The future of Romanian cities was debated on 21st and 22nd October during a one of a kind event, Smart Cities of Romania, under the patronage of the Bucharest City Hall and the Ministry of Transports. Local initiatives for smart cities, although at a slow start, are constantly rising and can be found not only in the public discourse, but also in administration digitization or infrastructure modernization projects. To address the current information needs regarding this multi-disciplinary concept, ITS Events Management, together with the Romanian Association for Security Technology, the National Romanian Committee of the World Energy Council and the Romanian Organization for the Implementation of Smart Transportation Systems initiated the conference “Smart Cities of Romania”, the first nationwide conference dedicated to smart cities.
Besides oral presentations, the conference also featured a display area exhibiting solutions and projects of well-known suppliers. The multinational company ZTE is the main partner, while other sponsors include Huawei, Luxten Greenlight, NEC, Siemens and Teamnet. The conference took place at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
Until 2050, more than 70% of the world population will live in cities, which are the main driver of development and growth. Romania is no exception, despite the National Institute of Statistics data showing an urbanization rate of just 55%. However, the urban environment has a larger share of the GDP, with the exclusively urban ITC field exceeding for the first time the Agriculture by 11%.
The municipalities are looking for best solutions to allow the smooth development of the business environment and provide best living conditions to its citizens. Apparently inspired from science fiction, smart urban projects are closer to reality. The Smart City concept covers multiple facets of urban life: public services, energy, constructions, infrastructure, transport, IT, education and health. In recent years, together with the increased penetration of the Internet and mobility, they are complemented by another crucial element – that of “Smart Citizen.”
The conference agenda was structured per three major sections: Smart & Safe City, Smart&Integrated Transportation, Smart Energy, Smart Environment, European and National Policies, Intelligent Energy Management, etc. The event will reunite representatives of the European Commission, local authorities and national regulators, as well as academic specialists and private sector professionals who provided the audience with a full perspective on the Smart City matters.