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Santander (España) está utilizando sensores para la gestión de residuos


Santander está buscando modernizarse con medidas inteligentes para la gestión y tratamiento de residuos. A continuación, analizaremos cómo este destino turístico veraniego está aprendiendo a mejorar sus servicios de recogida de basuras, haciendo que la ciudad sea más habitable y convirtiéndola en modelo a seguir por el resto de España.

How Santander, Spain is using sensors to tackle waste


Santander, the capital of Spain’s autonomous region on the northern coast of Spain, was once home to a royal summer residence and still seeks to showcase this “aristocratic atmosphere” while providing visitors and citizens with another view: waste-free streets. Below, we’ll take a look at how this summer tourist destination is getting savvy when it comes to strengthening its waste collection services, making it a more liveable city and inspiring leader for the rest of Spain to follow.

Sustainable building shapes up in Bratislava


The Slovak capital is now looking to improve energy efficiency with a pilot project revolving around nearly zero energy building renovation models. Not only does the city want to reduce energy consumption, it wants to build a sustainable environment in which buildings are interconnected with public space, green areas and sustainable mobility, such as mass public transport.

Helmond leads the pack in smart lighting projects


The historic city of Helmond in North Brabant in the southern Netherlands was one of the first cities to adopt intelligent lighting technology as a way to solve its challenges as a growing industrial hub, becoming more sustainable in the process by saving energy. Let’s dive deeper into why this Dutch city decided to become a pioneer in the intelligent street lighting movement and some of the immediate benefits they’ve seen in the process.

Helmond loopt voorop in slimme verlichtingsprojekten


In 2013 was slimme verlichting nog niet zo’n trendy onderwerp als nu. De historische stad Helmond in Noord-Brabant, in het zuiden van Nederland, was echter een van de eerste steden die intelligente verlichtingstechnologie inzette om uitdagingen van een groeiend industrieel knooppunt aan te pakken en duurzamer te worden door energie te besparen.

3 ways Turkey is transforming its cities


A series of smart projects is slowly seeping its way across Turkey’s cities with one goal in mind: transforming the country into a digital hub. Part of Turkey’s 2023 Goals, these smart city concepts are stemming from years of investments in smart technology, which will save the country billions of euros annually, as well as provide the infrastructure necessary to fuel these future-focused technologies.

High-speed internet is key for Lebanon's first smart city


Set in Lebanon’s Northern Matn region, the countryside residential community of BeitMisk spans 13 plots and features stunning views of capital city Beirut and the Mediterranean. While it’s modelled after a traditional village, this town is offering up a more modern lifestyle than what residents are used to. Here's how the city is becoming a leader in Lebanon, relying not only on fibre optics but also on an advanced digital infrastructure.

Are driverless taxis the solution to city centre congestion?


Congested city streets may be one less problem Paris faces as the city looks to something straight out of a science fiction movie: driverless taxi cabs. Dubbed “Autonom Cab,” these hyperconnected taxis cost between €230,000 and €250,000 and can hold up to six people. Let’s take a look at the impacts this new product will have when it hits the market next year.

How public data is making European cities smarter


Ten medium-sized European cities—including Bruges, Delft and Mechelen—have partnered up with Cambridge Cleantech to develop solutions for urban environment challenges revolving around one main concept: open data. Here’s how these cities are looking at public service information in a new way, tapping into a market estimated to have a €300 billion value to tackle issues from parking to air quality.

Are Smart Islands the next step to EU sustainability success?


As the EU looks to be a driver in terms of a low carbon economy, islands in Europe are becoming more aware of their role to serve as inspiration for sustainable, integrated solutions that “make the most out of islands’ competitive advantages,” according to the Smart Islands Initiative. Let’s take a look at this new effort inspired by Smart Cities and Communities and how Europe’s islands may play a vital role in helping Europe transition into a low carbon and sustainable economy.