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Smart City Rotterdam: A Leading Light In Smart Innovation

By Joe Appleton on Jul 27, 2020 10:15:00 AM

The Dutch city of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest maritime port, and one of the world’s most important shipping hubs. Often referred to as the “Gateway to Europe,” Rotterdam sits in the Rhine-Meuse-Sheldt delta and has been an important trading center for centuries. Unfortunately, the city was devastated during World War II due to its strategic significance. The near-destruction of the city resulted in a post-war building boom which has led to ambitious and practical architecture.

With few historical landmarks remaining for preservation, Rotterdam has been able to whole-heartedly embrace modern design principles and infrastructure. This has made it fertile ground for smart city practices.

Today, the city is home to over 650,000 citizens of more than 180 nationalities. It’s a vibrant, multi-cultural hub with a progressive government. The city is eager to foster pioneering practices and cultivate innovative ideas. The goal is to build a smarter city that truly benefits its citizens.

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Smart Economy Smart City Innovation Smart Port Rotterdam Smart City C40 Cities Smart City Planner 100 Resilient Cities Next Economy Rotterdam Innovation District
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Smart City Lublin: A Smart City with a Social Dimension

By Lisa Smith on May 29, 2019 1:00:34 AM

Lublin, with a population of 340 000 inhabitants, is the largest economic and academic center and also the only metropolitan macro-region in Eastern Poland. Including the Lublin Metropolitan Area, this brings together more than 608 000 residents in 21 neighboring municipalities, with a total area of 2121 km2. Lublin is among the most dynamically developing of Polish cities and holds top rankings for sustainable development, for its strategy for attracting investors, for quality of life, and for the level of its investment in infrastructure.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Citizen Participation Urban Mobility Traffic Management Citizen Empowerment Public Transport Waste Collection Digital City Green City Bike-Sharing Scooter-Sharing Smart Transportation Intelligent City Social City Lublin Poland Socially Intelligent City ITS Passenger Information System Civic Budget Public Transportation Virtual Library Digital Archive Green Budget Paid Parking Zone Spatial Information Pedestrian Standards Urban Development Strategy Civic Panel Integrated Public Transport System
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Bologna: The Evolution of a Collaborative Smart City

By Jon Glasco on Nov 28, 2018 12:38:15 AM

Bologna, the seventh largest city in Italy and capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, was recently named as one of the top three smart cities in the country. The city was praised for its decisions and actions to "bring together the quality of the environment, welfare policies and territorial innovation in an overall balance." This smart city portrait provides a summary of Bologna's strategy and vision of a citizen-centric collaborative future.

The Force of a Collaborative Persona

When it comes to citizen-inspired innovation, cities often face a problem. The problem is that outdated regulations and inflexible rules become barriers when citizens wish to improve a local park, increase pedestrian safety or make other changes in their community—even when such changes increase quality of life. However, the city of Bologna recognized opportunities to collaborate with citizens and improve neighborhoods and urban spaces.

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Smart Mobility Urban Transformation Citizen Participation Urban Innovation E-Government Citizen Engagement Sustainable Urban Mobility Bologna SUMP iCity
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Smart City Alba Iulia: Solutions For A Digital City

By Lisa Smith on Nov 21, 2018 11:47:27 PM

Certain smart cities around the world are leading by example. By examining the strategies that are delivering the highest impact, these best practices can be more widely adopted to replicate their success.

This city portrait is in two parts. The first part (Alba Iulia Smart City: How Central Romania Quietly Created a Hidden Champion in Europe) described the ambitious plans of the Alba Iulia City Hall as it uses tourism and strong partnerships with private companies to transform Alba Iulia into Romania’s first smart city. This second part takes a closer look at some of the smart solutions being implemented there.

Organizing Alba Iulia’s Transformation

The municipal administration of Alba Iulia – a city of around 74,000 in Transylvania, central Romania – was announced in march to be a finalist in the country’s ‘Business Review Awards 2018’ for its efforts in transforming Alba County’s capital into Romania’s first smart city. As Romania’s centenary celebrations approach, the city that formed the historical backdrop to its Great Union will complete the first part of its ambitious plans, having developed, tested or indeed fully implemented over 100 smart solutions.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Mobility Smart Lighting Open Data LoRaWan Leading Smart City Smart City Public Private Partnership Smart Parking Smart City Technology Citizen Participation Air Quality Virtual Reality Romania e-AlbaIulia Tourism Smart Water Management Energy Efficiency City Analytics Platform Alba Iulia CityApps CityHealth Alba Carolina Citadel Wireless Network InteliLIGHT Orange Romania
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Smart City Palo Alto

By Lisa Smith on Oct 1, 2018 11:06:20 AM

Certain smart cities around the world are leading by example. By examining the solutions that are delivering the highest impact, these best practices can be more widely adopted to replicate their success.

Palo Alto’s Smart City Strategy

A comparatively small American city in the very center of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto has thrown itself into the smart city scene, founding a number of tech-driven projects to solve the problems of its 67,000 citizens. The first challenge to overcome, however, is its size: Palo Alto will need to pioneer smart resource management in order to fund the deployment of its smart city initiatives and the larger-scale implementation of any successful solutions.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Smart Mobility Smart Lighting Open Data Leading Smart City Smart Collaboration Smart City Smart City Apps Air Quality Traffic Reduction Citizen Innovation Smart Water Management Palo Alto Stanford University Palo Alto Apps Challenge PaloAlto311 AdoptMeApp Jonathan Reichental Smart Resource Management University Collaboration Sensor Networks Traffic Management
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Alba Iulia Smart City: A Quietly Created Hidden Champion in Europe

By Lisa Smith on Sep 27, 2018 2:13:35 PM

Certain smart cities around the world are leading by example. By examining the strategies that are delivering the highest impact, these best practices can be more widely adopted to replicate their success.

