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Sharing Cities

The project

Sharing Cities is a research project in the multi-service area that is co-financed by the EU and which involves the municipalities of Milan, London, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw. The project began in January 2016 and is expected to be completed in April 2020. The total value budget is approximately 28 million euros.

The partnership comprising 34 subjects (including A2A S.p.A., Unareti and A2A Smart City) aims to overcome, by defining an integrated smart city platform, some of the essential environmental challenges faced by a city, actively involving the citizens and developing IT platforms that can collect information and transform it into services.

The programme is a proving ground for a better, common approach to making smart cities a reality. By fostering international collaboration between industry and cities, the project seeks to develop affordable smart city solutions.


The Sharing cities

The demonstration districts in ‘lighthouse’ cities Lisbon, London and Milan will implement replicable urban digital solutions and collaboration models. The Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, Porta Romana/Vettabbia in Milan and downtown Lisbon will retrofit buildings, introduce shared electric mobility services, and install energy management systems, smart lamp posts and an urban sharing platform through engaging with citizens.

Fellow’ cities Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw will co-develop, validate, or implement these solutions and models.



Work environments


Eight work environments, three of which account for the main content of the offer: People, Place, Platform.



Ten goals

Aggregate demand and deploy smart city solutions


Deliver common and replicable innovative models


Attract external investment


Accelerate take-up of smart city solutions


Pilot energy efficient districts


Shift thinking irreversibly to local renewable energy sources


Promote new models of e-mobility


Successfully engage with citizens


Exploit city data to maximum effect


Foster innovation at local level, promote the creation of new businesses and jobs

Sharing Cities in Milan and the contribution of the A2A Group

In 2016, having identified the area of Porta Romana/Vettabbia as that for the trial, A2A worked on both the energy networks, starting consumption monitoring in the areas and users involved, and on the smart lampposts (specific applications enabled for the Internet of Things) and on innovative sensors (air quality, mobility, noise, etc.).




Work areas


Data transportation to enable new public and private services:

Telecommunications Infrastructure

The gateways are installed on Public light poles

Outdoor sensors

The sensors are installed on Public light poles

Indoor sensors

The Lora network will also be used to monitor indoor parameters for private homes



Monitoring energy vectors to promote energy efficiency:


Monitoring Electrical Energy

Public and private housing

Public lighting

Secondary substations

Monitoring GAS

Public and private housing