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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.

Smart cities 2018: building on strong foundations for Europe


Each year heralds in a new wave of predictions when it comes to the trends and technology that will be sweeping over smart cities—and developing new ones. In 2017, European cities saw the rise of smart city solutions like electric vehicles, smart parking and street lighting, and free (and fast) Internet. 5G, for example, was a hot topic at tech conferences as companies partnered up with cities to get the networks in place for this high-speed service.

Three ways Pilsen is standing out as a smart city in Czech Republic


By working with students and citizens to improve city services through the help of free Wi-Fi and mobile phone applications, Pilsen is proving to be a city that doesn’t rest on its laurels when it comes to developing modern solutions that will have major impact. Let’s take a look at three ways, in particular, Pilsen is striving to become the no.1 smart city in the Czech Republic.

112 ways Tirana, Albania is getting smarter


For Albania’s capital of Tirana, the key lies in smart city solutions that address issues such as mobility, education and public spaces. During the Tirana Smart City Conference, representatives came together from the municipality, international organisations, and the community to share in the mayor’s vision of Tirana’s transformation over the next decade. Here’s a brief glance at the 112 projects designed to make a significant change to Tirana’s current infrastructure.

Can smart city solutions promote peace (and growth) in a Cypriot ghost town?


In an effort to reconstruct the Turkish-occupied town of Famagusta in Cyprus, international companies are coming together to introduce high-tech systems that will offer the solutions needed to transform Famagusta into a smart city. Here’s how the introduction of high-tech systems will breathe new life into this deserted town preparing it for a sustainable (and once again liveable) future.