The Sharing Cities ‘lighthouse’ project is a proving ground for a better, common approach to making smart cities a reality. By fostering international collaboration between industry and cities, the project seeks to develop affordable, integrated, commercial-scale smart city solutions with a high market potential. In the first phase, the demonstration districts in ‘lighthouse’ cities Lisbon, London and Milan implemented replicable smart city measures, namely building retrofit, electric mobility, sustainable energy management systems, smart lampposts, urban sharing platforms, and digital social markets. Then, ‘fellow’ cities of Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw have been co-designing, validating, and/or implementing these solutions and models.
BORDEAUX’S REPLICATION STRATEGY
Participating in Sharing Cities led to the creation of a Smart City task force to gather existing projects under a single umbrella.
Focus groups dedicated to smart city measures have been created. Through these, people from different departments regularly work together on cross-sectorial topics.
Peer-learning visits were organised in the three lighthouse cities and were extremely well attended by representatives from the mobility, energy, and public lighting departments.
Then, measures were chosen depending on the skills of the available and interested employees and among subjects on which Bordeaux had not already invested a lot.
Mentoring visits were organised during which new persons integrated the project.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT REPLICATION?
Our Replication Handbook gathers and synthesises the insights and lessons from the experiences of the fellow cities. It presents the softer lessons that revolve around smart city solutions. More than a technical document, this handbook provides general guidance for cities thinking about implementing smart city measures.