Smart solutions mean clean air and good health

​Stronger collaboration on cross-cutting initiatives can strengthen the Capital Region of Denmark’s lead within smart-city solutions even more.

The Capital Region of Denmark could potentially become the international leader within smart-city solutions, following united efforts at all levels in the public sector. 

However, a new report concludes that stronger collaboration on development, application and procurement of smart-city solutions is required, to harvest the huge potentials in the area for smart solutions at national, regional and municipal levels.

The "Growing Smart Cities in Denmark – Digital Solutions for Better Urban Environments and National Prosperity" report has been drawn up by Arup, an international firm of consultants, in collaboration with Danish CEDI, and it was presented at the "Smart City Smart Vækst - Nye veje til bæredygtige kommuner” conference in Copenhagen on 28 January 2016. 

The Capital Region of Denmark is leading the way in establishing a common municipal-regional data-hub and competence centre as part of the Regional growth and development strategy, which was launched last October.

Lars Gaardhøj (Social Democrat) is chairman of the Committee for Business and Growth, and for him it is about working together and bringing stakeholders in Greater Copenhagen together to support the many initiatives already launched in several places.

“We’re developing a smart traffic solution with Hitachi to help people find the fastest route through the city by combining car, bus, train and bicycle. This will also bring down carbon emissions, improve air quality in the city, and improve health, if we can encourage more people to cycle or to walk. We’ll also be working to apply smart technologies in using public resources more efficiently, for example by only emptying waste bins when they are full or start to smell.”

​Intelligent lighting

The Capital Region of Denmark is already well ahead in using new technology in more modern organisation of the city, to benefit people and the environment. 

New solutions are being developed and tested at DOLL Living Lab in Albertslund, just outside Copenhagen. This is Europe’s largest test and demonstration facility for intelligent lighting and smart-city solutions. Hitachi is developing a marketplace for data, City Data Exchange, in partnership with the Capital Region of Denmark, the City of Copenhagen and CLEAN. 

The data marketplace will promote commercialisation of public data and development of specific smart-city solutions that combine public and private data to benefit companies and citizens.

Together, the initiatives will contribute to enhancing growth, attracting investment and talent (not just in the Capital Region of Denmark, but in all of Greater Copenhagen) and to making the Region a better place in which to live and work.

Smart city includes using new technology, IT and data to organise cities in order to exploit existing resources more efficiently and more sustainably and to make cities attractive places to live.


  • ​The "Growing Smart Cities in Denmark – Digital Solutions for Better Urban Environments and National Prosperity" report was prepared by the international consultancy firm Arup and Danish CEDI, and it was funded by Invest in Denmark, the Danish Business Authority, the City of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Gate21 and the Capital Region of Denmark.

  • Moreover, the Central Denmark Region, Local Government Denmark and the municipalities of Aarhus and Vejle participated in a steering group behind the report.

  • The report was presented at the "Smart City – Smart Vækst” conference on 28 January 2016 at the Center for Ledelse in Copenhagen.

Further information:

  • Lars Gaardhøj, Chairman of the Committee for Business and Growth, mobile phone +45 2892 2598

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