By transforming non-recyclable waste into “green” methanol, the facility will help lower carbon emissions by creating a raw material that can be used to replace fossil fuels, offering clean energy to fuel the chemical industry and transportation sector. Let’s take a look at how this facility—which is the first of its kind in Europe—will be revolutionary for Rotterdam.
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.
Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, has had a three-prong plan in place since 2012. Working together with the administration, public and relevant companies, Karlsruhe developed the framework for a sustainable urban mobility system that not only highlights transportation development, it also ensures equal mobility opportunities for everyone in the city.
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.
Austria’s fourth-largest city, Salzburg, may be known for its charming medieval and baroque buildings (as well as being the birthplace of famous composer Mozart), but the city is making a name for itself in the region as a leader in Smart Grids and electric mobility. Home to a population of nearly 150,000 people, this mid-sized city is making a major impact in terms of climate protection projects and emission-reducing solutions.
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.
The 1st SmartCitiesCouncil® - Europe Stakeholders’ Assembly recently took place in Dublin, Ireland on the 9th of November. The day’s theme was Accelerating your innovation economy and focused on how smart city solutions can advance innovation and economic development. Honored by the attendance of the most reputable names in the Smart Cities industry, the stakeholder assembly quickly gained attention from all around Europe.
While Paris may be poised to be Europe’s new artificial intelligence hub, some of the continent’s largest software companies are looking at cities all across France, investing billions in research and development over the next five years as part of a plan to place France—and Europe—at the forefront of AI innovation.
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.”
When improving citizens’ quality of life, the challenge of providing suitable and sufficient parking ranks consistently at the top of issues to solve for today’s cities. This problem is also constantly expensive for citizens: drivers spend increasing periods trapped in cars, paying for petrol and polluting our environment. The most simple and speediest solution is usually the development of a smart-parking app. Today, a wide range of progressive cities have experimented with such tools.