by Suzanne Galy | 12.28.11
Since October, home aids of the town of Pessac have been equipped with NFC-enabled mobile phones. This non-contact tool allows them to receive and transmit to CCAS, in real-time, information related to their daily missions. The mayor hopes to improve the management of welfare payments.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.15.11
Eric Besson, the Ministry of Digital Economy, launched yesterday an “Open Data call for European proposals”, aimed at encouraging the creation of applications and free mobile services based on European public data.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.16.11
The second edition of Futur en Seine will take place from 17th to 26th June over the whole Ile-de-France region. Organised by the competitiveness Centre Cap Digital, the event has become a must-be for all the actors of digital innovation.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 05.11.11
The city of Skellefteå, in the north of Sweden has become since the end of last year a testing ground for local enterprises keen on trying out their new digital and mobile products and services in a particularly favorable context.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.31.11
Utilisacteur and Innov’ in the City are asking readers to participate in a rather particular debate. During the next few weeks, readers are invited to give their opinion on the self-service bicycle networks in their city by posting one or more ideas via Twitter.
by Nicolas Bellégo | 10.22.10
Tiki’labs has launched a version of the “special campus” Tiki’Surf, its mobile touchscreen navigation service. A first experiment is underway in Rennes, in collaboration with the European University of Brittany and l’INSA. The goal: to facilitate everyday life on campus by making mobile access to the various services available online simpler and more visible.
by Sébastien Blandin | 10.19.10
At the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Bayen’s team is developing new algorithms for estimating traffic on highways and arterial roads. To identify in real time and with precision slowdowns, from all causes affecting traffic conditions, researchers at the Lagrangian Sensor Systems Laboratory, led by Professor Bayen, bring together real-time measurements with models of traffic evolution.
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The Greater Geneva project represents an economic and social challenge for that area spanning France and Switzerland. The aim is to set in motion again a process that will stimulate job creation in the French part and strengthen residential services in the Swiss part. Innovative activities should find their place in that territory.
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Is the proliferation of urban innovations counter-productive? While some cities are experimenting with abandon and with no real apparent logic, others have adopted a long-term strategy to combine innovations to serve a smarter, more sustainable city. Jean Haëntjens returns to this forum to talk about how important it is for cities to approach innovation with consistency and control.
And what happens when a public transport network becomes the scene of gigantic team games? Inspired by the principle of Fun Theory, which suggests that environmentally responsible behavior can be encouraged through attractive infrastructure, Chromaroma invites London Underground users to participate in an eco-citizen turf war.
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The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and Rotterdam-based architecture firm ZUS have launched the project I Make Rotterdam, a spectacular temporary pedestrian bridge between the city’s Central and the North districts that will be financed through crowd-funding.
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Venezuela’s capital Caracas plans to manage its traffic flow in an unusual fashion. In addition to traffic police, 120 mimes dressed up as clowns were sent into the city’s streets. Their role? Curb the risky behavior of pedestrians and drivers, not by force or repression, but through silence.
May 9 to 11Energy Cities annual meeting, Guimarães, Portugal.
May 12International Workshop on Open Data, Nantes, France.
May 12Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, Stockholm, Suède.
Toulouse has tackled issues ranging from urban lighting to public cleanliness with experimental innovation often on a shoestring budget, but the results continue to inspire many other cities in France and worldwide. A portrait of a city embracing urban innovation, helped along by the enthusiastic investigator Alexander Marciel, follows.
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