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A Smart City is highly complex, as implementation requires broad acceptance among the authorities and population.

effectas has developed a holistic approach that breaks down cities’ organizational silos, thereby liberating synergies as well as the potential for innovation and improved cooperation between departments.

This allows cities to realize cost savings and make themselves more attractive through innovative services.

Synergy creation is a huge issue for all urban areas. effectas’ methodology guarantees an efficient, focused analysis of synergy potential, based on a city’s services, processes and systems. Innovation potential can be revealed through the targeted involvement of stakeholders in the innovation process. effectas approaches the systematic development of ideas through application of the Edison methodology. This structured process allows you to better understand the needs of your stakeholders. That makes it possible to develop product and service ideas currently unthought of.

To implement innovative, cross-departmental ideas in a city, support and cooperation across departments is a key requirement. This can be realised by creating and implementing a Smart Advisory Group with dedicated members from all departments. By taking this approach, it is possible to define horizontal pathways and tackle projects in a non-bureaucratic way.

effectas, with its holistic Smart City approach, is the ideal partner for Smart Cities, villages and regions. effectas is a member of Urban Hive, a Smart City initiative for innovative businesses. In addition, effectas co-founded and works closely with the FTTH Council Europe Smart City Group, and continues to act as its chair.

Smart City Methodology

Breathing intelligence into cities

A core Smart City theme, alongside smarter use of resources, is placing new technological possibilities at the disposal of people, the city itself and local companies. Technological progress and current trends such as digitization are a reality. Their influence can be seen in all departments and disciplines within a city. Such influences can be harnessed and used as an opportunity for change, or you can remain sceptical and end up being controlled by external forces.

In general, Smart City topics are the same worldwide: ecology, mobility, integration and increasing efficiency in different fields. However, copying other cities’ approaches makes little sense. Smart Cities can’t be cloned, unless they spring up on a greenfield site.
The challenges of a Smart City are not technology-related. Most Smart City technologies are readily available. From this perspective, we could say all the technical ingredients of a Smart City are easily obtainable. However, when cooking a meal, the outcome depends on the composition of the ingredients. The same could be said of a Smart City. Depending on the objectives, different technological ingredients will be required.

Today, every city will find itself at a different point in its development. Each urban area has to overcome its own highly specific challenges. No city in Europe is totally ‘unsmart’, but a city which is really smart will, however, use a Smart City initiative to solve its current and future problems.

To support this, effectas offers well-established, tried and tested procedures. Moreover, effectas has built up a global network of partners and established relations with Smart City leaders and experts in various disciplines.

Moderation of the Smart City process

Collaboration across organizational silos

A successful Smart City initiative is supported by all city departments. Today, innovation mainly springs from a city’s individual organizational silos. In a Smart City , however, innovation and optimization may also take place across different departments. To achieve this, effectas moderates Smart City teams, applying the Smart City method. These teams usually consist of at least one city council member as well as representatives of all departments.

Technical Expertise

A vast pool of Smart City know-how at your disposal

effectas offers in-depth technical ICT knowledge as well implementation experience across various Smart City areas. To cover most disciplines in a city, effectas maintains an ecosystem, which consists of competencies from complementary companies and experts from different backgrounds and industries.

Typical roles of effectas:

– Strategy to implementation support

– Second opinion consultant and advisor to the board (especially in the Middle East)

Support for flagship projects

From concept to implementation

In addition to a long-term, steady and focused city development vision, it is important that short-term visible results can be achieved. effectas can identify exactly this type of project and either monitor or completely take care of implementation.

Ideas workshop

Generating new business cases with the Edison method

In order to develop service ideas and alternative solutions for existing services or challenges, effectas uses the Edison method. This approach, developed by German creative team ‘Die Ideologen’ combines various creative techniques. In our experience, this leads to really new approaches. The methodology also includes an efficient qualification process, so that business models and business cases can be developed on the basis of validated ideas.

Strategy consulting

The plan to achieve the vision

The Smart City development process extends from the overall vision to implementation of individual smart initiatives derived from this. The aim here is to identify a city’s specific challenges and define a roadmap. To uncover future challenges for the city in particular, effectas often works with scenario development. For this, the SAE method, developed by strategy specialists from the Strathclyde University Glasgow, is employed.

References

Smart City-related projects