Etna Hitech contributed on 9th October to Action Cluster Kick-Off Conference organized by Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform at SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre. The event was addressed to all the partners who successfully contributed to the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) .
Etna Hitech, was selected to participate to the Action Clusters, assembly of partners committing to work on specific issues related to smart cities, by sharing the knowledge and expertise with their peers, giving added-value to their national and local experience and identifying gaps that need to be fulfilled at European level.
The 6 Action Clusters which have been set up so far are:
-Integrated infrastructure & processes
-Policy & Regulations / Integrated planning
-Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
-Sustainable Urban Transport
The day started with two keynote speeches by EC Vice President for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger and EC Vice President for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. They gave some insight in the broader strategy behind the Smart Cities idea.
The biggest part of the day has been dedicated to the Action Cluster kick-off meetings partner’s commitments. Luigi Grasso from Etna Hitech presented myTown platform for Open Government Services, that will make available standard services that will enable third parties (citizen and/or ICT companies and/or other Government Agencies) to access and interact directly with the Smart City Information systems.
It has been also introduce the new online market place, being the online collaboration hub to facilitate the work in the Action Clusters and the networking between the several thousand stakeholders, who answered the Invitation for Commitments.
The keynote speech by EC Vice President for Transport, Siim Kallas, rounded up the event.
The meeting has been very important for the future activities of Etna Hitech in the smart cities field because it inspired some important questions about resources, timing, and results.