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Effective and sustainable solutions across sectors and hierarchies
Smart Aarhus involves citizens in the development of projects such as the Digital Neighbourhood project, where the traditional communication model is turned on its head, and issues raised by citizens form the basis of new city initiatives. Smart Aarhus favours sustainable solutions, as can be seen in the project RADICAL, where a digital chip for bicycles makes traffic lights turn green and helps to ensure that cyclists have a smooth ride through the city.
Makes life easier for the citizens of Aarhus and internationally
The idea is to make the city so smart that it becomes better, easier and more fun to be a citizen of Aarhus. The vast majority of people in the world live in cities like Aarhus, which is somewhere between a big city and a village. Smart Aarhus strives to serve as an inspiration for other cities worldwide.
Smart Aarhus promotes national and international collaboration across cities and regions to ensure that efforts are coordinated broadly. The Smart Aarhus Secretariat has assumed a leading role in coordinating activities in the Danish Smart City Network and in the Connected Smart Cities Network, which provides an international forum for smart city solutions.
A Scandinavian way
Internationally, Smart Aarhus is considered a Scandinavian third way that offers a model for urban development based on the practice of stakeholder and citizen involvement, and which differs from both the more commercial American and the more centrally controlled Asian traditions. In addition, social, economic and environmental sustainability plays a central role in Scandinavia – and for Smart Aarhus.