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Kommunale in Nuremberg: The Trade Fair for the Innovation in Public Equipment

The German equivalent of the Public Equipment Forum, is Kommunale, held October 19th to 20th at the Nuremberg Fair. Great news for the 2011 edition is the emphasis on digital technologies and the presence during the conference of IT managers and CIO (Chief Information Officer) of major companies in the world of technology as well as representatives from the e-government universe of German Lands.

Kommunale is generally the benchmark for the needs of local authorities with ample space given, in addition to information technology and communication, also to the areas of competence of Public Equipment, such as energy, waste disposal, recycling and environmental protection, social services, design and public spaces, transport and financial services, up to commercial vehicles and fire-fighting equipment.

Kommunale is the event dedicated to the needs of citizens, in which public authorities, i.e. mayors and decision-makers, meet to discuss, to evaluate new projects and to understand how and where to make future investments for their cities.

The event includes several meetings and conferences in which Bavarian municipalities, also in cooperation with local associations, will present projects and prospects especially regarding sustainable development and use of renewable energy.

The focus of the event, however, will be on the theme of digital information and communication technologies, in short, the use of Information Technology to provide more efficient services to citizens, to streamline bureaucratic procedures and operations, and to optimize the management of Public Equipment.

Under the guidance of IT experts, such as journalist Edward Heilmayr,  the participants will explore the theme of e-government, meant as a platform for knowledge transfer and exchange of applications in terms of problem-solving of community needs.

Some of the most relevant topics will therefore be cloud computing, Green IT and standardization of applications and procedures.

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