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Triangulum International Conference in Stavanger on 23-24 September 2019

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“Energising Cities: Innovations, Challenges & Solutions”

Triangulum International Conference at Nordic Edge 2019
Triangulum International Conference at Nordic Edge 2019

On 23 September 2019, from 08:30 – 17:00, the Horizon 2020 smart city project Triangulum is organizing its international conference in Stavanger, Norway at Atlantic Hall. Triangulum is one of the first three European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects (SCC1) funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020. Having started in February 2015, Triangulum is slowly nearing completion, resulting in numerous outcomes and lessons learnt that the project thus now wants to share with communities, industries and other stakeholders curious on smart city solutions and research.

Triangulum’s three Lighthouse Cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) have been implementing and testing innovative projects focusing on sustainable mobility, energy, ICT and business opportunities. “Within our project consortium, we combine the interdisciplinary experience and the expertise of 22 partners from industry, research and municipalities that all share the same objective and commitment to develop and implement smart solutions and have them replicated in our three Fellow Cities Leipzig (D), Prague (CZ) and Sabadell (ES)”, says Trinidad Fernandez, Project Coordinator of Triangulum.

Therefore, Triangulum is pleased to invite all interested stakeholders and smart city enthusiasts to celebrate five years of innovative and smart solutions. Learn from their experience and contribute together to a more climate friendly Europe in the future!

On Monday, 23.09., the conference will start with a welcome by Trinidad Fernandez (Fraunhofer IAO), speaking about Triangulum as a European flagship project for the smart city transformation and acceleration. As the Mayor of Stavanger, the hosting city, Christine Sagen Helgø will welcome the audience. Jens Bartholmes from the European Commission/DG ENER will then give a presentation to illustrate the bigger picture of the Horizon 2020 programme.

There will be two key notes by Martin Brynskov (Chair of Open & Agile Smart Cities, Director of the Centre for Digital Transformation of Cities & Communities and Associate Professor at Aarhus University), speaking about “Setting the Foundation for Scale Up of Smart Cities Solutions” and Steve Turner (Digital Cities Lead at Arup), speaking about “Shifting Worlds”.

An interactive afternoon for innovation experts and enthusiasts

The afternoon is really about getting into an interactive exchange between the experienced Triangulum partners on the one side and external smart city experts and the audience on the other side”, explains Gerd Seehuus, City Coordinator of Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Stavanger. Within four interactive sessions, ranging from topics like “Climate Change – What Cities Can Do!” to “Smart Governance for Smart Cities”, “We All Can! How Citizens Make the Change” and “Beyond the Project: Replication and Investment of Smart City Solutions”, Triangulum will exchange its own stories and experiences with external professionals and the public. Replicable success stories from the three Lighthouse- and Fellow Cities will be shared, including lessons learnt and connections to the outside world.

During all coffee and lunch breaks, Triangulum invites to grab a coffee and a snack and to browse its “Innovation Marketspace” where the Triangulum partners will provide live and hands-on demonstrations of their various innovations, such as Lyse’s BLINK video solution or the WoonConnect app. Vin Sumner, CEO of Clicks&Links is looking forward to showcase his innovation: “With our Virtual Reality Bike, you can experience Manchester – or any other city – by cycling on a physical bike without actually leaving your home. The bike uses real-world scan data from cities and gives the user freedom to ride a virtual bicycle through these environments.

On Tuesday, 24.09., Triangulum is merging into the official Nordic Edge Expo and Conference 2019 where they will be co-organising the session “On a Mission for the European Cities of the Future – Achievements, Challenges, Opportunities” together with Nordic Edge, the European Commission, the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities & Communities (EIP-SCC), the EU Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) & Stavanger Region European Office. During this session, the two new SCC1 projects MAKING-CITY and +CityXChange will be introduced. Before finally “handing over” to them, Triangulum will present “The Triangulum Journey – Six Cities and Their Ripple Effects” to showcase its main outcomes and learnings and to talk about best practices regarding monitoring and evaluation. The joint session will end with “Horizon Europe – A Mission to deliver the Cities of the Future”, organised by the EC, EIP-SCC and SCIS.

