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Major smart cities consortium joins Horizon 2020 program

The +CityxChange consortium will be the new smart city lighthouse project as part of the Horizon 2020 initiative that will invest €20 million in funding which will be added to the additional €10 million received from project partners.

+CityxChange brings the two aspiring Lighthouse Cities of Trondheim in Norway and Limerick in Ireland together with their Follower Cities of Alba Iulia, Romania, Pisek, Czech Republic, Võru, Estonia, Smolyan, Bulgaria and Sestao, Spain.

The main vision of the consortium is to participate in the creation of the future we aspire to through the development of a framework and tools capable of enabling a common energy market supported by a connected community. Under the leadership of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the cities will develop and test new solutions with the help of large and small companies, universities and NGOs, such as the IOTA Foundation.

"Smart cities is one of the fastest growing cross-sectorial arenas of innovation for IOTA," said Wilfried Pimenta, head of business development at the IOTA Foundation. "Building on our work and partnerships across mobility, energy or data marketplace, these smart city ecosystems bring it all together.

"The +CityxChange consortium gathers many public and private partners around an ambitious open innovation and co-creation initiative. This is 100 per cent aligned to IOTA Foundation’s DNA and we can’t wait to get started."