Halkida Slated to Become the First "Smart City" in Greece

Halkida "Smart City"

Economy Watch (economywatch.gr) reports that Halkida will be the first municipality in Greece to implement a pilot smart parking and smart lighting system to help facilitate parking, help with traffic congestion, and save on energy consumption. Says Economy Watch:

" The project envisages the installment, in a central point in Chalkida, special sensors of smart parking which -through a smartphone application developed by OTS- will inform drivers over free parking positions and how to get there. The application is expected to reduce parking times, currently estimated at 20 minutes on average, to decongesting traffic and reducing emissions in the city.

The installation of smart LED lights is expected to save more than 60 pct in energy consumption.

OTE will offer its cloud infrastructure to offer Cisco’s smart & connected digital platform services the municipality of Chalkida... "Our aim is Halkida to become a model for “green” & “smart” city for the whole country,” Christos Pagonis, mayor of Chalkida said.

The project is expected to completed in early 2017."