Daily life, Society, Energy
Life is LiFi in smart buildings Just imagine: you get back home one evening, unlocking your door with the torch light of your mobile. You sit down on your sofa, download a film 100 times faster than currently possible and enjoy the movie on a fully secure wireless connection.
Social impact of green crowdfunding There is growing interest in crowdfunding as an alternative way to support projects focused on renewables. This comes at a time when the green energy sector is feeling the purse strings tighten in many European countries.
Efficient, Cheap and Green Only when they are accepted, or better even embraced by the people, they can be implemented swiftly without any major delays.
Smart cities and innovative financing schemes The pioneering city of Stuttgart, Germany, was one the first to apply an innovative financing scheme back in 1995 and since then it has been bearing its fruit: energy-efficiency funding has reduced the city’s CO 2 emissions by tens of thousands of tonnes.
How to measure the quality of life in smart cities? From pollution levels and the number of traffic accidents to safer public spaces and more efficient heating in buildings: to what extent can the smartness of a city be quantified? And is it possible to measure the quality of life for an urban area through numerical parameters? It’s all about collecting data that is reliable and making sense of the numbers afterwards.
When energy-saving becomes a game Householders do not always know how much energy they consume. To help improve their awareness, the EnergyLife app was developed through BeAware , a EU funded project, led by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), in Finland.