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FIREBALL - Future Internet Research and Experimentation By Adopting Living Labs - Towards Smart Cities

FIREBALL established a coordination mechanism through which a network of Smart Cities across Europe engaged in long term collaboration for adopting User Driven Open Innovation to explore the opportunities of the Future Internet. The coordination process was grounded in exchange, dialogue and learning between Smart Cities, who are considered as key demand-side drivers of Future Internet innovation. It was also grounded in bringing together the Future Internet, Living Labs and Smart Cities constituencies. Now that Future Internet driven network infrastructures and applications are in the pipeline, and which potentially might bring economic and social benefits not only to research communities but also to Cities, it becomes all the more urgent to strengthen the role of Cities to elicit their future needs and requirements from the perspective of user driven open innovation. Identifying these needs and requirements elicitation also informs ongoing research, experimentation and deployment activities related to Future Internet and testbeds, and helps to establish a dialogue between the different communities to help form partnerships, and to assess social and economic benefits and discovery of migration paths at early stages.

The FIREBALL project was conceived as a response to a situation where different constituencies in the domain of Future Internet research of innovation are operating in a state of relative isolation and fragmentation, using their own practices, methodologies and assets (such as knowledge and facilities). These constituencies included (1) Future Internet research and experimentation (including test-beds and experimental facilities), (2) User driven open innovation (such as in Living Labs), and (3) City innovation environments (representing the demand side).

Additionally, FIREBALL recognised that open innovation and user engagement demonstrated a key potential to bridge the gap between research and development of Internet technologies and actually using Internet-based applications in cities for societal and economic benefits in areas such as healthcare, business enterprising, participative government, energy efficiency and quality of life.

In closing the gap, they werre created ecosystems of Internet innovation that were more effective, open and user driven, where methodologies, approaches and technical assets of the constituencies could be aligned and shared more easily and effectively, benefiting rapid adoption of Internet services and economic and social development in cities and stimulating more effective networking and experience sharing among cities to accelerate adoption.

The role of cities in this respect was of profound importance as they were considered a key driver of innovation in Future Internet services and applications. Forming Internet innovation-ecosystems across existing constituencies increased the prospects to resolve barriers in the take-up and adoption of services, for example addressing the lack of interoperability and absence of open platforms.

Key objectives FIREBALL:
1. Achieve European-wide coordination of methodologies and approaches in the domains of FIRE and Living lab
2. Leverage European-wide available assets for exploring Future Internet opportunities
3. Ensure coordinated development and sharing of best practices of Future Internet innovation in pilot cities and sectors

Movie about Lisbon as a Smart City:

Start Date: May 2010

Financial Support: Seventh Framework Programme, Lisboa E-Nova


CDT-LTU (Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology)

Aalto University Economics


Manchester City Council

Amsterdam Innovation Motor

ESADE Business School



City of Helsinki





University of Oulu

Media and Network cluster

Barcelona City Council


Lisbon as a Smart City:         

Projects developed on Information and Communications Tecnologies: APOLLON e SAVE ENERGY

Communication and dissemination actions:

Meeting Point Conference (Ponto de Encontro)                                
Presentation on subject "Telecontagem Equipamentos
de Sensibilização e Gestão de Electricidade"                                      

Speaker: Nuno Cegonho

Conference “Smart Cities & the Future Internet”
Presentation on subject "Lisbon’s Smart City strategy"                        

Speaker: Joana Fernandes

Conference “User-driven Open Innovation Ecosystems go really local... across borders”
Presentation on subject  "On Lisbon towards a Smart City"            

Speaker: Joana Fernandes 

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