Curitiba, PR launched a service for municipal employees to calculate or request retirement online
The Institute of Social Security for Servers of the Municipality of Curitiba (IPMC) launched a new service allowing municipal employees to request retirement electronically. Any municipal employee currently eligible for retirement can submit an application via the Server Portal without needing an appointment. Users can also calculate their projected future retirement earnings via the Server Portal using the "Retirement Simulator" tool.
Falun, SE launched a new portal for associations to apply for grants and book venues for activities
The Municipality of Falun launched a new Booking and Contribution Portal where cultural, sports, and leisure associations can apply for grants and book premises for activities. The portal enables easy spontaneous bookings and guides associations step-by-step through the grant application process. The portal also sends out reminders about appointments, grant applications, and other relevant information.
Belo Horizonte, MG created an online request service for urban balcony licenses
The City of Belo Horizonte created an online request service for urban balcony licenses otherwise known as parklets. Through the city's services portal users can submit requests for each step in the process including analyzing the desired location, communicating the completion of the installation, requesting a license renewal, and removing the parklet. The city simplified the process to encourage the direct involvement of citizens in the construction and modification of urban spaces.
Belo Horizonte, MG
Belo Horizonte, MG offers municipal employees free online fitness classes during the COVID pandemic
The City of Belo Horizonte's Movimenta PBH Program has been offering municipal employees online functional training, yoga, and labor gymnastics classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city launched the program to encourage employees to practice physical activities and adopt a healthier diet despite the lockdowns. The free classes are live but the recordings can be accessed by subscribers at any time through the City Hall's Distance Learning Portal.
Belo Horizonte, MG
Helsingør, DK partnered with SparEnergi.dk to offer a free webinar on energy renovation grants
The Municipality of Helsingør partnered with SparEnergi.dk, the Danish Energy Agency's advisory service, to offer a free webinar on applying for energy renovation grants. The webinar was designed to help residents save money and reduce energy consumption through housing improvements. During the webinar, independent professionals gave residents advice on applying for grants via the Building Fund for heat pumps, insulation, new windows, etc.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ is publishing daily traffic volume through an online monitoring system
The City of Rio de Janeiro created an online monitoring system for its Vehicle Circulation Index. Users can visit the website to monitor daily vehicle volume across ten local traffic regions. The website contains information and graphs which show the variations in traffic flow referenced against the average circulation per day and by region. Additionally, the platform allows users to monitor the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures on the average level of traffic.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
São Paulo, SP fosters local maker culture with free access to FAB LAB courses and equipment
Twelve FAB LABs are open to residents of all ages who need 3D printers, milling tools, and other manufacturing equipment. FAB LABs host 30 design and production courses ranging from robotics to project modeling. The city shifted to virtual courses as São Paulo dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAB LAB initiative assists startups, home-based businesses, and craftspeople at the center of the modern economy.
São Paulo, SP
Varberg, SE launched a chat feature allowing users to communicate directly with staff online
The Municipality of Varberg launched a chat feature on its website giving residents a new way to communicate with staff. Users can write questions in an instant message and immediately get answers. These users are communicating with municipal counselors directly unlike other local government offices which often use chatbots with automatically generated answers. Users must stick to general questions and avoid giving private information because the chat logs are saved as public documents.
Modena, EMI City Council voted unanimously to reduce the digital divide by extending Wi-Fi access
The Municipality of Modena's City Council voted unanimously to reduce the digital divide by extending free access to the local Wi-Fi network. The agenda includes developing the digital skills of residents, verifying that students have the internet connection necessary for virtual education, and expanding the municipal Wi-Fi network to public housing sectors and elderly spaces. These initiatives are designed to reduce the cultural damage and isolation stemming from a lack of an online connection.
Modena, EMI is implementing App IO as a single point of access for public administration services
The Municipality of Modena is implementing App IO into its website to act as a single point of access for public administration services. The app improves the interface of the municipality's website by allowing users to access iOS simulators and Android emulators. Once the integration is fully operational, users will be able to access all of the municipality's online services via the app as required by the Digital Plan Modena Smart City approved by City Council.
Taranto, PUG launched "Virtual Desk" a digital transition of collection services for residents
The Municipality of Taranto launched "Virtual Desk" a digital transition of services provided by SUE (building practices) and SUAP (productive activities). The first phase included three technologies: the pagoPA payment platform, the IO smartphone app, and the SPID digital identification system. The virtual counter allows residents to easily access collection services including banking and postal services directly form the municipality's website.
Philadelphia, PA focuses its Pitch & Pilot program on reducing food inequality with technology
The most recent Pitch & Pilot request centered on platforms that improve Philadelphia's food aid to low-income residents. City officials want a management platform that fills gaps between food production and distribution without additional labor. Applicants must also present systems that are accessible to participating restaurants, small businesses, and charities. The selected applicant will receive up to $100,000 to test their platform in conjunction with the SmartCityPHL team.