Smart Cities as hubs: defining a system for city flows’ management (SCHub)

INFOTitle Smart Cities as hubs: defining a system for city flows’ management
Acronym SCHub
Programme H.F.R.I. Research Projects to Support Faculty Members & Researchers
Start – End Date 01/02/2022-28/02/2025
Scientific Coordinator Prof. Leonidas ANTHOPOULOS (
Project Homepage under construction
Status Running


It’s been more than 20 years since the initial appearance of the term smart city (SC) in the literature. The SC scope ranges and it is being seen from different perspectives by alternative actors with quite competitive interests. In contextual terms, the SC is being transformed to a service-oriented ecosystem; in terms of policy and objectives the SC mostly deals with sustainable challenges and urban growth; in terms of artefacts, all the emerging technologies are being combined or struggle to play an extensive role in SC; while in terms of people, skills and social engagement are being encouraged. However, practice shows that the SC scope has a limited application, since it is mostly being capitalized for utility upgrades or for urban renovation, while Internet-of-Things (IoT)-readiness enables real-time city monitoring. This project will study the fact that "the mission of SC seems to have been accomplished": SC are being transformed to hubs that collect, process and transmit data and services; bring together people for co-design; or control material flows. This project has several aims: to define the role and of the SC-as-a-hub (SCHub) operation, which can standardize and control all these flows across the city; to design the logical and physical architecture of the SCHub; to develop and test a software prototype of the SCHub in a real smart city; to define and submit a specifications' document for the SCHub to an international or national standardization body; to define a business model for the SCHub capitalization; to disseminate the project with scientific publications and events.


SCHUb is an innovative project, with significant areas for study and development, and with high impact potential since it addresses forthcoming urban challenges and views the dynamic SC domain from a highly systemic and social perspective. More specifically: • SC open innovation platform has to be explored further for its innovation potential. • SCHub will explore the “ultimate purpose” of SC to provide cities with umbrella-tools to enable open and standardize flows (data, service, material, people). • SCHub will perform tests in cities and will bring together scientists from 3 countries (Greece, Ireland and Germany), while it will validate the interdisciplinary SC scope with the engagement of scientists of different fields in the project (computer scientists, managers, biotechnologists, project managers, data analysts etc.).