In cooperation with the European Commission and Eurocities (a network of over 140 European cities), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has organised a workshop – Making Smart Cities Sustainable from large scale pilots to real-life deployment – which will take place on 7-8 June 2017 in the Hotel de Bordeaux Metropole, Bordeaux Metropole, Bordeaux, France

Speakers and participating organizations from both public and private sectors will look into key global implementation and will examine major technology and social challenges that need to be faced in order to roll out smart city services.

Offering sustainable and resilient new services for citizens and cities implies huge investments in the long term. Therefore, large scale deployments have to be standards-based to prevent vendor lock-in and need to include key indicators to evaluate and evolve technology maturity. The topics addressed during the workshop will help identify the main technology trends for smart cities, taking into account major industry initiatives.

“In Bordeaux, the mayor implemented the Bordeaux Digital City programme, aligned with COP 21 requirements”, said Christophe Colinet, chairman of the ETSI working group on Sustainable Digital Multiservice Cities. “As a city, it was important to be involved in the standardization process as we foresee long term implementation and investment.”

The first day of the event will describe trials and field developments in various locations including the cities of Bordeaux and Milan, ongoing projects in Eurocities, and projects funded by the European Commission. It will also provide an overview of urban data platforms: the digital networking of various ICT solutions in urban areas. The second day will address IoT and sustainable ICT deployments and how to bring innovation to the eco system level with a focus on smart home, smart buildings and smart cities.

Attendees will have the chance to view multi-vendor showcase projects, offering first-hand knowledge and insight about sustainable smart city technologies. These showcases will help strengthen strategic planning and decision-making, and identify which digital solutions may be more viable in the cities. Showcases will cover technologies and solutions such as centralized energy or traffic controls as well as optical fibber home networks.