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

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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

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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

Strijp-S Guidance System

Parking Information System


Picture Credits @Eindhoven

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Manchester Metropolitan University and their new smart city battery

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Manchester Metropolitan University installed a new smart city battery to drive energy efficiency. The university published a news article about this topic where they describe how the battery is controlled and how it can cover about 50 % of Berley Campus’s electricity demand.

Read the article here.

Follower City meets Lighthouse City: Leipzig goes Stavanger

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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

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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.

Eindhoven’s tenants in charge of their house renovation processe

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In Eindhoven’s Eckart district, Woonbedrijf invites tenants to take ownership of the renovation processes of their own houses. To make this possible, Woonbedrijf experiments with renovating in a ‘series of one’. This means that an individual house in a block of houses can be renovated at the most convenient time of the tenant according to his or her individual choices – and not when the housing association deems it appropriate. The entire project is about understanding that a housing association may own houses, but that it is the tenants who call it their home!

This new approach develops through a process of prototyping, which means that one is developing the renovation process with the help of a computer tool by trial and error. Woonbedrijf thus starts the renovation with a prototype, developed though co-production of Woonbedrijf, the construction company and the participating tenants. By using this WoonConnect tool, tenants can see a 3D digital version of their house. They make their own choices and immediately see the expected impacts on their energy costs. With WoonConnect, they get an insight into how they can change their behaviour in order to lower energy costs, for example by insulating their roof, by replacing their windows or by installing solar PV panels. Tenants can also go and visit a model house where several of the offered renovation processes have already been implemented.

New way of communicating “Smart City” in Leipzig

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With the beginning of this year, the Follower City Leipzig has been overhauling and improving its communication strategy for promoting smart city activities in Leipzig. Besides the communication channels of Triangulum (such as this newsletter), each participating city is faced with the task of successfully communicating itself the “Smart City” towards its citizens, businesses and institutions.

The newly developed communication strategy will help to further advance the communication efforts in Leipzig. Besides the renewal of the visual components, the existing website ( will be restructured. A common visual concept will be established, which will be used in presentations, flyers and any other publication in the future.

Additionally, the communication strategy will help to highlight all the progress that Leipzig has made so far within the Triangulum project and beyond. The importance of the Smart City shall be communicated more powerfully by presenting the faces behind the concept.

The development of the communication strategy is an important step to further professionalize and institutionalize the smart city process in Leipzig. It is accompanied by a Leipzig-based communication and design agency.

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