Are Smart Islands the next step to EU sustainability success?

Wed, 2017-11-29 14:56 -- SCC Europe Staff

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.

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

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:27 -- SCC Europe Staff

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

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:03 -- SCC Europe Staff

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.

How sensors can help city buses "see" better (and make your city safer)

Tue, 2017-11-21 03:29 -- Doug Peeples

It's commonly accepted that bus riders are far safer than car occupants. But collisions between buses and bicyclists and pedestrians do happen. A collaboration between two tech companies has focused on making buses even more safe — and helping cities keep a closer eye on how safe their streets really are.

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

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:48 -- SCC Europe Staff

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.

How we travel is changing – and San Diego (among others) is in the driver's seat

Fri, 2017-11-03 00:18 -- Doug Peeples

Autonomous cars — vehicles that drive themselves — are coming. And they will change (and challenge) almost everything we think we know about urban mobility. Read on for examples of how San Diego and other regions are responding to the challenge. Think of them as pioneers, and consider the possibility that your city could be one, too.

Bristol takes the lead as the UK's smartest smart city. Here's why...

Fri, 2017-10-27 01:02 -- Doug Peeples

The UK has long been considered a hotbed of smart city innovation and progress, with London at the top of the list. But as of earlier this week, that spotlight is shining on Bristol. Read our story to find out why (and what your city can do to be like Bristol).