Rimini, the coastal city in the East of Italy, is well-known as the famous tourist destination point in the summer season. Nevertheless, during the recent years, it has also gained the international recognition by sharing its best practices with other smart cities. In 2017, it became the first out of 30 smart cities in Italy.
One of the most ambitious smart city projects in Rimini has been in the areas of infrastructure and security. The city has installed a system of wireless coverage providing connectivity services to citizens and tourists. Meanwhile, it also helps the local government to collect so-called urban data on traffic, pollution, noise etc. in order to design smart urban policies.
Considering that the tourism is one of the main income sources for Rimini, the local government prioritizes the sustainability of its coastal area, the most visited tourist attraction, within its smart city planning. They have developed the mitigation actions for the coastal urbanized areas, e.g., constructing pedestrianization of the entire coastal strip, and moving the car assesses underground, thus, improving the urban environment.
The work on urban mobility continues also outside the coastal zone. The city has invested in the improvement of public transportation and development of new paths for the bikes and pedestrians in order to reach 50% of no-car traffic in the city. By now, certain areas and roads have already been declared as not accessible for the cars.
The local government of Rimini is looking for the cooperation and opportunities in promoting further the electric mobility within the city by reducing the number of public and private fuel motorized vehicles and increasing – electric vehicles.
The city is also looking for new approaches and solutions in improving the health and well-being of its population. In particular, the proposals for innovative products and services are welcomed regarding the quality of urban landscape, sustainable mobility, re-functionalizing public areas, and urban resilience.
The city has launched the smart security project that aims to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of public services as gas, water, electricity and waste services and infrastructure daily and during the emergencies. The project is based on the smart security systems developed through the cooperation between the private sector and academia from such fields as environment, civil and risk prevention engineering, chemistry.
The local government has also invested in the modernization of the public light system by replacing the current street lamps with new types of LED. Such initiative improves energy efficiency, benefits the environment (LED are free of toxic chemicals) and decreases the public expenses on electricity.
The waste management system has also been improved in Rimini. The local government encourages the inhabitants to separate their waste and practice the domestic composting. The city has developed the cooperation with the gas and energy company Hera that would support the citizens in starting the domestic composting. People without a private garden can request the collection of their organic waste. Furthermore, Hera provides discounts to bills for the clients that engage in separating their waste.