SPECIFI will combine NGA and IoT infrastructures and platforms for the Future Internet for setting up an European Creative Ring of Smart Cities and Regions facilitating the set-up, customization, delivery and sharing of innovative, user co-designed arts, media and leisure services locally, regionally, and across Europe.
Focal areas that Smart Cities try to overcome are the reduction of pollution, traffic, or crime, and the introduction of models for public data. However, it is SPECIFI’s guiding principle that Smart Cities need to go beyond upgrades related to control tasks and public data. They can only become a success if they also become Smart Creative Cities, by employing open, Future Internet infrastructures to become thriving centres of arts, media and leisure. SPECIFI capitalizes on the cultural and creative richness and diversity of European cities, while overcoming some of their key weaknesses, i.e. fragmentation and isolation. SPECIFI will demonstrate the positive impacts of a European Creative Ring of Smart Cities and Regions, with real-life Future Internet (Fiber-to-the-Home and wireless) infrastructures, with real-life users and producers, and in 5 real (certified) Living Labs active in 3 smart cities and their surrounding regions.
The Creative Ring
The European Creative Ring encompasses real-life Future Internet infrastructures with real-life users and producers.
The Creative Rings will be embodied through sets of open APIs that enable easy creative development by creative industry SMEs and individuals, the integration and interworking of IoT, NGA and creative content creation and management components, and concrete solutions for application and content adaptation and customisation.
But the European Creative Ring is not merely an infrastructure; it also refers to a European platform of loosely coupled technical components for the Creative Industries and to a market- and networking place for stakeholders in the Creative Industries.