About the event

The Triangulum International Conference “Energising Cities: Innovations, Challenges & Solutions” is taking place on 23.09.2019 from 08:30-17:00 at Atlantic Hall at Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Olav V S Gate 3, 4005 Stavanger, Norway (free of charge, on-site registration possible).

The joint session “The Triangulum Journey – Six Cities and Their Ripple Effects” at Nordic Edge is taking place on 24.09.2019 from 14:00 – 15:20 in Room Snønuten at Nordic Edge Conference at Stavanger Forum, Gunnar Warebergsgate 13, 4021 Stavanger, Norway (Nordic Edge conference ticket required).

Triangulum Webinar: Governance for Smart Cities – Developing Principles and Guidelines

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On 30 September 2019 at 2:30 PM (CEST), Triangulum is hosting a webinar to support the replication process in its Follower City Leipzig with the title “Governance for Smart Cities – Developing Principles and Guidelines”

Speakers and topics:

  • Delia Mitcan (City of Eindhoven): Open Data Principles – How it works in Eindhoven
  • Adrian Slatcher (Manchester City Council): Good Practice in Using Data in the Smart City

The webinar is open to anyone interested in the Smart City area.

No registration is required! Interested participants can freely join the webinar on 30 September via the following link:

One can also dial in using a phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 468-558-717

More phone numbers
Austria: +43 7 2081 5337
Belgium: +32 28 93 7002
Denmark: +45 32 72 03 69
Finland: +358 942 72 0972
France: +33 170 950 590
Germany: +49 693 8098 999
Ireland: +353 15 360 756
Italy: +39 0 230 57 81 80
Netherlands: +31 207 941 375
Norway: +47 21 93 37 37
Spain: +34 932 75 1230
Sweden: +46 853 527 818
Switzerland: +41 225 4599 60
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011

Electric Vehicles in Manchester

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Besides Cargo Bikes, the other component of Manchester City Council’s work on mobility involves promoting e-mobility by subsidising departments to add e-vehicles to their fleet. With many City Council departments holding vehicles on short leases, a concrete business case could serve to increase takeup very quickly. As a result, Manchester City Council have recently leased four electric vehicles, two Citroen Berlingo vans, one Peugeot Partner van and a Nissan Leaf car. They are now proudly displaying our logo and driving around the streets of Manchester on Council duties. The three departments who have taken these vehicles all report high levels of user satisfaction.

Credits: Manchester City Council

Showroom to be opened in Prague 7

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The city district Prague 7 will soon open a showroom with medical and compensatory aids for its citizens. The project has been inspired by the European Smart City project Triangulum, when representatives of Prague 7 and IPR Prague visited the Lighthouse City Stavanger in 2018 to learn about their Smart Home Care approach. During the stay in Stavanger the delegation also visited the showroom at the innovative social and health care department. For the realization of a similar offer in Prague, the waiting room of the Polyclinic of Prague 7 will be transformed. Currently, the Social and Health Department of the Prague 7 district is preparing the room to  present various devices that can make life easier for both sick people and their peers and care takers. The aim is to inform elderly people and their peers how they can stay at home longer on their own, which devices can support them to do so and to receive an overview of all available  social and health services.  

The visitors of the showroom will find a display of eating rehabilitation,  sanitary aids and various further supporting devices, including information whether they can be obtained via prescription from a doctor. 

In addition, the showroom will inform about innovative technologies such as applications for emergency services, for deaf people, first aid and visually impaired and a database of barrier-free places.    

Future Showroom of Prague 7
Credits: Tomáš Obrtel

Another part of the showroom will provide a virtual reality experience for cognitive disorders and electronic drug dispensers. Furthermore visitors will see samples for emergency care, including a list of registered providers of this social service with examples of facilities and their price lists and a catalogue of possibilities for renting medical and compensatory aids, which is free of charge for citizens of Prague 7. On an hourly basis, an ergo therapist explains how to use the helping devises in an appropriate way and consult visitors in selecting the most suitable devices for them.

The city district finances the implementation of the entire showroom. The devices and new technologies will be provided by the companies that invented and now offer these products.

Triangulum as Co-Host of Smart Cities Event

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More than 50 professionals from several countries and cities met up in the Brainport region Eindhoven at the end of May 2019. During a two day Smart Cities event, visitors experienced how Brainport partners collaborate to achieve their ambitious goals.

