Team SmartCEPS convened once more for a 2-day meeting discussing the finalization of the project. The event was hosted by IVL in Stockholm, and focused on software finalization, the ongoing validation and demonstration activities, and continuity.
The last period saw the finalization of most design and business-planning related activities, and the software prototype. A new, disruptive methodology for a data- and collaboration based urban planning was presented, outlining the know-how, the core competences, and the everyday practice of the prospective SmartCEPS consultants. Supporting this methodology, IVL presented the prototype for the SmartCEPS software, now capable of assessment on the interconnected model of urban performance, as well as all the functionalities required for a virtual marketplace of consultants and ICT solution providers.
As phase 1 of SmartCEPS is coming to a closure, partners are now actively seeking ways to further develop the system. By answering the question of how to present and apply urban data in decision-support, the project opened up many more questions on specific urban subsystem relationships, and what urban information means to different stakeholders. SmartCEPS has become an open call for professionals and researchers in the field to engage in untangling the complexity of urban processes. In the meantime, the results accumulated so far will serve as the foundation for training and providing the tools for a new generation of urban professionals, encompassing skills in data science, integrated planning, and participatory planning.