In June this year the EPIC Team developed a working panel for the Smart Cities Portfolio at the prestigious 24th Bled eConference in Bled, Slovenia. Chaired by Dr. Julia Glidden of 21c Consultancy, the panel highlighted the developments and achievements of the top projects co-funded under the last wave of European Commission’s ICT PSP Smart Cities call – namely Smart-IP: Smart Innovation and People presented by Prof. Pieter Ballon, Peripheria: Networked Smart Peripheral Cities for Sustainable Lifestyle represented by Alvaro Duarte de Oliveira and lastly the EPIC project represented by Dr. Glidden. The panel discussed the various merits of making cities ‘smarter’ while acknowledging the security concerns and the technical and procedural limitations that have to date prevented European cities from harnessing the full power of Living Labs.
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