Highlights in the program were the visits to the Automotive Campus Helmond, lectures at the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e), the visits to the Triangulum Living Lab Strijp-S and the Living Lab Stratumseind in Eindhoven as well as the Dutch Technology Week.

The event was organised by TU/e Smart Cities program, Brainport Smart District, Triangulum, City of Eindhoven, Dutch Technology Week.

Credits: Municipality of Eindhoven

Cargo Bike Success Story

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As part of Manchester’s mobility package within Triangulum, Manchester City Council have an arrangement with Manchester Bike Hire, whereby SMEs are able to try out different models and setups of electric-assist cargo bikes, and access advice around logistics. Support is available to assist future purchases and business integration. This has led to the SME ‘Lunch Brakes’ purchasing a ‘Carla’ trailer with a lightweight aluminium frame specially created for them by Manchester Bike Hire, our Triangulum delivery partner. It is designed to fit food crates for more efficient deliveries to busy offices in the city centre.

Credits: Manchester Bike Hire

Triangulum Participates in ITS Congress

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From 3-6 June, Eindhoven hosted the 13th ITS European Congress, the largest event in Europe entirely dedicated to smart mobility and digitalisation of transport. Approximately 3,500 participants attended lectures, exhibitions, workshops and visits on the future of mobility. The Triangulum partners City of Eindhoven and VolkerWessels organized two tours at the living lab area Strijp-S to showcase the Triangulum projects on mobility.

The participants of the tours were introduced to the development of Strijp-S and to the Triangulum mobility projects like the parking management information system, wayfinders and the indoor and outdoor ICT facilities based on the Backbone infrastructure.

ITS was organised by ERTICO that also produced a video with highlights of the event. Click here to watch the video

EfficienCE Kick-Off in Leipzig

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On 27 and 28 June 2019, around 30 participants from seven Central and Eastern European countries met in Leipzig for the launch of the EU funded EfficienCE project coordinated by the Digital City Unit Leipzig. Together with the Office for Geoinformation & Land Management and the LVB (public transport company), the Digital City Unit is developing applications for more energy-efficient public transport planning in connection with the development of an urban data platform.

During the meeting, the project partners from Vienna (A), Gdynia (PL), Maribor (SI), Bergamo (IT), Plzen (CZ) and Budapest (HU) discussed their different project approaches. In addition to the application of data-based planning, the projects aim to increase the use of renewable energies in the public transport sector, especially in the field of e-mobility, and to develop a job and training profile for energy-managers in public transport companies.

More information on the project can be found here and here

EfficienCE declaration

You are kindly invited to show the commitment of your organisation towards energy efficiency and renewable energy in public transport by signing the EfficienCE declaration, which you can download here.

It doesn’t matter if you belong to a public authority, public transport company, education institution or NGO:  we all have to join forces to increase energy efficiency by various measures in our public transport infrastructure.

So by signing the EfficienCE Declaration you will be signaling your commitment to embrace its objectives by:

  1. Introducing and advocating the improvement of energy efficiency and the increase of the use of renewable energy in public transport;
  2. Participating in capacity building through joining EfficienCE events and/or making use of the guides, tools and handbooks developed within the project;
  3. And thus contributing to EfficienCE’s aim to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector.

The Declaration is available for download here. Please feel free to share the Declaration and its content with as many colleagues and institutions as possible.

To return your signed copy or if you have any questions or comments regarding the EfficienCE project and the declaration, please feel free to contact Nadja Riedel from the Digital City Unit of the City of Leipzig via

The EfficienCE Kick-Off Meeting in Leipzig, hosted by the Digital City Unit.

Credits: Antal Gertheis

Get involved: Manchester Innovation Challenge

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As a next step in the Triangulum project, our Lighthouse City Manchester is offering an exciting opportunity to explore ways to visualise city information, alongside data generated by the project.

For this, Manchester City Council is working with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Ordnance Survey (responsible for mapping in the UK) to create a challenge using CityGML, open data model and XML-based format for the storage and exchange of virtual 3D city models.

The challenge is aimed at groups / companies who have expertise and experience in geospaitial data.

For more information on the challenge

Manchester Oxford Road

Manchester Oxford Road (@Manchester City Council)