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Smart Cities Annual Conference, Budapest 5-6 June 2013


The Smart Cities Annual Conference will take place on 5th and 6th June in the beautiful city of Budapest.

After the 2012 launch event in Brussels, this year’s Smart Cities Annual Conference wants to affirm itself as a unique occasion for cities and solutions providers to meet and discuss the future shape of the European urban landscape.

In the scope of the 2013 Annual Conference, we will aim at defining the developing path of the Key Innovations; the outcome of the Working Groups’ activity.

The programme of the Smart Cities Annual Conference is rich and diversified: it alternates keynote speeches with workshops and networking sessions. Have a look at the agenda.

The Smart Cities Annual Conference proposes a mixed and diverse programme that combines audience interactivity and high-level speeches:

The first day is fully devoted to discussing Key Innovations among the relevant stakeholders: technology providers on one side and cities as users on the other, with particular attention to matchmaking possibilities. The second day focuses instead on discussing achievements and developments of the Platform itself.

Follow @EUsmartcities on twitter and keep yourself updated about the Smart Cities Annual Conference with the hashtag #EUsmartcitiesAC13

For further information about the Annual Conference, please visit the conference website. Be aware of the hotel booking deadlines to be able to benefit from the discount rates.




High-Def Cameras To Start Streaming Live Footage Of Earth Thanks To UrtheCast

One company is planning to launch the world’s first high definition streaming video platform aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to get a great glimpse of planet Earth from space.

UrtheCast (pronounced Earth Cast) will be launching two high definition cameras to be installed on the Russian module of the orbiting laboratory. These cameras will be streaming video of Earth back to ground stations, which will be available for users to see on the Internet, television channels, mobile devices, and other electronic media.

“From a User perspective, UrtheCast will blend features of Google Earth with the playback and video search functionality of YouTube,” the company wrote in a press statement. “The UrtheCast experience will be truly unique, generating significant awareness, publicity, and User interest worldwide.”

Users will be able to track the location of the ISS, and search for videos of a particular location. They will be able to zoom into areas, as well as rewind and fast forward areas on Earth. The cameras will be of such high-definition that they will be able to see man-made objects and groups of people, which UrtheCast says this will be comparable to Google Earth.

UrtheCast says video feeds available on the site will be free for non-commercial and private purposes. However, anyone hoping to use video for commercial purposes will be able to purchase a license to do so.

Footage will also be able to be used to access recent events, such as earthquakes or floods. A spokesman for UrtheCast said in an email that UrtheCast has an agreement with the UN to offer realtime information on disaster situations.

UrtheCast said if a competitor attempted to build and deploy a dedicated satellite to compete against the real-time feed, costs would exceed nearly $100 million for the satellite, launch, operations and ground segment.

“From a technology standpoint, it is also difficult to achieve imagery with similar data quality,” the company said. “The combination of exclusive partnerships and technology allow for substantial barriers to other would−be entrants.”

UrtheCast said it landed a deal with Discovery Science Channel to provide the high-definition footage for the television station. It said the Discovery Science Channel is working on a special segment focusing on UrtheCast technology.

“We are the home for space programming on television,” Science Channel executive vice president Debbie Adler Myers said. “Our viewers expect us to have the best, most authoritative television programs about space. UrtheCast helps us build on that promise, giving Science Channel the most stunning live images of Earth for use online and on-air.”

The Canadian company said it plans to start streaming footage of the astronauts’ view of earth by the fall of 2013. The equipment will be finished up this summer, and then shipped off to space via two Soyuz rockets. The Russian space agency will be installing the cameras beneath the ISS.

Company CEO Scott Larson said as the cameras take the images, the data basically gets stored on a hard drive on the ISS, and then at various points in the day the information is sent down to Earth. He said the delay between when you get imaged, and when the data gets sent down could be anywhere between half an hour up to a few hours.

Larson hopes the information being constantly recorded on earth will be utilized by universities, researchers, businesses and government departments.

“Coffee traders look at the coffee fields and say, ‘Is this going to be a good year for coffee or bad, do we need to import, do we need to export, is the price going to go up or down?’ Hedge funds will count the cars in Walmart parking lots to determine same-store sales,” he said.

UrtheCast is just the dawning of a new era in how we will be able to keep tabs with how life is going on Earth.



Digital Heritage


Fall 2013 will witness the largest international scientific event on digital heritage in history, bringing together hundreds of researchers, educators, scientists, industry professionals and policy makers to debate, discuss and present digital technology applied to the protection, documentation, and understanding of humanity’s shared heritage. For the first time ever, under the patronage of UNESCO, the leading scientific and industry events from across the digital and heritage spheres will join together under one roof to explore the state-of-the-art and address future emerging research scenarios.

Organized by CNRS (french National Center for Scientific Research) on behalf of the MAP Laboratory, in collaboration with local research institutions Provence (Aix-Marseille University, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, CICRP, School of Architecture and INRIA), the Congress will be held  in  Marseille, France, the 2013 European Capital of Culture.

The venue will be Marseille’s architecturally stunning new waterfront museum complex (the restored Fort Saint-Jean and adjoining new  MuCEM and La Villa Mediterranée).


