Exploring and addressing the challenges of urban social ecosystems has gained focus with various initiatives aiming at combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development. Several European cities have already deployed sophisticated ICT infrastructures as a means to offer added-value services to their citizens, in order to cope with societal challenges while at the same time enabling new business lines.
Nevertheless, to achieve efficient service provision, several dimensions – including technology, socio-economics, governance and legal – must be considered. While important research outcomes have been made available to tackle one or more of them, a structured and comprehensive, user-engaging and quick way for development and deployment of Smart City services is not fully supported yet.
RADICAL eases the fast creation of interoperable and socially-aware services, by leveraging Internet of Things and Social Networking technologies, emerging from the results of previous R&D EU-funded projects.
A number of services are being integrated, deployed and piloted on top of the RADICAL platform. This platform also facilitates tools for the smart governance and flexible replication of services across cities and regions, thus shortening the time to market and allowing SMEs, citizens and local authorities to get fully involved in the smart city business.
The RADICAL services relate to Cycling Safety, Participatory Urbanism, Augmented Reality and Eco-consciousness. Over 2000 citizens have been actively involved in the co-creation, validation and evaluation of the RADICAL approach, on the basis of the Living Lab methodology, which engages users of the entire stakeholder chain.
The main outcomes of the project are the RADICAL platform and the RADICAL (smart city) services. Overall, the main characteristics of the RADICAL platform are the following:
- provides easy ways to assemble, test, visualize and deploy services combining a variety of social participatory and sensor-based services, including their combinations.
- enables rapid service development and deployment, dealing not only with technical and technological aspects, but also with legal, governance and socio-economic aspects, through assessment and decision support mechanisms.
- provides tools for the management and provision of media-rich services by utilizing next generation access networks.
- open and extensible in terms of sensors, sensor networks, social networks and social media web sites.
- facilitates the deployment and testing of different deployment configurations.
The RADICAL services have been piloted for more than 18 months in realistic settings and environments and across six smart cities/regions in different countries (Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Denmark).
The RADICAL platform can serve as a valuable tool for service integrator and application service providers (including SMEs) that are active in offering added‐value social networking and/or IoT services to urban regions. In particular, following the end of the project, SMEs will be able to use the RADICAL platform to rapidly develop and replicate services across different urban regions.
In addition to delivering business benefits for the SMEs, RADICAL can also have a positive impact on the business development of the cities and the regions themselves. This is because it will offer a novel approach along with a flexible platform for the rapid and sustainable development, deployment and replication of ICT services. Based on the RADICAL approach, cities will be able to maximize the sustainability potential of their ICT services.