The CITyFiED project is about to end after five years of sustained efforts towards inclusive and smart solutions for our towns and cities.
The project has been both challenging and rewarding. Challenging in that we set up a city cluster and community of interest spanning 55 cities while designing novel solutions to today's green urban challenges. And rewarding in that different nationalities, companies, organisations and people have been involved in this endeavour, all pulling in the same direction to produce impactful outcomes for citizens across Europe and beyond.
As we reach this last stage of CITyFiED, final conferences in the Laguna de Duero and Soma demo districts have been held to promote the methods, outcomes, benefits achieved at each site. The Lund final conference is taking place as we go to print.
Today, we can offer a wealth of information, insights and experience in various media formats to help others build on the project's legacy going forward. These include a best practice book, videos, in-depth reports, info packs and the project website.
It remains for me, as coordinator, to thank the multi-skilled CITyFiED team for keeping on track and delivering on the objectives we set out a few years ago. It has been a pleasure to work with such a diverse and committed team.
As a demonstration project whose overriding aim has always been replication through networks, it certainly don't stop here: I am sure CITyFiED will make a lasting contribution to technology and policy development in the Smart City arena. A big thank you to all those involved for making this happen.
With best wishes,
Ali Vasallo Belver