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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.

Latest News

“Transforming Cities” featuring Strijp-S

The current issue of the German journal “Transforming Cities” features an article about the mobility actions implemented in Eindhoven, one of Triangulum’s Lighthouse Cities.

The focus topic of this issue is “Gesund und sicher leben in der Stadt”, which translates to “Living a healthily and save life in the city”. Eindhoven, with all of its innovative and first-of -a-kind solutions in the fields of enery, mobility and ICT,  is a great exemplar for a healthy and save city of tomorrow!

If you do speak German and are interested in learning more, check out the article here.

The article has been written by Bettina Remmele (Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum), main press contact of Triangulum.

 

 

Triangulum at the #SCEWC18 in Barcelona

The Smarty City Expo World Congress in Barcelona (SCEWC) is one of the largest Smart City events in the world. But what is it that makes it also one of the best and most popular ones of its kind?

As the world’s leading event for Smart Cities, the SCEWC provides a unique meeting point for the Smart City sector and an innovative platform for urban action worldwide. SCEWC, the event for cities organized by Fira de Barcelona, took place from 13-15 November at the Gran Via venue. In its eighth edition, it gathered representatives of more than 700 cities, featuring major capitals such as Athens, Atlanta, Berlin, Brussels, London, New York, Rome, Stockholm or Yokohama. Over 100 mayors and representatives from five continents were present, analysing how to undertake initiatives that seek to transform cities into places where the lives of their citizens improves.

Triangulum, together with its 11 sister projects from the European Lighthouse Projects family, covers almost 80 cities across Europe. This year in Barcelona, the entire community, including the two EU initiatives SCIS and EIP-SCC, came together at a joint stand with various workshops and three larger Agora sessions to demonstrate how EU funded smart cities are leading the way in driving sustainable and smart innovation. The Smart City projects presented how they are putting smart technologies to the test and how specific solutions work in practice when it comes to reducing environmental impact and improving citizen’s lives.

As part of the joint European Lighthouse Cities stand, Triangulum was represented at the Expo Tuesday through Thursday with various partners from the Lighthouse- and Follower Cities as well as from the other work packages. We from Triangulum used this opportunity to inform interested stakeholders as well as the broad public about our project and the progress in our six cities Stavanger, Manchester, Eindhoven, Sabadell, Leipzig and Prague. As one of the oldest and most experienced projects, we are in the middle of the monitoring phase and therefore have a lot of stories to tell, from pains and gains to best practices and lessons learned. A special highlight was when the mayor of Bordeaux and former French prime minister Alain Juppé visited us at the stand to discuss the upscaling of smart cities towards a city-needs led European smart city market

Damian Wagner from Fraunhofer IAO, project coordinator of Triangulum, talked about the biggest challenges that we have encountered in the last few years at the Agora session “Trial. Innovate. Replicate. Smart Cities and Communities.” which has been moderated by Jens Bartholmes, Policy Officer from the European Commission, DG ENERGY.

Oriol Llevot from the City of Sabadell chaired the workshop “Challenges and opportunities for replication of SC projects from the Lighthouse to Follower Cities and beyond”, taking place right at the joint stand. Alexander Schmidt from BABLE, former lead of our work package on replication, also took part in this discussion round. They talked about how Follower Cities are tackling the challenge of having to replicate the innovative solutions tested and implemented in the Lighthouse Cities without the supportive EU funding.

Gabi Kaiser, leader of the cissemination & communication work package at SCIS and mySMARTLife, chaired the workshop “Communicating the Smart City” where she invited various Smart City communication representatives, both from Lighthouse- and Follower Cities but also projects in general, to talk about their best practices but also things that did not go as expected. Of course, Triangulum did not miss this opportunity to talk about our project-specific communication issues. Oriol Llevot and Rosa Torra from the City of Sabadell as well as Svanhild Sondresen from Greater Stavanger and Inger Hanne Vikshåland from the City of Stavanger participated in this lively discussion round.

