EUREKA’s Smart City:
EUREKA’s inter-Cluster initiative


The Inter Cluster Committee gathering all EUREKA Clusters (ACQUEAU, CATRENECeltic Plus, EUROGIA2020, EURIPIDES² and ITEA3 have launched a Smart City initiative, mapping all EUREKA projects related to this challenge.

Cities and communities around the world face difficult challenges. Fifty percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This is expected to rise to sixty percent before 2025. This places a big pressure on city infrastructures (transportation, housing, water, power and city services), many of which require enormous redesign and capital expenditure. 

These issues, and others, can be mitigated through the adoption of scalable solutions from leading technologies to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and enhance quality of life.

Cities that take this approach are commonly referred to as Smart City. Frost & Sullivan estimates a world market potential of $1.5 trillion in 2020 for the smart city market in segments of energy and water, transportation, mobility, healthcare, building, infrastructure and governance.

A Smart City is a place where the traditional infrastructures, services and networks are improved and made more efficient with the help of ICT technologies, meeting the needs of its citizens and businesses. Collecting data from smart devices and sensors embedded in roads, power grids, buildings, transportation, infrastructures and others using smart software for digital added value services, is crucial for Smart Cities. The Internet of Things (IoT) appears to be one horizontal enabler for Smart City applications.


EUREKA has contributed to Smart City applications
and solutions with a number of projects.

Through these projects, EUREKA has tried to address the technological challenges aimed at adopting smart city solutions and propose innovations to be used across city sectors.

The major part of most of smart city projects are initiated by industry led consortia gathering large companies and SMEs, typical of EUREKA projects and in particular Clusters.

This Inter Cluster initiative tackling one of the global challenges is the first of its kind in the history of EUREKA.

Since 2010, more than 100 projects have been labelled by EUREKA for an amount of B€ 1.1 of public and private funding. ITEA3 and Celtic Plus have been the pioneers in involving Cities and other public institutions in their projects.

Although the implementation of smart city projects largely depends on governments (national, regional, local) initiatives, the challenge for industry is to come up with affordable, friendly, which above all meets the needs of citizens, who have to take over the ownership.

A smart sustainable city uses innovative technologies to provide a better quality of life to its citizens, efficient and friendly services and sustainable development. Cities can be seen as dynamic and complex systems that evolve in time and space, following trajectories that are difficult to predict. City design, buildings and life simulation are taken into account in this Inter Cluster analysis under Smart City planning.

However, the majority of projects are classified under smart city management in EUREKA (Clusters, Eurostars and individual projects). This item is addressing a vast domain which embraces network management, energy production, security, health, mobility, economic development and administration.

Clusters facilitate innovative projects involving a strong industrial participation spanning large companies and SMEs as well as research institutions and public organisations.