Estonian Smart City Cluster is designed to support the development of smart city solutions in order to improve the life quality in the cities, and also to accelerate the export of enterprises. We are mainly focusing on possibilities of ICT and new technologies in different actions and processes of the cities and in developing energy saving and sustainable development solutions, as well as developing healthcare and social welfare in an efficient and cost effective way.
One of the key factors for Estonia’s success is openness to innovation and willingness to try, test and develop new solutions together with the citizens. We have proved that using living lab methodology for different co-creation projects is a good way of engaging citizens to developments in the very early stage, this has also helped us to develop solutions that really meet the needs of the citizens as the end users. We could surely learn from other nations’ and cities’ practices in means of implementing large scale pilots and communica-ting the best practices and lessons learned from those use cases.
Main focus areas of the cluster are:
- ICT in different actions and processes of the cities;
- ICT and other technologies in developing healthcare and social welfare in an efficient and cost effective way;
- Energy saving in building and maintaining different buildings.