Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay. It houses more than half of the country’s 3.3 million people. It is the heart of the growing industry and it is expanding its shared services sector and growing the interest in Finance and Accounting Outsourcing. In Uruguay, most of the population and labor force is concentrated in the Montevideo metropolitan area (61%), and all global services companies are located in this city.
The city of Hamburg is making parking easier through connected parking areas and an app called “Park and Joy”. T-Systems (part of Deutsche Telekom) is cooperating in the development of this “Find-Book-Park-Pay” system provided by the municipality to inform drivers about the available parking spaces.
In 2008, the city of Lisbon opened up its governance procedures for the first time by allowing citizens to participate in the decision-making process to allocate part of the municipal budget. For the 2017/2018 edition of the Participatory Budgeting – Lisboa Eu Participo! – a budget of 2.5 million euros was made available.
Guimarães City Council, Vitrus Ambiente and Resinorte joined forces and introduced a new smart waste management system in the historic centre of the city. With the launch of the Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) system, in 2016, citizens and traders have to pay for the garbage they produce, encouraging the recycling of their solid waste.
The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is piloting a new smart traffic management system that is combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI). The innovative system is called Surtrac and in 2016 it had already been installed at 50 intersections in the city.
The city of Pilsen, Czech Republic, is on its way towards becoming one of Europe’s smartest cities. A series of initiatives have been undertaken by the city to improve municipal services involving citizens in the process. Besides the Smart Edu Pilsen plan and the city-wide Internet of Things-connected network, Pilsen offers several digital services for citizens.
PON Metro is the National Operational Programme for Metropolitan Cities in Italy that aims to address in a coordinated way all the territorial and organisational challenges faced in local contexts. There are 14 metropolitan cities involved in this programme: Turin, Genoa, Milan, Bologna, Venice, Florence, Rome, Bari, Naples, Reggio Calabria, Cagliari, Catania, Messina, and Palermo.
Climate change is rapidly becoming the biggest challenge that cities all over the world are facing. Carbon emissions need to be reduced and every official institution in the world has its own Climate Action Plan to achieve similar targets.
Curitiba is a Brazilian city with approximately 1.9 million people and it is the capital of the Paraná state. The urban growth rate was strengthened by the arrival of a lot of European immigrants throughout the nineteenth century: mainly Germans, Poles, Ukrainians and Italians, which contributed to the cultural diversity that remains today.
Up until 1960s, public transportation had played a crucial role as major urban transportation. However, since 1970s a sharp rise in the number of personal cars coupled with continuous economic growth had caused severe traffic congestion.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is regularly hit by natural disasters caused by bad weather conditions such as torrential rains, floods, and landslides. In the “favelas”, the poor and steep neighbourhoods of the city, this can often lead to a deadly outcome.
The Rotterdam Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is being developed in the scope of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, which aims at reducing carbon emissions by 50% and making the city 100% climate proof by 2025.
The Smart City Challenge was launched by the U. S. Department of Transportation to all mid-population cities, focusing on the issues of future urban transportation (shared, connected, autonomous vehicles), aiming to obtain solutions to address upcoming challenges in a sustainable manner.
In 2013, Silicon Valley Power, the municipal power company of Santa Clara, installed about 600 transmitters all over the city to offer free Wi-Fi to its residents and visitors. This project is part of the smart power meter implementation programme (SVP MeterConnect).
The Santalaia Building in Bogotá is an eleven-storey residential building that has greenery covering its entire façade: the largest vertical garden in the world. The project was a collaboration of the companies Paisajismo Urbano and Groncol, and it was completed in 2015.
The Sharing Cities “lighthouse” programme was launched in 2016 and it will be developed over the course of 60 months. Sharing Cities received over €24 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its approach is focused on international cooperation between cities as a means to build smart cities together, scaling up common solutions to shared problems.
Smart Agriculture is increasingly becoming an essential element to face climate change and achieve sustainability of natural resources. Therefore, more and more companies have been deploying technological solutions to address specific agricultural issues.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County installed 401 Big Belly Bins for smart waste management. All containers are equipped with a solar power compactor (a solar panel powering a 12V battery that powers an internal waste compactor) and Wi-Fi to send a notification to the waste collection service providers when the waste sensors detect they are full.