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« Sense City », une modélisation de la ville intelligente du futur, verra le jour à la cité Descartes


Afin d’aider les villes à converger vers l'écologie, l'Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Aménagement et des Réseaux (IFSTTAR), dans la cité Descartes, va tester des solutions dans une mini ville équipée de capteurs. Examinons donc attentivement ce projet, et voyons ce qu'il pourrait apporter aux villes en termes d’évolution vers la transition énergétique.

In Campus Descartes, France, the smart city of tomorrow is underway


In an effort to help push cities in an ecological direction, the "Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Aménagement et des Réseaux" (IFSTTAR) will test out solutions in a mini-city that’s equipped with sensors. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the project underway and what it could mean for cities in terms of moving forward in the energy transition.

How Valletta is looking to its past for a sustainable future


Malta's capital aims to be a carbon-neutral city by 2030. Following in the footsteps of other successful areas that are part of the Smart Sustainable Districts programme (such as Moabit West in Berlin and Les Docks de Saint-Ouen in Paris), Valletta is working on a series of projects that could help similar cities who also have to take elements like tourism and historic features into account.

In Hungary, 5G-equipped cities are vital to making the country smarter


Tech corporation ZTE is looking to bring Hungary’s technology up to 21st century standards starting with one major upgrade: a 5G network. While small towns like Szentendre near Budapest have toyed with smart city solutions like Smart Parking systems, it’s up to larger metropolises to set the example when it comes to Smart City projects.

Four ways Helsinki is incorporating smart solutions


As part of the six-year mySMARTLife project, European Lighthouse city Helsinki is looking to urban solutions to cut 70 percent of greenhouse gases. Along with Nantes and Hamburg, Helsinki is part of the mySMARTLife plan to transform cities into “more sustainable places where smart people and smart economy become reality.”

For this Polish city, liveability is the key to getting smarter


One of the main challenges Krakow faces is quality of life, but now the city is looking to fix that with goals put in place that will make the city a better—and smarter—place to live. From tackling environmental pollution to improving educational facilities, here are the ways Krakow is stepping up its game to become one of Poland’s Smart Cities.

Are citizen-led projects the way forward for smart cities?


Involving citizens in public data collection and decision-making processes is helping cities across Europe narrow in on the projects and areas that really need shaping. Cities like Oradea in Romania have connected its public institutions to a single platform, making everything from tax paying to medical appointments easily accessible for citizens. Citizen science and sensors in Amsterdam, meanwhile, have helped monitor the city’s air quality.

Why on-demand mass transit may be the smart way forward


Start-ups such as Berlin-based door2door are looking at ways to supplement public transport instead of replacing it. Launching just last month, the app is helping to connect the country with the first on-demand local public transport system in a rural area, the Freyung Shuttle, in the Bavarian Forest town of Freyung.

Clever nature-based solutions to combat climate change


One of seven European projects looking at nature-based solutions for smart cities, Connecting Nature is part of a €12 million investment to help cities make the switch to become more sustainable. The pan-European project, coordinated by the research team at Trinity College Dublin, is looking at 11 European cities in particular—including Glasgow and Genk in Belgium—to explore new technologies to help these cities become greener from the ground up.