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Triangulum International Conference

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We invite you to our international conference on “Energising Cities: Innovations, challenges & solutions” in Stavanger, Norway from 23.-24.09.2019.

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

On Monday, 23.09., we will start the conference with presentations by Triangulum’s Project Coordinator Trinidad Fernandez-Lopez and European Commission representatives.

There will be two Key Notes by Steve Turner (Digital Cities Lead at Arup) and Martin Brynskov (Chair of Open & Agile Smart Cities, Director of the Centre for Digital Transformation of Cities & Communities and Associate Professor at Aarhus University).

In the afternoon, we look forward to tell you about the replicable success stories from our three Lighthouse- and Fellow Cities including lessons learnt and hands-on experiences and demonstrations from the people of Triangulum. Some of the topics to be discussed in interactive sessions will be climate change, governance, citizen engagement and investment & replication.

On Tuesday, 24.09., we are merging into the official Nordic Edge Expo and Conference 2019. In the afternoon, Triangulum is co-organising the yearly Nordic Edge session “Being a European Lighthouse City – A Journey from the Beginning to the End” where the two new SCC1 projects MAKING-CITY and +CityXChange will be introduced. Before handing over to them, Triangulum will present its main outcomes and learnings and talk about best practices regarding monitoring and evaluation.

Check our event page for regular updates!

Also, follow our Twitter channel and our LinkedIn page to be informed about the conference at all times.

If you have any questions, please contact Bettina Remmele from Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum at remmele@steinbeis-europa.de

Triangulum Representatives at RUGGEDISED Replication Workshop in Brno

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Several Triangulum partners, such as our Fellow City Prague representatives Monika Uhlenbruch and Adam Pajgrt from IPR Prague and Sonja Stöffler from the University of Stuttgart, participated in the replication workshop “Learning from the most innovative” organised by RUGGEDISED project in their Fellow City Brno, Czech Republic.

The workshop was held back to back with the Urbis Smart City Fair 2019, inviting interested stakeholders and city and replication representatives from other smart city projects. The aim of the workshop was to help city representatives to learn about the most innovative (smart) city projects throughout Europe.

The workshop was “project focused”, meaning that concrete selected smart solutions were discussed at round tables. While some round tables focused more on technical aspects, others were more devoted to implementation processes, governance aspects, business models, public procurement, citizen engagement and data usage.

Sonja Stöffler from the University of Stuttgart and part of the replication work package of Triangulum participated in the Panel Discussion on “Building Smart Districts by Lighthouse cities leaders and Replication workshop findings”, together with RUGGEDISED representatives Albert Engels, Carina Aschan, Gavin Slater, Katelien van den Berge (previously part of the Stavanger local consortium) and moderated by Mario Gualdi. You can listen to a recording of the discussion here.

Learn more about the event at https://www.smartcityfair.cz/ruggedised/

Pictures @ Triangulum / University of Stuttgart

Round Tables
Panel Discussion

Triangulum Event in Stavanger

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On 23 May, Lighthouse City Stavanger hosted a local event called “Triangulum – what is it and what has it meant for our region?” to which 70 interested stakeholders attended, such as the Mayor, politicians, researchers, directors, leaders and employees from the local partner organisations.

The Stavanger partners presented their demonstrations and the repercussions Triangulum has caused in their organisations. For example, Triangulum tremendously helped the municipality in turning Stavanger into a smart city and to take more environmentally friendly decisions.

A dedicated “Project Leader Square” helped participants to easily get into a dialogue with the Triangulum partners during coffee breaks and after the event.

The Triangulum event has received a lot of positive feedback from the participants. It helped them to get a broader understanding of the impact Triangulum has had in the Stavanger region. Moreover, it was a good opportunity to gather all the local Triangulum Stavanger partners to create a summary of all the positive repercussions they have experienced so far from the project.

Pictures @ Stavanger Kommune

Summary: Triangulum Webinar

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The third public webinar in our series of Triangulum webinars has taken place on 14 May at 10 AM (CEST). Whereas last year’s webinar series was centered around topics from within our Lighthouse Cities, such as urban biking or data platforms, the 2019 series focuses on the needs of our Follower Cities Prague, Sabadell and Leipzig. We specifically asked them “What are you interested in?” and “Where do you need some more input?” and the answers were quite clear!

