Nova Cidade

The NOVA Cidade – Urban Analytics Lab is a network of people and organizations, promoted by NOVA IMS, representing the protagonists of the construction of smart cities and territories, which collaboratively develops a set of activities that aim to promote the creation and transfer of knowledge applied in the context of urban intelligence aiming to actively contribute to the construction of smart and sustainable cities and territories. Based on information management and data science and involving local government, academia and industry, we aim to actively contribute to the fulfillment of SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities of the United Nations, in particular to ensure that those who live, work or visit cities sustainability, inclusion, resilience and security in the multiple dimensions of urban intelligence , with emphasis on responding to the climate emergency, promoting decarbonisation and the energy transition in a move to the circular economy.

Within this network, the NOVA Cidade intends to make its contribution to the development of a more responsible and solidary society, basing its academic and scientific ambitions on strategic partnerships with scientific and professional communities. In this sense, and in a continuous and sustainable way, NOVA Cidade creates partnerships for development, promoting synergies with national and international partnerships in several areas.

At the same time, cities are today spaces for the concentration of people and the creation of wealth and innovation, with their governance to ensure the planning and management of infrastructures and services ensuring the quality of life for those who live, work or visit them. NOVA Cidade builds the smart and sustainable cities of the future based on the conviction that urban analytics produces knowledge capable of promoting a paradigm shift in the planning and management of urban spaces.

NOVA Cidade – Urban Analytics Lab aims to support the different agents present in the territory to promote and implement urban intelligence and analytics in the following areas:


Embrace the challenge of smart cities as a model capable of creating a favorable environment for more effective and efficient governance by public entities, based on concrete and current information.


Promote more active citizen participation, based on the use of information and communication technologies, taking advantage of advanced analytical capabilities.


Achieve sustainable urban development with economic, social and environmental benefits for all, aiming at the urgent decarbonisation and transition to the circular economy.

Areas of expertise

The activity developed by NOVA Cidade – Urban Analytics Lab focuses essentially on the following areas:

  • Implementation of Projects in the areas of Urban and Territorial Intelligence
  • Support for the definition of Open Data policies, including the identification of management models and the construction of open data platforms
  • Conducting urban analytics laboratories
  • Design and implementation of training actions, specific and designed to the context
  • Organization and support for participation in Events on a national and international scale

Products and services

The products and services developed by NOVA Cidade – Urban Analytics Lab are based on Cooperation Protocols signed with Municipalities, Associations of Municipalities, Business Associations or other entities active in the areas of urban intelligence and data analysis, for the implementation of projects and initiatives co-financed by several financial instruments, among which the following stand out: Support System for the Modernization and Capacity Building of Public Administration (SAMA2020) under the partnership agreement Portugal 2020 (2014-2020), of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Union, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Portugal Partnership 2030 (MPP2030), the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal), the Incentive System for Research and Technological Development (SI I&DT) – Corporate R&D, under the Interface Program, the Permanent Forest Fund (FFP).

The services provided range from technical accessories to the construction of tailor-made solutions, including training.

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