The ECIM consortium is composed of 14 partners from 5 different European countries, from the public and private sectors and with a wide range of skills and expertise, creating a powerful consortium combining fresh thinking with entrepreneurial innovation and drive.

Project Coordinator

8f4d2c_5461fb6c328849eb85eacfe8e79e3835.png_256iMinds is an independent research institution founded by the Flemish government in 2004 in order to stimulate ICT innovation in Flanders. To this end, iMinds has developed a demand-driven research approach shaped by economic and societal priorities, and build on iMinds’s know-how and expertise: Digital Media and Culture, Healthy Society, Sustainable Mobility, ICT and Energy, Social and Secure Computing. iMinds unites several research groups from different Flemish universities and research organizations that jointly perform research and development and is organized in 5 distinct research departments, and works closely together with other government agencies involved in stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation. Its 700+ partners include large corporations as well as SMEs and user organizations. As the leading organisation in the study of user interaction iMinds has extensive hands-on experience with Living Labs. Through its iLab.o, and the iMinds-SMIT research group, it is involved in a number of Living Lab sites in Belgium and abroad and combines technological, organisational and policy oriented expertise on testbeds, pilots and Living Labs. iMinds has also been acknowledged by the Flemish government as the core partner for Living Lab research in Flanders.

Project Partners

8f4d2c_e3a738638d26447191eddbf6ae036302.png_256IS-practice is a Program Management Office that delivers project management and high-level advice for major projects within the international and national public sector in the broader field of the Information Society. The goal is to bring together specialized parties for ambitious research and consultancy projects. IS-practice works together with both large consulting organizations such as Capgemini, Deloitte Consulting as with smaller, but highly specialized companies in the fields of research, technology and consultancy. This way the IS-practice network covers a large scope of skills and guarantees geographical presence in several European countries.

8f4d2c_6c1da245b17b452eabb05cc1f9a86943.jpeg_25621c is specialist ICT innovation firm with a winning track record in identifying, piloting and deploying emerging ICT trends. The team advises institutions and governments around the world – including the United Nations and the European Commission – on the way in which technology can be used to improve public services, enhance citizen engagement and deliver more efficient and effective government. We help clients understand the new technologies that are about to reshape the way they do business. From Cloud and Open Data through to Smart Sensors and IOT, we make sure emergind ICT trends are strategically marketed and communicated in clear and easy to understand terms. 

8f4d2c_efa61a07f9ab4ed98438670f6d68ed04.jpeg_400Mobile-For is an innovative company established in 2006 and since July 17th 2008, owned by the Belgacom. This allows the company to rely on knowledge and experience from the Belgacom group to offer very reliable “full-equation” mobile value added services. Since 2006, Mobile-For offers a unique mobile payment system for on-street parking, EV-charging and virtual resident permits. Mobile-For is still the only provider that allows micro-payments linked to the mobile telecom invoice in Belgium. This service is being extended to new sectors where micro-payments are common such as vending, public transport, event ticketing. In April 2009, Mobile-For developed an important extension to its mobile payment platform. Under the brand PingPing, Mobile-For is commercialising a whole new set of micro-payment services via an e-money licensed ‘stored value account’. Mobile-For is permanently seeking for innovation. Ease of use is one of our key focus areas. Parking by SMS was the first one and in order to improve this, Mobile-For is developing applications for all types of Smartphones. The next step is to offer new value added services based on Big Data sourcing towards app portlets.      

8f4d2c_a281f285b7e348e5a080fa45efeb8f75.jpg_256INTRASOFT International is a leading European company in the area of Information and Communication Technology Services, offering innovative and added-value solutions of the highest quality to a wide range of international and national public and private organisations. The company employs more than 1,500 highly-skilled professionals, representing over 20 different nationalities and mastering more than 18 languages. With headquarters in Luxembourg, INTRASOFT International operates through its operational branches, subsidiaries and offices in Belgium, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Denmark, the UK, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Moldova, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. More than 500 organizations in 68 countries worldwide (Institutions and Agencies of the European Union, National Government Organizations, Public Agencies, Financial Institutions, Telecommunication Organizations, and Private Enterprises) have chosen the company’s services and solutions to fulfill their business needs. The company’s offering is grouped along four service lines: Application development & systems integration, Professional and managed services, Research and Consulting services and Communication and creative services. INTRASOFT International is a subsidiary of the ASE-listed INTRACOM Holdings, one of the largest multinational technology groups in SE Europe, with more than 35 years of experience. At the end of 2011, as part of its strategy to focus primarily on international markets & further enhance its international presence, INTRASOFT International merged with its –at the time- parent company, INTRACOM IT Services, by absorbing it to become one company with a strong brand name in Europe and globally.

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 15.07.41Relational was founded in 1995. Initially the company focused on the area of Business Intelligence and formed exclusive business partnerships with international IT vendors such as Sybase, Business Objects, Informatica and BMC, becoming a centre of excellence in relevant technologies for the whole region of North East Europe. Since 2003, the company has started offering its own software products, for various business sectors, and expanded abroad, acquiring large contracts and establishing its technical and commercial presence in countries such as Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Cyprus, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Currently, Relational is an international software development and integration services company. Its engineers carry out projects in several countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The company’s area of expertise include services and application development, business intelligence (decision support and reporting), data warehouse projects, large transactional systems, document and news management systems, health and patient management systems, banking systems (loan origination and collection systems), mobile solutions (payment), etc. Relational has experience in most well-known software development platforms and have gathered over the years considerable know-how in the development and delivery of complex, mission-critical systems.

