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Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton is bee smart city's content strategist, editor and writer. He has a particular interest in smart and sustainable cities and urban mobility.

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Binh Duong: The Pioneering Smart City in Vietnam

By Joe Appleton on Sep 1, 2021 10:50:34 AM

The southeast Asian country of Vietnam is evolving at a rapid pace. In recent years, the country has transformed into one of the fastest-growing economies in the region with booming industries in a wide range of sectors, and a tenacious business-oriented culture. In a short time, Vietnam has been able to grow from a low-income country into a lower-middle-income country, with analysts predicting that it could achieve upper-middle-income status as quickly as 2035. This is no mean feat, but with a large and booming population, with a young median age of 32 years, Vietnam has the drive, determination, and passion for innovation to make its dreams come true. A perfect and ambitious example is the Binh Duong Smart City project.

Topics:

Smart City ICF Smart City Innovation Digital Transformation Vietnam Public Wifi Smart Infrastructure Resilience Economic Growth Urbanization WiFi System Smart Business Binh Duong

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Smart City Poznan: An Innovation Hub In The Greater Poland Region

By Joe Appleton on Jun 8, 2021 11:14:55 AM

The city of Poznan is a rich and vibrant city in the west of Poland. Located on the banks of the river Warta, the city is home to over 530,000 residents and serves as the administrative capital of the Greater Poland Voivodeship. Over the years, the city has served as an important trading hub, an academic center, and a seat of power. For the 21st century, Poznan is going through another important evolution, transforming into a dynamic, future-focused smart city.

Topics:

Smart City Strategy Smart Living Smart Environment Smart Mobility Smart Economy Smart City Smart Community Poland Smart Digital City Poznan Intelligent Cities Challenge

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Smart Dublin: Future-Proofing The Irish Capital

By Joe Appleton on Jan 14, 2021 8:49:38 AM

Dublin is one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities. Situated on the mouth of the River Liffey, this Irish metropolis has a population of more than 1,300,000 citizens, and hosts some of the world’s leading technology companies and financial institutions. Like many large cities, it’s not without its fair share of challenges. However, Dublin is rising to those challenges, and has made a name as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking cities in Europe. Thanks to the Smart Dublin initiative, the city is well on its way to becoming a shining example of just how smart a smart city truly can be.

Topics:

Smart Living Smart Government Smart Environment Smart Mobility Smart Economy Smart City Smart People Smart Cities Smart District Dublin Smart Dublin Smart Docklands Ireland

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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.

Topics:

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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