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Clean solution in Eindhoven: “SANERGY” means sustainable energy supply by soil sanitation

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For decades, Strijp-S, one of the Triangulum demo sites in Eindhoven, was home to the Philips factories. This caused contamination of the soil which had to be cleaned up when it came to developing the area. The municipality of Eindhoven and VolkerWessels, both owners of the buildings and grounds on Strijp-S, worked together with joint forces and developed a system that purifies the soil and at the same time extracts energy from ground water.

The system is based on water pumps that circulate the soil water while bacteria demolish the detrimental components in the soil. The main disadvantage is that it takes about 30 years to complete but during that time, the area can be developed. The main advantage is that it is 5 to 10 times less expensive than removing the soil and purifying it the conventional way.

Energy saving

At the same time, the system is able to extract energy from ground water by using water pumps. This energy could be used to heat and cool the new developed and transformed buildings in this area. This is the reason why the system contributes to reduce the use of fossil fuels and therefore lowers carbon dioxide emissions.

“Sanergy” is only one of the activities happening in the district of Strijp-S. Strijp-S is a living lab, a dynamic environment in which innovative products and services are developed, refined, demonstrated and replicated.

 

The Strijp-S area with the new developments on the right and the former Philips factories on the left. (Picture: Eindhoven municipality)

Update on 3D Model in Prague

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Already in 2001, Prague has started to build its own 3D model of the city and since then, 3D data has been an elementary part of the data platform of the City of Prague. The core value of the 3D model is its supporting function for decision making in urban and strategic planning. Therefore, it is utilised as a data input for environmental and other analyses. 3D models in general can also serve as a communication tool in participatory planning processes for new developments or for revitalization processes in parts of the city.

3d model of Podlaznost, Prague (Picture: IPR Prague)

 

Prague’s 3D data is applicable on various fields and therefore, the city needs reliable tools to export 3D data into different formats without losing quality. To use 3D data for planning and analytical as well as participatory projects, data such as the topologically data has to be precise, reliable and constantly updated.

However, the model missed a system for maintenance of its 3D data such as a system for web presentation and had difficulties to ensure high data quality. Therefore, a further goal is to update the 3D model through the implementation of a system of software tools for maintenance and web presentation and to improve the data quality.

Before setting up the tender for the update of the 3D model, the spatial data section of IPR Prague analysed similar projects in other European cities. For instance, the 3D city models of Berlin, Zurich and Vienna were tested and a knowledge exchange with the Lighthouse City Eindhoven during the Follower City Days in 2017 took place. Afterwards, in 2018, a tender process for the selection of the provider of the technological update of the 3D model was published. Already in 2019, the update has been implemented and currently, the available geo data is undergoing an adaptation process.

During the implementation process, three milestones were set to measure the progress of the implementation of the 3D model: Firstly, setting up and signing the contract with the supplier (in 2018), secondly, the implementation of the new system in IPR Prague´s environment (in 2018) and thirdly, launching a web presentation of the city model (in 2019).

 

Report on the “Smart Cities and Communities: Impact Monitoring and Assessment Exchange” Workshop

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The European Union H2020 Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) programme has funded 14 Lighthouse projects with a total of 40 Lighthouse Cities to demonstrate how smart technology can deliver sustainability benefits to cities and their residents. These projects are monitoring and assessing the impacts of interventions in cities across Europe in order to provide evidence that will support wider uptake and replication. This is a timely opportunity to share learning and drive optimal monitoring and assessment activities, as the projects originally funded in the first year are now entering their fifth and final year, whilst the final projects of the programme have now begun.

The workshop

James Evans presenting at the workshop (Picture: Triangulum)

The Impact Monitoring and Assessment Exchange was held on 7th March 2019 by Triangulum and the Manchester Urban Institute at the University of Manchester. A total of 17 participants attended with five of the SCC projects represented: RemoUrban, Replicate, Sharing Cities, IRIS and Triangulum.

The workshop was aimed at colleagues responsible for monitoring and assessing impacts in the SCC Lighthouse projects, as well other key stakeholders and interested parties. It provided an opportunity to exchange approaches to monitoring and assessing impacts, and to discuss challenges and opportunities. The goals were to share best practice among the SCC Lighthouse projects and develop a shared agenda. The workshop was small and interactive to facilitate sharing ideas and expertise. Key topics were communicated in advance with attendees to focus the exchanges.

