The Smart Cities project attends the Joint Annual Conference and General Assembly 2010 of the North Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 and the North Sea Commission. This event will take place 16-18 June 2010 in Stavanger, Norway. Smart Cities contributes to the discussions and will present the partnership and the e-government themes on the project exhibition.
The Smart Cities Project was presented in Berlin at the European Local Government Conference on ICT and Local Government transformation in Europe, organised by Vitako (the Association of German Public ICT Providers) and Major Cities of Europe.
How should the bluetooth-hotspots be designed? What should they be able to achieve? In the course of researching the most suitable bluetooth technology for the Smart Cities Project various factors were taken into account. During the investigation and selection of the hardware, special consideration was taken in respect to quality and workmanship for use in info-terminals, which can be placed indoors as well as outdoors in Bremerhaven.
Smart Dialogue is a joint project between the School- and Kindergarten- departments under the Smart Cities framework. The Municipality of Kristiansand has for a long time worked to offer the public web-based services to make communication between public and municipality better and more convenient for both parties.
The Digital Agenda is Europe's strategy for a flourishing digital economy by 2020. It outlines policies and actions to maximise the benefit of the Digital Revolution for all. To achieve these goals, the Commission will work closely with national governments, concerned organisations and companies.
The City of Kortrijk starts experiments with different types of information screens both inside and outside the city buildings. These screens will provide services to visitors of the city.
We mainly distinguish screens for one-way communication (narrowcasting) and interactive screens (I-Points and other public computers). Both can be placed inside buildings and outside on the street.
Dave Fitch from Edinburgh Napier University and Sheila Apicella from esd-toolkit/Porism presented the Smart Cities project at the 8th European Information Society Conference in Bilbao Spain.
On May 25, 2010 the Flemish ICT Organisation vzw organizes a Flemish ICT meeting for local authorities. Presentations on the congress are about quality, IT management, information architecture, archiving, GIS, etc. Intercommunale Leiedal provides two workshops at this meeting.
Memori presented the results of a huge survey on online and other services to the press. 3.000 citizens of 5 municipalities of the Kortrijk region gave their opinion on channels, services and expressed their needs for the future of municipal services.
This report describes the role of standards in local government. It draws on the experience of the esd-toolkit in the UK, and describes how controlled vocabularies maintained by esd-toolkit help municipalities improve their service delivery. Standards are viewed within the context of a consistent model for the public sector.