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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Follower City meets Lighthouse City: Leipzig goes Stavanger

On Sunday, 22 April 2018, 15 people from our Follower City Leipzig in Germany got aboard a plane to visit our Lighthouse City Stavanger in Norway to learn more about the smart implementations happening there. Politicians, city representatives and mobility and transport representatives first visited the county council and the Triangulum partner Lyse, followed by an entire day at the municipality. During a joint dinner on Monday evening, which was hosted by the county council, people from Leipzig and Stavanger had the chance to really get to know each other as well as each other’s visions and to lay the foundation for an even deeper cooperation aimed at the replication of smart and innovative ideas.

Battery Bus in Full Function

On Monday, the deputy county council mayor of Stavanger welcomed the Leipzig delegation and provided a general introduction to the programme of the day, thus welcoming the guests. Afterwards, the entire group drove to the new Kolumbus main bus station, which has only recently been built with the capacity of the old diesel and the new battery fleet. There, they also had a look at the newly built bus lanes. In the afternoon, the group went to visit Lyse where they listened to a general presentation with a focus on e-mobility, new platform based business models and how solar panels, storage and EV chargers can be utilized together. The Lyse partners showed them live examples of smart fast chargers and illustrated the technical know-how behind them. The day ended where it started: at the county council. During a presentation, the Leipzig delegation learned more about the building of Europe’s biggest bus rapid transit system BRTS, which is 50 km longs and which will be using only battery busses from 2023 on. Therefore, test drivings with three Triangulum battery busses are happening right now, on a daily basis within existing bus routes.

Representatives of Leipzig and Stavanger at the Kolumbus Main Bus Station, Stavanger

On Tuesday, the visitors from Leipzig spent the day at the municipality. They were welcomed by the Mayor of Stavanger Christine Sage Helgø. They first listened to a general Triangulum project presentation, followed by a presentation of the progress in the Lighthouse City Stavanger in particular. For example, various smart parking systems in Stavanger were highlighted. In the afternoon, two parallel sessions were offered: One about climate and environmental actions and projects within Stavanger and one about energy solutions within the municipality.

After these two days full of new, smart and innovative ideas, I am sure that Leipzig went home with lots of new experiences, memories and, of course, a lot to think about. We are excited and curious to see which activities they might replicate in Leipzig!

Listening to a presentation from the head of economical development at Stavanger Municipality
At Lyse AS, were the the locally solar powered smart EV chargers are being showcased and explained.
At the Kolumbus main bus station, the charging system of the busses is explained in detail.
The head of the Smart City Unit Stavanger explains the local governance structure.

Student field visit to learn about Triangulum and other urban innovation actions in Sabadell

On 23 March, students of the postgraduate course on smart cities from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia visited the Sabadell municipality. This field trip was part of a practical session carried out in several cities to learn more about the most innovative municipal services related to urban mobility, energy, knowledge economy or information technology and communication. Vice versa, for the municipality, it is important to learn about the students’ visions and to establish permanent links with the university and research institutes. Like this, the city council has the chance to leverage the transfer of external knowledge directly into the city in the area of ​​innovation and new technologies, as established in the 2016-19 Government Plan of Sabadell.

 

Similarly, on 20 March, around 20 international master students from the Barcelona campus of the Toulouse Business School met with the city council at Sabadell’s Vapor Badia library. They talked about collaboration possibilities to implement Triangulum’s actions established in the Follower City Implementation Strategy of Sabadell by identifying applicable methodologies for acceleration of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Sabadell in the fields of sport, health and urban innovation.

With the help of the municipal officers of economic promotion, mobility, and social housing, students have been able to visit the facilities of the Centre of Industrial Companies of Can Roqueta (CEICR), the traffic control centre and the Alexandra building, which hosts the Ponent Library and a housing compound for the elderly. Moreover, the city promotion and innovation officers also provided a short presentation of the Triangulum project.

The municipal councillor for “Innovation and City”, Miquel Soler, highlighted the importance of these collaborations with universities located within our geographical scope: “Sabadell will not be innovative based on the amount of technology that has been implemented in the public space or the municipal services, but because of its ability to better connect the various innovative actors, including universities and research centres, which are located in the city and its surroundings. The City Council plays a key role in this objective, and projects we are involved in such as Triangulum or the Sport and Innovation Network, are tangible examples.”

Students have been informed about the Triangulum project and its objective of implementing 10 actions in Sabadell in the field of mobility, energy and ICT, based on the replication of experiences of the three Lighthouse Cities Manchester (United Kingdom), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway). Among them, a special focus has been put onto the digital platform for real-time data integration, which is being developed by the municipal IT department, and the acceleration of the economic sectors linked to health, sport and urban innovation, driven within the framework of the Sport and Innovation Network (Xarxa esport i innovació).

At the CEICR, students learned about the function of this unique facility, focused on hosting business projects and newly created companies which aim to help their creation and consolidation, and offer multiple support services and advice, with the opportunity to interact daily with more than 40 different companies / activities.

In the traffic control centre, located in the municipal offices of Can Marcet, they have been able to check the real-time information available on the various screens, which allow constant monitoring of the urban bus network, traffic lights crossroads or incidents in underground tunnels or traffic cameras.

Finally, in the Alexandra building in the Can Rull neighbourhood, they have visited the geothermal energy installations, which provide heating and water to residents in the building, as well as other innovations in passive elements that make this building an example of energy performance with an energy rating “A” – the most efficient possible.

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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