Creating smart ecosystems
Flemish companies as well as companies abroad are increasingly interested in ‘Smart Cities’. This presents several challenges:
- Difficult search for the right Smart City solutions;
- Building the necessary knowledge and the tender procedures are both very labor-intensive. Civil servants often do not have (enough) time for this;
- There is a lack of interaction and knowledge transfer between municipalities with regards to contract documents and framework contracts;
- Unclear evaluations of existing solutions. What works/does not work;
- Suppliers increasingly come around (unexpectedly), which leads to extra pressure;
- Many Smart City concepts remain unknown to municipalities due to lack of manpower.
An online marketplace can strongly support municipalities and optimizes/digitalizes the sales process.
Together with 17 municipalities and 3 intermunicipal companies (64 municipalities) we create an online marketplace where municipalities and suppliers of Smart City solutions can find each other. Through a clever filter system, municipalities are guided to the right solutions in a user-friendly way. In addition, we will elaborate an extra module that allows to easily locate existing and new framework contracts.
- Development of a theoretical concept into a prototype for and by municipalities, completed with businesses, academic institutions, network organizations, etc. In short: the quadruple helix innovation approach;
- Optimization of municipal processes, reduction of excess overhead cost;
- Functional analysis;
- Development of UX/UI-friendly designs;
- Draw up contract documents;
- Proof of concept;
- Adding first user evaluations and evaluation studies of smart city solutions and projects;
- Test phase ‘proof of concept’;
- Development of a self-sufficient business plan;
- Concession for operation, launch and maintenance.
Advantages for the municipalities
This online platform presents the following advantages for the municipalities:
- Speeds up their search for the appropriate smart solutions;
- Reduces the investment in time needed for knowledge building;
- Implementations of existing solutions and their evaluations are easier to retrieve;
- The platform relieves pressure caused by suppliers who now often pay (undesired) visits to municipalities;
- Reinforcement of interaction and knowledge transfer between municipalities with regards to contract documents and framework contracts.
This research project aims to create a self-sufficient online marketplace for Smart City solutions for municipalities and businesses. Businesses with Smart City solutions are handed a convenient prospection tool.