In addition to fundamental research, the Smart City Institute (SCI) also conducts more applied research projects. These aim to provide knowledge and concrete tools to local actors in order to raise their awareness, motivate them and support them in their sustainable and smart transition process.
These projects lead to the publication of Practical Handbooks, Belgian/Walloon barometers, methodological notes but also to the organisation of courses or workshops.
The various tools resulting from applied research
Several publications, which can be downloaded for free, are available for territorial actors:
A collection of Practical Handbooks
This collection, which consists of the publication of a new thematic volume every year since 2017, aims to guide cities and municipalities in the design and composition of their Smart City approach and/or projects. Each volume offers a clear structure composed of key steps and checklists, underpinned by a complete theoretical basis.
For a better understanding of the Smart City/Smart Territories dynamics in Belgium and Wallonia and its evolution, the annual barometers published by the SCI since 2017 reveal how Belgian and Walloon municipalities perceive the Smart City concept; their state of progress in this area, but also how they are implementing (or not) a Smart City approach on their territory.
As a complement to the collection of Practical Handbooks, these notes are designed to provide a very practical framework (model / canvas) to accompany Smart City project leaders in their approach.
Training and awareness-raising actions
While some of SCI's applied projects are translated into concrete publications, others lead to the organisation of annual actions: training courses and an event focused on raising awareness (the Smart Inspiration Day).