Todays’ cities are a fertile ground for technology innovations and collective creativeness. More than two thirds of the European population lives in urban areas where overwhelming challenges exist, related to the human impact on climate change, natural resource limits and economic growth. Without improvements the cities will not interact and respond to citizen needs in the future. All this triggers many important initiatives both at European and at a national level.
Smart Cities Exhibition and Conference is one of them, looking ahead to provide new approaches on how to design and transform cities in South-East Europe into sustainable environment. The event promotes new technologies and models which can be successfully integrated into urban systems as a perfect blend between environmental and economic concerns. Smart Cities also strengthens regional cooperation and experience exchange. Despite that smart cities is a new concept in the Region, it inspires policymakers, municipalities, practitioners and foreign investors involved in urban development to search for new fields for feasible projects realization.
The Smart Cities Exhibition & Conference 2015 presented new technologies which transformed today’s cities into sustainable systems spending less energy and resources. The number of exhibitors was doubled. Distance street lighting management system, LED illuminators, Wi-Fi technologies, mobile ticketing service for public transport, ultra-compact electric vehicle, ‘Smart House’ software, etc. caught the visitors’ interest.
The conference program embraced issues like renewable energy storage, energy efficiency, smart ticketing in urban e-mobility, smart metering, market strategies and financing instruments for smart cities projects, etc.
Speakers from Architects’ Council of Europe, Calypso Networks Association (Croatia), International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance IBESA (Germany), Etra (Spain), Austrian Energy Agency, Covenant of Mayors (Belgium), Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Telelink (Bulgaria) and Alvarion Technologies (Israel) joined the conference.
‘There are many opportunities for collaboration with Bulgarian cities and potential partners. We made many contacts during our stay at the exhibition and conferences, and it seems a really interesting potential market.’ – says Miguel Ángel García from CARTIF, Spain.
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