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In Dijon, street lighting is key to becoming a smart city


The French city is joining forces with surrounding towns to embark on a €105 million information technology project that will improve city operations while helping save money on street lighting, traffic management and public safety. Working together with EDF's Citelum—as well as major French companies like Bouygues, Suez and Capgemini—the city plans to connect services like lighting through open data and smart city apps, thereby saving up to 65 percent in public lighting costs.

Dijon : l'éclairage public au cœur de la ville intelligente


Dans l'est de la France, Dijon s'efforce de renforcer son statut de ville intelligente en impliquant ses voisins. La ville française joint ses forces à celles des localités environnantes pour se lancer dans un projet informatique de 105 millions d'euros qui améliorera son fonctionnement, tout en permettant la réalisation d'économies sur l'éclairage public, la gestion du trafic et la sécurité publique.

Three ways Graz, Austria plans to be carbon neutral by 2050


At the moment, Graz—the capital of the state of Styria and Austria’s second-largest city after Vienna—boasts the country’s only Smart City flagship project. Targeting the former industrial area near the centre of Graz, the smart urban development strategy will transform this local land reserve in Graz West into a residential area where sustainability is placed at the forefront.

Tech European cities defeating Silicon Valley


In a former railway yard in southeast Paris, a €200 million project is underway to create a global hub for Internet development that will be the largest start-up incubator in the world. Dubbed Halle Freyssinet (or Station F), this is just one project that will make Paris a global player in terms of Internet technology, as well as create up to 4,000 jobs and attract 1,000 French and foreign tech entrepreneurs.

Oradea's plan to become Romania's first smart city


What does it take for a city to make the switch and become “smarter”? This is the question Oradea in northwest Romania is looking to answer with its plan to become the first Romanian smart city. With the Oradea Smart City strategy, the city is drafting a long-term plan based on a series of ICT-based solutions aimed to be put in place by 2025. Not only will these solutions help Oradea earn the title of Romania’s first smart city, it’ll also solve a number of public issues it currently faces.

Perché la Sicilia potrebbe diventare la versione italiana della Silicon Valley


La Sicilia non è considerata un polo tecnologico e deve affrontare problemi come infrastrutture fatiscenti e rifiuti urbani. Tuttavia, l'isola più grande del Mediterraneo sta lavorando ad un piccolo progetto di crowdfunding per risolvere questi problemi e promuovere la crescita della suo scenario tecnologico. Anche il governo locale darà il suo contributo, investendo una parte dei 13 milioni di euro necessari al finanziamento di questi progetti tecnologici.

Why Sicily may become Italy's version of Silicon Valley


Sicily is not seen as a tech hub and faces issues from crumbling infrastructure to overflowing trash. However, the largest island in the Mediterranean is working on a small, crowdfunded budget to solve these issues and boost its evolving tech scene, with the local government investing a portion of the €13 million needed for technological projects.

Hesse's highway gets a tech boost


The German state of Hesse is working with global tech powerhouse Siemens to build the first eHighway on a public highway in the country, with an overhead contact line for electric freight transport on the A5 autobahn. Expected to be completed at the end of 2018, this new highway will help solve the issue of climate-neutral freight transport by road in Frankfurt, cutting energy consumption in half and reducing local air pollution.

Creative Ways to Finance Smart Ideas


A lack of public funding may be considered a major inhibitor in smart city development, but cities are turning away from traditional financing methods and are instead coming up with creative ways to finance the city. Citizens are willing to get involved to make their city the best it can be, instead of developing an entirely new city. Here’s where the revolutionary concept of crowdfunding comes into play.