Key topics

  • Monitoring and assessing at different spatial and temporal scales
  • Measuring softer social impacts and trade-offs with hard impacts
  • Moving from outcomes to impacts
  • Capturing and upscaling benefits
  • Alignment with needs of different partners
  • Data and data management
  • Complying with open data requirements
  • Cross-SCC opportunities and collaborative research opportunities

 

Agenda

Exchange 1: Approaches to monitoring and assessment, including five short bursts from the SCC projects represented.

Exchange 2: Capturing impacts.

  • Table 1: Soft impacts including processes, organisational change, stakeholder engagement
  • Table 2: Monitoring at different scales, including use of platforms and aggregation of data

Exchange 3: Data and indicators.

  • Table 1: Data collection, management and governance, including data access, openness, accuracy, use and compliance with EU requirements
  • Table 2: KPIs, including harmonisation and creation, alignment with existing frameworks (e.g. SCIS)

Exchange 4: Conclusions and next steps.

 

Key messages

There was a strong consensus across attendees that there is a need to capture process learning in the projects. There is an opportunity to capture the governance, learning and institutional change processes and communicate these to the follower cities and more widely. The key messages in relation to process learning that were identified across the five SCC projects are:

  • Process learning has been identified by Lighthouse City partners as the most important and lasting outcome of their participation in the SCC projects.
  • Process learning involves organisations changing the ways in which they work in response to new experiences, and presents a major opportunity to accelerate the uptake of smart city solutions.
  • Process learning has not been fully recognised or captured within the existing funding and project frameworks.

The Exchange discussions resulted in a shared agenda with an intention to develop a dedicated work stream to leverage the considerable amount of process learning that the SCC programme has generated. This is made up of the following actions:

  1. Capture and measure process learning and exploit as a use case. Partner organisations involved in SCC projects have learnt how to become smarter through new ways of working in partnership (inter- and intra-partner organisation). This is one the most valuable assets to come out of the lighthouse projects in terms of leveraged benefits and legacy.
  2. Capture process learning around soft impacts (esp. social impacts). Showcase the importance of stakeholder engagement and social impact methodologies and develop into a use case for replication. Identify how process learning facilitates leveraged investment and activities (e.g. new ways of working enable further project investment).
  3. Develop KPIs for process learning. Identify KPIs and value capture techniques for process learning
  4. Exploit potential for cross-SCC project collaboration in relation to process learning at a meta-scale. This activity realises value in two ways. First it enables vertical and horizontal project-project learning, and second it can be used to produce recommendations for how to transform processes to accelerate smart city adoption.

The Exchange organisers have disseminated these ideas as an output to the European Commission and will develop a work stream to address process learning in the final year of the project. The monitoring and assessment work package will also hold a follow-up workshop in late 2019 to consolidate the process learning work stream, including mechanisms to share and feed into the data and replication work packages. Finally, the potential to establish a cross-SCC process learning taskforce will be explored, in order to evidence the added value of the SCC programme and support the development of tools and methods to capture and leverage this value.

 

Workshop Report authored by:

Prof James Evans (James.Z.Evans@manchester.ac.uk)

Dr Kelly Watson (Kelly.Watson@manchester.ac.uk)

International Interest in Triangulum: Russian delegation visit to Manchester

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The Department for International Trade Russia and representatives from Russian companies visited Manchester on the 19th February as part of the week-long business mission “Innovative Technologies in Urban Infrastructure” to the UK. The objective of the mission was to showcase UK expertise and experience in the area of sustainable construction and infrastructure proposing advanced technologies and solutions to Russian businesses and authorities.

Russian Delegation visiting Manchester (Picture: Triangulum Manchester)

The visit to Manchester started with a tour of the MMU Energy Centre (demonstrating the Triangulum SolarPV and Battery installations), followed by presentations from Manchester City Council, Siemens, University of Manchester and Manchester Bike Hire on each organisation’s involvement in the Triangulum project. The visit was rounded off with a demonstration of the Triangulum Cargo Bikes. This delegation visit proofs the international interest in the achievements of Triangulum project. Just recently, Manchester Triangulum partners have also hosted delegations from South Korea and Japan.