Thematic Areas

The Congress covers heritage in all its forms, focusing around 5 heritage themes:

  1. Built Heritage from monuments to archaeological sites, cities, and landscapes
    encompassing theUNESCO World Heritage Convention
  2. Culture & Traditions from folklife to languages, crafts, song and dance
    encompassing theUNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention
  3. Museums & Collections from movable objects to the museums that house them encompassing the UNESCO Movable Heritage & Museums Program
  4. Libraries & Archives documentary heritage from books to audiovisual collections encompassing the UNESCO Memory of the World
  5. Art & Creativity from digital / new media art to creative digital and online culture encompassing the UNESCO Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention & Creativity Programs


Important Dates

June 9 Abstract (mandatory for all papers)
Panel / Workshop /Tutorial proposals due
June 16 Full Papers, Short Papers due
(notification July 28)
July 28 Exhibits proposals due (notification Sept 1)
August 4 Opening of Early Registration
Sept 15 Final Camera Ready due for accepted works

For further information, please visit the Congress website at




e-Trikala S.A. – The First Digital City in Greece


Since 2004, e-trikala , in cooperation with and in the line of the operational program “The Information Society” is acting in the fields of new broadband technologies, successfully implementing municipal projects. On the 8th of April, 2008, having the required experience, it was transformed into e-Trikala S.A., an emerging company, formed within the Municipality of Trikala, Greece.

By creating infrastructure and by providing services, e-Trikala continuously aims to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based applications, oriented to the improvement of all citizens’ everyday life, in a medium sized city, simplifying public transactions, reducing telecommunication costs and delivering new services related to the local way of life. Moreover, these ICT applications offer new ways and methods that enable citizens participate on policy-making, while in parallel establish local Government and Public Authorities as guarantors of local society’s every day proper, digital and distanced operation.

e-Trikala S.A. operates upon a fully integrated basis while, as the First Digital City in Greece (proclaimed in 2004 by the Minister of Economics, Mr. Folias), it establishes high technological and broadband National standards by using and offering its “know-how” to other municipalities within Greece.

During the last couple of years, e-Trikala is cooperating with the Central Union of Greek Municipalities ( ΚΕΔΚΕ ), serving as a consulting company, using research and development strategies, regarding the country’s technological as well as economic growth.

The company’s main areas of expertise are:

  • e-transportation
  • e-education
  • e-health
  • e-government & e-democracy
  • geographical information systems
  • networks (Wi-Fi, fiber optic, Wi-Max pilot application & operation)
  • event planning & organizing (exhibitions, conferences, galas)

e-Trikala projects refer to a number of actions and infrastructure, which aim to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based applications, oriented to the improvement of citizens’ everyday life, in a medium sized city.

As we are moving through the 21st century and as we deploy technology and its advantages, every citizen has the opportunity to enjoy useful applications for their everyday transactions, their distanced servicing as well as local and touristic information services. The e-trikala team operates under the new broadband reality of things, while it creates and provides digital projects, integrated broadband applications and e-services for the citizens.

The field of overall National, European and International activities until today includes:

  • Official INEC membership (International Network of e-Communities) membership
  • Lead partnership of the European project INTERREG Digital Cities
  • Host and lead organizers of the Broadband Cities 2008 (INEC’s annual conference)
  • Candidate and Smart21 award winner during the Broadband Economy 2009 Annual Summit in New York
  • Founder of the first Digital Community S.A. in Greece consisting of 11 municipalities of central Greece (1,5 million people)
  • Participation in “e-Health based Chronic Disease Management 2008” in Slovenia
  • Αctive in E-health European projects (ISISEMD, e-HealthRegion, WISEE, LivingLabThessaly, RenewingHealth, INDEPENDENT)
  • Recently member in the Global Cities Dialogue network
  • Partnership in the European project ISISEMD.



A New Virtual Museum: Www.Muvicc.Es


A new concept of Museum was born on June 30, 2012. Taking advantage of the latest technologies for virtual visits to archaeological sites and Photogrammetry 3D objects, was created the first Museum Virtual of the culture Castro ( under the name of MUVICC.

A new technological tool for dissemination and digitization of objects, museums and archaeological sites.



Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)


The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) ( is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels.

DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing:

  • Access to high-quality collections of educational resources
  • Access to Earth data sets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings
  • Support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use, and share educational resources
  • Communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education

DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more.

The National Science Foundation provided funding for the development of DLESE which is now operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Computational and Information Systems Laboratory and the NCAR Library on behalf of the education community.



The project


The project examines the use of geographic media in schools and teacher education. Geo-media is the visualisation of information from different media sources and is concerned with digital content and its processing based on place, position and location. Many geographic media are widely used for navigation and routing purposes. Cartographic communication has never been so easy to implement, therefore 21st century school education needs to include geo-media into daily work. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are needed to study environments from local to global scale.

The network links innovative centres around Europe where geo-media use is well developed. Products, resources, experiences and ideas are shared between the centres and opened to the public wherever possible.

A infrastructure is under development. The European Centre and an accredited network of national and regional Centres of Excellence are developing an online catalogue of materials, courses, publications, links and good practice scenarios, and are publishing a series of core publications.



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