Triangulum

stavanger

City of Stavanger, Norway

The Stavanger region is the energy capital of Europe; it holds the European status as smart city lighthouse (among only nine cities in Europe) and is the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster on welfare technology. Further, the region has a high level of digital service development and provision, due to its high speed digital infrastructure (more and more commonly 1GB in/out in households).

Eindhoven Triangulum

City of Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven is the centre of the “Brainport Region”, today one of the three top economic engines of The Netherlands, delivering about 14% of the national GDP. The Dutch consortium consists of five partners: VolkerWessels, Woonbedrijf, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, KPN and the Municipality of Eindhoven.

manchester

City of Manchester, UK

With a total population of 2.6 million People, it accounts for the second largest economy in the UK. Industry sectors such as business services, ICT, digital and biomedical sciences are key to economic growth in Greater Manchester in terms of new investment, job and GVA creation. Manchester is the economic powerhouse of the North West region of England.

Leipzig Triangulum

City of Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is one of the most dynamic cities in the heart of Germany with approximately 550,000 inhabitants (2014). After years of population decline and an above-average unemployment rate, Leipzig started to regain popularity during the last years and is successfully turning from a post-industrial into a modern, knowledge-based economy.

Prague Triangulum

City of Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most attractive and successful regions within Central Europe. The combination of its rich cultural and historical heritage and its unique architectural and urbanistic value creates a phenomenon even on a global scale. Prague is the home and everyday living space for approximately 1.27 million inhabitants and concentrates approximately 12% of the Czech population. Prague generates approximately 1/4 of the national GDP and is approximately 50% above the national average in GDP per capita. Major universities and a number of research institutes (2/3 of public research institutions) are to be found in Prague, as well as the majority of businesses active in research and development.

Sabadell Triangulum

City of Sabadell, Spain

Sabadell is a Spanish City of 207,540 inhabitants (2014) and 37.87 km2, located in Catalonia (Spain). It belongs to Barcelona’s Metropolitan Region, where 68% of the Catalan population lives. In 2012 Sabadell pioneered the introduction of a Smart City programme in a structured, comprehensive and systematic approach complementing the implementation of new technologies for urban management. These measures included an increased level of 30% of LED installation in public lighting, of 13% of pneumatic waste collection, a 90% reduction of irrigation of parks and gardens and the implementation of remote management systems of air conditioning in 59 municipal buildings.

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Smart with a Heart: Bringing Together the Smart City Community at Nordic Edge 2018

Smart with a Heart: Bringing Together the Smart City Community at Nordic Edge 2018

From 25-27 September 2018, the fourth Nordic Edge Expo & Conference took place in our Lighthouse City Stavanger, Norway. The Nordic Edge is an annual event showcasing the latest innovative solutions from the Smart City community and thus the ideal meeting place for the project partners of the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities programme. 4500 visitors from all across Europe and even beyond attended this three-day event to present outcomes, exchange knowledge and meet with project partners. Apart from the official event, several side-events were organised around this largest Smart City event in the Nordics.

“Smart with a Heart” was the theme of this year’s Nordic Edge Expo and Conference. To us, the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities (SCC1) projects, being smart with a heart has many different meanings. But mostly, it’s about working together and about seeing the person behind as well as in front of the technology – that is, both project and city representatives as well as the citizens living in Smart Cities. And that’s why the Nordic Edge was such a special event this year. Because it gave project coordinators, universities, technical partners, municipalities, but also investors and decision makers the chance to meet like-minded people with the same enthusiasm at heart. The Nordic Edge Expo with 2500 m2 of exhibition space and 200 exhibitors from more than 47 countries is the place in the Nordics for the Smart City community to exchange knowledge, network and create new business opportunities. During all three days of the exhibition, Triangulum was thus, together with the other 11 SCC1 projects, represented with a joint stand. The stand featured all 12 Lighthouse projects (Triangulum, Remourban, GrowSmarter, Replicate, SharingCities, SmartEnCity, SmarterTogether, mySMARTLife, Ruggedised, IRIS, MAtchUP and STARDUST) as well as the two tenders Smart City Information System (SCIS) and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). There, project, tender, city and technical representatives had the chance to meet each other, to talk to and inform visitors about the overall SCC1 community, the individual projects and the solutions developed therein and to illustrate the progress that we have made via the joint SCC1 Multitouch Tool that hosts information about all SCC1 projects.

