An open discussion with members of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team working in Thessaloniki on an ‘open data’ initiative, will take place in the Central Library of Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki on Thursday 10/11/2016 between 16:00-18:00. The group of cross-functional professionals from IBM will discuss their Thessaloniki project and share insights on technology and business trends.
This publication is a documentation of smart projects and strategies implemented by 35 European islands and showcased during the 1st Smart Islands Forum, 21-22 June 2016, Athens, Greece . The publication presents lighthouse projects from: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
The book published by Aalto University, Laurea University of Applied Science and Built Environment RYM Oy, on 2015, gives a snapshot of developments in Espoo Innovation Garden in Finland. It shows in 27 articles what’s happening at this moment —through the work of the authors—but also points to the future, as their work continues within the Energizing Urban Ecosystems research program.
In this publication authored by Nabielek K. et al. (2016) and published by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague. Thirteen (13) infographics are included and explained that show facts and figures on recent urban developments in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Urban Agenda for the EU, which aims to strengthen the urban dimension in the European Union.
According to the authors of this smart cities report, the SCs segment has enormous potential as a market for IoT solutions, but it is also an inherently slow-moving market. Smart cities development faces many barriers around the world including tight municipal budgets, sluggish technology procurement guidelines for public agencies, privacy and cybersecurity concerns, and a pressing need for more IT staff at municipal agencies. Taking the time to deploy new, futuristic technologies can also be a luxury that many municipal agencies charged with the day-to-day running of a metropolis can’t afford.
Through smarticipate citizens will be given access to data about their city, enabling them to better support the decision-making process. Local governments will have the means to tap into the ingenuity of their residents, gaining valuable ideas. This two-way feedback makes cities more democratic and dynamic. Residents will also play an active role in verifying and contributing to data.
Dr. Walter Deffaa is invited by URENIO Research and the Department of Urban and Regional Development and Planning, Faculty of Technology, AUTH, for three lectures on the current urban and regional policy of the European Union on 17, 18, and 19 October 2016. Subjects and venue are below.