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What is a Smart City?

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The term Smart City is used more and more frequently but what really makes a city "smart"?

Smart City = Technology and Innovation

How many times recently have we heard the term Smart City? Only a few people know that many types of Smart Cities exist depending on which aspects of the urban fabric are targeted in order to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

The objective is to meet the needs and demands of businesses, institutions and citizens through the use technologies especially for communication, mobility, the environment and energy saving.

On a global scale, Rio de Janeiro, which plays a pioneering role in this field, was one of the first cities to improve the life of its citizens thanks to the introduction of new technologies (the city was appointed this role during the Smart City Expo World Congress 2013). On the other hand, in Europe the concept of "smart" was introduced in 2009, when the first investments were made in projects aimed at "smart" implementation. During the Smart City Expo World Congress 2013, Barcelona also stood out among smart cities in Europe.

Projects mainly concern eco-sustainability, environmental waste reduction, and improvements in the planning of public transport.

How smart is your city? The smart city index tells you!

The Smart City Index was created by Between (a company  that has always worked to monitor the diffusion of ICT in areas) in order to evaluate "smartness" in a city. This simply means to understand which cities are the most technologically advanced.

  • Until now there was no tool to measure the actual adoption of technologies related to the Smart City.
  • A classification was required to evaluate the best

How was this list compiled?
After grouping the Italian cities into categories, according to ISTAT data, a tool was created. The data is calculated based on the degree of development in the selected thematic areas.

The nine thematic areas

As for Italy?  Bologna was rated as the smartest Italian city; followed by Milan and Rome, Reggio Emilia and Turin. Landing at the bottom rating includes Messina, Vibo Valentia and Fermo.

Telecom Italia Smart

Telecom Italia believes in smart cities and effectively contributes to create them.
It is active on several fronts or collaborates on "smart" projects for example:

  • Project School, on the occasion of EXPO 2015, to re-innovate the school
  • T-Lab in Turin for the ICT platforms of Smart City
  • Project Italia Connessa
  • Project ALMANAC T-Lab for Smart City Turin
  • Digital Islands for the municipality of Milan

Projects such as these, along with many others, help to make your city smart and measure the citizens.