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Over the last decade we have witnessed ‘Smart City boom’ and this conception is transforming into a reality in different parts of the world – Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, Taichung, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, etc.

What is happening in South-East Europe? The Region has a great potential for improvement of the urban environment through integration of advanced technologies in buildings, transport and infrastructure. The Governments prepare new legislation and pave the way for investment growth that will make the SE European cities more eco-friendly and resource efficient.

In line with the global trends, Smart Cities Exhibition and Conference 2014 is a flagship event in the Region. From 5th to 7th March, in Sofia, Bulgaria the event will gather all important players and will present a wide range of sustainable urban solutions and practices.

Please find below the last updated news about the Smart Cities’ speakers and partners:

Have a nice reading!

Organizer: Via Expo Ltd.

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Dan Staniaszek, Senior Expert at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, will be a part of the speakers lineup

Recent EU legislation relating to energy use in buildings has imposed a number of requirements on Member States.  Dan Staniaszek will focus on two of these, addressing the existing and the new buildings. Firstly, is the development and implementation of national renovation strategies in accordance with Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The second area concerns principles and pathways towards nearly zero-energy buildings   in accordance with Article 9 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.  Both topics will present the results of recent studies and analysis by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) is dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe, and thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy used by buildings.
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The Inteligentny Budynek magazine’s mission is to provide up-to-date information on building technologies and solutions. The target readership includes professionals who take part in planning, designing, contracting and managing modern buildings.

The Inteligentny Budynek bimonthly covers such issues as intelligent building functions, smart grid, HVAC and automation systems, computer-based building supervision and management systems, and integrating software solutions with building automation. We will keep track of the global trends relating to smart building solutions.
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Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Level 1 and Level 2, DC Fast Charging, and Wireless EVSE for Residential and Commercial Passenger Car Charging

The electric vehicle charging equipment market is now launched and beginning to take shape. Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales are rising, creating demand for charging – both at home and away. The solid growth of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is also due to government programs that have continued to support deployment and companies that have competed to bring less expensive or better featured products to market. Most of the demand is for home (residential) chargers, but commercial chargers, which include EVSE installed at the workplace, in public charging locations, or in private locations like apartments or fleet depots, also represent a growing market.

As the EVSE market has matured, some of its early challenges, such as the lack of compatibility of charging units with various PEV models, have dissipated. However, the market is now seeing new growing pains, most notably related to the very large number of players competing for what is still a relatively small market. EVSE players have gone out of business, exited the market, or partnered with or acquired competitors. This trend is likely to continue, as a number of government funding programs for EVSE installations are concluding. There will be a continued shakeout of the market as the true demand for home and commercial EV charging emerges absent this government support. Navigant Research forecasts that global revenue from the sales of EVSE will grow from $567 million in 2013 to $5.8 billion in 2022.


Navigant Research is a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of these industry sectors.
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Why travel cards are smart business for cities?


In June, London celebrated the tenth anniversary of its smart travel card. While it might have taken time to get used to the name–Oyster card–busy Londoners warmed to its ease of use and time-saving convenience.

With some of the infrastructure on London’s metro, or tube, dating back to the 1850s, Transport for London (TfL) had to look for ways of increasing efficiency at the gateline without widening station entrances and the number of gates–thereby avoiding the need to purchase more expensive central London real estate.

“The business case was quite clear for us,” recalls Matthew Hudson, Head of Business Development, Customer Experience at Transport for London. “The 1990s saw such an increase in ridership on the London Underground network that our customers were facing delays due to congestion at the gateline. In order to increase throughput at the gateline we had two choices: to extend the gateline or to invest in new technology to speed the process up.”

The technology argument won, albeit with some considerable risk. Smart card technology was still relatively new at that time, with Hong Kong being the only other large city to have rolled out a similar system.


Cities Today is the global magazine on sustainable urban development, connecting local governments with public and private sector solutions. With an expert editorial advisory board comprising the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNEP, and city associations ICLEI, C40, UCLG ASPAC, UCLG Africa and FLACMA, the publication highlights the challenges facing city leaders and local governments in mobility, finance, smart technology, health care, energy efficiency, water, sanitation, security and housing.
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