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How Brexit could impact Leeds's smart healthcare system


Out of 20 cities evaluated in the UK Smart Cities Index, Leeds placed fifth in terms of smart health initiatives. Thanks to its long-term growth strategy “Getting Leeds Working,” Yorkshire’s largest city has created an Innovation Health Hub that acts as an open platform for healthcare data, which is being used in initiatives such as an innovation lab, health-related mobile applications, a digital teleconferencing centre, and a clinical training and simulation centre.

5 ways Monaco is pioneering as a sustainable principality


The principality of Monaco is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world, with 36,000 residents living in the 2-square-kilometre city state. Despite its small size—or perhaps because of it—Monaco is faced with similar environmental challenges as many other cities across Europe

This IoT initiative may save Renfrewshire, Scotland millions


One of 32 council areas of Scotland, Renfrewshire sits in the west central Lowlands, bordered by the Firth of Clyde and River Clyde. With nearly 176,000 residents, this council area is the 10th most populous in Scotland and may help propel a wave of housing reformation thanks to a new Internet of Things (IoT) initiative, which can help save local authorities millions of pounds on property management and repair bills.

How cities can tackle air quality challenges


In Poland, 33 of its cities rank among the 50 most polluted in Europe. The town of Rybnik in southwestern Poland, for example, ranks fourth on WHO’s list of most polluted cities in Europe, with air pollution being an issue for one-third of the year causing schools to close and more hospital visits linked to respiratory issues. Thanks to a new pollution sensor unveiled last month, cities may be able to measure and improve air quality in a quicker and more efficient fashion.

3 ways Reykjavik is rising as a sustainable leader


While Iceland falls into the top 50 percent of countries by geographical size, most of its population of 329,000 is centred in and around the capital, Reykjavik. Iceland is proving, however, that having a small population can be used to a country’s advantage, pulling together and becoming more resourceful when it comes to utilizing the latest technology.

Intelligent systems sprouting in Jelgava, Latvia


The city is becoming known as an economically developed centre of knowledge, technologies and innovation. In 2010, Jelgava set forth a goal to become a modern and sustainable environment by increasing the use of renewable energy sources, improving the transportation sector and promoting energy efficiency.

Is data mining the future of urban funding?


With the redevelopment of former harbours like Helsinki’s Smart Kalasatama, and projects like Interactive Cities, where Genova is leading the way with digital developments that impact city governance, both EU cities could benefit from Google Urbanism and its plan to “think about a city from the Internet up.”

Solutions de stationnement intelligent dans le Sud de la France


Certaines villes ont commencé à proposer des applications de partage d'espaces de stationnement. Dans le sud de la France, cependant, Montpellier se tourne vers les systèmes connectés d'Internet des objets (Internet of Things ou IoT) pour créer des espaces de stationnement intelligents.

Parking minus the stress in the South of France


Montpellier in the South of France is looking to the Internet of Things-connected systems to develop on-street smart parking spaces. Let’s take a closer look at the project underway and how it will help reduce traffic congestion and save drivers time all with the help of Montpellier’s LoRaWAN private network.

Are digital identities the best bet against cyberattacks?


Welcome to the world of digital identity, a way to ensure identification isn’t being forged. This spring, the tiny town of Zug in Switzerland may be the first to offer citizens a digital identity with a blockchain technology-based app. Let’s take a look at the benefits this “digital passport” could offer citizens while strengthening Zug’s security measures and saving money in the long run.