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Smart Cities Polska Newsletter – II/2019

Spring this year is also associated with the exceptional boom in the smart city industry. Hence, I encourage you to read – a longer than usual – newsletter. The work on the governmental report on IoT has been completed and in just a few days its official premiere will take place in a charming place in Warsaw (to be specified by the organizer).

The report includes a comprehensive analysis of obstacles in the development of smart cities by a team of experts with numerous recommendations regarding their solution.

They are the same as what we have proposed since 2016, among others in the outline of the vision and strategy of New Life In Cities. In order to implement them, we have already concluded agreements with the V4 countries and we have started to aim at creating a unified platform for smart city solutions at the urban and regional level.

Numerous events such as Smart City Expo in Łódź or the regional fair event in Brno URBIS 2019 show that interest is growing and more cities and companies stand out in the field of technical innovations. In the latest issue of City: One, two articles are dedicated to this subject: Blockchain at CUW Toruń and Urban Lab in Gdynia.

Will the government decide to build competencies beyond the electoral cycle to support such an important industry for the strategic development of a smart city?

What is also needed according to experts, is the unification of visions and strategies for the development of smart cities at the national level. We hope that you as stakeholders of the smart city system in Poland will want to take part in it. Almost all countries in Asia ( (ASEAN Smart City Network) have done such steps, in Scandinavia too (Nordic Smart City Network). In Europe, smart city environments are also being quickly integrated: those who operate independently, such as, for example, Smart Cities Polska, or Smart City Club in Slovakia, as well as governmental, which results in agreements signed (Agreement from Bratislava). We encourage you to contact us and cooperate!

The comparison of the smart city characteristics in Europe and Asia is the latest article by Ali Korenik published in the latest City:One. The cover of the magazine is decorated with the stop of the future developed by Lukasz Kuciel, INNVIA Poland, www.innvia.com

An interesting accent is the emergence of China in Europe, which is more and more active in the area of Smart City, offering its knowledge based on over 270 experimental implementations and, among other things, we have been invited to meet think-tanks to Cambridge. I invite you to read!

This month, we want to distinguish the company EYLaw and Lazarski University for a positive impact on the integration and development of the Polish sector of Smart City and Blockchain.

The concept of the operating system for Smart Cities was presented during the first meeting of international think-tanks. On the initiative of Cambridge Smart City Business School, representatives of leading European universities, business owners and experts exchanged experiences from previous projects, research and implementation. The presentations concerned, inter alia, development of artificial intelligence and new standards measuring development and planning the future of smart cities.

In my presentation, I presented the metaphor of life in the city as a game of social development, as well as the idea of creating a new operating system Smart Cities neOS. Thanks to the kindness of Dr. Zhenqiang Xu, we have learned a lot about the scale of development of Chinese cities and the possibilities of cooperation with European academia, companies, startups, and experts in the field of, among others use of large data sets available in China.

Bus stops or public libraries belong to the places that many people visit every day. But the seemingly ordinary space can be improved thanks to the Smart City concepts. For example, the Smart Stop project is a stopover point that will give visitors not only the necessary comfort while waiting for a bus, but also information and services. The citizens themselves decide about the actual form of the stop.

At www.icitypoint.eu interested parties can decide on the shape of the stop, its equipment and the information it supports Read More.

The growing interest in smart cities was confirmed by the second URBIS Smart City fair, which took place in Brno on 5th and 6th June 2019.

They already had two pavilions and an area of almost 5,000 sq m. The international conference with the participation of over 160 speakers from all over Europe took place simultaneously on eight stages. This year’s fair presented the offer of 61 exhibiting companies and hosted 1,700 guests, mainly representatives of state and public administration as well as experts in the field of innovative solutions for smart cities. From Poland, presentations were given by Gdynia and Poznań. Read More.

During URBIS 2019, Mateusz Jarosiewicz received the smartONE statuette for organizing Smart City activities in Poland, promoting sharing and cooperation in V4, and promoting the dissemination of innovations through the Common Catalog of Innovative Public Services. In the picture with Miloslav Jurik from the Smart City organization, the club spreading knowledge about Smart City in Slovakia. On the second with David Barta, co-organizer of the fair and organizer of the City: One zone and Pavel Nacowskym from the RASC think-tank and a graphic designer of the magazine.

At the Łazarski University in Warsaw, the following conference was organized by EYLaw #NewTechTrends2019 Intelligent cities, Intelligent Business and their impact on the natural environment. During the conference, we also discussed the concept of the operating system and the practice of smart city projects in Poland. Among the participants and panelists were companies such as EY, Microsoft, Orange. Smart Cities Poland and City:One was the partner of this event. Read more

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11-12 was the first Smart City Expo in Łódź. The event was attended by 44 exhibitors from all over Poland representing the following industries: outdoor lighting, chargers for electric vehicles, electric vehicles, software, consulting companies, anti-smog solutions, renewable energy sources. An important part of the event was a conference for 200 people. 25 speakers from such well-known institutions as Deloitte Polska, T-Mobile, Mastercard, Polish e-Payments, Asseco Data System, Cyberus Labs, and WPIP presented their views on Smart City issues. See more

In the latest issue of City:One magazine, discussing solutions in line with the idea of #SmartCity, an article describing the implementation of Blockchain in Torun Shared Services Center has been published. Thanks to it, the Center can digitize its documents and operate them in a faster, safer and cheaper way. There are also descriptions of the implementation of the innovative process of creating a smart city in the pioneering Gdynia Urban Lab. Open the issue

The iVoting application will enable voting in the civil budget, but also additional functions such as: building a local market for goods and services, supporting local currencies or rewarding civic activity. Startup presented its capabilities on May 16 at Lazarski University in Warsaw, where the presentation of the system was held in the group of smart city and Blockchain experts.

Voting by iVoting is to prevent its falsification. Every citizen has to be able to check if his vote has been correctly passed. At the same time, the system ensures full anonymity and security of voting. The creators want their ideas – as they admit themselves – to improve democracy and create a civil society in Poland.

Startup is created today by programmers and blockchain experts from Krakow, Bielsko-Biała and Warsaw. Initially, the project was developed under the substantive care of the Polish Blockchain Technology Accelerator under the name Lokalna.net. Today, it is now officially operating separately and under a different name, but still uses advisory services, including prof. Krzysztof Piech.

Thank you for reading!

Smart Cities Polska is an independent, international think-and-do-tank aimed at supporting the development of smart cities in Poland. We connect all stakeholders of the ecosystem of smart cities such as: local governments, companies, startups and experts. Since 2012, we have been promoting an integral and comprehensive model for the implementation of a smart city based on the concept of an operating system for cities and the gamification of civic activity. We collect and share good practices (Decalogue of Polish Smart City), we educate local governments and promote solutions (City:One magazine), and we encourage young people to actively participate in creating innovation and development of their cities (Future City game).

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