Triangulum representation at 15th Annual Transatlantic Forum in Chicago

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Represented by the Stavanger partnership, Triangulum was promoted at the 15th Annual Transatlantic Forum in Chicago from 24th to 25th October 2016. Sciences, innovation and business were included as part of the cross disciplinary programme.

The Triangulum Stavanger partners were invited by the Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Research Council to take part in a session on smart cities and triple helix cooperation titled “Smart Cities – Smart Technologies – Ethics”. The session was planned and moderated by David Collins from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

The workshop focused on partnerships as a key factor for smart cities. New collaborative arenas and potential projects were discussed. Representatives of Stavanger and Chicago described their smart city activities from the city, industry and knowledge perspective, and highlighted the role of these local partnerships for successful long term collaboration in smart city projects and programmes.

The Triangulum activities in Stavanger were presented and discussed by Gerd Seehuus, the local coordinator of the Lighthouse City Stavanger, Dagfinn Wåge, head of Innovation Department of LYSE AS and Chunming Rong, Professor at the CIPSI Institute of the University of Stavanger.

The session contrasted the Norwegian and United States approach to Smart Cites, but also framed it in the wider perspective of European and United States policies and partnerships.

The purpose of Norway’s Transatlantic Forum (TF) in North America is to promote enhanced cooperation between American, Canadian and Norwegian research, education and innovation. It is a forum where policymakers and knowledge producers meet to forge and develop long-term partnerships and discover cross-disciplinary and groundbreaking new ideas. In 2016, humanities and social sciences and societal challenges were at the core of the programme with its overall theme “Big challenges – human solutions”.

Triangulum participation at Habitat III in Quito

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Every 20 years, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development is organised. The latest edition, Habitat III, took place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016 – and Triangulum coordinator Damian Wagner was there too. He formed part of a delegation from the German city Ludwigsburg, headed by its mayor Werner Spec.

The Habitat III Conference aimed at reinvigorating the global commitment to sustainable urbanisation and to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda. Habitat III offered a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities, towns and villages are planned and managed in order to fulfil their role as drivers of sustainable development, and hence shape the implementation of new global development and climate change goals.

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The Smart City Projects meet at Building Sustainability SGBC16

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The Triangulum Project was represented at a joint stand together with the other six European Smart City Lighthouse Projects at the SGBC16, celebrated on October 18-19th in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Building Sustainability SGBC16 with WorldGBC Congress Sweden brought together stakeholders working with sustainability in real estate, architecture, construction and urban planning. The 2016 edition of the conference addressed how the built environment can actively contribute to sustainable living and a more stable climate.

The seven European Smart City Lighthouse projects Triangulum, Remourban, GrowSmarter, SmartEnCity, REPLICATE, Smarter Together and Sharing Cities were represented at the conference within a joint stand. They presented their Lighthouse Cities and Follower Cities and the technical solutions being applied.

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Further information can be found on the SGBC 16 website.

Triangulum Consortium meets in Sabadell

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From 10th – 12th October 2016 the Triangulum partners met in the follower city Sabadell to discuss the project progress. Cargo bikes, parking apps, smart home safaris – these were some of the measures that the Triangulum Lighthouse Cities Manchester, Eindhoven and Stavanger have carried out during the last months. The three Follower Cities Leipzig, Prague and Sabadell presented and discussed their ideas for future activities. Two intense days of the project meeting were followed by a review meeting with the European Commission, where the progress of the first 1.5 years of Triangulum was discussed.

Eindhoven iCity Tender

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Can you make Eindhoven City smarter? Submit your proposal!

Adjusting the colour and intensity of the public lighting by using a Smartphone, bicycle paths light up as cyclists approach, cameras detect accidents and contact both the authorities and the nearest citizen with a first aid degree… Do you know how a city with ‘brains’ looks like? We are looking for the best ideas and offer innovative entrepreneurs and start-ups funding for the development of smart services and products. Together with the municipality of Eindhoven, TU/e and VolkerWessels we are launching the iCity Tender. A tender for smart city development with living lab Strijp-S as launching market. For more information click here.

Launch of cargo bikes in Triangulum’s Lighthouse city Manchester

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On 15th June, Manchester Metropolitan University officially launched the introduction of electric cargo bikes – an important element of the mobility measures foreseen within the Triangulum activities in Manchester.

The launch formed part of an annual cycling event held during the UK’s national bike week. The event was dedicated to staff and partners of “Corridor Manchester” – the focus area of activity of Triangulum in Manchester. The Corridor is a 2 km long spine that contains two of the UK’s largest universities and one of the largest medical research campuses in Western Europe.

The bikes are being provided by Cycle Waggle for use across the Departments of Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. The aim is to reduce the number of small scale deliveries being made across the estate with traditional diesel vehicles. Each of the bikes is fitted with GPS tracking so that all journeys can be tracked and monitored. The reduction in carbon emissions will be measured over the life time of the project.

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The event gave staff at both Universities an opportunity to try out the different types of cargo bikes available and sign up to use them within their Departments.

Triangulum Onsite Assessment in Sabadell

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In the last months, the city of Sabadell, together with its linked third parties VIMUSA, IAS and Promoció Econòmica de Sabadell, has worked intensively in the city analysis prior to Triangulum’s on-site assessment held from 29th February to 9th March 2016. Not only has data with more than 100 indicators and action fields been collected, but also nearly 30 organisations have been involved – other public administrations, non-profit foundations, research centres and private companies – and 12 municipal departments. These entities and departments have participated during the on-site assessment conducted by Fraunhofer, most of them in the interviews as well as in the final innovation workshop held on 9th March in the “Fira Sabadell” exhibition centre.


After this analytic process a much clearer picture of the strengths, weaknesses and the potential of Sabadell has been obtained, and an interesting local innovation ecosystem has been developed. As a result of the on-site assessment, around 20 potential new projects have been proposed, in the fields of urban mobility, ICT, energy, citizen participation or innovative economy, and 14 of them were discussed in the final workshop identifying goals, components, stakeholders and supportive factors for each of them.

The challenge for the months ahead is to maintain the innovation ecosystem that has been created and to start the technical elaboration of the projects to be included in the Triangulum implementation plan in Sabadell.
The on-site assessment concludes the analytic work initiated by the municipality with internal discussions under three sectoral roundtables – mobility, energy, ICT – to identify the priorities and action lines, and evaluate the transferability of the Triangulum projects developed in Manchester, Eindhoven and Stavanger. In order to facilitate the assessment of the transferability, technical officers from the municipality of Sabadell and VIMUSA have participated in the on-site assessments of Eindhoven, Stavanger and Manchester which have taken place between October 2015 and January 2016.

Leipzig on-site assessment results presented

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Results of the Triangulum on-site assessment in Leipzig were presented at the second Leipzig West Zukunftslabor- meeting held on the 23th of February. A broad range of experts and citizens were invited to discuss and share their visions for the district Leipzig West on a variety of topics relevant for the future development. Addressed were issues like sharing concepts, smart mobility, big data, decentralized rainwater management, affordable housing and micro logistics. The Zukunftslabor together with the Zukunftsforum form the shareholding structure of the City of Leipzig’s first Smart City Implementation Plan.