Following the approval of the European Union grant from the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program, CEKOM - Competence Center for Smart Cities started with its first preparatory activities. With the cooperation of partners, six development projects have been devised through which, over the three years of the project, 36 innovative solutions for products or technologies will be realized, which should facilitate daily life in our cities. The project brings together 20 partners - 16 companies and 4 research institutions: Smart RI d.o.o., University of Rijeka, Ericsson Nikola Tesla d.d., Hrvatski Telekom d.d., Combis d.o.o., Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, 3T Cable d.o.o., Alarm Automatika d.o.o., Elektrokovina d.o.o., Energo d.o.o., Exevio d.o.o., Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Opatija, IOLAP Inc., KD Vodovod i kanalizacija d.o.o., Kreativni odjel d.o.o., Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka, Rijeka promet d.d., Apsolon d.o.o., Smart Sense d.o.o. and SmartIS d.o.o. The total value of the project is 149,631,384.15 HRK. The grant awarded amounts to HRK 95,357,525.75. The partners in the project are participating with 54,273,858.40 HRK. CEKOM in Rijeka will be a test and demonstration center for smart technologies, in which pilot projects will be implemented with the city government and citizens to improve products and / or services to the level of readiness for commercialization. It is this context of the urban laboratory that will be most visible to citizens and visitors of Rijeka, where for the first time they will have the opportunity to actively participate in the application and development of new technologies.