 

Joint Nordic Edge Stand at Expo

The main SCC1 contribution to the Conference took place on Thursday, 27 September: the “Lighthouse Cities Programme”, an entire day of six public and five internal parallel sessions focusing on the challenges and outcomes of the SCC1 projects. The public session “Trial, Innovate, Scaling Up. Lessons learned from Europe ‘s Smart City Lighthouse Projects in a European Context”, moderated by the European Commission’s DG Energy Policy Officer Jens Bartholmes, informed about first results and lessons learned from the projects. Four project coordinators of SCC1 Lighthouse projects talked about first results and lessons learned: our project coordinator, Damian Wagner of Fraunhofer IAO, Nathan Pierce of Greater London Authority (SharingCities), Lisa Enarsson of the City of Stockholm (GrowSmarter) and Elisabeth Jorge Pascua of Donostia San Sebastián (Replicate). Another public session focused on hands-on stories from the City Coordinators of Vienna, Milano, Nottingham, Cologne, Stavanger (Gerd Seehuus from our Lighthouse City was there!) and Tartu. With the title “Communication – How to make «invisible» projects visible”, communication representatives of various SCC1 projects, Lighthouse – and Follower Cities presented their findings from their prior internal workshop to the public as well. Moderated by facilitator Josh Stinton (Outspire), the results of the internal discussions were graphically illustrated – putting a lot of heart into it – by Kristof Braekeleire and then pitched to the public by the individual project or city representatives. First outcomes and success factors of the first three SCC1 projects were discussed in a special session as well, featuring, amongst others, Dr. Kelly Watson from the University of Manchester and Wouter Beelen from VolkerWessels Eindhoven. Dagfinn Wage from Lyse, Stavanger was invited to talk about “packaging” and financing solutions for European Smart Cities during the public session on “Business Models and Finance”. And last but not least, Dr. Kelly Watson from the University of Manchester furthermore talked about how citizens are involved in the development of urban data platforms during the “Big Data” public session.

 

Public Sessions

 

Communication Workshop

Moreover, the SCC1 community was deeply involved in the Conference’s plenary sessions. Our project coordinator Damian Wagner of Fraunhofer IAO talked about the progress of the first three SCC1 projects (Remourban, GrowSmarter and Triangulum) and how cities are paving the way towards a European Smart City market place in his talk “Trial. Innovate. Scaling Up!”. Anna Lisa Boni, the Secretary General of EUROCITIES, project partner of SharingCities and SCIS, discussed with the Mayors of Stavanger, Eindhoven and Tampere (amongst other politicians) how to connect with our citizens´ dreams when building smarter cities. The yearly session “Meet the New Lighthouse Cities“, this time co-organised by EUROCITIES, Greater Stavanger and Stavanger Region European Office, introduced the latest SCC1 projects IRIS, MAtchUP and STARDUST. The session was rounded off with a replication workshop focusing on the question “What can we do together for successful replication?”. The workshop consisted of two parts: a replication part chaired by EUROCITIES and a community engagement part chaired by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum. During intensive internal task force meetings, the SCC1 community talked about joint activities and shared challenges. Representatives of the SCIS consortium were actively involved and discussed cooperation possibilities as well as collaborative work between the individual projects and the tender. At the subsequent SCIS Project Coordinators Meeting, representatives of FP7 projects such as R2CITIES, CITyFiED, CITY-zen and EU-GUGLE joined to exchange experiences.

