"The city of Bordeaux was greatly inspired by the low emission zone established in Milan when developing its own low emission zone in the city centre. The work will start this year and is the results of extensive exchanges with Milan representatives to benefit from their experience. The city is also benefiting from London’s experience on humble lampposts, as Bordeaux is working on a refurbishment scheme for its 80,000 poles across the metropolis. Bordeaux considers as one of its major challenges in implementing smart city solutions the lack of cross-departments work, and was eager to know more about Lisboa E-Nova’s governance model, in order to ensure a good collaboration and common strategies across the different departments of the metropolis."
"The city of Burgas was inspired by the free-floating bike scheme developed in Milan and they started preliminary talks with a Bulgarian producer of bikes for the introduction of a trial version of a similar system. The humble lampposts' projects in Lisbon and Bordeaux were also a great example for Burgas to understand how to optimize their efforts for the realisation of a new project for street lighting in one of the city’s living estate. The project includes the replacement of lightbulbs by 2,000 LED, the introduction of several smart lampposts and the upgrade of the street management system by adding a new web-based application. Burgas is now in the middle of realization of a pilot project for a smart street - Bogoridi street, a renovated pedestrian area in the historic centre of the city where smart lampposts with different features and functionalities will be installed. The street, thanks to the smart lampposts, will become a free internet zone, with environmental watch, video-surveillance, smart waste management of underground containers, spots for electric charging of mobile devices and disabled people wheel-chairs, and an info-media-management system. The exchanges with Lisbon on parking zone management helped Burgas a lot for the completion of the city’s first project initiative for the implementation of a system aimed at improving the management of 'paid blue zone', using parking sensors embedded in the road. Burgas also looked closely at the London’s model for traffic management at traffic lights. The city of Burgas carries out a benchmark process in preparation of the technical specification for implementation of a new integrated traffic management system in the city. The city system will include sensors in the road to measure traffic and cameras able to read number plates. The system will be connected to the national platform of the MIA, providing better safety and crime prevention."
"The city of Warsaw is interested in lighthouse cities’ experience, in particular London, in the field of various car sharing schemes. Their experience helped Warsaw in preparing assumptions for a similar scheme in Warsaw to be launched in 2018, with electric vehicles to be added in the next stage of its development. Experience from Lisbon and Milan regarding electric bikes was valuable and inspired the city to add such vehicles to their city bike fleet (100 e-bikes added already in 2017, and more are being considered). Warsaw also benefited from London and Greenwich’s experience for measures improving energy efficiency of their municipal buildings. The exchange of experience has contributed in the preparations of the new Warsaw Housing Policy until 2030 (adopted in 2017) and the related Warsaw Housing Standards (to be adopted in 2018). Warsaw also looks closely at the achievements of all 3 lighthouse cities in the field of energy-efficient buildings and their energy management systems. Their progresses have influenced the city of Warsaw’s staff to join several Horizon 2020 project proposals focused exclusively on similar solutions and exploring them in detail (e.g. P2Endure project, launched in 2017)."
Sharing Cities aims to help cities change their attitude and procedures in order for them to be able to devise and implement replicable smart cities solutions. Municipalities all over the world face similar challenges and could benefit from similar opportunities. The Sharing Cities programme enables them to pit and test their ideas and solutions against the perspectives of others. By heeding the needs and priorities of their inhabitants, the cities can also accelerate their ‘digital first’ strategies.
The Sharing Cities consortium brings together six European cities with diverse and complementary profiles. Lisbon, London and Milan – the three ‘lighthouse’ cities – share common challenges; bring extensive experiences; and are committed to working together in developing and implementing replicable urban digital solutions and models for collaboration. ‘Fellow’ cities Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw will co-develop and play a very active role in driving the adoption and exploitation of specific solutions.
Through the EUROCITIES network, the programme also encourages learning and scaling-up in at least 100 other cities across Europe.
In the demonstration areas - Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, Porta Romana/Vettabbia in Milan and downtown Lisbon - the three cities will retrofit buildings; introduce shared electric mobility services; and install energy management systems, smart lamp posts and an urban sharing platform. They will perform these tasks by continuously engaging with their citizens.
Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw have identified their respective priority measures. By allocating funds from other sources and by suggesting applicable business models, the Sharing Cities programme aims to help these three cities implement the smart cities solutions that are relevant to their chosen programmes and plans.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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