Periphèria: "Smart" cities working together


The objective of Periphèria is to deploy convergent Future Internet (FI) platforms and services for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles in and across emergent networks of “smart” peripheral cities in Europe, dynamic realities with a specific vocation for green creativity.

Contact: Bo Peterson, MEDEA

Keywords: future internet, internet of things, sustainable lifestyle

Project description

Periphèria is an EU funded innovation project where researchers and citizens from five European “smart” cities work together to promote sustainable lifestyles. By using Internet platforms and services, such as sensor networks, real-time 3D and mobile location-based services, the project’s objective is to deploy an Open Service Convergence Platform with the aim to create an “Internet by and for the People”.

To reach this objective, five archetypical “arenas” that will serve as innovation playgrounds have been defined. These arenas are specific urban settings with defined social features and infrastructure requirements.

The five “smart” cities
In Malmö, we will work with the idea of the Smart Neighbourhood with the tagline “where media-based social interaction occurs”. In Germany, Bremen will be the site for the Smart Street, “where new transportation behaviours develop”. In Greece, Athens’ Smart Square will be the site for “where civic decisions are taken”. The Smart Museum and Park is in Genoa, Italy, and this is “where natural and cultural heritage feed learning”. Finally, the Smart City Hall in Palmela, Portugal is “where mobile e-government services are delivered”.

Taking the lab to the real world
Periphèria will take a Living Lab approach of taking the R&D out of the laboratory and into the real world. There will also be a a balanced mix of technological and social innovation.

Future Internet platforms
At the core of Periphèria is the belief that convergence of Future Internet platforms primarily occurs through social interaction in concrete situations, in an “Internet by and for the People” which is a discovery-driven rather than functionalities-driven centripetal aggregation of the main Future Internet paradigms:

• The Internet of Things (IoT) as the ambient mobile-enabled infrastructure of sensors and connectivity that are fully networked and context-aware.

• The Internet of Services (IoS) as the service-oriented environments that finally break away from functional logics approach to embrace a participatory, smart gaming and simulation approach to service discovery and provision.

• The Internet of People (IoP), as the emergent social architectures of relations, transactions and learning, using semantics of time and place as well as semantics of inter-personal situations.

Key researchers from MEDEA include Per Linde, Pelle Ehn, Per-Anders Hillgren and Bo Peterson.

This project will further strengthen MEDEA’s international network and the activities in Periphèria will mainly be carried out under the Living Lab the Neighbourhood’s umbrella.

This project is part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme

Publications and deliverables
Urban Smartness: Perspectives Arising in the Periphéria Project – published in the Journal of the Knowledge Economy.
D2.1 Arena Models
D3.1.1 Smart Citizen Communities Directory
D4.1 Convergent Platfom
D5.1.1 Pilot Platforms and Services
D7.4.1 Smart City Network Charter

Read more
Periphèria on the project’s website
Living Lab the Neighbourhood
Designing for Social Innovation (In Swedish)