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Celebrating Innovation: Unveiling the Winners of Thinkz & BABLE Smart Cities Contest

Jul 10, 2023

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Real-Time City Map IoT Service Contest and the winning smart cities are…

Exploring Revolutionary Use Cases for Sustainable, Green and Citizen-Friendly Urban Environments

In a quest to unearth innovative use cases that leverage our real-time IoT network, we teamed up with BABLE, the smart cities facilitator, for a competition that attracted entries from across the globe. We are excited to unveil the cities that stood out with their unique concepts, contributing to an eco-friendly, sustainable, and healthier urban future.

🥇 1st place – Southampton, United Kingdom: Suggesting the cleanest routes for walking and cycling with the Real-Time Clean Air Routing

Standing out as the competition’s winner, Southampton has chosen to tread the path of London Westminster by implementing our Clean Air Routing use case. This avant-garde initiative presents residents and visitors, especially school-going children, with real-time air quality data, suggesting the cleanest routes for walking and cycling.

Not only does the application foster an eco-friendly, sustainable behavior, but it is also a potent tool for safeguarding the health of the city’s young inhabitants. By minimizing their exposure to polluted air, it reduces the risks of developing respiratory conditions and allergies, thus contributing to their overall well-being. Moreover, instilling such eco-conscious habits at a young age is crucial for cultivating a future generation ready to uphold and advocate for environmental sustainability.

A round of applause for Amber Titchener, Sustainable Schools Officer at Southampton City Council, whose proactive involvement has won Southampton the ‘Real-Time Air Quality and Clean Routing’ service from Thinkz.

We are delighted to announce that this solution is expected to go live in the next few days in order to be efficient and used by the onset of the next academic year. Watch this space for further updates on this exciting development!

🥈 2nd place – Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain: Enhancing Well-being with the Real-Time Quiet Routing

Sant Feliu de Llobregat in Spain presented an intriguing use case centered on Real-Time quiet routing. Equipped with IoT devices to detect noise, the city is keen on providing its residents the quietest routes possible, whether walking, biking, or scooting. By reducing noise pollution exposure, this solution contributes to the well-being and overall quality of life of the citizens.

A special mention to Manuel González Maya for his proactive participation in the competition. As a token of our appreciation, we offer Sant Feliu de Llobregat a generous consolation prize for implementing this solution.

🥉 3rd place – Nicosia, Cyprus: Advancing Sustainability with Real-Time Recycle Bin Information

Nicosia, the vibrant capital of Cyprus, introduced a novel use case to the contest – the Real-Time Recycle Bin. By providing citizens with real-time updates on available recycling bins in their vicinity, this initiative fuels the drive towards a greener city and promotes responsible waste disposal.

Thanks to the commendable efforts of Nadia Lortzie, Smart City Strategy Coordinator/Energy Auditor/SEAP Officer at nicosiamunicipality.org.cy, Nicosia secured the runner-up spot, earning a generous consolation prize for implementing this solution. for implementing this solution.

We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all participating cities, as they continue to innovate for greener, more sustainable, and citizen-focused urban environments. Our partner, BABLE, has been instrumental in this endeavor, and we appreciate their invaluable support.

Keep an eye on our blog for further updates and insights into how we are making strides towards smarter, more sustainable cities.

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