Battery Buses are now part of Stavanger’s cityscape

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Hundreds of people were celebrating in Stavanger city on 11th February, when the three battery buses funded by the Triangulum project were unveiled. The design of the buses was part of a high school design competition and the inhabitants of Stavanger could vote for their favourites.
At the event, the county mayor gave a speech presenting the project and introducing the high school student who won the competition and created the bus design.
The vehicles were placed in a triangle to illustrate the project’s name, covered with a banner showing the Triangulum logo and the promotional slogan “See what happens today at 12…”. Coffee and cupcakes were served in the middle of the triangle while other actions like face painting for kids were happening inside the buses. Hundreds of colourful balloons with the Triangulum logo and the slogan “Smart solutions for a smart region” rounded off a day packed with attractions. The activities were documented by a professional photographer, who produced a short film clip that was spread via social media and had instantly about 20,000 viewers. Get your own impression an have a look:

Citizens’ opinions count in Eckart Vaartbroek, Eindhoven’s demo area

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Active citizen involvement as a key to success….. “Samenspraak” (translates as “participation”) was the title of an event in Eindhoven in December, inviting citizens and neighbourhoods to have their say about the planned measures in the Eckart Vaartbroek demo district.
Discussions focussed on the innovative light route which is part of the Triangulum project’s activities. Participants were provided with the latest information and were actively involved in the planning process. A variety of questions were considered, such as what are the specific requirements? How can residents benefit the most? What advantages does the new system have in comparison to “traditional” lighting systems?
Integrating residents right from the outset is a main concern of the project. This inclusive approach creates commitment and therefore guarantees the successful implementation of the measures.

Visit of Triangulum Observer City Tianjin in China

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A delegation from Manchester City Council, the University of Manchester and e-forum visited Tianjin in China on 09.12.2016 to develop their role as an observer city in Triangulum.

Mark Duncan, James Evans, Shaun Topham and Paul Stewart were hosted by the Tianjin Foreign Affairs Office at the Tianjin Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. In addition to looking at some of the city’s smart developments including Binhai and the new eco-city, plans were made to share Triangulum outputs with key partners in the city.

(Picture: Triangulum Manchester)

(Picture: Triangulum Manchester)

Triangulum Follower City Leipzig – Bringing Smart City topics to the citizens

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During the past months, the follower city of Leipzig has made an effort to bring the Smart City topic closer to the inhabitants of the focus district in Leipzig-West and, at the same time, to contribute to a city wide strategy.

During September and October 2016, a series of four thematic evening events took place. Each workshop was dedicated to a Smart City related topic: Smart Energy, Smart Mobility, Smart District and Active Neighbourhood Society. After an input speech by a member of the local Triangulum team on Smart Cities and on first ideas on a “smart” district in Leipzig West, the participants discussed visions and obstacles for the further smart development of the district as well as their own project ideas. The results of the evenings will contribute to the Smart City implementation plan to be developed within the Triangulum project activities in Leipzig.

(Picture: Triangulum Leipzig)

Additionally, a new website was launched to explain and document the Smart City process in Leipzig-West. It will constantly be updated and new information on events on Smart City topics will be published.

The local Triangulum team also works closely with other partners to engage inhabitants in Smart City topics. Together with the Institute of Urban Development and Construction Management of Leipzig University, the evening lecture series “HOT SPOTS :: DER STADTENTWICKLUNG” is organised during the winter semester, focusing on Smart City related topics. In the first lecture, Steffen Braun of Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart presented the Living LaB Ludwigsburg. In November 2016, Ulrich Hörning, Deputy Mayor of the Department of General Services of the City of Leipzig, presented his ideas for a “smart” city.

On 22.11.2016 the expert discussion “Leipzig is growing sustainably – the digital city” took place as part of the update process for Leipzig’s integrated urban development strategy. Around 50 participants with different backgrounds (civil society, science, economy, city administration and other municipalities) discussed the opportunities and challenges of a “Digital City”.

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Design competition for buses in Triangulum’s Lighthouse city Stavanger receives attention

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One of the Triangulum activities in Stavanger is the purchase of new battery-powered buses. This purchase offers a great possibility for the inhabitants of Stavanger: to have a say in the design of the buses themselves!

(Picture: Stavanger Kommune)

Students at three Norwegian high schools competed for decorating the three new battery-powered buses. Stavanger County Mayor Solveig Ege Tengesdal told the students that the county wanted a fresh look for the battery-powered buses, and that they looked forward to seeing what creative ideas the students would come up with. Their creativity knew no bounds.

Between February and April 2016, the students could submit their own designs to the competition. School classes could deliver as many design proposals as they wanted. A jury selected a design from each school before a separate ballot decided on the winning design.

The local newspaper was involved, presenting the designs to the public to vote for their favourite design. It was a great success with thousands casting their vote.

This activity created a lot of publicity for the Triangulum project. The school class with the winning design received a prize of 20,000 NOK. The three battery-powered buses in the new design will arrive in Stavanger in January 2017.

Video of the bus design competition kick-off

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona

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The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona is the international smart cities discussion summit linking the urban reality with the technological revolution. The 2016 edition (15-17 November) hosted nearly 17 000 visitors, 591 exhibitors, 420 speakers and more than 600 cities. The event attracts the highest level of stakeholders in the context of urban development and innovative technologies. This year´s debate was held around the topics of collaborative economy, energy innovation, sustainable mobility, co-creation dynamics, open data integration, and the need to invest in education, health and support systems for aging populations.

Triangulum was present in a joint EU SCC projects stand at this leading platform of ideas and networking. Our presence was able to attract the attention of hundreds of visitors from industry, research and public institutions interested in the topic of smart cities and new forms of collaboration.


(Picture: Fraunhofer IAO)

(Picture: Fraunhofer IAO)

The coordinator team as well as one representative from the city of Sabadell were present at the stand, sharing the experiences from the project and exchanging ideas with the other SCC initiatives and the public. The participating smart districts and the challenges for replication within the project were presented in various speaking sessions held at the stand.

For further information about the SCEWC 16 please visit the event website.

Delegates of the Berlin Energy Agency visit the Triangulum partners in Manchester

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On 18th October 2016, the Triangulum project partners in Manchester welcomed a group of delegates from Berlin Energy Agency. They were attending as part of a Horizon 2020 funded Urban Learning programme.

Having expressed a specific interest in energy management and planning, the group was given an overview of the Energy workstream by Siemens, and of Manchester’s Smart City projects by Manchester City Council. The visitors were then shown around the Energy Centre of the BREAM Excellent Birley Campus at Manchester Metropolitan University, which will be one of the buildings that will receive new technology as a result of Manchester’s Triangulum activities.

Triangulum stand at Nordic Edge Expo in Stavanger

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Triangulum partners informed about the project at a stand at the smart city conference Nordic Edge in Stavanger this October. Nordic Edge aims at becoming one of Europe’s most important arenas for knowledge exchange and inspiration for creators of smarter businesses, smarter homes and smarter cities and has taken place for the second time in 2016.

The Triangulum stand was well visited, and numerous visitors were interested in learning more about the project. Nordic Edge counted 2,080 participants from all over the world, and had over 100 exhibitors.

Nordic Edge Expo