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Smart Cities

Spurring urban innovation and liveable cities.

Smart approaches for more livable cities
By 2050, more than 6 billion people will live in urban areas, creating many challenges for the planning, development and operation of cities. These challenges call for ‘smart’ approaches to ensure that cities are optimised for economic activity, energy consumption, environmental impact and ‘the good life’. ‘Smart Cities’ use ICT to become more intelligent and efficient in their use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint – all supporting innovation and a low-carbon economy.

6 dimensions to a ‘smart’ city
Upon developing new cities from scratch or rebuilding existing ones, the challenge is to ensure livability,  financial sustainability and environmentally responsible. The following 6 dimensions help to improve the cities of the future:

  • Smart economy High productivity, entrepreneurship and ability to transform
  • Smart mobility Strong ICT infrastructure and sustainable transport systems
  • Smart environment Sustainable resource management, pollution prevention, environmental protection
  • Smart people Diversity, creativity and participation in public life
  • Smart living Cultural facilities, housing quality, health and safety issues
  • Smart governance Political strategies and perspectives, transparency and community participation in decision making


Strong Danish traditions for building smart cities
Danish cities hold a long tradition of taking a holistic approach to urban development, where the concern for the environment, people and businesses go hand in hand.  The two largest cities in Denmark, the City of Copenhagen and the City of Aarhus have both set ambitious goals to become CO2 neutral by 2025 and 2030, respectively. The cities are role models when it comes to creating a sustainable and livable city that is appealing to its inhabitants. Healthy and green areas are necessary so people can enjoy the city all year round and interact. Both cities are using ICT to bring solutions to many of the challenges cities face today.

Cities live when people live
In this short movie, you can see real-life examples of integrated city solutions. Below the movie, you can explore some of the featured solutions and many more, who are ready to share their experiences and grow together with new partners.

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