Manchester Triangulum Partners win Energy Award

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Congratulations to our Manchester partners Manchester Metropolitan University, Siemens UK and Manchester City Council for winning the Public Building Energy Project Energy Award of the Year 2018. The project partners demonstrated how technology can improve sustainable mobility, energy, ICT and business: Nearly 600 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Brooks Building at Oxford Road Corridor to provide low carbon energy on campus.
Moreover, a Siemens Lithium Ion Battery has been installed to reduce demand on the energy network at peak times, all controlled by intelligent technology. It was this energy management and optimisation aspect of the project that won the Public Building Energy Project of the Year Award 2018, run by EMAP Publishing.

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“Investing in Local Energy” Conference in Leeds

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“Empowering local authorities in the clean energy revolution” was the focus of this event, sponsored by Siemens, taking place in Manchester at 31st January.

The conference brought together the Departments for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Leeds Climate Commission and UK100 to discuss how local authorities can be empowered to create a local energy system fit for its residents and meeting climate change objectives.

The power to make this change depends on local authorities and the right funding, from either private investment or central government. The energy system in the UK has moved from centralised to decentralised power, and now more than a quarter of the electricity consumed across the UK comes from renewable sources. Learn more about CO2 reduction strategies in the UK, the Triangulum project and the role of project partner Siemens in the article by Carl Ennis, Managing Director of Siemens Energy Management at LinkedIN.

Prototyping of solutions to tackle Sabadell challenges

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Catalan and Eindhoven-based students from the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) continued the prototyping of solutions to face selected Sabadell challenges, as part of the TUE’s Master kick-off event and during an on-site visit to Sabadell coinciding with the Smart City Expo.

Participants of Master kick-off event in Sabadell (Picture: Ajuntament de Sabadell)

The focus of this prototyping before April 2019 will be in the field of 3D modelling of Sabadell, in order to geoposition relevant real-time and static data of the city on this 3D model. During the on-site visit, the students contrasted their ideas with municipal officers from the police, geographic information system (GIS) and energy departments, as well as with other public and private operators in the field of GIS and sensoring. Their proposal on 3D modelling (called “MOD3L”) was designated as one of the finalists of the City of Sabadell’s Coinnovem contest on the 6th November.

Students in Eindhoven connecting to Sabadell (Picture: Technical University of Eindhoven)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Transforming Cities” featuring Strijp-S

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The current issue of the German journal “Transforming Cities” features an article about the mobility actions implemented in Eindhoven, one of Triangulum’s Lighthouse Cities.

The focus topic of this issue is “Gesund und sicher leben in der Stadt”, which translates to “Living a healthily and save life in the city”. Eindhoven, with all of its innovative and first-of -a-kind solutions in the fields of enery, mobility and ICT,  is a great exemplar for a healthy and save city of tomorrow!

If you do speak German and are interested in learning more, check out the article here.

The article has been written by Bettina Remmele (Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum), main press contact of Triangulum.

 

 

Triangulum at the #SCEWC18 in Barcelona

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The Smarty City Expo World Congress in Barcelona (SCEWC) is one of the largest Smart City events in the world. But what is it that makes it also one of the best and most popular ones of its kind?

As the world’s leading event for Smart Cities, the SCEWC provides a unique meeting point for the Smart City sector and an innovative platform for urban action worldwide. SCEWC, the event for cities organized by Fira de Barcelona, took place from 13-15 November at the Gran Via venue. In its eighth edition, it gathered representatives of more than 700 cities, featuring major capitals such as Athens, Atlanta, Berlin, Brussels, London, New York, Rome, Stockholm or Yokohama. Over 100 mayors and representatives from five continents were present, analysing how to undertake initiatives that seek to transform cities into places where the lives of their citizens improves.

Triangulum, together with its 11 sister projects from the European Lighthouse Projects family, covers almost 80 cities across Europe. This year in Barcelona, the entire community, including the two EU initiatives SCIS and EIP-SCC, came together at a joint stand with various workshops and three larger Agora sessions to demonstrate how EU funded smart cities are leading the way in driving sustainable and smart innovation. The Smart City projects presented how they are putting smart technologies to the test and how specific solutions work in practice when it comes to reducing environmental impact and improving citizen’s lives.

