As most larger cities, Stavanger experiences the need for smarter solutions. Increasing population, inadequate infrastructure and inefficient mobility, greater demands and expectations from the citizens, and environmental change and need for sustainable growth.
The Smart City of Stavanger is ongoing improvements and experiments both under municipal auspices and in partnership with industry commerce. To distinguish from specific city projects, they have established criteria that must be present for a project to be classified as a smart city project: Modern technology must be the core of every solution made, cooperation between instances, and citizen involvement. The aim is to improve health and welfare, education and knowledge, energy, climate, and environment, urban art, and governance and democracy.
Stavanger municipal has created a living lab infrastructure based on LoRaWAN sensors, which is used for parking, waste management, environmental sensors, etc. The network is open for everyone and can be used by the government and private companies to create solutions which improve living in the city.
Becoming a smart city is a joint effort and happens over a long period of time. In Stavanger, several initiatives and activities has led to the smart city commitment we see today.