invites European industry and the public sector to reflect on the results from the NGIoT workshops  and convey their position or provide spontaneous feedback on the role of IoT in Smart cities and communities with a focus on the convergence of technologies, as between IoT and Edge computing. We collect vision statements through our website: Feedback could be provided orally or through quote and/or expression of interest in supporting the future strategic discussion on Edge Computing at the European level.


March 30, 2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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