Association of Rural Initiatives of Catalonia

The Association of Rural Initiatives of Catalonia (Associació d’iniciatives Rurals de Catalunya) is the regional network for rural development in Catalonia. It provides assistance and represents the 12 Catalan Local Action Groups (LAG).
The network was born in 2010 with the aim to broadcast the activities developed by the LAGs and support them to achieve their mission: stimulate rural and coastal areas by facilitating new projects and opportunities for their inhabitants.

Smart Neighborhood

Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood is a future-focused, energy-efficient community with homes that are rated 35 percent more efficient than standard Alabama homes being built today. Located in Alabama, smart Neighborhood integrates high-performance homes, energy efficient systems and appliances, connected devices and a microgrid on a community-wide scale for the first time in the Southeast.

Komlóska, the ecovillage

Due to historical, political and economic difficulties in living, a large part of the working population has moved out of the village. In 2008 the mayor introduced the concept that most of the municipal taxes would be released if a business moved its headquarters to Komlóska. Thus, businesses that moved to Komlóska were exempt from business, construction, tourism and communal taxes, basicly they have created a tax haven for businesses. The program works for both entrepreneurs and the municipality.

YouTyúk system

The Youtyúk system helps to connect local producers and costumers. Their aim is to give a real opportunity for subsistence for country farmers while the costumers get real, happy and natural eggs. They would like to see the current situation change and more and more rural farmers / families have a real opportunity to have an honest job by producing truly healthy and high quality food (eggs from free-range, capricious hens, self-produced hens without hormones or antibiotics).

IEEE Smart Village

IEEE Smart Village (ISV) has a unique approach to support the world’s energy-impoverished communities by providing a comprehensive solution combining renewable energy, community-based education, and entrepreneurial opportunities. ISV provides seed-funding to carefully selected community entrepreneurs based upon a credible business plan that will impact significant number of people with electricity, education and jobs. The Foundation had and still has successful projects from Nigera through Himalaya to Galapagos.

EQRNet - earthquake sensor

Canterbury Seismic Instruments Ltd (CSI) have created an affordable model that encourages uptake by lease holders, facility managers, engineers, building owners, Civil Defence and Emergency Management, homeowners, and the public to safeguard people and assets – and the ability to provide a wealth of valuable data for industry development and academic research.

Solar powered smart bins

The town installed  solar-powered compactor equipped Bigbelly bins. A sensor inside the bin activates the compactor when the rubbish gets to a certain level. Crushing the contents enables a Bigbelly bin to hold up to six times more waste than a standard rubbish bin. The bin sends real-time level data to a dashboard that lets contractors and city operational leaders know how full the bin is, and when it needs emptying.

Solar pump

An innovative solar pump was installed at the end of Kártya Street to drain excess rainwater. This street, as the deepest point of the Rózsavölgy suffered the most from the creek floods and rainfalls that flow there from everywhere. The road surface and sidewalk have been renovated from wall to wall, and for years the temporary sandbag protection has been replaced by a permanent defense.

Connected smart lighting system

The first connected smart public lighting system in Budapest can be found in Lechner Ödön alley (IXth district). In the pilot project, five street lighting poles with different functions were installed and connected. Besides of being capable of  power-saving, brightness control, and remote control the lighting poles provide intelligent functionality, for example wireless service, video recording, emergency calling, electric vehicle charging, environmental sensors and programmable LED information screens.