Throughout the year, we featured 12 Use Cases, where experts and cities surpassed the ordinary to become smarter communities. Read our 12th newsletter editions to find out the highlighted podcast episode, article, project and more information about each use case. 

January: we delved into Urban Real Estate developments with Digital Twins' help. We saw how Nomoko in Fällanden, Switzerland used a digital 3D twin of the municipality of Fällanden using high-resolution drone images to show the future developments of the municipality so they better understand the planned changes and voice their feedback to the project leaders. Read the full edition here

February: Our journey took us to Dundee, where we explored the development of The Mobility Innovation Living Lab (The MILL). The MILL was established to position Dundee as a global test bed for advanced transport technologies and services. Funded in part through the 'Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City' ERDF program, it was known as ShareMORE. Dundee's participation in the ERDF program facilitated access to an information and support network comprising seven cities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling. Read the full edition here

March: São Paulo took the spotlight as we examined their innovative water management practices. The Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo (Sabesp) invested in the future of its society by incorporating Elliot Water into its management. Utilising intelligent sensors transmitting data throughout the water cycle network, Elliot Water enables Sabesp to predict and optimise operational and maintenance processes. This, in turn, enhances the efficiency of water networks by reducing losses, leaks, water theft, and other challenges. Read the full edition here

April: In commemoration of Earth Day we featured The City of Helsingborg, Sweden. The City of Helsingborg invited concrete companies to develop products with a lower climate footprint for land contracts. One company responded and together they developed a new product, a concrete slab with 20% less emissions in the manufacturing phase than a normal concrete slab. Read the full edition here

May: As the Clean Air Clean Harbour Energy for Net Zero (CACHE NZ) project is launched, the Use Case of the Month took a deep dive into the Port Areas to understand the air quality impact and emission sourcing of the Hamburg port area. The solution involved deploying air quality sensors along the waterfront, with the assistance of local citizens. Real-time emission data was collected and processed using an Environmental Intelligence Cloud platform. Read the full edition here

June: It was all about IoT. How can citizens access real-time air quality data? With the help of Thinkz's innovative technology, which assimilates data from a variety of IoT devices, including CO2 sensors, citizens can access real-time maps detailing the quickest and cleanest walking or cycling routes to their destinations. Read the full edition here

July: We travelled to Barcelona, where the Ajuntament de Sant Feliu de Llobregat found a way to promote local market. The City Council of Sant Feliu launched La Rosa, the local digital currency that works through an intuitive mobile application. This currency will promote and encourage local commerce, contributing to the goal of sustainability, while promoting digitization in the municipality. Read the full edition here

August: A month to reflect on waste management with the hand of Konya. KOSABS (Konya Zero Waste Information System) created awareness about zero waste. By promoting this awareness in all districts of Konya, a significant step has been taken towards establishing an environmentally friendly city. Read the full edition here

September: With the help of MAHLE the city of Lorch solved their lack of grid-friendly and affordable charging infrastructure for public usage. The construction and operation of the charging infrastructure for the P&R car park at Lorch train station was tendered in summer 2022 and awarded to chargeBIG. Read the full edition here

October: Continuing with the mobility focus, we travelled to Braga, Portugal, where REACTIVITY rewards public transport and active mobility to reduce emissions, back data-driven urban and traffic planning, and engage with citizens. This project helps cities promote sustainable and active mobility, as well as intermodality, all while discouraging car dependence. Read the full edition here

November: as the year is almost over, we looked back at what a Smart City is and the role of AI, with the help of Madrid. The city of Madrid opened a centre for dissemination, research and training in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and aims to host powerful startups in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) using technologies such as blockchain or big data. Read the full edition here

December: We closed the year with a reflection in London, travelling back to the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. An AI tool was created to detect when and where people are unable to maintain a safe distance from each other, gaining an overview of how effective mitigation measures are. The tool provides advice to government authorities and businesses on how to create safe spaces and maintain distance. Read the full edition here