How public data is making European cities smarter

Thu, 2018-09-13 16:19 -- SCC Europe Staff

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.

In Tenerife, social media is a low-budget way to reach a large number of citizens

Thu, 2018-09-13 10:00 -- SCC Europe Staff

In today’s world, communication via social media is sometimes even preferred over a standard phone call, as people share everything from life updates to photos via platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social media is one easy, cost-efficient tool cities are turning to as a way to communicate with previously disengaged citizens, as well as assess public opinion, conversing with citizens and looking to their feedback as a source to improve public services.

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

Sun, 2018-09-09 10:54 -- SCC Europe Staff

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.

Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, is growing with green development

Fri, 2018-08-31 13:07 -- SCC Europe Staff

With Chisinau hosting over half of the country’s urban population, the city faces a number of social and environmental challenges. Here’s how the capital is rising to the occasion, developing infrastructure and services that are moving it in the direction of smart city status.

Malmö’s goal to become Sweden’s most climate smart city

Fri, 2018-08-31 11:57 -- SCC Europe Staff

As a signatory of the Green Digital Charter, Malmö is already helping cities achieve EU climate goals through sustainable IT, setting an example right at home with an infrastructure that “reduces the environmental impact of technology and also city operations as a whole,” according to TCO Certified.

How Smart Cities Can Outsmart Hackers

Fri, 2018-08-31 09:00 -- SCC Europe Staff

Cities are getting smarter when it comes to using technology as part of a daily routine. Payments for everything from rental bikes to parking meters can easily be made with the tap of app or SMS. But just because cities are becoming more connected and smarter regarding technology, it doesn’t make them any less hackable than computers and smartphones. Europe has a history of hacking, and smart cities are just as much at risk if they don’t have a budget to protect investments in civic technology.

The key to Valencia, Spain’s vibrant transformation

Thu, 2018-08-30 16:31 -- SCC Europe Staff

As one of the leading smart cities in Spain, Valencia has introduced a few firsts in the country, including the integration of a smart city management platform. Now with a budget of over 1 billion euros, Valencia is undergoing a transformation to become a centre of urban innovation on par with some of the continent’s most progressive smart cities.

Greece’s first smart benches arrive in Athens

Mon, 2018-08-27 15:35 -- SCC Europe Staff

Rolling out in capitals like London, solar-powered smart benches take a normal piece of city furniture and make it something more than just a place to rest your weary legs. Smart benches offer passers-by modern-day conveniences like mobile charging and Wi-Fi access while collecting environmental data that can be used by local authorities.

Cluj-Napoca: the “Silicon Valley” of Eastern Europe

Tue, 2018-08-14 17:41 -- SCC Europe Staff

In an effort to solve public problems and promote sustainable development, Cluj-Napoca is boosting “economic engines” in the creative industries and university sector. Let’s take a look at how Romania’s second city is stepping up as a technology hub that’s been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe.”