Smart Cities Master at University of Girona

City projects

City Projects



Hasselt is a Belgian city and municipality, and capital of the province of Limburg. In order to become a Smart City, the City of Hasselt has welcome five students and two professors of the University of Girona. The theoretical knowledge of the students will be used and rendered to work on diverse city challenges, who are defined in the following projects: development of digital organization tools (provision of services), working out of a reward system for the bike action plan (mobility), setting up communication applications regarding universal design (accessibility), defining models for civic participation (participation) and optimization of the placement of functional security cameras (safety).

The projects carried out by the students are as follows:
1- Digital tools for organization.
2- Smart Bicycle Parking Facilities for the City of Hasselt.
3- Make City for All under the Concepts of Universal Design and Smart Cities.
4- Implementation of a system able to track the routes that are taken the most.
5- Biking Measurement.



Sant Cugat is a city located 10 km from Barcelona, with more than 86,000 inhabitants and in constant movement. In the last 50 years its transformation has been spectacular, going from being a small town to becoming a modern city, competent and referent in economic, social and environmental aspects. And it continues to evolve.
This constant change forces the city to stay up to date and innovate, which represents a permanent stimulus. Innovation is transversal and permeates the two aspects of the city: the human and the urban.

The projects carried out by the students are as follows:
1- Study for the installation of a smart traffic light.

2- Energy consumption of the city of Sant Cugat del Valles.
3- Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Innovative Public Procurement Processes (CPI).
4- Data analysis for intelligent waste collection in the city of Sant Cugat del Vallés.
5- Study of the norm UNE178303 for its possible implementation in the city of Sant Cugat del Vallès.

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Schiedam, a city in the Netherlands with a population of 76,000 is above all wellknown for its Jenever (Gin). The charm of the largest historic town centre in the Greater Rotterdam Region is less well known, but that very town centre with canals and the world’s largest windmills makes Schiedam so attractive when you compare it with Rotterdam or other surrounding municipalities. Schiedam has a well developed transport infrastructure and is a key transport intersection, which makes the city easy accessible. A beautiful, vital municipality is our goal, where everyone feels at home, citizens and visitors. Among our key challenges: creating a more attractive city centre, support entrepreneurship, support citizens to use their assets as long as possible, developing the tourism industry (including water tourism), upgrading industrial & business parks and promoting active citizenship.

The projects carried out by the students are as follows:
1- Smart waste management in Schiedam.
2- A smart way to solve potential floods due to climate change.
3- Designing in co-creation. Van’t Hoff Square, case study & redevelopment.
4- Schiedam sharing data.
5- Smart parking management.
6- Project of Nearly Zero Energy District [nZED] for Schiedam center.
7- Smart Spaanse Polder: Social, environmental and mobility solutions.
8- Greener and engaged people for Schiedam.
9- Traffic Control in the city of Figueres.
10- S’DAM: Boosting attractiveness of heritage areas in Schiedam, Netherlands, with new technologies.
11- Schiedam, an economy in development: Proposals for converting Schiedam in a smart touristic destination, improving the touristic attractiveness and boosting the local economy.

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The city of Sabadell, outside Barcelona, has always pursued economic growth and social progress with innovation. With its “Sabadell, Smart City” strategy, the local authorities aim to transform urban management by taking advantage of innovative technological developments. In order to assess the EU funding opportunities for the new period 2014-2020, the Horizon 2020 innovation programs and the European regional development funds (ERDF), a delegation of the City Council of Sabadell, headed by the program councilor Sabadell Ciudad Inteligente, Cristian Sánchez, met in Brussels on 13 and 14 March with representatives of the European Commission. The meetings have served to put on the table several projects in energy efficiency of equipment, public lighting and mobility, included in the Sabadell Intelligent City program.

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Girona.- The city of Girona has been chosen to be part of the European partnership European Innovations Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities. This partnership is one of the legs of the European Commission to work collaboratively on the theme of smart cities and aims to bring cities, industries and citizens together in order to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions. In parallel, the mayor of Girona, Carles Puigdemont, the mayor of Sabadell, Joan Carles Sánchez, and the director of the Chair Girona Smart City, Luisa Marsal, signed a collaboration agreement whereby Girona and Sabadell will become sister cities during the Course 2014- 2015. Through this agreement, the City of Girona and the University of Girona, as patrons of the Smart City Chair, will collaborate with the City Council of Sabadell to promote the concept of smart city. One of the main objectives of the agreement is the development of smart city projects for Sabadell in the framework of the Master’s Degree in Intelligent Cities, projects and experiences that, once completed, will share the two cities for mutual learning.