smart cities

Urban performance is no longer just dependant on a city's hard infrastructure – its 'physical capital' - but increasingly on the availability and quality of communication and social resources. 

The concept of a ‘smart city’ is now being used to describe modern urban competitiveness and highlight the growing importance of social and environmental capital in profiling the attractiveness of a city.

Certain enablers play a key role in this debate, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a move towards an efficient use and consumption of energy.

We are working to integrate different aspects of the current debate. In our view, a smart city must be a good place to live, offering the best possible quality of life with the lowest possible use of resources.

Our work supports developments towards a healthy, energy-efficient city that uses renewable energy sources as much as possible, and is a pioneer in the deployment of advanced smart and ICT-based technologies.

A smart city is also an inclusive place, using technology and innovative solutions to improve social inclusion and combat poverty and deprivation.

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

A wake up call for those who care about Europe

It is a critical time for Europe, ahead of the European elections. The success or failure of the European project will be decided in and by our cities’ ability to shape and implement policy locally.

news

publication date: 21-03-2019

  •  mobility

Highlights from the Mobility Forum in Karlsruhe (13-15 March 2019) Focus on decarbonisation

“Cities are often the frontrunners in the implementation of sustainable mobility measures, acting as a driving force for higher climate ambition at national and EU level.” Mark Major, SLoCaT.

news

publication date: 19-03-2019

  •  environment

Energy efficiency interventions for public buildings and lighting systems in Turin

The municipality has undertaken a fruitful collaboration with the University Politecnico of Turin to collect data on energy consumption and costs for the city building stock, with the aim of making more efficient technical and policy decisions. Renovation of public buildings and substitution of public lighting bulbs with LEDs are among the first actions implemented.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019

  •  mobility

A webinar provides clarification about the TMaaS Replicator City Programme

TMaaS recently launched a call to cities worldwide to register for the TMaaS Replicator City Programme. This autumn, three selected cities will have the opportunity to work together with the TMaaS team on developing their own version of the TMaaS dashboard adapted to their situation and needs. The TMaaS team will present the TMaaS Replicator City Programme during a webinar on 25 March 2019. The City of Ghent and TomTom will highlight the opportunities the project offers to cities seeking...

event

start date: 25-03-2019
end date: 25-03-2019

EUROCITIES - city leaders agenda for Europe

EUROCITIES political manifesto ahead of the European elections

publication

publication date: 12-03-2019

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Smart wood - new SCIS podcast

There is a fascinating smart city material that automatically adjusts to changes in temperature and humidity, provides great insulation and can be sourced sustainably and locally.

news

publication date: 04-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  knowledge society

Europe's digital agenda for the future: Amsterdam makes three recommendations

In its citizens' consultation, Amsterdam chose to ask citizens questions about privacy and digital security, the value of their data, digitalisation and accessibility.

news

publication date: 01-03-2019

  •  knowledge society

Interview with John Jorritsma, mayor of Eindhoven

We took a moment out to catch up with John Jorritsma, mayor of Eindhoven, recently to find out about his vision for smarter cities that work for and with people.

news

publication date: 28-02-2019

  •  knowledge society

Interview with Paivi Sutinen, director for City as a Service Development in Espoo

We took a moment out to catch up with Päivi Sutinen, director for City as a Service Development in Espoo at the recent Nordic Edge Expo.

news

publication date: 28-02-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  knowledge society

Oulu citizens panel issues three recommendations on digitalisation in the public sector

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Oulu held a citizens' consultation to discuss the challenges, benefits and opportunities of digitalisation in the public sector and develop three recommendations

news

publication date: 25-02-2019