Poznań-Szombathely exchange as part of the City-to-City Exchange project

The City-to-City Exchange project is based on a collaboration between two cities that focus on strategic challenges selected by them in advance, related to the design and implementation of sustainable urban development, in line with cohesion policy. The project includes two study visits and one online visit.

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Poznan-Szombathely delegation within the City-to-City Exchange project

Visit of the Hungarian partners

From 20.02-23.02, Smart City Poznan hosted a delegation from the Hungarian city of Szombathely. The visit took place within the framework of the EU's City-to-City Exchange programme, in which Poznań acts as the lead city, providing its Hungarian partners with ideas on implementing sustainable development and mobility goals. 

During the first day of the visit, the Smart City Poznań team travelled with the Hungarian delegation to the database centre - Beyond.pl, which has received a Rated 4 certificate according to ANSI/TIA-942. This standard, accredited by the American National Standards Institute, sets out guidelines for the design and environmental elements of a Data Centre such as room layout, cabling, reliability levels, security systems used, mechanical and electrical systems, redundancy in installations and environmental considerations. 

Representatives of ZTM then gave a short presentation on the Poznan Sustainable Urban Transport Model. During the next lecture, the delegation had the opportunity to look at Poznan's 3D model and geospatial system, which were presented by GEOPOZ employees. The final highlight of the first day of the visit was a visit to the Enigma Cipher Centre, where our guests saw a multimedia exhibition dedicated to the Enigma cipher machine and three Polish cryptologists: Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Rozycki.  

 The second and final day of the stay began for the Hungarian partners with a visit to the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre, where amond many others, they had the opportunity to see one of Poland's first quantum computers. Another highlight of the day was a visit to the MPK depot on Warszawska Street, where the guests saw how a hydrogen bus works from the inside out and learnt about the technology and details involved in charging the vehicle. The delegation then listened to a lecture by Wiktor Zuchowski, chief logistics development specialist at the Łukasiewicz Institute, who talked about the specifics of projects being developed at the institute's Poznań branch. The final chord was a presentation by Agnieszka Basińska, director of the Mutual Assistance Association "Flandria", who talked about the functioning of the impressive integrated care and telecare centre.

Representatives of Smart City Poznań in Hungary

The visit to the city of Szombathely was the second meeting of the project. Representatives from Smart City Poznan spent a first day at the Pannon Business Network - a laboratory working with the City of Szombathely in various fields, jointly developing a sustainability model for the city with a focus on:  

- ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER - an ecosystem approach in implementing knowledge transfer, implemented through a broad European partnership.  

- Am-lab - a research, development and training laboratory focusing on the application of digitisation in manufacturing and product development. Provides a holistic physical environment to meet unique business needs with state-of-the-art technology.  

- ADVANCED TREATMENT - a unique demonstration and testing environment, R&D infrastructure that facilitates the implementation of product and service development in the field of senior care. 

The next day focused on meetings held at the Szombathely City Hall, including with City Councillor for Economy Adrienn Bokanyi. Representatives of the delegation heard presentations on the Szombathely2030 Development Programme, ongoing EU projects, digital initiatives (in particular: open data, city data management, digital twin), smart city pilot projects.   

On the last day, representatives of Smart City Poznań met with the CEO of the Centre for Sustainable Cities, and then participated in Construma 2024 Hungexpo, a side event of the "Polish-Hungarian Forum for Sustainable Development".

 City-to-City Exchange project - European Urban Initiative

The aim of the city-to-city exchange is to improve the capacity of cities to address a specific challenge through a process of peer learning and sharing of expertise. Partners are expected to share practical knowledge and know-how tailored to the identified challenge and the urban context of the participating local authorities.