Tech & innovation in waste management

Waste management is becoming a global issue, with major urban metropolises requiring effective waste management services. In the United States alone, 230 million tons of garbage are produced annually, equaling 4.6 pounds of waste per person daily. Managing municipal solid waste (MSW) efficiently and adequately is essential for any community, and it leaves plenty of room for innovation. …

Wroclaw’s Intelligent Transport System

The Wroclaw Intelligent Transport System consists of a wide range of innovative solutions to manage and improve the quality and efficiency of the transport system in Wroclaw. In order to reach its objective of more fluid transport and improved road safety, the system uses technology and telecommunications tools such as cameras, sensors at intersections, boards on …

The complex relationship between data and cities

There is a lot of enthusiasm around the relationship between cities and data, as it promises to solve various urban problems, from predictive policing to improving traffic flow and promoting energy efficiency. If it’s done right, data can help policy makers understand how cities and neighbourhoods grow and evolve. Researchers are using data from internet sources …

New York Lowline – a new vision for parks

The Lowline is a plan to use innovative solar technology to illuminate an historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City. The vision is a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments. New York’s City Hall has …

Pavegen – footsteps as source of sustainable energy

Pavegen is redefining sustainability in the built environment, through the creation of pioneering flooring technology. It can improve our data-driven smart cities and inspire future generations to diversify the renewable energy mix of tomorrow. Its aim is to connect and empower communities across the globe, utilizing the power of footsteps to contribute to a greater environmental goal. …

Smart City – Copenhagen

EUREKA  is an intergovernmental organisation for pan-European research and development funding and coordination. EUREKA aims to coordinate efforts of governments, research institutes and commercial companies concerning innovation.  EUREKA innovation event from this year was focused on Industry and city perspectives on “Smart Cities – Sustainable and Attractive Communities”. The presentation of Smart city in Copenhagen: Ambitions, possibilities …

The future of urban mobility

Two major automotive themes at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) were urban mobility and connected cars. “Connected car” took on one of two meanings: how future cars will integrate with technology in our lives or how they will connect to a network of vehicles and the surrounding environment. The latter was more interesting and ties in …

Essential technologies of a smart city

A smart city is a place where various components are connected using the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and sensors to improve services people use on a daily basis, as well as the quality of natural resources. A few key technologies are essential for a smart city: Smart energy The amount of energy a city uses can …

The RegioStars Awards – an inspiration for European regions

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. It includes the following five categories: Smart Growth, Sustainable Growth, Inclusive Growth, CityStar, and Effective Management.   The EU Cohesion Policy Funds support this yearly …

The security of SMART cities

Why it’s better to build smart cities from scratch rather than build on the existing infrastructure? How safe is the technology of SMART cities? What problems can occur in SMART cities? Increasingly, questions of data security will rise as will social, citizen-centric solutions to urban problems Smart cities operate at their best when a people-centric …