Namur, the “living lab” of Belgium

Wed, 2018-11-07 06:08 -- SCC Europe Staff

Now Namur, once labeling itself as a “digital gateway,” is looking to earn another title: smart city. A new project in the historic centre is operating as a “living lab,” where citizens can gather and collaborate on creative projects. Here are a few of the ways Namur is working toward a sustainable revolution in the region, one solution at a time.

Garbage Trucks: good for picking up waste… and signals of a smart city?

Sun, 2018-10-07 14:23 -- Adam Beck

In the lead up the Smart Cities Week the Smart Cities Council Emerging Innovators are reflecting on the four themes: connected, aware, accelerate and compassion. This week’s post on the theme of ‘connected’ from Emerging Innovators Chris Rowlands and Claire Daniel outlines the latest instalment in the ongoing development of the Bendigo Internet of Things network and how this technology is using the humble garbage truck to connect silos in city management.

Helmond leads the pack in smart lighting projects

Fri, 2018-09-28 02:53 -- SCC Europe Staff

The historic city of Helmond in North Brabant in the southern Netherlands was one of the first cities to adopt intelligent lighting technology as a way to solve its challenges as a growing industrial hub, becoming more sustainable in the process by saving energy. Let’s dive deeper into why this Dutch city decided to become a pioneer in the intelligent street lighting movement and some of the immediate benefits they’ve seen in the process.

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

Sun, 2018-09-09 01:54 -- 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.

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

Tue, 2018-08-14 08:41 -- 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.”

Green capital Ljubljana’s path to digitalization

Wed, 2018-08-08 07:11 -- SCC Europe Staff

Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, is considered one of the most liveable cities on the globe, with a series of ground-breaking projects that have helped earn it the title of European Green Capital back in 2016. After taking on this role, Ljubljana continues to thrive as an example of sustainability, spearheading movements like the digitalization of bus stops in the city center.

Smart energy's not just for cities: it's for islands too

Thu, 2018-08-02 16:33 -- Doug Peeples

Islands and remote communities are similar in that both often need to rely on imported fossil fuels for energy, a typically high cost solution that reduces air quality. A smart energy pilot project off the UK coast seeks to change that — and build a transition roadmap that could be used by other locations in the same situation.