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)
We are delighted to announce that Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Manchester’s project partners Siemens (Siemens Energy), Manchester Metropolitan University (ManMetUni), and the Manchester City Council (ManCityCouncil) have been shortlisted in the Public Building Energy Project category of the 2018 EnergyAwards!
Let’s cross our fingers!
Nordic Edge 2018: Trial. Innovate. Replicate – Lessons Learned from Europe’s Smart City Lighthouse Projects
Just a few weeks ago, we were enjoying sunny beaches or discovering new places. Now, it is already September and we all know what this means: Summer is over and it’s finally Nordic Edge time!
This year, it is already the fourth time that Smart City experts, project and city representatives, the European Commission, smart technology providers, start-ups and universities are gathering in Stavanger, Norway to visit and participate in the most significant Smart City event in the Nordics.
Starting with 500 participants in 2015, the conference and exhibition has attracted over 4.500 visitors in 2017! So don’t miss this year’s Nordic Edge and be one of thousands of visitors following the announcement “Smart with a heart”! The theme emphasises the quest that Smart Cities and societies are not only about technical advances and energy efficiency but also about people – the citizens that live and work in the urban environment. It is also about citizen engagement, a crucial precondition to ensure the continuous development of a Smart City even beyond the end of EU funded projects. To Per Fjeld, Project Manager in the Research, Development and Innovation department of our project partner Lyse AS, “it is about passion and health and about the fact that smart solutions are not created solely by tech nerds!”. Katelien van den Berge, Deputy Coordinator of Stavanger and thus deeply involved in the organisation of the event, emphasises that “we should all keep thinking with our heart as well”.
Nordic Edge is always a special event for Triangulum, not least because it is taking place in one of our three Lighthouse Cities but also because project partners such as Lyse AS, Stavanger Kommune or Greater Stavanger are some of the founding mothers of the event. As the hosting city, Triangulum‘s Stavanger partners have always played a crucial role in the organisation of the event. This year, Triangulum for the first time functions as the chair of the SCC1 Board of Coordinators as well as the Communication Task Force, which means that we have been putting all our forces together to make Nordic Edge an exciting event!
In line with this year’s theme, the SCC1 group has put all their hearts into the organisation of the event. And the results are impressive: The SCC1 group is contributing to Nordic Edge 2018 with an entire day dedicated to the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects, a joint booth at the exhibition area, internal SCC1 task force meetings, a city visits to Stavanger’s demo sites, an informal SCC1 get together, several side events such as replication workshops or pitching events for startups (organised by the city network Morgenstadt) and much more. However, what’s most valuable about all this is the fact that “we have created a platform for all Lighthouse- and Follower Cities as well as other project partners to meet and get into exchange with each other. And this time, not only on project coordinators, but also on executing level, which is really the “heart” of a project”, as Katelien van den Berge has put it. You see, we keep coming back to the theme of this year: Smart Cities are about being smart with a heart.
As one of the “senior” projects, Triangulum will be involved in various sessions. The implementation phase of our project has ended and for more than six months now, we have already been monitoring the outcomes of our three Lighthouse Cities. Eindhoven, Manchester and Stavanger have been working on various case studies with smart solutions that are now ready to be replicated in Follower and other interested cities. For sure, the focus of the three first SCC1 projects GrowSmarter, Remourban and Triangulum now lies on providing first outcomes and impact data as well as lessons learned for their fellow SCC1 projects and interested replicators to pave the way for a continuous development of smart cities way into the future.
So join our group of 12 Horizon 2020 SCC1 Lighthouse projects with currently 78 cities involved at this special event: meet us, talk to us and learn from our experiences regarding topics like replication, big data, business models & finance and how to best communicate these results to the outside world! The projects will present first outcomes and solutions from their Lighthouse Cities as well as talk about the progress in their various Follower Cities.
The special H2020 SCC1 day is taking place on Thursday, 27 September from 9 am to 4 pm. For an overview of sessions and workshops (both public and internal), please check out the official Nordic Edge website or the Triangulum events section. Moreover, come and visit us at our joint booth where, together with the Smart Cities Information System SCIS and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), representatives from all SCC1 projects such as work package leaders, project coordinators, technical, city or communication representatives are waiting for your arrival! If you ever wanted to really get in touch with a Smart City project partner to ask specific questions or exchange certain thoughts, this is your chance. Need an ice-breaker? How about discussing with Per Fjeld, who will be there in Stavanger on Tuesday already, whether it is time to have a critical and somewhat humorous look at the term “smart”: “Is the term outdated as the cities move on?” And really, “Who wants to be a dumb city?”. So don’t wait any longer, come visit us in the exhibition area and get answers to your questions!
Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities Program on 27 September: Click here
Joint SCC1/SCIS/EIP-SCC booth at the exhibition area: Click here
Official Nordic Edge Registration: here
(SCC1 project members, please contact your coordinator or communication representative for registration info)
(Pictures: Nordic Edge, Fraunhofer IAO and Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)
At the beginning of September, Stavanger received an award as “Future City” in Ningo, China. The prize is being awarded to cities that have shown that they dare to be leaders in testing new, sustainable solutions.
Gerd Seehuus, Local Coordinator of Triangulum Stavanger, Project Manager Per E. Fjeld from Lyse AS and Professor Chunming Rong from University of Stavanger travelled to the Chinese friendship city Ningbo to receive the prize.
“This is an important acknowledgment of Stavanger’s partnership and shows that cross-sectoral and academic cooperation is necessary to solve the challenges in the cities. A project like Triangulum is very educational and valuable to the partners, the city and the whole region”, says Seehuus.
“To receive an award for being a “future city” fits well into the city’s vision of taking a lead and creating the future together, and it is gratifying to see that through solving complex tasks in an integrated way, we have demonstrated that,” she further emphasizes.
About the price
The prize has been awarded for the third time by The Foundation Prospective and Innovation, headed by former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. The prize, the Euro-China Green and Smart Awards, is awarded in cooperation with the European Commission and the China Center for Urban Development Prize. In the explanatory memorandum, it is stated that Stavanger has especially excelled within energy efficiency and mobility in Europe. The nomination committee also writes that the city’s ambitious goals for sustainability in the local community stand out.
Stavanger’s Mayor Christine Sagen Helgø welcomes the recognition and congratulates the local partnership, Stavanger municipality, Lyse AS, Rogaland County Municipality, University of Stavanger and Greater Stavanger for the award.
“Triangulum has given us positive ripple effects far beyond what we expected when the project started in 2014. The partnership in Triangulum has helped put Stavanger on the map internationally as a Smart City,” says Mayor Christine Sagen Helgø.
Important recognition in Europe
Heidi Kristina Jakobsen, head of the Stavanger Region’s European office in Brussels, congratulates Stavanger on the award as well. Jakobsen says that Stavanger is not only ambitious, but they are also brave and forward-looking.
When the idea was launched of seeking funding for the Triangulum project during the EU’s prestigious four-year city announcement (in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program), Stavanger municipality and other partnerships seized the opportunity with both hands.
“The status as a Lighthouse City is a quality stamp that opens doors to EU institutions and attracts new cooperations and project opportunities. It is no coincidence that European networks such as EUROCITIES, ERRIN, POLICE and ENOLL all come to Stavanger to contribute to the Nordic Edge this year”, said Jakobsen.
Back in the friendship city
Stavanger and Ningbo have cooperations that date far back in time. The cooperation agreement with Ningbo aims to strengthen the local business community, research communities, and universities of the two cities. However, it is a coincidence that the prize will be awarded in Ningbo this year. This is the first time a delegation from Stavanger has returned to the friendship city since the World Expo in 2010. Meetings with Ningbo municipality show that it is useful to resume contact for cooperation and experience development in several areas in the future.
In October 2014, Stavanger became a European Lighthouse City with Eindhoven and Manchester through the Horizon 2020 funded Triangulum project. The Lighthouse Cities of Triangulum will integrate energy, mobility, and ICT into new solutions that have not been shown before.
Today, Triangulum consists of 23 partners, five of which make up the local partnership in Stavanger. Together, partners will demonstrate “first-of-a-kind” solutions that help respond to the EU’s 7 stated societal challenges. The project has been running for already five years and ends in 2020.
The City Council of Prague 7, together with the mayor Mr Cizinsky, has analyzed the feasibility study conducted within Triangulum and its proposed measures. On 15 June, the City Council of Prague 7 officially approved the feasibility study of the Smart Home Care pilot project.
The City Council appointed Mrs. Marcela Janečková to coordinate activities that would lead to the prioritisation and implementation of the proposed measures in the near future. The councilor of the social area, Jakob Hurrle, has been appointed to oversee the involvement of the municipal organisation of Prague 7 and the implementation of the proposed measures.
Members of IPR Prague, representatives of Prague 7 and representatives from the Czech technical university will participate in a training organised by LYSE and Stavanger and they will attend Nordic Edge conference. The aim is to pilot a project testing LYSE’s BLINK video communication tool in the context of the District of Prague 7.
