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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688196.


Please note that this website represents the view of the SELECT for Cities project and that the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. 

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Join SELECT for Cities at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona 19-21 Nov 2019

It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of our four-year innovation journey to create Internet of Everything (IoE) Platforms for the collaborative design and development of smarter city services. Our Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) approach to stimulate innovation and R&D has proven to be a success and we are proud to present the results throughout the three days of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

Join us anytime at the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) booth in Hall no 2 (F650). Or join one of our agenda sessions below.

We are looking forward to meeting you there, 

SELECT for Cities Team
Forum Virium Helsinki | Digipolis Antwerpen | City of Copenhagen | City of Antwerp | iMec | 21c Consultancy

SELECT for Cities agenda SCEWC19 

Recent News

Developers be @ware: The SELECT for Cities Living Labs are Open

March 02, 2020

Our Contractors have just entered the most exciting part of the PCP project: the Living lab developers stage! In this part of the PCP, Engineering, Indra and the University of Florence are giving developer's the opportunity to work with their state-of-the-art worldwide, Internet-of-everything (IoE) platforms! 

  • Team Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Italy with CityEnabler 

  • Team Minsait by Indra, Spain with Onesite

  • Team University of Florence – Dept. of Information Engineering, Italy with Snap4Cities

Thanks to developer's contribution to the open calls,  hackathons and numerous events, Select's Contractors will be able to demonstrate their platforms’ ability to involve a range of city users in using innovative apps and platform features. 


To date, the three platforms have been successfully integrated within the Antwerp and Helsinki cities and are ready for action within the open communities. The participating developers are invited to create exciting new apps, dashboards or features to enhance the end-user experience.  Interested?!? Choose a platform, sign up for an event and have a look at the prizes! And, do not underestimate the eternal gratitude of the Antwerp and Helsinki users who will get the opportunity to test and use your app in avant-première!

Click here to find out how to participate!

The Convergence of Select for Cities Vision and Reality at SCEWC18

November 26, 2018

At Select we have a vision of connected cities, where people, processes, data and things are all linked, actionable intelligence is easily extracted, and personalised services are available on demand. In our future cities are the frontier of open innovation. Thanks to the Internet-of-Everything people can share ideas, rapidly create and test new urban services and in effect, anyone can be an innovator.


It’s a vision shared by many in the Smart Cities world, and recently, Select joined Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) at their stand at the Smart Cities Expo and World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona to see how much closer we are to achieving this future.  Here are the three things we learned.

1. 5G is almost here!

It was impossible to take a turn anywhere in the expo without hearing the buzz of ‘5G’ on someone’s fast moving lips.  For those not in the know, 5G is the innovative next (fifth) generation of mobile connectivity which will offer ten times faster speeds than today’s networks and will carry vast amounts of data to make IoT and the Internet-of-Everything a reality.  Whilst today’s network architectures are insufficient to cope with Select for Cities Internet-of-Everything goal, 5G with its new spectrum and lower latency will make it much easier to handle hundreds of thousands of devices simultaneously.  To date 5G has almost been grouped in a category of mythical powers, widely talked about but rarely seen in practice.  SCEWC however has changed that with companies including Cisco, Ericsson and Samsung all announcing trials in 2019.


2. Cities are embracing the Platform economy

Digital platforms in recent years have been proven to drive innovation and change the way services are created, delivered and consumed, putting people at the centre of their own worlds. Private companies such as Airbnb and Uber have led the way with new platform-based business models, and now Cities are keen to embrace the opportunities platform thinking provides to deliver better city experiences for their residents and visitors. However, unlike the private sector, the public sector has no room for failure, so a range of potential issues must be thought through first including data ownership, privacy, labour laws and trust. In the spirit of ‘practicing what you preach’ 42 cities leading the sharing economy including Barcelona, Amsterdam, New York, Paris and Singapore converged at SCEWC and agreed 10 principles to help the public sector leverage the power of the platform economy. 


3. R&D procurement is becoming more agile

The days of 150-page bids and loooong delivery times are gradually falling behind us.  Bureaucratic   processes benefit no one, not the city needing help, or the supplier with a potential solution.  Today thanks to new procurement practices such as PCP, PPI and other open accelerator calls there is a wealth of small to medium funding opportunities that Contractors can apply for to help fund and quickly advance their innovations.  On the OASC booth alone these included SELECT for Cities itself,  SCIFI which uses an accelerator programme to test the framework conditions for innovation in mobility, energy, and clean environment and SynchroniCity who recently closed its call for next-generation Internet-of-Things solutions.

So, what does this all mean for SELECT for Cities and all the Contractors who have taken part in our pre-commercial procurement competition to build large-scale Internet-of-Everything platforms?  Well in a nutshell the convergence between the city platform vision and reality is almost upon us, and the Contractors are well placed to lead and take this new market forward in a manner that works for them.  By the end of SELECT in 2019 they will not only have viable working solutions but also credentials and case studies from real-life deployments in the SELECT procuring cities of Helsinki and Antwerp.  By investing in the future through R&D they are positioned both as the go-to experts for open innovation platforms, but also as pioneers of the procurement revolution.


For more information on Select for Cities ambitions and to find out more about the three Contractors (Team Engineering, Team Indra and Team University of Florence) who will be testing their prototype platforms in the Living Labs of Helsinki and Antwerp, sign up to our newsletter.

Contracts Awarded for the Third and Final Phase of SELECT for Cities Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)

November 07, 2018

SELECT for Cities is pleased to announce that three contractors have been awarded contracts to start the third and final phase of its Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP).


SELECT for Cities started its pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to obtain R&D services to develop and build large-scale, city-wide, Internet-of-everything platforms to facilitate collaboration and open innovation. The process is highly competitive, and during the previous Phase II five companies produced platform prototypes which used open standards to visualise and analyse city data to generate actionable intelligence. All of the five were invited to bid for Phase III during which the innovative platforms will be tested in real-life settings in Helsinki, Finland and Antwerp, Belgium.


The awarded bidders are:

  • Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Italy with CityEnabler

  • Indra Soluciones Tecnologías de la Informacion S.L.U., Spain with Minsait

  • University of Florence – Department of Information Engineering, Italy with Snap4Cities


The third phase of the execution stage is expected to end in December 2019.

“The three Contractors entering phase III all have very strong solutions” said Hugo Goncalves, of Forum Virium Helsinki, the project lead for SELECT for Cities. “SELECT for Cities is very proud to play a significant role in accelerating their development and is looking forward to seeing their impact in the city test beds over the next year”.

This Pre-Commercial Procurement, the first one in the world to focus on the Internet-of-Everything is a multi-country and multi-partner joint effort, implemented by a consortium composed of several partners of Forum Virium Helsinki  (Finland) as project lead, Digipolis (Belgium) as partner and lead procurer, Antwerp (Belgium) as procuring entity with Copenhagen (Denmark), imec (Belgium) and 21c (UK). The project is supported by the European Commission through its H2020 programme.​

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