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Italy launches Smart City project with 65 million euros

Staff writer ▼ | March 12, 2016
The Italian Ministry of Economic Development has taken the first step in the Smart City project, allocating 65 million euros to the programme.
Federica Guidi
Technology   Responding to the needs of innovative services
Minister Federica Guidi signed the first documents. The project aims to strengthen the infrastructural facilities of Smart Cities through "smart grids", connected with the broadband infrastructure, and to enhance industry's ability to respond to the needs of innovative services expressed by Smart City, through pilot districts in which new solutions are tested.

To achieve these goals, the ministry has decided to focus on clearly identified and measurable public-private projects and to achieve close contact between the Cities and private stakeholders.

The initial 65 million euros will be used for two specific measures: promoting energy efficiency and improving infrastructure in urban areas, and opening large-scale procurements in response to the most innovative needs.

The programme will start in the metropolitan areas, thanks to the close collaboration initiated in recent weeks with the Coordinator Metropolitan Cities of the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI), Dario Nardella.

The first meeting at the Ministry of Economic Development with representatives of the metropolitan cities took place on Thursday, in the presence of the Secretary of State in charge of Smart Cities, Antonio Gentile, who stressed that these cities "represent a particularly favourable environment for experimentation with measures that are able to create jobs, because here digital technologies work in synergy with innovative infrastructure, new services and efficient energy systems.

The investments made in the context of the programme could have a significant impact on the quality of life, economic growth and employment, and could make Italy an attractive country for multinationals and Italian firms to experiment with the most advanced Smart City models."