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Exchange of German and Austrian cities during 68. URBAN-Netzwerktagung in Leipzig

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On 24 and 25 May 2018, the 68. URBAN-Netzwerktagung, an exchange platform for German and Austrian cities, took place in Leipzig, Germany. Stakeholders from different cities presented their individual approaches for a city between technological progress and social cohesion. The focus was on the question of how technological progress in the growing city and social issues can be combined.

Around 40 participants were involved in the discussion, also addressing further questions about different projects and strategies like housing, energy and funding opportunities.

The conference ended with a visit of the thermal storage system of the Stadtwerke Leipzig and the mobility stations of the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe as crucial and functioning examples for smart infrastructures in the growing city.

Further information in German can be found here

(Pictures: Jonas Scholze, DV )

Conference of Major Cities of Europe took place in Leipzig

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The annual conference of Major Cities of Europe (MCE) took place in Leipzig, Germany from 28 – 30 May. It has been organized and hosted by the MCE organization in close cooperation with the City of Leipzig and the municipal IT supplier LECOS GmbH.

Under the headline “Are we ready? Taking the digital city to the next level”, multiple leaders, stakeholders and experts from across Europe came together for exchange. Different sessions with a variety of formats took place with topics ranging from open and big data to digital government in practice and required skills for digitization in governmental structures.

The Major Cities of Europe conference has been a great success for the organization and for Leipzig, with close to 200 delegates from 18 countries who unanimously gave a very positive feedback.

The 2019 conference will be hosted by the City of Venice. Further information, presentations and documentation of the conference can be found here


Radio Interview with Ettore Murabito about Manchester-I Website

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Earlier this year, Ettore Murabito from the University of Manchester was contacted by Reina Yaidoo via the Triangulum Project’s

Reina Yaidoo is the host of Sanguine, a show broadcast by the local radio station North Manchester FM. Sanguine focuses on science, technology as well as social and health related issues of today’s life in the city of Manchester.

Manchester is home to a number of smart-city projects (some supported by the EU, like Triangulum) that are reshaping the way people live. Reina had come across Triangulum’s website and became interested in the notion of establishing a city-scale data curation service, the rationale of such an initiative and its implications on the many aspects of urban development and citizens’ life.

An interview was arranged that was aired on 9 May, in which Ettore was given the opportunity to talk about the work on the Manchester-I website and explain its context, providing information about some of the smart-city projects currently running in Manchester, including Triangulum and CityVerve.

Listen to the interview yourself and hear Ettore talking about Triangulum’s Manchester-I website, how he became involved with the project and how Triangulum and similar smart city projects can have an impact on open data usage, inclusiveness & citizen engagement and city living.

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Smart Mobility in Eindhoven @Strijp-S

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One goal of the Smart Mobility program on Strijp-S was to present better and more precise parking management information to visitors. Examples are reserved (licence plate) parking, a guided parking route and detailed parking information. By offering this new technology and related services, Strijp-S improved guidance and orientation in the area. By decreasing the time a visitor has to spend, e.g. on finding a parking spot, trips are made much more efficient which in turn leads to substantially less CO2 emissions.


To improve the wayfinding to and then at Strijp-S, the parking hardware has been upgraded. With this upgraded system, a new information and park reservation and management software platform has been developed. Also, the integration of licence plate recognition and personal guidance via LED displays has been implemented. For pedestrians and cyclists, additional route location information has been provided via so called Wayfinders, each of which consists out of 8 interactive and programmable LED displays. Moreover, people can find points of interests and personal navigation tips via the smart mobility map (via website and app).

Green Mobility

To improve the sharing of green mobility solutions, new bikes with sharing options and car sharing solutions have been added at Strijp-S. To facilitate the increasing demand of charging points for electrical vehicles, a complete network of smart (fast) charging stations has been realised.

Lessons Learned

The implementation of these smart mobility solutions showed that it is quite difficult to get people to change their daily parking routines. Therefore, thorough communication about new services and related privacy policy issues is very important. Not only local communities needed to be updated via different media channels about the new services but also visitors needed to be informed, e.g. about the licence plate recognition camera’s.


Smart Charging Station (Picture: Triangulum Eindhoven)

Strijp-S Guidance System (Picture: Triangulum Eindhoven)

Parking Information System (Picture: Triangulum Eindhoven)



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