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Published: 26/08/2016

Smart City 2.0: Transforming Cities Into Self-Learning, Self-Modulating Organisms

From 30,000 feet, you could be forgiven for thinking that a city has a pulse. On camera, time-lapse photography of the morning in-rush of traffic, followed by the evening exodus, looks like a beating heart. The road networks in and out of cities create constant streams of cars—they are the veins that transfer cars out to its extremities. Zoom out even further, and footage taken over a longer period reveals how the city grows as its borders expand. Its power network simulates the electrical pulses that race around a nervous system.

Published: 26/08/2016

Top Smart Cities in the world today

According to Frost & Sullivan, the global Smart Cities market is projected to reach US$1.56 trillion by 2020. With rapid urbanization and ageing populations, cities are facing increasing strain on infrastructure, transportation, energy and healthcare resources. To address these urban challenges, governments are embracing the concept of the smart city and looking to apply new technologies to improve sustainability, liveability and quality of life for citizens. We take a look at some of the leading smart cities from around the world and their initiatives:

Published: 26/08/2016

EC recommendations on promotion of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

On July 29th 2016, the European Commission released its guidelines for the promotion of NZEBs and best practices that, by 2020, all new buildings are NZEBs.

Nearly Zero Energy- or very low amount of energy requirements- Buildings (NZEBs) represent one of the key measures set by the European Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD). The concept of nZEBs will apply from January 2021 onwards (from January 2019 for public buildings). 

Events

EC Smart Cities Info Days

Date and place:
20 September 2016 to 03 October 2016
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Brussels, Belgium

September 23: Info day about the Market Place on Smart Cities and Communities. Organised by INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency), the Info Day on Smart Cities and Communities will be part of a larger initiative that includes other Horizon 2020 information days in the fields of transport and energy.

OPTIMUS Final Conference

Date and place:
21 September 2016
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Athens, Greece

The scope of this Conference is to present new trends in Smart Energy Cities, giving particular emphasis on the innovative solutions of the OPTIMUS project. The FP7 funded OPTIMUS project has developed a package of advanced ICT tools to assess smart energy cities and improve the energy performance of their buildings.

Smart Summit London

Date and place:
21 September 2016 to 22 September 2016
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London, UK

This conference and exhibition is composed of three parts: The Smart Cities Summit Frankfurt will explore German Smart City projects and test beds, together with international case studies. The Smart Home Summit is dedicated to exploring the technologies, analysing the opportunities, and bringing together senior decision makers, colleagues and peers to meet, learn and do business.

Smart urban mobility: cities of the future

Date and place:
22 September 2016
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Prague, Czech Republic

This is an outreach event of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities. It is organised by the European Commission Directorate-General Mobility and Transport together with the EIP action cluster sustainable urban mobility, and the city of Prague. Partners of the EIP Smart Cities as well as all other interested city representatives and experts will exchange information and discuss how to take forward innovations in smart electro-mobility and smart mobility services and contribute to the ongoing roll-out initiatives.
 

1st International Conference “Smart Ideas and a New Concept of Economic Regeneration in Europe”

Date and place:
28 September 2016 to 01 October 2016
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

The conference covers seven main topics. The contents of Topic 7. Smart cities and the new economy include: a. Intergovernmental fiscal relations in the digital age, b. Financing and smart economy, c. Smart infrastructure, d. Business friendly environment at the local level, e. Interdisciplinary aspects of local economic development, f. Globalisation and local economic development, g. New perspective on public goods and services, h. Local government administration and digital economy