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In Cork, open data is key to smart region success


Cork, a university city in southwest Ireland, is on its way to positioning itself as a “World-Class Smart Region,” building on its existing assets to achieve a reputation as a great place to live, work, visit and invest. Part of a collaboration between local governments and research organisations, the Cork Smart Gateway is a smart agenda that is developing solutions for the region, with a focus on everything from energy conservation to open data.

Why cities should prepare a shared mobility plan for the future


Shared mobility may still be in its early stages, but this is one trend that could have a major impact not only on the automotive industry, but also on cities themselves. Shared mobility is predicted to only partially replace car ownership, but by 2030, this part could equal up to a third of vehicle sales. Europe currently ranks third in the market in terms of shared mobility, with the challenge of lacking a “one-size-fits-all” model, since each city has its own regulations.

How Évora is paving the way for Portugal's smart energy plans


Since 2009, Portugal has aimed to be a leader in terms of electric mobility, developing new energy models for sustainability. One city in particular, Évora, the capital of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region, served as the first pilot project for smart city development. In 2010, InovCity Évora kicked off, showing both Portugal and the world real-life examples of energy efficiency, micro generation and electrical mobility. (article available in Portuguese)

PT-Como Évora está a preparar o caminho para os planos de energia inteligente em Portugal


Desde 2009 que Portugal tem como objetivo ser um líder em termos de mobilidade elétrica, ao desenvolver novos modelos de energia para a sustentabilidade. Uma cidade, em particular, Évora, capital do Distrito de Évora, na região do Alentejo e sub-região do Alentejo Central, serviu como o primeiro projeto-piloto para o desenvolvimento da cidade inteligente.

El plan de Menorca para convertirse en una isla más sostenible


Los proyectos inteligentes suelen inspirar visiones urbanas: edificios inteligentes y conectadoss, vehículos autónomos, transportes de alta tecnología. Y, si bien estos son elementos importantes a tener en cuenta cuando se trata de la planificación urbana de una ciudad, existe también un lado que puede beneficiarse de soluciones naturales inteligentes. Islas como Menorca, en el español archipiélago balear, buscan formas inteligentes de "reducir la presión humana y el impacto medioambiental".

Menorca's plan to become a smarter island


Smart projects typically inspire urban visions: connected skyrises, autonomous vehicles, high-tech transport. And while these are important elements to consider when it comes to urban planning for a city, there’s also a side that can benefit from smart solutions—nature. Islands such as Menorca in the Spanish Balearic archipelago are looking to smart ways to “reduce human pressure and environmental impact.” (article available in Spanish)

How 5 cities are using technology to reduce the harmful effects of dirty air


Outdoor air pollution claims 1.3 million lives every year. Children are particularly at risk. And the number of deaths is expected to rise due to climate change. Read how cities from Hamburg to Oakland are using data, sensors and some novel technologies to reduce death and disease from dirty air.

For Olso, the future lies in climate-friendly architecture


With a population of over 1.7 million in metropolitan Oslo, the city realized that to protect its citizens, it needs to focus its smart city efforts on one major issue: climate-friendly urban development. The 10-year-plan behind FutureBuilt is just one of the projects underway in the Norwegian capital, as the city looks to build climate-friendly buildings that not only appear aesthetically beautiful, they are also designed to reduce carbon footprints by 50 percent.

Somerset County Council’s revolutionary IT strategy


Established around 700 A.D., Somerset in southwest England boasts one of the oldest local governments in the world. But despite its age—or perhaps because of it—Somerset County Council has proved itself to be one major example of how the UK is looking to “rethink and revamp” its technologies to better serve its citizens and its goals.