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3.-4.6. 2020

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URBIS Smart City Fair – showing us once again how to be smart about smart cities


One year on, Brno Exhibition Centre will again host a project – the only one of its kind in Central Europe – focusing on the issues of smart cities, combining together under the same roof(s) a conference with expert speakers from abroad and a presentation of companies offering specific solutions. The second year of the URBIS Smart City Fair will be held in two pavilions, together with an accompanying programme on eight different stages. Come to Brno on 5th and 6th June 2019: nowhere else will you learn so much about smart cities and municipalities!

Součástí programu jsou i diskuze. Moderátorem a zároveň pořadatelem programu je David Bárta

The URBIS Smart City Fair 2019 will continue the topics of last year’s premiere year, which initiated an intensive discussion about bringing smart solutions to our cities and municipalities. This year will again open up a platform for sharing ideas, presenting solutions and good practice in Central Europe and beyond. The fair will take place in pavilions G1, G2 and their surrounding areas.

Same as last year, the whole fair will centre upon the two-day specialized accompanying programme with top-notch attendees. Its new focus will be the European projects Science meets Parliaments/Science meets Regions and RUGGEDISED, and both will be a core part of the first day’s programme. The second day will begin with the Smart City Summit V4+ and will focus on the issues of Central Europe and bringing smart solutions to cities and communities of various sizes. An important new part of the programme is the CityOne Arena, a showcase and networking space that provides a place for introducing new technological concepts. Also, the space for presenting start-up projects will be expanded. The goal of all the fair’s new add-ons – and the fair in general – is to make it easier and faster to bring the smart city concept to Czech cities and municipalities and do so in such a way that allows citizens to live more comfortably.

“The development of smart cities and municipalities doesn’t just mean buying expensive machines with loads of new technologies. The smart solution is to make citizens’ lives easier, more comfortable, enjoyable and healthier. URBIS is a platform for exchanging experiences – sharing good practice, and bad, from cities that have already implemented individual solutions. Everyone attending will learn something interesting, because even the smallest municipalities must deal with issues of waste management, public lighting, information and the sale of tickets for transport. The fair will present smart solutions to make people’s lives easier, wherever they live,” says project director Martin Videczký.

The URBIS Smart City Fair is reaching out mainly to professionals in public administration – the regions, cities, municipalities and micro-regions. Representatives from universities, innovative companies and active citizens who are keen to participate in the development of their cities and communities can find inspiration here as well. Tickets can be purchased for discount prices at www.smartcityfair.cz until the 30th of April.

Smart city leaders to meet in Brno

Once again, the conference programme will be packed with interest. The first day devotes space to foreign cities, who will present their ideas and finished projects, and inspire us to develop our own smart city concepts. The second day will set out the experience and plans of Central European cities. Other meetings will happen next to the main hall and will focus on this year’s other five main topics: digital city, water, energy policy, smart districts and sustainable mobility. Among the main speakers are representatives from the European Commission, EU projects, foreign universities, ministries and leading organizations that are managing the implementation of innovative technologies.

The topic of creating smart districts will be led by the European project RUGGEDISED, in which Brno is cooperating with five other cities: Rotterdam in Holland, Glasgow in Scotland, Umeå in Sweden, Gdansk in Poland and Parma in Italy. The RUGGEDISED project is part of the Horizon 2020 programme and supports the testing and implementation of smart solutions in the environments of three big “model” cities – Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå – while the remaining three cities will adopt the lessons of their experience and spread the concept to other parts of Europe. Within the scope of this cooperation, Brno is preparing to build a new smart district Špitálka, located in an unused western part of Brno’s heat production plants. URBIS will be a venue for the intensive exchange of experience between the representatives of member cities. The introductory meeting will be hosted by Brno mayor Markéta Vaňková and Jens Bartholmes from DG ENERGY, which will be followed by a replication workshop with three-phase discussions in close-knit working groups. The anticipated attendance is between 80 and 100 specialists from cities accredited in one of the eleven big projects of the Horizon 2020 programme.

The second mainstay of the first conference day is the EU project Science meets Parliaments/Science meets Regions (SMP/SMR), which will host a meeting about energy policies. The aim of the workshop is to accelerate the exchange of information between science and politics, and contribute to the clean energy transition, to strengthen territorial energy self-sufficiency and decentralization of energy. Entrepreneurs and academics will also participate in the meeting, and citizens are similarly invited. Among others, topics will include potential infrastructure suitable for clean energy, the feasibility of investment into decentralized sustainable sources of energy, and technological preparedness for the process. The workshop on eco-innovation in energy systems anticipates 200 attendees and one of its goals is to create a local information platform for clean energy.

