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Economic and policy issues of cloud computing: a report of European Parliament

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The European Parliament Research Service published an in-depth analysis on cloud computing. The European Commission has provided support to research in cloud computing as it considers cloud computing central to the EU’s competitiveness and a key to economic growth and innovation. The European Commission considers cloud computing central to the EU’s competitiveness and a key to economic growth and innovation. Read More

The economy of cloud: How cloud helps governments drive economic vitality

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Central and local governments worldwide are adapting to powerful demographic, environmental and fiscal trends. Today’s nations, regions and cities must compete to attract new residents, businesses and visitors by offering a high quality of life, efficient services and a vibrant economic climate. And they struggle to do this in an environment characterized by change, risk and the need for rapid Read More

Special Issue: Smart Cities and Cloud Computing

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The Journal of Smart Cities published the special issue “Smart Cities and Cloud Computing”. Guest editors are: Christina Kakderi, Nicos Komninos, and P. Tsarchopoulos, researchers at URENIO Research. The Special Issue “Smart Cities and Cloud Computing” of the Journal of Smart Cities focuses on smart city solutions that are deployed over various types of cloud environment and discuss challenges and solutions related to the Read More

STORM CLOUDS and HPE at the media

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Business Cloud News reported March 25th, 2015 that HP announced that, as the European Commission’s principal IT partner for the STORM CLOUDS project, it will help the municipalities of Valladolid (Spain), Águeda (Portugal), Thessaloniki (Greece) and Miskolc (Hungary) boost their local economies by moving to the cloud. STORM Clouds, which aims to put in place seamless, sustainable cross-border public services, will enhance EU Read More

Call for Cities now Open

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It is a pleasure to announce that the 2nd Call for Cities for the project is already open. We are looking forward to receive request forms from all cities interested in testing our applications in a real Cloud environment. In this experiment they will be able to deploy applications for your citizens with no-costs involved. This experimentation will be the Read More

A step forward for the Storm Clouds project

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Thessaloniki’s Virtual Shopping Centre currently numbers over 600 registrations of retailers while the applications of Crowdfunding and City Branding are ready but still lacking some technicalities in order to be fully functional. In the meantime the implementation of the Storm Clouds project is about to complete the two thirds of its duration, until its expiration date on February 2017, and Read More

Welcome Guimarães!

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The Storm Clouds Team is happy to announce that Guimarães, the “Crib of Portugal”, will replicate City Branding application. Guimarães is one of the selected cities of the Storm Clouds Call for Cities and is the first to work with us. Keep tuned to know more!

Valladolid Preparations for Local Workshop

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Full of Christmas spirit during these weeks, the Municipality of Valladolid is working on the organization of a STORM Clouds project dissemination event that will be held on January 20th in “Agencia de Innovación y Desarrollo Económico de Valladolid” premises. This event is aimed to show the project results so far obtained to local communities and companies, living lab users, Read More