2014-07-28

#smartcity project proposal - call for collaboration (to use the joint power of #entarch and #BPM)

Full concept paper (added later)


Official invitation

Dear colleagues,

Initiated by a consortium headed by the Technology Institute at the Varna Free University and several ICT companies (with the support of the local Public Administration) a project idea is being developed and prepared for submission under the H2020 Programme.

Topic: e-Infrastructure Policy Development and International Cooperation.

Attached please find the project fiche with the most relevant parameters outlined.

As the deadline is on Sept. 2 (and moreover with August being a vacation period for many) a confirmation of interest in taking part in the consortium is kindly suggested by the first days of August.

Various types of partners are sought - Universities, local administrations, ICT companies etc. - so in case you might not find the topic of interest, please refer this e-mail to other working partners of yours who might be suitable or interested.

Thank you very much in advance!
Sincerely,
Project Administrator

Some explainations from the Project Administrator

Financial obligations
As for financial obbligations - it would be 100% financed by the European commission - whatever we promise in the budget, the organisations spend, they keep documents of the expenditures, and it gets reimbursed.

Benefits
Municipalities share some of their data, network, etc - so that e-government is improved; Universities aid with research, provide other ideas, share student's work and whatever else we want them... while the ICT companies write and maintain the framework.

Project website - http://foneca.com/SMARTCITY/


Realisation smart-city as a sociotechnical system: concept paper abstract 

The study “Mapping smart cities in the EU” defines smart-city as “a city seeking to address public issues via ICT-based solutions on the basis of a multi-stakeholder, municipally based partnership”. Thus smart city should be considered as a system and, actually, as a sociotechnical system to emphasize that the relationships between socio and technical elements should lead to the emergence of productivity and wellbeing.

Our experience shows that systems of such complexity must be systemicly architectured to

  • avoid duplications, 
  • mitigate execution risks, 
  • enable coordination, collaboration and cooperation, 
  • build mutual understanding among all participants and 
  • explicitly demonstrate how the system will address stakeholders’ concerns. 
To address two essential challenges: 1) “functional silo” nature of the modern cities ICT systems and 2) high level of diversity between smart-city implementation initiatives, this concept paper proposes a platform-based common urban business execution approach for realisation of smart-city.

The concept paper explains this approach via a coherent set of the following views:
  • Big picture of smart city 
  • Reference functional architecture 
  • Platform-based approach for working and advancing together 
  • Platform implementation practices 
  • Project management practices 
  • Implementation smart-city governance practices 
  • Enterprise as a system of processes 
  • Enhancing information security by the use of processes 
  • Some participant’s view 
  • Multi-layered implementation model 
  • Agile solution delivery practices 
  • Various technologies around the implementation model 
  • Modernisation of applications to become process-centric 
Majority of those views are briefs on more detailed and proven methodologies and technologies.

The concept paper provides as well a mapping between views and the following stakeholders: Citizens, Government authorities, Funding bodies, Local government stakeholders, National regulatory agencies, Political parties, Public service providers, IT vendors, Local businesses, Information systems architects and Project managers. The next step will be in selection of several smart-city projects and their architecting in accordance with the proposed platform.

Thanks,
AS



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