Just as the future of office buildings is the future of green buildings, certified to international standards, in the same way, the cities will be ranked according to the efficiency of their management and how smart they will be as a technology.
A smart city must be a community where traditional networks and services become more efficient using digital and telecommunications technologies, for the benefit of citizens and the business environment” (EU – Digital Single Market).
In this context, the race for the sustainable development of cities, Alba Iulia, was declared the first smart city in Romania. It has a long-term viable development strategy and because it is the champion of attracting European funds to this sector.
Alba Iulia is the first city in Romania and from Central and South-Eastern Europe, which has a Development Projects Strategy 2014 – 2020, carried out in collaboration with the World Bank.
Under this program, strategic documents necessary for the main directions of smart development have been developed: Integrated Urban Development Strategy, Urban Plan, Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, Sustainable Energy Action Plan, Energy Efficiency Improvement Plan.
All these documents are public, and the spending of public funds is transparent, under analysis by Moody’s International Rating Agency.
The local administration has managed to attract non-reimbursable funds, with over 200 million euros in the last ten years.
With the help of these funds, the City Hall has already completed projects that improve the quality of life and reduce energy consumption, caring for the environment as well, moving on to use:
– solar power generators,
– intelligent public transportation,
– selective waste collection
– improving the energy efficiency of some public buildings.
Alba Iulia is the first city in Romania to have a brand manual, a set of rules, recommendations, and examples of using the brand, which aim to maintain the brand’s strategic and visual coherence and increase the visibility of the brand city at national and international level.
With this branding process, Alba Iulia has been officially recognized as a European Destination of Excellence, by the European Commission and carry out projects to become a known tourist destination. By highlighting the largest Vauban Fortress in Romania (7-cornered fortified star-shaped fortress), according to the system designed by Marshal Sebastian Le Preste Vauban).
The conditions for smart cities are set by ISO37120 / 2014, which defines the parameters of sustainable communities, developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
These conditions include:
– smart local government (e-Government, e-Government), a smart urban mobility plan, through efficient and clean public and commercial transport (such as electric vehicles), multimodal transportation, use of physical means (walking, bicycles), proper parking management, public technological utilities (renewable energy resources, automation to increase energy efficiency, public lighting),
– reducing pollution and caring for the environment – to ensure the permanent monitoring of the leading environmental parameters and to take effective measures against exceeding the permitted limits,
– smart education – digital literacy, through learning and development platforms, smart tourism (e-Tourism) – through information and interaction with tourists,
– intelligent urban planning etc.
Let us hope that in time, these parameters will be improved in as many significant localities in Romania as possible, and we will have more smart cities. Local governments need to keep up with the development of new office poles, where technology is at home and so let us go from “just working in a smart building” to working, living, and living in a smart city.
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