This paper from Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid explains how smart grids are paving the way for a fresh approach to urban development, leading to the emergence of a new concept in environmentally responsible smart cities. It offers a close up on its work in Nice, France, site of Europe's first smart solar district demonstration project.
Examples and case studies
Barcelona, Spain, wanted better insight into government effectiveness. To achieve this, it needed a solution that could collect and analyze data from its systems and new public sources such as social media, software log files and GPS signals. In this case study you'll read how Barcelona worked with Microsoft solutions and a partner company, creating a smart city template that other cities might also find useful.
In 2012, in an era of unprecedented budget cuts, UK local authorities sought ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency while protecting front line services. The London Borough of Brent was one of the first to launch a prepaid card for disbursing benefit payments to their Adult Social Care group of recipients. Learn in this case study how, with lessons from an initial pilot, the borough moved forward with a new prepaid program with Council Lead Partner MasterCard to better meet its needs and the citizens it serves.
Ecocity Valdespartera is the first urban development project in Spain to be governed entirely by bioclimatic criteria in line with the Kyoto Protocol’s objectives of environmental sustainability. Learn about the city’s centralized IT system that uses real-time operations management software from Council Associate Partner Invensys to efficiently manage everything from the drinking water supply network to street lighting.
The Stockholm County Council needed to manage 50,000 PCs, tablets, phones and other devices, used mostly to support an extensive healthcare delivery system. It deployed a device management solution from Council Lead Partner Microsoft to gain the security and near-total availability that it needs. Read how the solution reduces time spent managing the devices, and how the Council has increased flexibility in allowing different users to adopt new devices and solutions.