The 12 Smart City projects as well as SCIS and EIP-SCC have all received funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 work programme as part of the EU’s long-term ambition to create a low-carbon economy and ensure continued competitiveness in the global market: mySMARTLife,  Smarter Together, Replicate, Remourban, , SmartEnCity, Sharing Cities, Triangulum, Ruggedised, GrowSmarter, Stardust, IRIS,  MatchUp., EIP-SCC and  SCIS.

An intensive exchange of knowledge: Prague in the Nordics

Prague’s local consortium inspired by Stavanger and their Nordic Edge Expo and Conference

IPR Prague initiated a business trip to Stavanger, inviting representatives of the local Prague consortium UCEEB (University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings) and the city district of Prague 7 from the social and health departments to join. The aim of the trip was to gain more insights into innovative projects in the field of smart home care in order to support the implementation process of the Smart HomeCare pilot project in Prague 7.

The trip consisted of four main activities:

During the first two days, the Triangulum partner Lyse from Stavanger invited the local consortia from the Follower Cities of Prague and Sabadell to their headquarters to demonstrate the use of the Blink technology. Blink is a video communication device which enables secure communication with peers as well as health and social services. It has, for example, an add-on for health devices like an oximeter. Officers from the City of Sabadell’s social action department and the non-profit association “AVAN” (“Associació Vallès Amics de la Neurologia”) also attended the presentation. The demonstration took place in order to subsequently offer Prague and Sabadell the possibility to test up to five Blink devices in their local environments. In Sabadell, Blink will be installed to 5 “AVAN” patients before April 2019, as a pilot test financed by the Triangulum grant. The patients chosen in Sabadell will be young persons with acquired brain damage suffering from physical or knowledge disabilities. The goal of this technology implementation is to improve the autonomy, healthy habits and sociability of these patients, as well as to create mutual help groups with their families and the medical and social professionals. Such pilot testing is not only a great opportunity for Prague and Sabadell but also helps to provide valuable feedback on how this kind of technology can be installed and utilised in a local context. As a result of the Triangulum implementation strategy of Prague, it is proposed to make use of video communication tools which could support that elderly people can stay longer self-sufficient at home.

The Prague delegates also visited the innovative care department of Helsehuset office of the City of Stavanger which oversees innovation in the field of social and health care in their municipality. Mr. Bjarte Boe presented Stavanger’s approach for innovative care and shared his expert’s experience on the topic of smart home care. Afterwards, the group was led through a small exhibition, demonstrating helpful tools for homes for seniors and people with limited motoric abilities.

Of course, the Prague representatives also attended the Nordic Edge Conference and Expo where they joined speeches, discussions and the general exhibition in order to get inspired and to learn from the presented smart city projects and initiatives. At the expo, the team participated in a guided thematic tour for health care. They discovered further technical devices which are working with sensors and which can be used in the field of smart homecare and learned about the Nordic health cluster. In addition, a session and a workshop on the topic of Better Ageing presented new inspiring ideas and projects. The visits affirmed that the innovative approach in the field of smart home care is essential for the future and beneficial in confronting the ageing population.

On 27 September, representatives of IPR Prague joined several workshops and discussions which were organized as part of the H2020 SCC1 Lighthouse- and Follower City day. Various communication leaders and city communication representatives from H2020 projects presented their success stories but also discussed problems and different approaches for communication and dissemination within their projects. The results of each participant’s presentation were directly visualized by a graphic facilitator in a very creative way in order to mirror the discussions.

Finally, on Friday 28 September, the Prague representatives participated in the Cross-SCC Replication workshop which focused on fostering replication and upscaling of smart city solutions among the SCC1 community. During the workshop, IPR Prague, as a representative of a Follower City, was part of the panel discussion of Follower Cities where IPR shared the experiences which they have gathered during the course of the Triangulum project.

We hope to transfer the energy and inspirations generated during this intensive week of workshops, trainings, discussions and speeches into the local projects that are already underway in Prague.

 

 

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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