Smart Cities Business Development Mission to Poland & the Czech Republic

Dates: September 10-15, 2017

Explore Export Opportunities in Poland and the Czech Republic

The U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, is organizing a Smart Cities Business Development Mission to Poland and the Czech Republic from September 10 – 15. This mission is focused on business and designed to help export ready U.S. companies launch or increase their export business in promising sectors in Poland and the Czech Republic that contribute to the development of smart cities, including e-mobility, energy efficiency and management, e-governance, and environmental management and quality, including air and water quality. U.S. companies will attend pre-scheduled meetings with potential agents, distributors, end users, industry contacts and government officials for the goal of launching or increasing exports.

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WEBINAR: The Smart Cities Ecosystem in Poland & the Czech Republic

Poland & the Czech Republic are investing significant resources in the development of infrastructure, including intelligent transportation systems, smart governance, smart grids, energy efficiency and green buildings. This webinar will give you a range of knowledge of what's happening in the Smart Cities scene in both countries and the trade mission going to both later this year.

Thursday, June 1st at 10:00am EST
Computer & Phone

Trade Mission Features

  • Gain market insights based on expert briefings
  • Make industry contacts via featured tours and networking events
  • Solidify business strategies
  • Advance specific projects across both countries
  • Identify potential partners

Commercial Settings in Poland & the Czech Republic


Since the transition to democracy and the free market that began in 1989, Poland has become an important country within the European Union. The country’s central location in Central Europe, large population (38.2 million) and per capita Gross National Income (GNI) of $13,080 have attracted significant foreign direct investment, which have contributed to Poland’s economic growth and its position as the largest economy in Central Europe.

From 2014 – 2020, Poland will receive over Euro 100 billion in EU cohesion funds to support the key initiatives, which are open equally to U.S. companies, outline below:

Smart Technology: By 2020 all citizens will have access to high-speed broadband of at least 30 Mbps with half of them having broadband access at a speed of at least 100 Mbps. The government intends to support the construction of municipal broadband networks to make the investments more attractive for network operators.

Local governments are interested in applying smart technologies such as smart meters that will help to conserve resources and monitor environmental quality. Every third local government is interested in smart metering: 37% in remote reading of water meters and 32% in city monitoring. Polish cities register some of the highest air pollution levels in Europe, and there is need for technologies that can help monitor and improve air quality.

Smart Mobility: Poland continues to look for ways to improve its transportation infrastructure, and cities such as Bydgoszcz, Gliwice, Krakow, Szczecin, and Wroclaw are implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects. Virtually all major Polish cities have created ITS departments or units to support implementation of ITS projects. From 2013 - 2017, Poland has spent or will spend roughly $1.25 billion on ITS projects, with 40% of the budget for ITS projects allocated to purchases of components, such as cameras, electronic signs and detectors.

Subsectors that are likely to see growth opportunities in the coming years are: 1) on-demand mobility systems (car-sharing in particular), 2) ride-sharing and other solutions aimed at tackling growing traffic congestion, 3) solutions intended to integrate the services provided by different transportation companies, especially in the data collection dimension (Warsaw has a couple of companies running different bus lines).

Smart Governance: The government assumes that 64% of citizens and 95% of entrepreneurs will use the Internet as the basic tool for reaching out to public authorities in 2020; today, it is 32% and 90%, respectively. A central data repository and single point-of-contact platform is to be created to enable access to all eServices and make it easier to reach out to authorities.

Smart Buildings:
Smart buildings are another important contributor to improving energy efficiency and decreasing carbon emissions. Poland is transposing the Energy Performance of Building Directive and its revision. An energy performance certificate (EPC) is now mandatory when a building or apartment transfers ownership. There is significant potential to substantially strengthen the energy efficiency of Poland’s building stock, particularly by promoting passive energy houses (PEH) and zero energy buildings (ZEB).

Czech Republic

Each major city and number of municipalities in the country have already one or more smart solutions and actively work on further projects in accordance with their budget possibilities.  Politicians on all levels declare support for smart city initiatives but general awareness is not as high as in large U.S. cities.  The CIVINET network of Czech and Slovak cities, part of the CIVITAS Forum, is an active player in overcoming barriers between local and EU levels and effectively helps to streamline the process of drawing funds allocated by the EU for smart city development.  These financial resources, combined with smart city enthusiasm and specific city projects, will create opportunity for interested companies for years to come.

Prague is a pioneer among Central European metropolises in supporting electro- mobility in cooperation with energy suppliers in its territory since 2011 and is the fourth best e-Government city after Seoul, Hong Kong and Madrid. The SMART Prague 2014 - 2020 concept addresses the city’s weaknesses by strengthening research, technological development and innovation, promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, sustainable mobility and energy savings and education and learning.  The second largest city, Brno, has focused efforts on transportation mobility.  Pilsen has launched a project to provide free Wi-Fi in public spaces and also provides free electric buses. Key initiatives in the Czech Republic include: 

Smart Mobility:  The government has approved an extensive upgrade of transportation systems. By 2020, about $1 billion will be spent on smart systems in air, rail, ship and road transport.  Around one half of the resources will be invested in radar, cameras, automatic scales and advanced electronics for road transport. The purpose is to make traffic flow smoothly without accidents and to sanction undisciplined drivers quickly and effectively.

Smart Governance: Since 2012, basic public electronic registers have worked reliably in the country. The registers are cornerstones for further e-Government innovation capitalizing on the Czech Republic’s leading e-Government initiatives.   The Government is promoting deeper information sharing among public authorities. The Digital Education program will promote cheaper or free internet for the underprivileged from 2017.  Safety and emergency services and smart detection cameras are just two examples of new products/services that are being used in the country. 

Smart Buildings:  The capital city of Prague has put forward its own development concept called SMART PRAGUE 2014 - 2020.  It involves a long-term plan that combines economic, technologically effective and sustainable development as determined by the evaluation of sophisticated and integrated data.  In order to determine appropriate targets for smart infrastructure, a case study was carried out during spring 2016 that involved a sample of 20 buildings in the city.  Energy sources as well as access control, video surveillance and security integration/management were identified as targets in order to convert the current buildings into smart buildings. 

Costs for Trade Mission

  • Small and Medium Size Enterprise (fewer than 500 employees): $2,500
  • Large Enterprise: $3,700
  • Each additional Attendee: $1,000

Registration Deadline

Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than July 1, 2017. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and inform applicants of selection decisions soon after the conclusion of the recruitment period. Applications received after July 1, 2017, will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

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For More Information

Kent Campbell
Project Officer
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC
Tel: 202-482-7426

Kenneth Duckworth
Commercial Attaché
US Embassy – Warsaw, Poland
U.S. Department of Commerce
Tel: +48-22-625-4374

Anna Janczewska
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Embassy – Warsaw, Poland
U.S. Department of Commerce
Tel: +48-22-625-4274

Helen Peterson
Senior Commercial Officer
U.S. Embassy – Prague, Czech Republic
US Department of Commerce
Tel: +420-257-022-434, ext. 2436

Luda Taylor
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Embassy – Prague, Czech Republic
Tel: +420-257-022-424, ext. 2315

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