Built environment

Hesse's highway gets a tech boost

Fri, 2017-09-22 00:03 -- SCC Europe Staff
09/22/2017

The German state of Hesse is working with global tech powerhouse Siemens to build the first eHighway on a public highway in the country, with an overhead contact line for electric freight transport on the A5 autobahn. Expected to be completed at the end of 2018, this new highway will help solve the issue of climate-neutral freight transport by road in Frankfurt, cutting energy consumption in half and reducing local air pollution.

Microsoft 'smart campus' makeover saving millions in energy costs

Tue, 2013-04-23 09:43 -- Jesse Berst
04/23/2013

Microsoft knew the buildings on its 500-acre campus were incredibly energy-inefficient, but its engineers didn't care for the $60 million-plus estimate for a traditional fix or the disruption it would cause. So with dedication, the help of a few vendors and off-the-shelf Microsoft software, a company engineering team came up with a solution that is now saving millions in energy costs.

For this Polish city, liveability is the key to getting smarter

Mon, 2018-12-31 19:00 -- SCC Europe Staff
12/31/2018

One of the main challenges Krakow faces is quality of life, but now the city is looking to fix that with goals put in place that will make the city a better—and smarter—place to live. From tackling environmental pollution to improving educational facilities, here are the ways Krakow is stepping up its game to become one of Poland’s Smart Cities.

How Karlsruhe, Germany is tackling transportation challenges

Tue, 2018-12-11 00:12 -- SCC Europe Staff
12/10/2018

Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, has had a three-prong plan in place since 2012. Working together with the administration, public and relevant companies, Karlsruhe developed the framework for a sustainable urban mobility system that not only highlights transportation development, it also ensures equal mobility opportunities for everyone in the city.

Namur, the “living lab” of Belgium

Thu, 2018-11-08 01:08 -- SCC Europe Staff
11/07/2018

Now Namur, once labeling itself as a “digital gateway,” is looking to earn another title: smart city. A new project in the historic centre is operating as a “living lab,” where citizens can gather and collaborate on creative projects. Here are a few of the ways Namur is working toward a sustainable revolution in the region, one solution at a time.

Czech city Brno is bringing new life to its tired brownfields

Fri, 2018-10-12 20:10 -- SCC Europe Staff
10/12/2018

The Czech Republic’s second-largest city, Brno, sits in the center of the South Moravian Region and is home to nearly 400,000 inhabitants. With a prime position in Central Europe between the forested Bohemian-Moravian highlands and South Moravia lowlands, Brno offers both a beautiful natural environment, as well as an excellent infrastructure for business.

In Dijon, street lighting is key to becoming a smart city

Sun, 2018-09-09 18:54 -- SCC Europe Staff
09/19/2018

The French city is joining forces with surrounding towns to embark on a €105 million information technology project that will improve city operations while helping save money on street lighting, traffic management and public safety. Working together with EDF's Citelum—as well as major French companies like Bouygues, Suez and Capgemini—the city plans to connect services like lighting through open data and smart city apps, thereby saving up to 65 percent in public lighting costs.

Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, is growing with green development

Fri, 2018-08-31 21:07 -- SCC Europe Staff
08/31/2018

With Chisinau hosting over half of the country’s urban population, the city faces a number of social and environmental challenges. Here’s how the capital is rising to the occasion, developing infrastructure and services that are moving it in the direction of smart city status.

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