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Alba Iulia Smart City 2018

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

Alba Iulia - The city where the Future was born Alba Iulia (Romania) always managed to be a pioneer of things, since the beginning of its existence. In the field of smart city projects, Alba Iulia is being appreciated at national level for the urban development and for the strong and efficient partnerships developed over the years. Until now, not only the partnerships of the municipality of Alba Iulia with companies are innovative in the experience of the municipality, during the years Alba Iulia managed to become the first city in Central and Eastern Europe signing a contract with the World Bank (the WB usually works with governments not with cities) and also in assessing its financial capacities with Moody’s Rating Agency, one of the top 3 Rating Agencies in the world. According to the World Bank, Alba Iulia as County Capital ranks first in attracting EU funding/capita, which makes the city attractive and credible for potential partners all over the world.

Alba Iulia Smart City 2018 is an unique pilot project meant to transform Alba Iulia Municipality into the first city in Romania where integrated smart city solutions will be implemented starting with 2018. The partnerships signed with experienced companies, associations, clusters, research institutions, universities or with start-ups create a win-win situation in which all our partners will have the chance to test and to showcase their smart solutions having the city as a testing platform and also as an open market for other town halls, institutions, companies or local/national stakeholders. Since next year Alba Iulia will celebrate 100 years from the Great Unification of Romania (which was signed in Alba Iulia in 1918, 1st of December), our city will become one stage for smart solutions, a ‘live exhibition’ visited by a thousand of Romanian Mayors and hundreds of thousands of tourists coming in the city (and benefit the solutions for free) during one year.

In this moment, we have 60 signed projects, on 10 verticals of interest, which can be found amongst the recommendations of the European Union. A part of these projects are already implemented and functional, as we can name: 14 projects developed with Orange Romania (Wi-Fi hotspots in key-areas of the city; 15 transport lines equipped with secure Wi-Fi, real-time access to information regarding location, speed and direction; a solution for communicating with residents via Wi-Fi hotspots and the e-alba iulia application; a LoRa WAN infrastructure; a solution for measuring air quality: uRadMonitor; promoting tourism through 250 beacons; a smart management of public lighting; a smart management system for public water distribution; a solution through which residents can announce infrastructure or public service issues – Civic Alert; a digital classroom etc.). We have also partnerships with Microsoft, Siemens (a business-case study on Alba Iulia, already realised and disseminated), with ClujIT Cluster and its partners, with Euro Best Jobs, Industrial Software, Kaufland, Fast Order and White City Code (start- ups), IT Center for Community etc., partnerships which are ready to take off. Our goal is to sign at least 100 projects until the end of this year.


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Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - supra-local and local level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2017
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Smart administration, digital
Short English description: Alba Iulia - The city where the Future was born

Alba Iulia (Romania) always managed to be a pioneer of things, since the beginning of its existence. In the field of smart city projects, Alba Iulia is being appreciated at national level for the urban development and for the strong and efficient partnerships developed over the years. Until now, not only the partnerships of the municipality of Alba Iulia with companies are innovative in the experience of the municipality, during the years Alba Iulia managed to become the first city in Central and Eastern Europe signing a contract with the World Bank (the WB usually works with governments not with cities) and also in assessing its financial capacities with Moody’s Rating Agency, one of the top 3 Rating Agencies in the world. According to the World Bank, Alba Iulia as County Capital ranks first in attracting EU funding/capita, which makes the city attractive and credible for potential partners all over the world.

Further information
Organisation: Municipality of Alba Iulia
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.facebook.com/albaiuliasmartcity
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Romania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:


Alba Iulia Smart City 2018 (46.0730098, 23.578209300000026)
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