This city portrait is in two parts. This first part describes the ambitious plans of the Alba Iulia City Hall as it uses tourism and strong partnerships to transform Alba Iulia into Romania’s first smart city. The second part takes a closer look at some of the more than 100 smart city solutions being implemented there.

Welcome to Alba Iulia, the First Smart City in Romania

In Alba County, Transylvania, nestles a small city with a big plan. Alba Iulia, the principality’s earlier capital and a symbol of the Great Union of Romania a hundred years ago, has set its sights on becoming Romania’s first smart city. Its pilot project, officially launched in December 2016, is set for being showcased in 2018 – with the occasion of the Romanian Centennial year – and continuing in 2019 also.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Mobility Smart Lighting Open Data LoRaWan Leading Smart City Smart City Public Private Partnership Smart City Technology Citizen Participation Air Quality Romania e-AlbaIulia Tourism Smart Water Management Energy Efficiency City Analytics Platform Alba Iulia CityApps CityHealth Alba Carolina Citadel Wireless Network
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Smart City Bhubaneswar: A Citizen-Centered Approach for Smart Growth

By Sarah Wray on Sep 24, 2018 10:46:53 AM

Bhubaneswar is the capital of the state of Odisha in India. Known as “the Temple City”, it is an emerging hub for education, health and information technology, as well as a popular tourist destination. The city has a population of around 840,000 and has won a number of awards and titles – for example, it is:

  • The only Tier-2 city in India where all of India’s top five companies have bases. These are Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, Tech Mahindra and Mindtree.
  • Ranked as the third best place to do business in India by the World Bank.
  • One of the planned four Information Technology Investment Regions in India.
  • American Planning Association’s Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Excellence Award Winner 2017.

Bhubaneswar was selected as one of the first 20 Indian cities to be developed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Smart City Development Smart City Citizen Participation Citizen-Centric Strategy India Smart Cities Mission Odisha Lessons Learned Report Bhubaneswar
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Seoul Smart City Portrait: Collaboration and Smart Solutions

By Lisa Smith on Aug 29, 2018 11:14:58 AM

Certain smart cities around the world are leading by example. By examining the solutions that are delivering the highest impact, these best practices can be more widely adopted to replicate their success.

This city portrait is in two parts. The first part, Seoul Smart City: The Power of Citizen Participation, described the reorganization of the Seoul Municipal Government in order to empower citizens and create a stronger climate of citizen participation at all possible administrative levels. This second part takes a closer look at some of the specific smart solutions being implemented by the city.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Living Smart Environment Smart Mobility Open Data Open Government Leading Smart City Smart City Public Private Partnership Citizen Participation Smart People Citizen-Centric Strategy Seoul Innovation Bureau Seoul Innovation Park Hopeful Seoul Seoul Municipal Government Seoul Digital Foundation Civic Participation South Korea Korean National Energy Plan Digital Innovation School Seoul Youth Hub Pay as You Throw Citizens Environment Watch
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Seoul Smart City Portrait: The Power of Citizen Participation

By Lisa Smith on Aug 27, 2018 11:11:28 AM

Certain smart cities around the world are leading by example. By examining the solutions that are delivering the highest impact, these best practices can be more widely adopted to replicate their success.

This city portrait is in two parts. This first part describes the reorganization of the Seoul Municipal Government in order to empower citizens and create a stronger climate of citizen participation at all possible administrative levels. The second part, Seoul Smart City: Collaboration & Smart Solutions, takes a closer look at some of the specific smart solutions being implemented by the city.

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Smart City Solutions Citizen Centricity Open Data Open Government Leading Smart City Innovation Smart Collaboration Smart City Public Private Partnership Citizen Participation Civic Engagement Citizen-Centric Strategy Seoul Innovation Bureau Citizen Innovation Seoul Municipal Government Seoul Digital Foundation Civic Participation South Korea Community Innovation Plan Digital Innovation School
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Prague Smart City: Building a Bridge to a Smart Future

By Jon Glasco on Aug 5, 2018 11:39:49 PM

Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, has been known during its renowned history as a magnet of commercial, cultural, scientific and political activity. This thriving city, also known as the City of a Hundred Spires, is home to more than 1.2 million people and generates an estimated 25 percent of the Czech Republic's GDP. With its enchanting architecture, visual charms and historic landmarks, Prague is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

If we could travel back in time to visit Prague in the 14th century, we would see builders constructing the Charles Bridge across the Vltava River to connect the city's Staré Město (Old Town) with Malá Strana (Lesser Town). Fast forward to the 21st century and we observe Prague striving to build a new type of bridge. As this article reveals, it is a bridge of urban transformation connecting today's city to a smart city future.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Smart Mobility Citizen Centricity Smart Lighting Leading Smart Cities Innovation Smart Collaboration Smart City Life Quality Triangulum Project Open Innovation Czech Republic UrbanACT Smart Prague 2030 Intelligent Mobility Smart Prague
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