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Nicosia Guidelines 2016 - SMART technologies and the municipal budget November 2016

The publication is available to download in English HERE, French HERE and Spanish HERE. 

We are very pleased to share with you the latest Uraía publication: "The impact of SMART technologies in the municipal budget: increased revenue and reduced expenses for better public services". This report is the result of the discussions during last year’s workshop in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The Guidelines analyze trends and opportunities regarding existing technological solutions, available to cities today, and also risks, challenges and lessons learned. Each chapter comprises city case studies, as well as interviews with key actors, and concludes with recommendations about the elements that enable the success of SMART initiatives.

  Topics addressed in each chapter include:

  • Chapter 1 – Digital government. SMART solutions to: a) optimize municipal management such as management platforms and online services to citizens; b) encourage smarter payment systems such as e-procurement and Mobile money; and c) increase revenue through better tax collection and administration as well as local economic development promotion.
  • Chapter 2 - Transparency and citizen participation. SMART solutions that may strengthen the trust of citizens in the local government, and on the long run, lead to an increase in tax revenues; as well as other tools that may help fight corruption and fraud and reduce financial losses due to the misuse of resources.
  • Chapter 3 – Energy efficiency of municipal assets.SMART technologies applied to energy management in cities, and to reduce the municipal energy bill. It covers topics such as street lighting, building efficiency and SMART grid technologies.
  • Chapter 4 – Efficiency of public services and infrastructure. SMART solutions to improve cost-efficiency in the management of three main municipal services: transportation, waste and water. Initiatives such as SMART parking, SMART cards, intelligent waste collection, and sensors network to detect water leakages are addressed and have proved to generate savings for local governments around the world. 

The Uraía team would like to thank the contributors for their valuable inputs to this document. We sincerely hope that this document will inspire local governments to use SMART technologies to improve municipal management and to bring insights that might assist them in choosing the SMART solution that is most adapted to their needs and capacities.

Feel free to share with us your comments and ideas at info@uraia.org.

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