Call for project closed the 29|02|16
Objectives of the call for projects
The internet of things and big data can maximise and speed up the development of solutions that improve service provision in cities to truly benefit our cities and citizens.
“Cities of Tomorrow” is a key programme in ENGIE and is focused on identifying the value of data to cities, citizens and businesses and developing the associated business models.
In this context ENGIE wishes to identify innovative solutions:
Deadline for submissions; February 29th, 2016 at midnight:
Rewards and benefits
If you are successful, your reward for taking part in this call for projects will include:
Context to the call for projects
Cities are increasing in size and number; they currently account for 2% of the world’s surface however 50% of its population, 75% of its Energy consumption and 80% of GHG emissions. A City of Tomorrow will be one that enables its citizens to live a happy, healthy and economically independent life by optimising the relationship between the individual and the resources of the city.
“Cities of Tomorrow” is a key programme in ENGIE and is focused on developing customer value propositions that bring together ENGIE’s diverse competences and digital technologies into a strategic approach to sustainability, citizen well-being & empowerment and economic development. For more information about ENGIE Cities of Tomorrow see http://www.engie.com/en/gdf-suez-imagines-the-city-of-tomorrow/
The Internet of Things is an important enabler for this and there is already a significant and growing network of everyday objects – from industrial machines to consumer goods – that can share information and complete tasks while you are busy with other activities. Soon our cars, homes, cities and appliances will be connected to the internet – creating a network of objects called Internet of Things.
This is in addition to the Big Data which is being generated by everything around us at all times through every digital process and every social media exchange. Systems, sensors and mobile devices transmit the data.
In order to capture, analyse and make use of this data for cities, ENGIE is working with SME’s across the globe to develop solutions that will bring together data produced across a region and enable local stakeholders including citizens and local authorities to better visualise, use and value the information they need. It will be “tailor-made” to help local decision makers better manage resources and will help citizens to improve their engagement with the area by shaping services to their needs and drivers. The solutions are and will be intuitive, easy to navigate and bespoke to the needs of a particular region. Successful deployment of these solutions will absolutely depend on access to, and the application of, big data and scenarios for application include.
ENGIE recognises the need to understand how the internet of things and big data can maximise and speed up the development of solutions to truly benefit our cities and citizens.
Eligibility and selection criteria
Applications will be judged based on the following criteria:
Projects will be selected in two phases:
The selection committee
Winning projects will be chosen by a selection committee made up of experts from ENGIE and its subsidiaries as well as local and national-level economic actors partners, including:
- North East Local Enterprise Partnership
- North Tyneside Council
ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ) develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, security of supply and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technologies
ENGIE has an exciting Innovation Programme, aimed at identifying new ways of doing business, in the coming years. As part of this initiative, ENGIE has a € 100 million New Ventures Fund and is actively seeking START-UP businesses in which to invest. The fund is focussed on START-UPs with a differentiating technology or an innovative business model that are looking for an industrial partner. This call for projects is part of the continued roll out of this programme, looking to identify START-UPs that are investment ready with technologies that can be used as part of the on-going Cities of Tomorrow programme
ENGIE has a significant presence in the North East through UK subsidiaries such as Cofely Fabricom and Cofely UK delivering a variety of services to clients such as DWP and North Tyneside Council. ENGIE has also worked on various initiatives in the North East to develop Cities of Tomorrow such as applications for H2020 Smart Cities and Communities European Funding, Innovate UK IoT Demonstrator and are represented on the Business Support Board of the NELEP. The North East has recently been identified as one of 20 key focus areas for our global Cities of Tomorrow strategy project which will ensure continued focus on activities in the region at group level ; enable access to support from our global Cities of Tomorrow team; and provide connections with other global cities.
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