The 150,000 m2 Lilacs International Commerce Centre, located in Shanghai, has an integrated total building management system from Siemens. The central command centre is equipped with full analytics and reporting functions, covering every aspect of the building’s performance: building automation, fire safety and security, lighting, and power distribution.
Officially “Seoul Special City”, Seoul is the capital of South Korea and the country’s largest metropolis with a population of over 10 million people. Having hosted the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup, and 2010’s G-20 summit, Seoul is world renowned as both a highly-advanced economy and leading tourist destination.
The city of Bloemfontein, in South Africa, is improving its streetlight infrastructure by installing smart LED lights. Started in 2016, this 3-year project will upgrade 18,000 lamp posts from Echelon Corporation, which will then be installed by MAT Co., Ltd.
The city of Nottingham received £5 million of the European Union Horizon 2020 Research Funding Programme in 2015 as one of 5 lighthouse cities for the Remourban project, with the aim of addressing significant sustainability issues related to transport, energy, and ICT. And Nottingham has been very creative in achieving its targets.
Because the number of citizens living in apartment buildings is increasing each year, the City of Sydney piloted the Smart Green Apartments Programme with 30 buildings between 2011 and 2013, to asses how they can contribute to the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision. The programme will continue its development during ten years with 20 multi-apartment buildings taking part per year.
Helsinki is one of the cities that is part of the 6City Strategy of Finland (along with the five other largest Finnish cities: Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku, and Oulu), which focuses on achieving a sustainable urban development based on each city's needs and strengths, finding ways to collaborate in more concrete terms.
Started in 2010, Smart MELIT (acronym for Smart Mobility and Energy Life In Toyota) is Toyota City’s low carbon society verification project that aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote a healthy environment for people and vehicles to coexist. Energy use is reduced in residential, commercial and public buildings, and sustainable urban transportation is facilitated.
Tampere is one of the cities that is part of the 6City Strategy of Finland (along with the five other largest Finnish cities: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, and Oulu), which focuses on achieving a sustainable urban development based on each city's needs and strengths, finding ways to collaborate in more concrete terms.
Singapore aims to become a Smart Nation, based on digital technology that improves the quality of life of its inhabitants, addressing a wide range of societal challenges. “Smart Nation is about creating new opportunities in a digital age, and transforming the way people live, work and play, so that Singapore remains an outstanding global city.”
Parking a car is becoming increasingly difficult in city centres all over the world. In the city of Montpellier, a solution developed with Libelium’s “Connected Parking” technology has been implemented by Montpellier Mediterranean Metropolis, a public entity that promotes Internet of Things projects, and the company Synox.
New York City has the world’s largest Department of Sanitation, responsible for the collection of more than 10,500 tonnes of residential and institutional waste and 1,760 tonnes of recyclables every day. Businesses located in the city generate 13,000 tonnes of waste on a daily basis, which is then collected by private companies.
The Hawaiian island of Kauai received a huge solar power project by Tesla in the beginning of 2017. The problem that originated this project was that Kauai already had solar panels, but they could only be used when the sun was shining, forcing the inhabitants of the island to use fossil fuels (mostly diesel barrels) at night.
In October 2017, two solar-powered smart street lights in Tilburg were officially revealed by the city councillor Mario Jacobs. FlexSol Solutions was responsible for the development of the Soluxio system, composed by the first autonomous off-grid solar lamp posts in the city (there is no electricity grid available in Besterd Square).
Stellenbosch Innovation District is a knowledge economy hub that supports the development of innovative solutions to face urban, social, economic, and environmental challenges. The aim of the project is to transform the city of Stellenbosch into a smart and sustainable urban settlement by 2020 and develop a culture of collaboration in the community.
The City of Stockholm has a target: to become fossil fuel free by 2040. Among several initiatives in their action plan, they have found a creative way to recycle wasted energy and convert it into a reusable source of energy.
The GATEway project – acronym for Greenwich Automated Transport Environment – is a research initiative that is taking place in the UK Smart Mobility Lab (from TRL) in Greenwich with the purpose of testing different uses for automated driverless vehicles to adequately position them in the urban environment, taking into account all technical, legal, and societal factors involved.