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LIVING LAB AS AN ELEMENT OF THE SMART CITY ECOSYSTEM

 

Kraków Living Lab is a platform for testing products and services in the conditions they are actually used, that is within the city tissue composed of streets, squares, parks, municipal transport, etc., especially in areas related to the smart city. The testing process follows a structured, iterative method from concept, via prototype, to the implementation proper. In the living lab model, the end user is a codesigner rather than only the recipient of the solution.

This is a joint project of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) and the Municipal Office of Kraków initiated in 2013 thanks to the accession to the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL).

In 2015 Kraków Living Lab received ENOLL accreditation, becoming one of Poland’s two certified living lab centres.

 

Who is Kraków Living Lab for?

A characteristic feature of the living lab method is the maximum reduction of the distance between technology developer and its final/end users. Offering living lab service, we let enterprises work on products and services together with their future clients, that is to co-create them. We do this in cooperation with the Municipality of Kraków, institutions of higher education, and other partners. Businesses submit products and services for testing and optimisation to receive professional support at the stage of conducting tests and evaluating their results.

There are plenty of ways to implement the living lab methodology, beginning from smart city (our specialty!), via the games sector and mobile telephony, to management and technological processes in businesses. The living lab process can extend over products from TRL 3 up to TRL 8, that is from the proof of concept level to an implemented prototype.

 

 

 

Agnieszka Włodarczyk

livinglab@kpt.krakow.pl
tel. 12 345 32 12
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