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Salud Ruiz
2 days ago
Salud Ruiz
Smart City Expert

HOP Ubiquitous among the 10 chosen in the worldwide tender Select4cities to design the Smart Cities in Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp.

Salud Ruiz
5 days ago
Salud Ruiz
Smart City Expert

We are in the 21st century, authoritarian management are part of the past, because now the public demands another kind of management. A management in which they are taken into account, in which they are heard and in which they participate.

In the management of cities the objective should be to listen to the opinion of citizens. Being essential to find a good method with which to collect your ideas and contributions always thinking about the comfort of these.

Siidi is a citizen participation tool based on Beacons technology that helps to gather citizens' ideas in an original, agile and contextualized way.

Jose Suarez
2 weeks ago
Jose Suarez
Smart City Expert

With more than 5.87 million connected utility meters in buildings across the UK, the government’s plan to have widespread smart meters coverage by 2020 seems to be working. The Internet of Things (IoT) has opened a world of new possibilities. By connecting devices to wireless networks, everything from coffee machines to street lamps can become more efficient.

Generally defined as devices that connect to the Internet, smart devices enable a greater level of control and a more in-depth method of data collection than ever before.

As people, places and things are becoming connected all around us, smart technology has an important role to play in both new and existing office buildings. It can provide a variety of functions: from reporting faulty infrastructure, to recording energy usage. Fast mobile Internet connections are the backbone of this new IoT landscape. While 4G is already supporting IoT development in office buildings, 5G will be the catalyst for even greater adoption. This efficiency can generate a smarter business world, and the pace of development is only going to continue to increase.

LABCITIES
2 weeks ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Traffic systems in today cities have grown organically over the past decades, focusing at one time on individual traffic, then on public transport, sometimes on bicycles, seldom on pedestrians. This continuous shift of priorities has often led to road networks and traffic controls that are ill suited for all road users at once: the individual cars are lacking green waves because of public transport priority schemes, the trams and buses are stuck in traffic and not able to reach “their” green, the bicycles have maybe their own tracks but still need to stop at every intersection, and pedestrians have to wait long minutes at red-lights to cross the wide, car-friendly boulevards. At the same time the city population and thus the overall traffic demand is skyrocketing, creating even more stress for each and every traffic system and laying bare their faults and weaknesses.

LABCITIES
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LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

What is a smart city? It’s where urban networks – human and technological – are integrated in order to optimise convenience, efficiency and the quality of life for the people who live and work in it.

Such cities aim to be self-sustainable, with minimal impact on the environment, where new innovations enable an intelligent exchange of energy and resources, and where connectivity via ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and the IoT (Internet of Things) puts citizens in control, able to improve their day-to-day lives through their own decision-making.

Here are some of the most ambitious and successful of Europe’s smart cities, and the ways in which they are changing how we think about the urban environment.

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