Brescia administration works on the issue of smart cities since 2012. The city model was developed in cooperation with different partners and within the operation of distinct projects financed by private or public stakeholders and actors. Basically, Brescia fits the profile and benchmark of an European medium-sized city and provides an integrative approach to instrument for effective learning processes regarding urban innovations in specific fields of urban development.
The city plan currently works on specific key-points of urban upgrade in order to impact on issues of urban quality such as housing, economy, culture, social and environmental conditions:
environment and energy: sustainable and efficient urban development;
competitiveness and local employment: to face an urgent situation regarding social matters such as production relocations, unemployment, social decline;
social community and inclusion, in order to offer better public services, and to plan a comprehensive policy to manage the ageing of our society;
integrated mobility plan, defining Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) to satisfy the current and future mobility needs of people and enterprises as a result of an integrated planning approach to modes and forms of transport in the city and surrounding area;
cultural heritage, to engage stakeholders in an integrated approach for the protection of national treasures of artistic, historic or archaeological value; to support tourism and city marketing; to face reduced public budgets by promoting the participation of new stakeholders in traditional cultural activities; to diversify potential audiences with the support of technological innovation and using global and territorial trends of urban revaluation.
The indicators and evaluation parameters of actions and projects are elaborated on the basis of data and indicators of other medium-sized cities and their development perspectives. The city of Brescia takes part on Italian and European coordinating programmes on smart cities in terms of critical mass, resources and organizing capacity. The city administration aims to bring together citizens, industry and institutions to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions.
This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, intelligent use of open data and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and resource efficiency and less impact on the environment.
Brescia smart city gives the city an opportunity to pilot some key projects that bring innovation to people and rouse interest and engagement across the city.
Brescia in data
Population in town 195.750 approx.**
Population in province 1,262 mil approx.**
Immigrant population 36.150 approx. (18,5%)**
Total area 91 km²
First central heating implant pipelaying: 1972
Central heating grid 20.450 accounts * (more than 70%)*
Waste sorting: city 38,2 %, province 53,7% *
Growing population + 1,3% (last 10y)**
Aging: +11% (last 10y)**
Old age index: 181,9% (Italian pop.: 260%, immigrant pop.: 8,1%)**
Demographic dependence factor: 61% (Italian pop.: 70%, immigrant pop.: 31,3%) **
Electric or hybrid vehicles charge public infrastructure: 36 points (urban area)
Integrated mobility services: metrobus (opened in March 2013), bike sharing, parking and public transports all usable with one card (Omnibus card)
City users: 70.000 people/daily approx.
*from A2A Sustainability balance 2013, read more on a2a.eu.
** from Statistic and demographic official report, Municipality of Brescia, 2013