Cities, companies and universities are all exploring Smart City opportunities. Discussions have moved from ‘what’ to ‘how’. Smartcitiesineurope.com brings together examples from across Europe and demonstrates a practical Route to Smart Cities. read more

Young researchers link passive houses and waste materials to the paper industry

03-12-2013 Passive houses could benefit from insulation materials made of recycled paper. And stems from tomato plants are no longer waste when mixed with fibers in the paper mill. Last week, at the European Paper Week in Brussels, 11 young researchers presented promising paper innovations reflecting current societal developments.
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Concrete route to Smart Cities

28-06-2013 Concrete actions were discussed and put into practice at the seminar Route to Smart Cities on 27 June. This included the identification of demand and supply of the different stakeholders in the audience, with the objective to create new alliances.
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Gain from citizens’ involvement (rather than social acceptance)

21-03-2013 Powerful examples show us how communication with the end-users from the very first beginning can make the difference in success or failure in sustainable projects. Early dialogue avoids a mismatch between the design of technology solutions and citizens' needs, and saves costs.
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‘Data obtained for energy efficiency could be equally used for the aeging society’

11-02-2013 Europe has created a roadmap on the priorities for ICT and Energy-Efficient Buildings. This publication includes non-technological barriers such as the involvement of end-users, and suggested actions for different groups of stakeholders. You can read a summary of an interview with the Construction sector here.
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Students at ease with cross-sector approach

06-02-2013 Students Interior Design, Nursing and Communications (ICT) have worked on the design of the reception area for a new hospital in Belgium together. Such an integrated approach from the start should be key in Smart City concepts. Interestingly, the teachers struggled more with this cross-sector approach than the students.
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‘Increased citizens involvement requires flexibility’

28-11-2012 Two experts working in the field of energy efficiency and the built environment share their views on the impact of standardisation of ICT models for cities. This is one of the topics being explored in the EU project IREEN. 'Increased citizens involvement requires flexibility.’
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A plea for imagination in Barcelona

14-11-2012 The pop-up Restaurant Day in Helsinki is a great example of what kind of movements citizens can achieve in a collaborative city. This was addressed by Dan Hill, strategic design leader, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona (13-15 November).
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The Crystal starts dialogue with mayors and families

29-09-2012 There is a lot of talk about sustainable and smart cities, but little tangible to see. By creating the exhibition centre The Crystal, initiator Siemens aimed at bringing different existing solutions alive. Today, the centre opens its doors to the public and city decision makers.
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‘One Smart City business model is illusory’

27-09-2012 Most technology companies involved in Smart City development think they can compete in the whole value chain. Well, they cannot. And no one wants that to happen. That’s what the participants of the Smart Cities Industry Summit (25-26 Sept) in London were told in a panel session on business models.
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‘Allow citizens to feel part of the city’s decision making process’

15-08-2012 Getting citizens involved in the management of your city and benefit from having them as your privileged partner. That is, in short, the message of Joana Fernandes from Lisboa E-Nova. She will speak at the Smart Cities Industry Summit in London (25-26th September) and gives us a preview.
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