INTELSPACE Innovation Technologies S.A. and URENIO Research of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki form a group of organizations working together on projects dealing with innovation ecosystems, innovation policy and strategy development, and planning for intelligent / smart cities. INTELSPACE was founded in 2007 as spin-off company of URENIO with a focus on intelligent / smart cities.
INTELSPACE is working with an international network of innovation consultants, IT experts, and academics from the European Union and the US and offers a wide range of services dealing with the creation of physical, institutional, and digital environments for innovation.
The expertise of the company is on (1) planning and governance of intelligent cities, intelligent districts, and clusters, (2) the design and development of applications and solutions for smart cities, (3) innovation strategy and management of innovation, and (4) the design and development of web-based applications for collaborative innovation, collective intelligence, technology transfer, product marketing and promotion.
INTELSPACE is developing also IT applications and web platforms that sustain key innovation processes, such as scan for the best available technology, improve learning and technology absorption, collaborative design and development of products, user involvement in the innovation process, design and development of online marketplaces. The company has created a portfolio of solutions for intelligent cities, mainly in the fields of the innovation economy and transparent governance, which are open source and freely available from the Github.
Main areas of services provision are:
- Innovation systems analysis, assessment, and strategy, including: Strategic planning for knowledge-based development. Management of regional systems of innovation. Regional innovation policy design and strategy. Smart specialisation strategies for research and innovation (RIS3). Innovation strategy assessment. Territorial strategic intelligence and place-based open innovation platforms. Training on innovation management. Measuring and benchmarking of innovation performance.
- Intelligent cities development and planning, including: Intelligent city / smart city strategies. Design and development of intelligent clusters and districts. Smart city governance, sustainability and business models. Smart city applications, mainly open source, for (i) the innovation economy, (ii) the quality of life, (iii) transport, energy, and utilities, (iv) city governance and decision making. User-driven innovation ecosystems and web-based platforms for collective intelligence and collaborative innovation. Future Internet technologies, sensor networks, and urban embedded systems.
Recent projects of the company deal with smart specialisation strategies across regions of the EU, the connection of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation with Digital Growth Strategies, and the assessment of policies for the transfer of innovative intelligent transport systems to the market, and the design of a next-generation science park in the UAE.