CONNECTING CITIES FOR BETTER LIFE.
Connecting Cities For Better Life
IoTXchange is an URBACT Action Planning Network with focus on the crucial role that Information Technologies and in particular Internet of Things (IoT) will inevitably play in urban development in the forthcoming years, and that alone makes it extremely relevant within the framework of Urban Strategies in Europe. The Network is made of 8 partners, all representing small and medium sized cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and, most importantly sharing a common interest to place IoT as a policy instrument for the sustainable development of small and medium-sized cities, capable of increasing the competitiveness of the local economy, promoting quality of life, sustainable environments, and the delivery of connected services to citizens and visitors. URBACT methodology based on transnational cooperation between cities and local groups engagement offers our network the conditions to each partner develop an Integrated Action Plan that will guide us through a new age of digital transformation. The Network focus its work on the following 7 thematic areas, which are common to the context and challenges of each European partner:
The Network is made of 8 partners, 7 cities and 1 University:
During Phase 2 of the project, each city was asked to further detail their best practices with the support of the Lead Expert and share it amongst the network. From the knowledge exchange that occurred, two main best practices where benchmarked, resulting in two Case Studies:
starting to test small before planning big
Small-scale Actions (SSA) are a novelty within URBACT Action Planning Networks. SSAs allow a city to test a new idea or a concept before adopting within their Integrated Action Plan (IAP), for future upscaling. This can be particularly relevant in technology-oriented networks such as IoTXchange and all partners were quick to embrace the possibilities open by the new Small-Scale-Actions mechanism, resulting in 8 different SSAs:
IoT technology to measure temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide in houses located in remote areas.
Urban air quality monitoring.
IoT Technology to promote tourist attractions in Dodoni.
Winter road condition monitoring using IoT technology.
Intuitive analytics dashboards to better manage the water network and supply.
Meteo and environmental data monitoring and validation.
Bathing temperatures measuring with smart sensors.
Ultrasonic waste container filling sensors with real-time data display system.
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