Prague decided for a consortium-internal webinar at the end of March 2019 where they gathered the majority of Triangulum partners in a virtual webinar room to discuss some very specific topics. The results of these “secret” discussions will be available soon – come back for more information in the coming months.

Getting back to Sabadell, they told us that they are interested in hearing more about green mobility, especially with respect to schools. So we got Mark Cox from the City of Eindhoven to talk about this topic and to talk about how biking is done in the Netherlands (Spoiler: it’s different! Children seem to learn how to ride a bike before they learn how to walk…). Moreover, Vin Sumner, the CEO of Clicks and Links, an SME that has been very actively involved in our Lighthouse City Manchester, talked about city visualisation technologies by referring to the many benefits of virtual reality and teaching us about how digital twins support city development. Finally, Adrian Slatcher from the Manchester City Council presented the topic of IoT – the Internet of Things, explaining what it is and why the human element plays a crucial role in anything IoT related.

If you are interested in seeing what virtual reality biking looks like or in finding out what a “digital twin” actually is, then watch the recording of our webinar in our webinar section.

In order to stay informed about upcoming webinars as part of our Triangulum webinar series, follow us on Twitter @Triangulum_EU and sign up for our newsletter.

Triangulum Webinar for Follower City Sabadell

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On 14 May at 10 AM (CEST), Triangulum is hosting a webinar to support the replication process in our Follower City Sabadell.

The webinar will cover the followig three topics with input from the following speakers:
-Green Mobility for/to Schools (Mark Cox from Eindhoven University of Technology)
-City Visualisation Technologies (Vin Summner from Manchester Clicks & Links)
-Internet of Things (Adrian Slatcher from Manchester City Council)

The webinar is open to anyone interested in one or all three of the topics.

Each theme will be introduced by a presentation with knowleadgable input from the respective speakers and will be followed by an interactive Q&A round.

No registration is required! Interested participants can freely join the webinar on 14 May via the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/468558717

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

We are looking forward to welcome you on 14 May!

Updates and latest info

Demonstration of Triangulum at the Sabadell High School “Institut Sabadell”

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At the request of the Sabadell High School “Institut Sabadell”, around 100 students around 13 years-old received a presentation on Triangulum on 8 and 9 April. First, a general presentation on the Sabadell Follower City Implementation Strategy (FCIS) was given, describing the ten actions under implementation and the philosophy of replication from Lighthouse Cities.

Moreover, there was a focus on two of them that were more related to education centres: “Green mobility to schools” and “Maker spaces”. Students could give their view on how to improve green mobility to schools, making specific suggestions related to favouring the use of soft mobility means.

Finally, a live demonstration of a laser cutter machine was performed at the classroom which has been purchased by the municipality as part of Triangulum, and which is one of the main tools for “maker spaces”. On the second day, the students visited the municipal fleet of sustainable vehicles, also purchased as part of Triangulum, and were demonstrated the use of e-bikes, e-motorbikes and e-cars for the maintenance of public spaces of Sabadell, as well as for the use of the Municipal Police.

 

Municipal fleet of sustainable vehicles (Picture: Ajuntament Sabadell)

 

Successful start for replication in Sabadell

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On 28 March, Stavanger partner Lyse successfully replicated the Blink service in the headquarters of AVAN in Sabadell and made pilot installations in the home of three different users. AVAN is an organization that does rehabilitation for patients that suffer from different neuro-physiological diseases, and the organization has by themselves done the last two of a total of five pilot installations in the patients  homes.

The Blink service brings Full-HD video conference service to end user’s TVs, as well as Android and iOS based smart phones and tablets. Smartphones and tablets is typically used by mobile health personnel or family and friends.

AVAN will use the service to follow up on their users for therapy and rehabilitation, and they will conduct a three-month research project where each user has three weekly consultations using the Blink solution, with the purpose of documenting effect.