 

Damian Wagner at Plenary Session

Apart from the official Nordic Edge programme, the SCC1 community used the presence of so many representatives to take part in various other joint activities. During the “Stavanger Safari”, a demo site visit organised by Stavanger Kommune, an electrical battery bus took the SCC1 community to LYSE. During the ride, a representative of Rogaland Fylkeskommune talked about the implementation process of these busses that worked closely together with the citizens of Stavanger. At LYSE, the group learned about smart lampposts, fast chargers, PV cells and the sewage tunnel of Stavanger’s Central Energy Plant. The Safari ended with a visit to University of Stavanger, where the group was introduced to their Big Data Hub and listened to a presentation of their dashboard solution. The day was rounded off with an informal Get Together at the Stavanger Art Museum.

 

Electric Battery Bus – Stavanger Safari

On Friday, the “CROSS-SCC Replication Workshop” was taking place, a session for fostering replication and upscaling of Smart City solutions amongst the SCC1 Community. Over 70 participants discussed topics such as low energy districts, integrated infrastructure, urban mobility and urban governance. During two rounds of round table sessions, participants for example discussed the urban mobility topics “E-Buses & EV Charging Infrastructure”, “Bike Sharing Systems” and “Last Mile Delivery”. The outcomes of all round tables were presented during a short summary at the end. The workshop was organised by the SCC1 Replication Task Group in collaboration with INEA, the European Commission and SCIS and supported by Morgenstadt and the Nordic Edge.

CROSS-SCC Replication Workshop

The cherry on top of this eventful week was a hike to Preikestolen to enjoy the view down into the Lysefjord. A group of about 30 SCC1 representatives put on their hiking boots and climbed up the pulpit rock.

Preikestolen Fjord Trip

The Nordic Edge 2018 was a full success, offering the Smart City community the possibility to meet, discuss challenges, exchange knowledge and best practices and also to network and create new business opportunities. Events like these are at the heart of all the technological and scientific advances that the more than 380 SCC1 project partners (and all the other Smart City stakeholders across the world!) are working on day by day. The theme of this year’s Nordic Edge has thus absolutely brought it to the point. We need to be “Smart with a Heart!”. See you all next year for Nordic Edge 2019 again.

 

Picture Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum/Fraunhofer IAO/Stavanger Kommune

Triangulum brochure published

Triangulum has published a brochure presenting the current status and latest outcomes of the project!

Webinar on “Data Platforms”

On 4 October, 10 AM (CEST) , Triangulum is hosting a webinar about “Data Platforms”.

Speakers will be project partners of the Triangulum project, namely:

  • Russel Wolff from University of Stavanger
  • Ettore Murabito from University of Manchester
  • Niels Wiersma from Gemeente Eindhoven

Join us to learn more about the current status of Data Platforms in our three Lighthouse Cities Stavanger, Manchester and Eindhoven. Hear about specific use cases, such as Manchester-I or Stavanger’s Cloud Data Hub. The speakers will present their main challenges and lessons learned and provide valuable information that might help you with your own city’s data platforms!

Click here to join the meeting (no registration necessary)

 

Lighthouse and Follower Cities

Eindhoven

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven is the center of the “Brainport Region”. The Dutch Consortium consists of five partners: VolkerWessels, Woonbedrijf, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, KPN and the Municipality of Eindhoven.

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Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom

The Greater Manchester conurbation with a total population of 2.7 million people accounts for the second largest economy in the UK and the economic powerhouse of the North West region of England.

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Stavanger

Stavanger, Norway

The Stavanger region is the energy capital of Europe; it holds the European status as smart city lighthouse and is the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster on welfare technology.

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Sabadell

Sabadell, Spain

Sabadell is a Spanish City of 207,540 inhabitants, located in Catalonia. It belongs to Barcelona’s Metropolitan Region, where 68% of the Catalan population lives.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most attractive regions within Central Europe. The combination of its cultural heritage and its architectural value creates a phenomenon.

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Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is one of the most dynamic cities in Germany. After years of population decline, it is successfully turning from a post-industrial into a knowledge-based economy.

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Tianjin

Tianjin, China (Observer City)

Tianjin is a Chinese metropolitan area. Its economic output is currently twice that of the national average, and infrastructure projects are under development to support this growth.

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