Smart City challenge


How can Stockholm create a safe and secure digital environment for the citizens that in the long run create a stable democracy and a growing economy which enables innovations and welfare?  How can the City of Stockholm embrace the new possibilities enabled by digitalization and connectivity?

In a smart city, the city administration and departments need to cooperate interdisciplinary rather than in silos and include the citizens. How can the city of Stockholm find new ways of working and standards to achieve the goals to become one of the most livable and smartest cities in the world? What are the choices that needs to be made in order to stay on top of being livable, sustainable and innovative filled with safe and secure citizens that feels included?

How can Stockholm collaborate with other Smart city clusters? How can the Nordics become a smart region together? What common goals and established structure is needed to develop a standardized exchange of knowledge and markets for the smart city industry and public sector in the Nordics?

Can we use our ability to collaborate, to be competitive compared towards the rest of the world together?

What are the opportunities and what are the challenges of collaboration across city / country borders?

Existing solutions: There are some common test projects (policy labs) about how to adapt the legislation and regulation to the future digital world and the already new and coming business models following.  We have the required infrastructure and soon also open data projects but how can we digitalize safe in the interest of the citizens?

The city is systematically treating the open fiber network as an important infrastructure as water and sewer pipes, electricity and streets, which has led to 100% connectivity.

The citizens are in a growing degree able to interact with the city administration digitally on their own conditions. Support for elderly is existing.

New business models enabled by digitalization and connectivity is explored and implemented. Instead of buying and deploying sensors to collect reality data the city is focusing on connectivity points and instead procuring data from the market.

Testbeds and reality labs is designed to attract and fit both public sector, industry, academia, SMEs and citizens together. Tryouts with innovation procurement from SMEs are ongoing.

Staffan Ingvarsson
Stockholm Business Region

Petra Dalunde
Urban ICT Arena
What is the city looking for?

Is it possible to develop a common vision and smart city goals across the borders between the Nordic Cities? If we formulate a joint idea of what a smart city is, the work that needs to be done to align us will become easier. Also, it would make it possible to systematically work with the policy challenges on EU, national and local levels.

  • How could the public sector (city administrations) become even better to procure SME innovations?
  • How do we need to do to increase the SME usage of testbeds and reality labs.
  • How do we involve the citizens in co creation to make sure that we have an end user perspective?
  • How should we treat the IP right challenges?
  • How need the testbeds to be established and organised to attract the industry, SMEs and for public institutions to use the results?
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