The Blink solution can be implemented at the patient’s close family or friends, thus providing more social contact and activity. It can also provide sensor signals from medical devices like oximeter and spirometers, but this functionality will not be tested in Sabadell.

All users got to test the service themselves, and Lyses representatives Dagfinn Wåge and Birger Clementsen experienced a warm welcome and interest from both users and their relatives. Councilor for Social Action Gabriel Fernàndez i Díaz from Sabadell municipality, also tested the service to call the different homes.

 

Councilor for Social Action Gabriel Fernàndez i Díaz from Sabadell municipality, testing the service to call the different homes. (Picture: Lyse)

 

Dagfinn Wåge interviewing Nacho Perrote who is an occupational therapist at AVAN. (Picture: Lyse)

Replication of videoconferencing technologies in Sabadell

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A videoconferencing room has been installed at the Industrial Business Centre of Can Roqueta, to be used by the companies located in this centre, as well as companies and entities throughout the city.

This technology, mostly used in medium or large meetings, offers a high quality and comfort and facilitates exchange between local companies and other partners. It furthermore enables face-to-face meetings and presentations in their own space, and allows them to disseminate content through streaming systems to a wide public.

The space is already operational and can be booked in two formats: a small one with the possibility of projecting from laptops or mobile devices (up to eight simultaneous devices, wireless option available) and a digital whiteboard or a large one, additionally including videoconferencing and streaming tools.

Videoconferencing Tool (Picture: Ajuntament de Sabadell)

The videoconferencing service incorporates HD audio and video reception and emission equipment, as well as access to professional videoconferencing software with the possibility to convene tele-meetings of up to 30 people simultaneously, although it can also be used with any free software available online. The high definition camera provides a 90 degree vision field, with inclined or panoramic zoom adjustable through a remote control, in addition to setting predefined plans. At the same time, the “hands-free” audio system through a base station cancels echo and reduces ambient noise, which allows sharper communication. It includes a 65-inch touch screen, which facilitates the projection of content from a mobile device or laptop located in the same room. Moreover, it can broadcast live content through streaming options and the screen can be used as a digital whiteboard.

Our Follower City Sabadell develops a strategy of implementation of ten innovative solutions integrating the fields of energy, transport and ICT. In the case of videoconferencing, replication has occurred mainly in cooperation with the City of Stavanger, which has implemented the videoconferencing system in several homes for medical tele-assistance for the elderly.

Read the original article in Catalan

Big success: Leipzig is coordinating an international project on energy efficient public transport in Central Europe

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Thanks to the experience gained during Triangulum, Leipzig’s transnational project EfficienCE has been approved by European Commission within the Interreg Central Europe programme. EfficienCE aims at increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public transport infrastructures to reach local, regional and also EU energy targets. Most of the countries in central Europe have an average share of only 6.3% renewable energy and furthermore low applications of new technologies to increase energy efficiency in public transport infrastructures. So the countries are challenged with the EU’s target to achieve a 10% share of renewable energy in transport by 2020.
Leipzig is moving on from being a Triangulum Follower City and will now take over the responsibility for the project and will lead a consortium of eight cities including Budapest, Milano and Parma, companies like Wiener Linien, and scientific institutes, e.g. University of Maribor or Gdansk University of Technology.
The project has a budget of about 2.4 Mio. €. Partners will improve the use of renewable energy with measures like re-using brake energy of trams (Gdynia) or constructing an energy station with e-charging etc. (Maribor). Leipzig will develop an urban data platform with pilot cases in public transport and with a participative process of all relevant stakeholders. The aim of the project is to better exploit the potentials of data-based traffic planning and organization. The project will start in April 2019 and will last three years.

Stavanger Triangulum Event

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How does Triangulum impact the Stavanger region? On 23 May, the communication group of Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Stavanger invites key stakeholders, politicians, partner employees and citizens to promote Triangulum project and its achievements.

The goal of the event is to give insights into which innovative solutions have been developed and what significance they have for the Stavanger region. In the course of this event, a brand-new movie will be launched, together with the new website, highlighting the implications of the Triangulum project from a citizen’s point of view.

 

Official invitation to event in Norwegian (Picture: Stavanger Kommune)