Representatives of IPR Prague’s Triangulum team participated in the kick-off meeting of the Platform of Social Live Science on 19 June. The meeting focused on “Innovations in home care services” and was launched by the Central Bohemian Innovation Centre who is the coordinator of the platform and located in Dolní Břežany (south of Prague). The aim of the platform is to strengthen the cooperation between stakeholders connected to the topic of innovative social home care and to discuss innovative solutions on different levels.
During the meeting, several representatives from different institutions presented their approaches for innovative social home care. For instance, Vít Janovsky from the University Centre for Energy Efficiency (UCEEB) presented ideas for smart home care in Prague 7 which are the outcomes of the feasibility study that was conducted within the framework of the Triangulum project. At a short workshop session, relevant questions were discussed.
In addition to UCEEB, other social, health and scientific experts, which were familiar to IPR Prague’s representatives because of local Triangulum workshops, participated in the kick-off meeting as well. The idea behind the meeting was to start a discussion about problems, solutions and challenges of integrated care and to introduce the participants to the environment of innovative approaches for use of integrated health and social care. The focus was on providing support to elderly people using new innovative technologies.
The result of the kick-off meeting was a fruitful discussion about the pressing issue of integrated care and services like data sharing platforms which shall be implemented in the future with the help of innovative solutions. In addition, the dialogue with local experts will proceed.
Simultaneous Summer Crash Course on prototyping in health, sports and urban innovation in Eindhoven and Sabadell
From 15 – 19 July, a course on prototyping in health, sport and urban innovation sectors, called Summer Crash Course, took place in Sabadell (Mediaestruch) and Eindhoven (Innovation Space of the TUE) at the same time. The Technology University of Eindhoven (TUE) made this synchronicity possible via a telematic connection.
During the course, new start-ups were incubated, testing the invented prototypes in the city of Sabadell. With the help of design-thinking, the following ideas and challenges have been discussed:
- Easy-to-use mini defibrillator for home
- Innovative application of public lighting
- Adaptation of the city infrastructure towards autonomous vehicles and connected mobility
- Robotics applied to public management
- Old textile chimneys reused as technology hubs and energy generators
- Application of Blockchain to urban management / smart city / health + sports sectors
- New technologies for the 4.0 Industry
- Internet of things applied to urban management / smart city / health + sports sectors
- Technologies applied to health / sport textiles (e.g., connected sport’s T-shirt)
- Digital sports facilities
- Technologies and methodologies for safe and green school mobility
- 3D printing applied to urban management / smart city / health + sport sectors
- 3D digital modeling of Sabadell
- E-bike responding to the needs of Sabadell
- Technologies for remote care of the elderly at home
- Use case related to 5G connectivity implementation in Sabadell (e.g. massive anonymous data collection of mobile phones in the city for research projects, mixed virtual and physical cultural events, etc.)
The course focused on the first phase of prototyping in health, sport and urban innovation sectors, for 4 out of 16 ideas/challenges proposed by the City Council of Sabadell to the TUE: green mobility at schools, care of the elderly, urban digital modelling in 3D and public lighting. 15 Eindhoven and Sabadell students participated in the course, with the presence of students from the Smart and Sustainable Cities programme from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), from the Technology University of Eindhoven and from the University of Utrecht.
The students of Sabadell and Eindhoven proposed the following solutions for two of the ideas:
- Green mobility at schools: GPS-monitoring of students (integrated into a vest) on their way to or from school in order to increase the safety perception of their families.
- Elderly care: Video call and sensoring system for the periodic monitoring of chronic patients, thus decongesting the primary care centres of Sabadell (CAPs).
This course was aimed at students who have a special motivation to work in real projects and in international collaboration, and has helped them to better understand the dynamics of product development, from idea to proof of concept, prototyping and production. The format of the campus has been “informal”, in an inspiring framework like the “Estruch” arts centre. Once the course has finished, for those ideas/challenges that have been analysed as viable, the prototyping process will continue with the students. The goal is, that, in the medium term, they will end up creating commercial products.
The Manchester Climate Change Agency (MCCA) have recently launched their new website. The website includes a Triangulum page and a link to the Triangulum website and YouTube channel.
Manchester is a city committed to action on climate change. In January 2016, just one month after the Paris Agreement, they developed the Manchester Climate Change Strategy committing the city to ‘become zero carbon by 2050’ through working in partnership on projects such as Triangulum, GrowGreen and Our Faith Our Planet.
MCCA recently held their conference (introduced by Manchester City Council’s Leader, Sir Richard Leese) on 17 July at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and discussed the development of a new carbon reduction target for Manchester.
(Picture: http://manchesterclimate.com )