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How autonomous mobility has transformed Copenhagen’s infrastructure


Thanks to autonomous mobility and parking, companies like Hitachi are paving the way for an infrastructure of the future to ensure more efficient (and safer) commutes for citizens. While some of these technologies are still under development, one area of connected mobility has recently rolled out: autonomous parking technology.

Gdynia, why quality of life is the main smart city strategy for this Polish city


Last month, the Baltic port city of Gdynia became the first in Poland to receive the ISO 37120 certificate for its sustainable development of communities—an indicator of its city services and quality of life. For this tier, two city in northern Poland, which features the largest Science and Technology Park in the country, the key to becoming a “smart city” is developing user-friendly services for its citizens.

The secret to making Finnish city Tampere "smart"


While the Finnish town of Tampere may only have 200,000 residents, it’s the largest inland city in Scandinavia. Set on an isthmus between two lakes, the city is dominated by old industrial buildings, original architecture and a stunning natural backdrop of ridges formed thousands of years ago. Yet despite its small town vibes and compact city centre, Tampere is poising itself to become a frontrunner for 5G technology.

DE-Wie Essen seine schwere industrielle Vergangenheit überwunden hat und zu einem Modell für Nachhaltigkeit geworden ist


Städte zu umweltfreundlichen und lebenswürdigen Orten für ihre Einwohner zu machen, ist eine Herausforderung, mit der Politiker und lokale Behörden sehr vertraut sind. Die gute Nachricht ist, dass es zahlreiche inspirierende und finanzierbare Beispiele gibt, denen man folgen kann. Nehmen Sie die Stadt Essen in Nordrhein-Westfalen als Beispiel.

How smart car sharing companies are impacting city infrastructure


Looking for a way to improve city infrastructure while reducing air pollution? Carsharing may be the solution. Smart Car sharing companies like Germany-based car2go are not only removing up to 11 vehicles for every car used, they're also saving up to 14 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases per vehicle. Germany alone has built up a smart car customer base of over 1 million people since car2go launched back in 2009.

Swedish solutions for smart city strategy in India


As countries like India urbanize at rapid-fire pace, they may need a little help from more developed friends around the world when it comes to establishing and implementing sustainable smart city solutions. Here’s where Sweden steps in. The Scandinavian country is partnering with India to develop a plan to promote sustainable and green-friendly public transportation solutions, making cities across India smarter thanks to Swedish technologies.

Why free Wi-Fi is the key to making cities smarter


Just as a CEO is essential to managing a company, cities are creating a role just as crucial for smart city projects—a Chief Technology Officer. New York City kicked off this trend in 2014, but London quickly followed in its footsteps. Now with these CTO’s helping pave the way for smart solution strategies, cities across Europe (like Barcelona) are incorporating one major element into the mix: free Wi-Fi.

Manchester receives a boost in smart city technology


With a city centre population expected to grow by 125,000 in the next few years alone, how do European cities like Manchester keep up technologically? For this UK city, the answer lies in smart city solutions. Out of 30 cities across the country, Manchester was chosen for a £10 million government grant for smart city technology investment with 21 organisations working together with Manchester council.