Comune di Bologna

Bologna is the seventh largest city in Italy as far as the number of inhabitants is concerned (almost 400,000), and sixth in economic importance. The metropolitan area of Bologna (more than 900,000 inhabitants) ranks second after Milan. Important features of Bologna are its high level of economic development and extensive pre-school, educational, social, cultural and sport services.

Bologna is the seventh Italian city for number of inhabitants that became around 1 million with the passage to the metropolitan authority with 55 municipalities. With its strategic location, stable economy, a modern and efficient public administration, the University and its research institutes, well established and emerging sectors, as well as all its urban transformations, Bologna is a vibrant area with excellent opportunities for investment despite the international economic downturn.

The metropolitan area of Bologna is characterised by high social and health standards and economic vivacity, with 32.662 operating enterprises; more than 30% of start-up registered in Emilia Romagna are located in Bologna. What's more, each citizen of Bologna can enjoy 18 m2 of public green space (one of the highest ratios in Italy) and centuries-old wine and food traditions which are renowned and savored all over the world.

Bologna is strategically situated at the heart of freight and passenger traffic transiting between Europe and the Mediterranean. With its growing city airport, one of Europe's largest intermodal platforms, five railway lines and four motorways which connect it with Milan-Turin and France to the North-West, Padua-Venice and Eastern Europe to the North East and Austria to the North, as well as two coastal routes, one along the Adriatic the other along the Tyrrhenian, linking it with the South of the peninsula, Bologna is the biggest national motorway and railway hub and an ideal point of access to Italian markets. It is soon to become a transit point for the trans-European intermodal corridor I and will be within easy reach of corridor V. Bologna is the cultural, administrative and commercial capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, and one of the areas with the highest social and economic standards in Europe.

Bologna’s industrial system stands out for the presence of certain clusters. The most consolidated sectors in the area – automatic machinery, motor industry, electronics, fashion, agro-food – owe their success to the ongoing innovation of production lines, industrial processes and services, and to the fact of having been capable of adapting to the constantly changing demands of clients and markets.

The Municipality works actively towards the goal of urban sustainability.

The Municipality of Bologna has a wide experience in the participation in European projects and currently participates (or has participated) as co-ordinator, main contractor or partner in many European projects. The commitment of Bologna in international activities is also confirmed by the participation of the City in the Steering Committee of important international networks such as EUROCITIES, European Digital Cities, Global Cities Dialogue, ICLEI (Bologna was a founder member), Creative Cities Network, WHO-Healthy cities network and has adopted the Charter of European Cities and Towns Towards Sustainability (The Aalborg Charter).

Role and main tasks in COMPACT

The Bologna Municipality will help in identifying and prioritizing the required functionalities, thus participating in and supporting the design phase, and will participate in evaluation and refinement of resulting solutions, through a demonstration of the delivered system in their operational environment.

BOL will be responsible for leading WP5 about Validation and Demonstration in Operational Environment, incl. Tasks 5.1, 5.2 & 5.4.

WP5’s objective is the validation of the COMPACT platform by means of the use case applications against their requirements. This WP drives the validation through use cases in operational environments of the project outcomes which will be exploited and disseminated (through WP6 and WP7) to interested stakeholders and a wide audience, proving the benefits arising from the adoption of COMPACT technologies. After, the use cases definition in WP2, the use cases will be used in this WP to validate the COMPACT framework, benchmark it and validate it against the use case requirements.

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