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Pre-commercial public procurement and cross-border Living Labs. Pioneering Europe 2020 Smart Regions Espoo, 26 April 2013. Cross-border Living Labs in Aosta Valley. What is a Living Lab?
Pioneering Europe 2020 Smart Regions
Espoo, 26 April 2013
What is a Living Lab?
The Living Lab is an ecosystem of open innovation, based on the development of partnership betweenenterprises, research centres, universities, end-users, and public sector.
The mainpurposeis to promote and substain the activerole of users to the innovation of products and services in economically and sociallystrategicalsectors, with the aim of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Legal and administrativeframework
ValléeLab is the Living Lab created in 2012 in Aosta Valley, member of European Network of Living Labssince 24 May 2012
The most important actors of our Living Lab are:
Our Living Lab is expected to offer the following values and services:
Development of a strategicrelationshipbetween open innnovation, public policies on innovationand internationalisation and experimentationof eco-innovative products and services.
Region Aosta Valley, as a first adopterof innovative solutions, via public procurementprocedures,plans to procure R&D and prototypationservicesable to deal in an efficient, effective and sustainable way with the economic and social needsidentified from the local community.
Cross border Living Labs for the experimentation of prototypes in real-life conditions.
Pre-commercial procurement tendering process: research and development services as ruled in Directive 2004/18/EC, pursuant to Article 16 letter f.
Several identified needs for which commercial solutions are not yet available, but at the same time, they are not too far from existing solutions.
Invitation to tender, public, open and transparent, concerning the exploration of possible solutions able to fulfil the needs and requirements above mentioned: the tender for the pre-commercial public procurement within the technological platforms of smart energies and intelligent mobility was issued by Region Aosta Valley on March 2012 and the deadline for the submission of bids was on 22 June 2012.
Global budget of the 2 PCP tendersissued: about 1 millioneuros
Results of the 2 PCP tenders:
Last October the winning companies of the first tender, issued in March 2012, signed the contracts with the regional public authority Aosta Valley. Since last Novembertheyhaveundertaken R&D and prototypingactivities, nowcoming to the conclusions.Onveachieved the R&D results, since the month of May the tests of the prototypes in real-life settings via the cross-border Living Lab Vallée Lab will be implemented with a duration of 6 months.
Example of cross-border Living Lab: experimentation, testing and validation of innovativesystems for parking, integratedwith an informative platform on local public transport
This Living Labwillsee the presence of end userslocalised in:
Mr. Francesco Fionda
Project Manager of the Directorate Productive Activities, Region Aosta Valley