Urban development has become a key priority for the countries of the Mediterranean basin. Aware of it, the EIB argues that it is necessary to build a framework to connect technology and public policy with the reality of the management and financing of cities and research programs in the region. In this regard, the BEI has created the EIBURS line of research in its program of cooperation with universities.
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Thanks to the increasing use of online and mobile banking channels, customer visits to bank branches are becoming less frequent. However, branch remains the preferred channel for certain banking activities, such as the sale of complex or high value-added products and services, in which face-to-face customer advice seems more convenient.
In this evolutionary context, the bank of the future will have fewer branches, and those that remain will be exceptionally visited by customers. To make the most of these visits, banks are exploring innovative solutions to achieve attractive and comfortable branches that provide favorable environments for offering personalized advice and sale of new products, financial or otherwise.
The Branch of the Future is conceived as a smart space capable of providing enhanced customer experiences through the latest technologies (mobile and wireless communications, biometrics, 3D video, …). Each customer visit is reflected in a sequence of interactions with the smart objects arranged along the different traversed areas: waiting areas, self-service areas, 3D videoconferencing booths, exhibiting areas with large multimedia screens, rooms for personalized attention, etc. Thus, each visit to the branch will become an enriching customer experience capable of providing a greater sense of comfort and personalized attention.
ASCIMER (Assessing Smart City Initiatives for the Mediterranean Region) is a 3-year research project supported by the European Investment Bank under the EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS)
A lot of initiatives are being developed referred to as Smart City projects, however there is a lack of standardized metrics and methodologies to assess, prioritize, finance, implement, manage and replicate these kind of projects.
The overall goal of this research program is to develop a comprehensive framework to help public and private stakeholders to make informed decisions about Smart City investment strategies and to build skills to evaluate and prioritize these kinds of projects, including solving difficulties regarding deployment and transferability.
To sum up, the proposal will address the following objectives:
In order to achieve the objectives the project is structured in 3 Work Packages addressing each of the research objectives, as shown in the chart.
The research team –a multidisciplinary group of academics from UPM– will receive the external assistance of an Experts Reference Group (ERG) that have agreed to play an active role during the project.
The research work will be complemented and validated by conducting two Workshops and a Final Conference. These actions will add to other dissemination and formation events. The web page of the project (under construction) will provide continuous information on the project findings and feeding the discussion with international participation. These initiatives will allow reviewing advances, sharing visions and discussing preliminary outcomes. Participation will be fostered through online forums to increase visibility and obtain real‐time feedback. Besides, results will be disseminated in international conferences, congresses and scientific journals.
Finally, the findings of this Research Program will be summarized in the following documents:
La Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, en colaboración con el Instituto de la Ingeniería de España y el Master in City Sciences, organizan el ciclo de tres jornadas La Ciudad del Futuro. La ingeniería y las Ciencias de la Ciudad. A través de las ponencias de expertos del mundo académico, institucional y del sector privado, ofrece una visión de conjunto de las diferentes disciplinas que trabajan de modo simultáneo sobre la ciudad y permite tener una visión global de las interacciones que se producen entre ellas.
Las jornadas tendrán lugar los días 6, 13 y 19 de Marzo de 2014 en el Salón de actos del Instituto de Ingeniería de España. C/ General Arrando, 38. Madrid.
Información y registro en http://www.citysciences.com/jornadas-la-ciudad-del-futuro/
THOFU (Technologies for the Hotel of the Future) is a collaborative and multidisciplinary R&D project researching on new tourism concepts and on the way these concepts guide the technologies research and the development of technological concepts to give an open offer of advanced, different and exclusive services around the hotel.
The objectives of the projects are:
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CIUDAD 2020 aims to achieve a significant advanced in the areas of energy efficiency, internet of the future (IoF), internet of the things (IoT), human behavior, environmental sustainability and mobility & transport in order to design the city of the future: sustainable, smart and efficient.
CIUDAD2020 conceives, designs and implements a new paradigm of smart, sustainable and efficient city around three fundamental axes:
This project expects to contribute to the known as the “20-20-20” targets approved by the European Commission- 20% reduction in emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% increase in renewables by 2020. Other secondary targets related to the project will also be considered as well as time to find a free parking slot, etc.
In order to achieve these ambitious targets, the Internet of the Future will be the essential element to foster the synergies between the above fundamental axes as well as the interaction with the citizen. The resulting bundle will create a pioneering approach that will allows CIUDAD2020 to be presented as a reference model for the development of the XXI European cities aiming to achieve quality of life, efficiency and sustainability. The consortium participating in this project has been selected in order to cover all the expertise fields faced by the project regarding to the Smart City, such as Internet of the Things, Energy Efficiency, Transport and mobility, to name a few key areas. The partners are nine companies (five large enterprises and four SMEs) in collaboration with prestigious Universities and Research institutes which provide a valuable Know-How to the consortium.
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