On the 5th of June, sustainable mobility will be the topic of the Future of Public Transport in and Outside Cities – Modern Technologies in Public Transport. As an organizer of public transport in the South Moravian District, the co-host of this event is KORDIS JMK. The conference is a part of the EU project Peripheral Access, which supports the development of public transport in remotely located regions. The main topics will be the integration of various means of transport, implementation of electronic travel passes, or smart solutions for mobility accessibility. Experts from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic will be sharing their experience. The audience will learn about the merging of all mobility services into one app in Turin, what new mobility solutions are being prepared in Venice, and how Hungary is merging information and sale systems.

Gateway to the smart city concept for Central and Eastern Europe

The second day will be devoted to the exchange of experience within Central Europe. On the main stage will be the Smart City Summit V4+, with leading figures from the Visegrád Group and elsewhere. Among the represented entities will be ministries responsible for regional development and smart cities of various sizes, and their individual solutions. The sharing of experience and good practice will be done on three levels – ministries, big cities and smaller cities. Confirmed cities currently include Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, Budapest, Brno and Ostrava.

In the other five halls, the second day will continue discussions on 2019’s key topics – the digital city, water, energy policy, smart districts and sustainable mobility. Professional partners include the Czech Water Association, Czech Chamber of Commerce and KORDIS JMK. The second day’s programme about the future of public transport will bring inspiration from Zagreb in Croatia, Žilina in Slovakia and Vicenza in Italy. Graz will be making an interesting appearance, describing their focus on commuter needs and successfully combining mobility in Austrian cities and rural areas into one service card.

A new component of this year's fair is the CityOne Arena, which is designed as a showcase and networking area for presenting new technological concepts of the smart city. The demonstration zones will show, for example, a smart bus stop and a digital library, and will allow exhibitors and partners to set up and use their product in the common exhibition area. The CityOne Arena will contain tables for discussion, workshops, and a VIP lounge for business meetings.

Also, more space will be devoted to start-ups, which in a city with huge innovation potential such as Brno are flourishing. Many have ideas on how to improve life in the city and are coming to share these visions with an audience during the URBIS Smart City Fair. This year, there will be an outside tent with a stage available for exhibitors to give short presentations, reach out to listeners and share their ideas. Last year, if you recall, the start-up prize went to the company GoodVision for their product Video Insights: a cloud SaaS service that detects, identifies and extracts objects and events from camera records by using cutting edge technologies.

Brno inspires

One of the aims of the URBIS Smart City Fair is to introduce the host city Brno as a leader in innovation. Last year, Brno won the prestigious ITAPA V4 Award that hands out accolades to the best smart city projects and innovative services for citizens and companies in the countries of the Visegrád Group. It confirmed that this city has a lot to offer. The citizen targeted city portal BrnoID won partly because it is already used by over 80 thousand Brno residents. Simultaneously, Brno has one of the most modern data portals in the Czech Republic: data.brno.cz, with high rate of visits. Brno also takes its sustainable future seriously – proof is the strategic development document Vize 2050, which defines the state in which Brno should be handed over to future generations. Furthermore, the planned construction of the smart district Špitálka makes Brno a national “laboratory” for the development of intelligent and sustainable city areas. Last but not least, Brno has a modern fair area. All of which makes this South Moravian metropolis the ideal host for a fair and conference about smart cities. The URBIS Smart City Fair draws its inspiration from fairs in Barcelona, Spain, and Stavanger, Norway, and has the ambition to become a platform for the development of the smart city concept in Central and Eastern Europe.

Individual products and solutions can be seen either in the CityOne Arena, or on stands of the supplier companies. Their offer takes into account the possibilities of cities and municipalities  and focuses on attainable solutions. Among the exhibitors will be, for example: mmcité1, a company introducing their sm art city furniture; the young software company Incinity, presenting their own integration platform Invipo for smart cities; the company World from Space will tell you how to gather information from satellites and use it for city management and the maintenance of green spaces; and e-Point communications, a company that specializes in unmanned e-systems, will be bringing along self-service e-kiosks for interactive communication, reservations and paying for services. Other companies attending are VERB Group, RCE systems, CitySys, OMEXOM GA Energo, ENVItech Bohemia, Politinn, IQ Smart Solution, GABEN, HESTEGO, CleverMap, ČD – Telematika, and many others.

Foto "Špitálka" - resource: KAM Brno

Date: 26 Mar 2019 09:54:00

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