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Smart Environment

Pontevedra, the car-free city

The city of Pontevedra created a car-free city model. The central idea of ​​the model is the number of cars needed for the proper functioning of the city is much lower than we think, but the efficient and dynamic operation of urban transport must be ensured by meeting complex needs. Traditional urban models mostly focus on motor vehicles, while pedestrians are almost completely ignored.

Electric Garbage Truck

The serial production of a new, electric garbage truck based on an invention created at the University of Debrecen is ready to start. This unique electric garbage truck operates with an electric motor, and it is capable of covering 150 km with a single charging of its batteries, which corresponds to the daily waste collection route of a garbage truck. After the successful trial operations, the serial production of the new waste collecting trucks can also be started.

Copenhagen Street Lab

Street Lab is Copenhagen’s testarea for smart city solutions in real urban space based on the award-winning world best smart city concept Copenhagen Connecting. It will be a showcase for the newest technologies within smart city and IoT, to demonstrate the potential in these technologies to citizens, decision-makers and companies, and provide a proof of concept for scaling the qualified solutions to larger parts of the city, as well as to other cities in the region, nationally and abroad.

Development of Paris green space

The city of Paris has set the goal of increasing and improving the green areas of the city for the period 2014-2020. In figures, this means creating an additional 30 hectare garden for the public, planting 20,000 new trees and launching 200 new planting projects under the "Green near my home" program. Another objective is to improve the educational economies, increase the number of orchards and vegetable gardens in schools, create 100 hectares of vegetation on house walls and rooftops, and boost urban agriculture.

E-Taxi in Vienna

A Wiener Stadtwerke project is bringing hundreds of eTaxis to Vienna’s streets from March 2016. waff and AMS are assisting with the search for taxi drivers. Wiener Stadtwerke’s eTaxi project has won an Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) tender and is one of the world’s largest e-taxi projects. In two years’ time, a total of 250 eTaxis will be on Vienna’s roads. This represents almost double the electric cars registered in Vienna and around five percent of all Vienna’s taxis.

PiMi Airbox

PiMi is a participatory indoor air quality data sharing project launched in January 2014. Hundreds of PiMi air boxes, a low-cost indoor air quality monitor, were given out to volunteer users across China. The volunteer users access the PiMi air box for his personal air quality data through smartphones, and then upload the data to the PiMi cloud for further analysis.

Haarlem energy management (test)

Liander, in colloboration with Plugwise, has made it possible for 250 customers in the Haarlem region to test an energy management system free of charge for four months. The system enables the user to gain insight into energy consumption of each connected appliance on the applicable wall plug. Not only does the accompanying software make possible online monitoring of energy use, but it also enables the user to switch the appliances on and off automatically. The system gives the customer more insight into his or her energy consumption, which makes it easier to cut back on energy bills.

AirCasting (community air quality measure)

AirCasting is an open-source, end-to-end solution for collecting, displaying, and sharing health and environmental data using your smartphone. The platform consists of wearable sensors that detect changes in your environment and physiology, including a palm-sized air quality monitor called the AirBeam, the AirCasting Android app, the AirCasting website, and wearable LED accessories. By documenting and leveraging health and environmental data to inform personal decision-making and public policy, the AirCasting platform empowers citizen scientists and changemakers.

Air Quality Egg (community air quality measure)

Air Quality Egg is an open-source initiative that enables citizens to measure environmental conditions where they live. The project, a collaborative effort between designers, scientists, and citizens, grew out of workshops in New York City, Amsterdam, and London. From those conversations emerged an online wiki, the Google Group Air Quality Egg, and a community-prototyped Air Quality Egg system which consists of an outdoor sensor and an egg-shaped base station that wirelessly receives air quality data and has a visual display with real-time data updates.