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Smart Cities: € 30.000 to the most innovative idea

The Open Call Challenge, with a submission deadline in February, aims to look for Smart City solutions, based on Open Data technology, solving real-world challenges.

You already know we’re here to develop a new and sustainable mobility concept. Well, together with the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), we’re currently looking for developers and software companies to implement solutions to three specific and actual challenges in Porto, Cologne and Trikala.

Three times considered European Best Destination, the city of Porto (Portugal) has experience on what is called “Smart City” technologies. Considering its fast growth and aspiration for better traffic management, Smart Parking is the challenge to be solved in the Portuguese city. Participants must develop a solution that not only gives a better overview of parking spaces available in the city centre but ultimately provides better services for drivers – pre-reserving parking spaces and an app-based payment possibility for parking.

Beyond Portugal, the Open Call Challenge encompasses another well-known European city. Cologne (Germany) challenges applicants to have in-depth knowledge of Smart Bicycle Traffic. Known as the fourth largest city in Germany and the Carnival’s capital, promoting new means of transport is one of the leading priorities for its local authorities. How to create a unified cycling community that shares insights on hazards and possible road obstructions is the core question of this challenge.

Last but not least, Trikala (Greece) provides the challenge Smart Parking that integrates parking occupancy data from their parking facilities. The goal is to extract relevant insights for decision-makers about the actual usage of the available parking spaces. Developers must use real-time information to provide the best parking service for citizens and tourists in one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history that goes back to 3,000 BC.

To accomplish all these challenges, EMBERS back-end technology provides mobility data, all documentation for each city, open interfaces and ready to use SDKs. Proposals must be submitted until February 16th through the online submission portal PLACE, accessible here.

If you’re interested in participating, please don’t hesitate to reach us!