Collaborative Networking Hub for Public Administrations, Research Institutions and Private Businesses 18 oct

18 0ct 2013  Smart Smart Cities

Collaborative Networking Hub for Public Administrations, Research Institutions and Private Businesses

During the „Smart Cities” session held on the 18th of October on the occasion of the 6th Edition INCD Conference (Institutul Naţional de Cercetare-Dezvoltare în Construcţii, Urbanism şi Dezvoltare Teritorială Durabilă „URBAN-INCERC” / National Institute for Research and Development “URBAN-INCERC”, Bucharest, Romania), highlight was set upon the importance of an overarching strategic urban agenda for Romanian cities, for which emphasis was put on developing SMART(ly) the smart cities (platform): without strategy, everything would result in a financial burden rather than a solution, on top of which clear reference was made towards retrofitting infrastructures.

Drawn from the financial forecasting, the idea of sustaining ‘Smartness’ during the next programming period (2014 – 2020) appeals for a comprehensive investment strategy, access towards national funds and EU financial instruments (HORIZON 2020, COSME, CF, CEF, ERDF, ESF), especially the Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI), which bundle funds from multiple priority axes of operational programmes for multidimensional and cross-sectoral interventions.

Throughout the discussed topics, a few Romanian isolated initiatives were presented as actively involved in an EU smart cities platform , starting with Timişoara, which focuses on a smart transport approach (adaptive control system for traffic management, video surveillance , intermodal public transport stations, integrated rurban transport development ), followed by Sibiu, which is aspiring for Smart City pilot in Romania by aiming at implementing the smart grid concept (an integrated energy system optimized both in terms of energy efficiency and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions) , and lastly, Craiova. Next to these, Braşov is currently piloting new telemetry system for public lighting (saving up to 35% during nighttime) and Bucharest has been elected to receive the IBM Smarter City Challenge grant , focusing on developing an Integrated Operations Center and business analytics.

Still, there has been pin-pointed the fact that a transparent and collaborative awareness process / platform is missing in Romania for the time being, whilst all these sole initiatives need cooperation & communication for promoting themselves successfully.

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Photo of the Smart Cities session – INCD URBAN-INCERC 18 Oct. 2013 – Sabina Dimitriu (Urbasofia) on the premises of what constitutes a Smart City
 
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Photos of the Smart Cities session – INCD URBAN-INCERC 18 Oct. 2013 – Michele Gubert (SOFCPower) explaining the SolidOxideFuelCells concept
 
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Photo of the Smart Cities session – INCD URBAN-INCERC 18 Oct. 2013 – “The Smart Approach (II): expensive investments in creating, retrofitting infrastructure, digital agenda; without strategy: financial burden rather than solution; SMART smart cities: supported through an ecosystem of participation; upgraded to attractive, affordable, livable spaces; well-led – increased administrative capacity and vision”
 
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Photo of the Smart Cities session – INCD URBAN-INCERC 18 Oct. 2013 – Pietro Elisei (Urbasofia) emphasising the need for a National Framework for Smart Cities in Romania and the first steps in order to achieve clear objectives on a first basis
 
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Photo of the Smart Cities session – INCD URBAN-INCERC 18 Oct. 2013 – from left to right: Nicola Giuliani and Giuseppe Conti (Trilogis), Dorin Paşca (Mayor of Baia Sprie), Iulian Furnea (FIDA Solutions), Sabina Dimitriu (Urbasofia) and Sorin Pop (FIDA Solutions) after the successful disemination on Smart Cities in Romania