Istanbul smarter

Istanbul is the most populated city in Turkey with around 14 million residents and is the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center.
 In 2010, Istanbul was designated as the European Capital of Culture by the European Union. Besides being an European city, Istanbul is a city that is increasingly intelligent …

Istanbul offers the opportunity to debate about Smart Cities under the Cities in Motion concept because from June 1 to June 3, 2016, the “Smart City Expo World Congress” will organize the Expo in Istanbul.

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Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) holds a very important place in local administration organization of Istanbul. Its area of responsibility encompasses the entire provincial territory, which spans a total area of 5,343 km2. IMM has 28 municipal enterprises, 2 subsidiary public utility corporations (Transport Authority and Water & Sanitation Authority) and 43,500 employees in total.

Istanbul, opening gate of Turkey to the world, has ambitions to be a technology hub of Turkey. With the vision of the leading and sustainable city along with high quality of life by patronizing its unique heritage, Istanbul is pioneering city of Turkey in which research and development, innovation and technological production is intensively supported and invested and also has high potential of users. In this regard, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has decided to establish Smart City Istanbul Living Lab to increase innovative ideas and pave the way for its flourishing in Istanbul. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is committed to facilitate life of its people by its investments, for this reason, Smart City Istanbul Living Lab aims at enhancing innovative products and services in Istanbul, increasing the living standards and meeting the needs of users in many sectors such as industry, services, finance, tourism, health.

In 2014, the Turkish government and the Istanbul metropolitan Municipality decided to plan an ecological project of 2,2 billion dollars concerning the construction of an ecological health city in a district of Istanbul, more precisely in Basaksehir based on the European side of the city. The project should end by late 2016.

The project includes hospital center for children, campus for innovation in the medecine, university dedicated to the biotechnology and the medicine, small ecological apartments which can accommodate up to 10 000 residents on a ground of 2 million square meters and much more. To facilitate transport, the metropolis plans to set up subway lines and connected buses to reach more easily the place.

Furthermore, Istanbul is a part of CitySDK (Service Development Kit) which is financed by the program of strategic support of the European Union in the framework of the competitiveness and the program for Innovation which is also managed by the “Forum Virium Helsinki”.

CitySDK is a “service development kit” for cities and developers that aims at harmonizing application programming interfaces (APIs) across cities. CitySDK APIs enables new services and applications to be rapidly developed, scaled and reused by providing a range of tools and information for both cities and developers.

ICSG Istanbul 

The main purpose of smart grids is to prevent power cuts through automatic measuring systems by conducting situation analysis,  to provide grid reliability by controlling over loads and failures, to include renewable energy resources into the system and, to control uncontrollable, untraceable energy consumption and losses via this system.

The 4th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair will be organized by the support of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology Ministry, the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning and the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications between 20-21 April 2016.

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Mehmet C.


Étudiant en Master 2 Droit de l’Économie Numérique à l’Université de Strasbourg. Je m’intéresse à l’évolution du cadre juridique des Nouvelles Technologies. Par ailleurs, disposant d’un atout multiculturel, j’aimerai me consacrer aux élaborations que pourraient entreprendre l’Union Européenne dans le domaine juridique et technique des NTIC.



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