OUTSMART is an use case project between public-private organizations on Future Internet services and technologies in the context of environment and utilities in smart cities.
The project served a dual purpose:
- To improve public service infrastructures and business processes in a number of European cities.
- To develop public-private partnerships and business models for such partnerships.
The project addressed the entire value chain – i.e. local authorities, utility companies, technology organizations and knowledge institutions.
The project was funded by the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) under EU’s 7th Framework Programme. The programme aims to advance Europe’s competitiveness in Future Internet technologies and systems and to support the emergence of Future Internet-enhanced applications of public and societal relevance.
OUTSMART services and technologies are based on an open and standardized infrastructure and provided by a service framework designed to facilitate provisioning, development and access. The project developed five innovative ecosystems to facilitate the creation of a large variety of pilot services and technologies that contribute to optimized supply and access to services and resources in urban areas.
The Alexandra Institute was the cluster leader for the Aarhus Cluster and worked closely together with Amplex and Aarhus Vand to deliver innovative public services for water and sewage. These services are the basis for a set of challenging requirements for the Future Internet.
The Alexandra Institute was also responsible for the overall dissemination of the project results and collaboration with the overall Future Internet Private Public Partnership project.
Methods and Technologies
OUTSMART centered its pilots in the context of five key European cities and urban areas referred to as clusters.
Each of the clusters addressed a specific topic of the usage area and was strategically chosen by the consortium to have a strong end user focus, including utilities and public organizations, lead by a strong local ICT organization.
The five clusters covered:
- Waste Management – Berlin, Germany cluster
- Water and Sewage – Aarhus, Denmark cluster
- Sustainable Transport – London, United Kingdom cluster
- Smart Metering and Street Lighting – Santander, Spain cluster
- Water as a Resource – Trento, Italy cluster
The OUTSMART project has published a number of scientific papers.
OUTSMART Annual Report describes the results and impacts of the project.
General information, news and events are available on the project website.