Supporting smart services

Endorsed by ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs)

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The EPIC Consortium unites world leading Living Lab and technology partners with innovative SMEs and subject matter experts in order to ensure that end-of-project results help European cities become smarter and more innovative in the way they deliver services.   It consists of a balanced mix of state-of-the-art technology innovators, advanced ‘Smart Cities,’ academic research centres and dissemination and business planning experts from across Europe. 

EPIC is led by iMinds Brussels, a Living Lab with a strong track record working in innovative European projects.  iMinds is currently coordinating the path-breaking Apollon Living Lab project as well as running the secretariat of ENoLL, Europe’s largest network of Living Labs.   Embedded in the University of Brussels (VUB), iMinds will draw upon the University’s recognised programme management methodology to ensure outstanding financial, administrative and content lead of the project.   For day-to-day project management, iMinds will partner with IS-practice, a micro SME with extended experience on working complex multi-disciplinary European projects.

To accelerate the uptake of innovative, user-generated Internet-based technologies and services, EPIC brings together  3 of Europe’s leading Living Labs – each of which, in turn, represents a leading European city/region in public sector innovation:   iMinds for the Brussels Capital Region, Issy-Media for Issy-les-Mollineaux and Manchester Development Agency for Manchester.

Each of EPIC’s three Living Labs will use their own ‘open innovation ecosystems’ to engage users from the local city ecosystem in the innovation process, facilitate ‘public-private’ partnership working and ultimately generate new innovative Internet-based services :

  • iMinds and the Brussels Capital Region will work in close collaboration with the internationally renown Fraunhofer Institute and subject matter experts Produpress (a leading SME in the area of online real-estate services) to test a semantic web relocation prototype in an extended Future of the Internet framework.
  • Issy-Media will work closely with the technology SME Navidis, a specialist in interactive geographical interfaces, to implement a multi-faceted urban planning suite which combines GIS, rich content maps and 3D augmented reality applications.
  • The Manchester City Council will work alongside IOT specialists AIDC and local ICT SME Hildebrand to adapt its Smart Environment Application (which was created during the DEHEMS project) for use on the EPIC Platform.

To exploit synergies and ensure cross border exchange of good practice, the three local innovation systems outlined above will join forces with the IBM’s world leading Smart Business Test and Development team - located in Hursley (UK), Dublin (Ireland) and Ehningen (Germany).  The IBM team will provide the ‘Smart’ testing and development Cloud infrastructure for the EPIC platform.   The renowned National Technical University of Athens will handle requirement analysis and evaluation.  Meanwhile, Athens Technology Centre, a Greek SME with a wide array of experience in European ICT projects, will support front office GUI development.

To ensure the long-term scalability, usability and sustainability of the EPIC platform, Deloitte Consultancys Brussels Innovation Center for Excellence will work closely alongside IBM and the project’s three Living Labs to develop a pragmatic, empirically-based roadmap that will address key regulation, legal and business modelling issues, , among other areas.  The roadmap will be used to help new cities such as EPIC’s final pilot partner, Tirgu Mures in Romania, integrate and use new technologies to work smarter.  In this sense, Tirgu Mures will leverage its status as a relative newcomer to the ‘Smart Cities’ initiative to act as a test-bed for the EPIC platform, high level applications and roadmap.

Finally, the project’s business and communication consultants, 21c Consultancy (21c), a niche female owned and operated SME, will leverage its widely recognised European dissemination expertise to partner with ENoLL to engage key city, technical, R&D and industry stakeholders and, ultimately, develop a sustainability plan that delivers results.

 EPIC is supported and partly funded by the European Commission