EJ Consultants specialises in working in the European and Global environments and has a broad knowledge of European eID projects. EJ Consultants is currently participating in the following EU funded projects: SSEDIC, FutureID, STORK2, Trust in Digital Life, providing expert ID knowledge. EJ Consultants was formed in 2002 by Jon Shamah to exploit his knowledge of PKI technologies and identity issues in the large scale environment and financial services, including Identrus. Since then it has worked closely with the Norwegian and Banking organisations advising them on eID issues as well as other international organisations, such as the Standard Body ITU-T-SG17. Jon Shamah, the principal Consultant, is Vice-Chairman of EEMA and provides pro-bono support to the UK Cabinet Office eID Standards workstream. Jon is also a member of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group in the Unites States.

8f4d2c_4304d6fe8dd340868568741deddc3566.jpg_256BePark stems from the idea that parking spaces in cities are underused. BePark has developed an innovative solution based on the latest web and mobile technologies. BePark technology handles the entire logistics management of a parking lot, in particular entries, exits and invoices management. By introducing smart technology into urban parking management, BePark offers the full array of parkinf solutions through one platform, maximising efficiency and offering more convenience for its users. BePark also balances profit with sustainability. With more parking spaces used, real estate returns increase, and with less time spent looking for parking, air pollution is reduces and urban mobility becomes easier.

8f4d2c_04a9d75ce394419f9dc1f12dc21c2b80.png_256BRIC (Brussels Region Informatics Centre) is computerising the public authorities in the Brussels-Capital Region. The BRIC helps these authorities to use ICTs to facilitate their own tasks and for the benefit of everyone in Brussels: citizens, businesses and the self-employed, as well as public authorities. As a partner in the modernisation of the public authorities and services, the BRIC is developing its range of IT services on the basis of integrated logic. In practical terms, the BRIC range comprises six groups of services: infrastructure, telecommunications, security, client support, hosting and sector solutions.  

8f4d2c_1a82c15de9d54b40bab51039b440b441.jpg_256Issy Media is in charge of the communication and the development of ICT in the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux, a city of 65.000 inhabitants situated on the outskirts of Paris and one the most advanced French cities. It is a public-private company whose capital is however held in majority by the city. Its aim is to create a collaborative environment bringing together the public, the private and the research sector, in order to build a local Information Society which is innovative and open to all. Issy Media is therefore following the developments of new technologies benefiting the population and experimenting new applications on its territory. Issy Media accompanies the day-to-day municipal services and manages the entire external communication of the city: Print and Web publications, press relations, management of special events and billposting.

8f4d2c_f022a1f455144a9ba2cb6bab2cd3caa2.jpg_400PayByPhone France is a subsidiary of PayByPhone Ltd, member of PayPoint plc. PayPoint was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2004 and is a constituent of the FTSE250 index. PayPoint delivers payments and services through a uniquely strong combination of local shops, Internet and mobile distribution channels. PayPoint is widely recognised for its leadership in payment systems, smart technology and consumer service and provides payment processing services to thousands of organisation from British Gas, Vodaphone and BBC TV licensing to over 260 local authorities. PayByPhone, originally set up as a licenced operator of technology created in Vancouver, Canada, by Verrus Technologies Inc., was acquired by PayPoint plc in 2010. PayByPhone is active in mobile payment for parking and urban mobility, in contract or in trial, in over 200 towns and cities across Europe, North America and Australia, including the London Boroughs of Westminster, Islington, Lambeth, Barnet, Ealing, Hackney and the City of London, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Boulogne-Billancourt, Nice Côte d’Azur, Vannes and Calais. In addition, to dealing with public authorities, it also has contracts with a number of private parking operators in Europe, such as VINCI Park, Transdev, INEO, Standard, Impark, Britannia and CP Plus.

8f4d2c_2477db4511584fe783db1ba394b7dfe4.jpg_400CenGroup is both a transport operator and a major provider of innovative microsystems for the transportation market. CENTRAD is one of the market leaders in the UK for destination equipment, including LED destination signs for buses, and in mobile digital video recording /CCTV. With a partnership with ATMS and their strong software development team in the UK and Manilla, CEN is geared up to provide an increasing portfolio of systems for this market. Central buses run a network of 25 modern buses on local routes in West Midlands (Birmingham), UK. Central buses also runs school buses and private contracts.

8f4d2c_d2f2ed042a5046ed9582e7e1687a4791.jpg_256ESADE is one of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions , its main richness stems from faculty and staff whose reflection, dialogue, projects and initiatives contribute to excellent training, relevant investigation and research. ESADE has agreements and collaboration with over 100 universities and business schools on five continents and is currently the European business school with the most extensive student exchange network in Latin America. ESADE offers doctoral and PhD level courses in Management Studies that rely upon various academics, institutions and research centres, and groups, who focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and governance, management, skills and knowledge, business social responsibility, economic law, branding, etc.

8f4d2c_dd7ff065f6e147569f13ea455d2e4e46.jpeg_256The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in ‘waves’ up to this day. To this date, 7 Waves have been launched, resulting in over 340 accepted Living Labs. The ENoLL international non-profit association, as the legal representative entity of the network, is headquartered in Brussels, at the heart of Europe. The growing political interest in user-driven innovation demonstrates the impotance of the Living Labs concept as a mechanism to strengthen European Innovation performances. ENoLL facilitates the cooperation and the exploitation of synergies between members and groups by accessing different user communities. Together the ENoLL members support the ‘Innovation Lifecycle’ for all actors in the system: end-users, SMEs, Social Innovators, corporations, citizens, public sector, NGOs, academia and the other research communities.

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