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

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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‘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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‘Smart meters are useless in new finance model for cities’

12-03-2012 Smart Cities, great, but who is going to pay? How can investments and benefits be shared equally among the different actors? According to architect Thomas Rau, city officials and urban planners should rethink the traditional economy based on ownership, and look at payment based on performance.
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Chinese mayors interested in European initiatives

14-02-2012 The European Smart City approach strongly focuses on energy and on close involvement of the citizens. These are two key differences with China, according to a Chinese delegation that visited Amsterdam. Views and best practices from across Europe were shared with 25 Chinese local government leaders.
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‘Lead by the city may not succeed’

11-02-2012 Smart City initiatives are facing a major leadership challenge. The cross-sector approach Smart Cities need, requires so many different managing skills, that long-term city planning is better represented by a group of stakeholders from different sectors. Read the interview with David Sandel from the USA.
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Interview with EMI: It’s not difficult to become a Smart City

24-01-2012 'It's not difficult to become a Smart City' says the January newsletter from the European Metropolitan network Institute (EMI). It covers an interview with Heidy van Beurden, author of the publication Smart City dynamics. 'A lot of solutions are available and easy to reach.'
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Covenant of Mayors reviews publication

16-01-2012 The most fundamental success factor in Smart Cities is not to be found in smart technologies, but in governance and cooperation among local actors. This writes the Covenant of Mayors in their review of the publication Smart City dynamics.
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Covenant of Mayors Ceremony distributes best practices from publication

29-11-2011 Representatives from the Covenant of Mayors signatory cities were the first to read content from the publication Smart City dynamics. A leaflet with summaries of best practices from the book was distributed during the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony today in Brussels.
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