The Expo from above (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

As part of the joint European Lighthouse Cities stand, Triangulum was represented at the Expo Tuesday through Thursday with various partners from the Lighthouse- and Follower Cities as well as from the other work packages. We from Triangulum used this opportunity to inform interested stakeholders as well as the broad public about our project and the progress in our six cities Stavanger, Manchester, Eindhoven, Sabadell, Leipzig and Prague. As one of the oldest and most experienced projects, we are in the middle of the monitoring phase and therefore have a lot of stories to tell, from pains and gains to best practices and lessons learned. A special highlight was when the Mayor of Bordeaux and former French prime minister Alain Juppé visited us at the stand to discuss the upscaling of smart cities towards a city-needs led European smart city market

SCC1 representatives with the Mayor (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

Damian Wagner from Fraunhofer IAO, project coordinator of Triangulum, talked about the biggest challenges that we have encountered in the last few years at the Agora session “Trial. Innovate. Replicate. Smart Cities and Communities.” which has been moderated by Jens Bartholmes, Policy Officer from the European Commission, DG ENERGY.

During the Agora session (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

Oriol Llevot from the City of Sabadell chaired the workshop “Challenges and opportunities for replication of SC projects from the Lighthouse to Follower Cities and beyond”, taking place right at the joint stand. Alexander Schmidt from BABLE, former lead of our work package on replication, also took part in this discussion round. They talked about how Follower Cities are tackling the challenge of having to replicate the innovative solutions tested and implemented in the Lighthouse Cities without the supportive EU funding.

Gabi Kaiser, leader of the cissemination & communication work package at SCIS and mySMARTLife, chaired the workshop “Communicating the Smart City” where she invited various Smart City communication representatives, both from Lighthouse- and Follower Cities but also projects in general, to talk about their best practices but also things that did not go as expected. Of course, Triangulum did not miss this opportunity to talk about our project-specific communication issues. Oriol Llevot and Rosa Torra from the City of Sabadell as well as Svanhild Sondresen from Greater Stavanger and Inger Hanne Vikshåland from the City of Stavanger participated in this lively discussion round.

Communications workshop (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

The 12 Smart City projects as well as SCIS and EIP-SCC have all received funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 work programme as part of the EU’s long-term ambition to create a low-carbon economy and ensure continued competitiveness in the global market: mySMARTLife,  Smarter Together, Replicate, Remourban, , SmartEnCity, Sharing Cities, Triangulum, Ruggedised, GrowSmarter, Stardust, IRIS,  MatchUp., EIP-SCC and  SCIS.

An intensive exchange of knowledge: Prague in the Nordics

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Prague’s local consortium inspired by Stavanger and their Nordic Edge Expo and Conference

IPR Prague initiated a business trip to Stavanger, inviting representatives of the local Prague consortium UCEEB (University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings) and the city district of Prague 7 from the social and health departments to join. The aim of the trip was to gain more insights into innovative projects in the field of smart home care in order to support the implementation process of the Smart HomeCare pilot project in Prague 7.

The trip consisted of four main activities:

During the first two days, the Triangulum partner Lyse from Stavanger invited the local consortia from the Follower Cities of Prague and Sabadell to their headquarters to demonstrate the use of the Blink technology. Blink is a video communication device which enables secure communication with peers as well as health and social services. It has, for example, an add-on for health devices like an oximeter. Officers from the City of Sabadell’s social action department and the non-profit association “AVAN” (“Associació Vallès Amics de la Neurologia”) also attended the presentation. The demonstration took place in order to subsequently offer Prague and Sabadell the possibility to test up to five Blink devices in their local environments. In Sabadell, Blink will be installed to 5 “AVAN” patients before April 2019, as a pilot test financed by the Triangulum grant. The patients chosen in Sabadell will be young persons with acquired brain damage suffering from physical or knowledge disabilities. The goal of this technology implementation is to improve the autonomy, healthy habits and sociability of these patients, as well as to create mutual help groups with their families and the medical and social professionals. Such pilot testing is not only a great opportunity for Prague and Sabadell but also helps to provide valuable feedback on how this kind of technology can be installed and utilised in a local context. As a result of the Triangulum implementation strategy of Prague, it is proposed to make use of video communication tools which could support that elderly people can stay longer self-sufficient at home.

(Picture: Triangulum)

The Prague delegates also visited the innovative care department of Helsehuset office of the City of Stavanger which oversees innovation in the field of social and health care in their municipality. Mr. Bjarte Boe presented Stavanger’s approach for innovative care and shared his expert’s experience on the topic of smart home care. Afterwards, the group was led through a small exhibition, demonstrating helpful tools for homes for seniors and people with limited motoric abilities.

(Picture: Triangulum)

Of course, the Prague representatives also attended the Nordic Edge Conference and Expo where they joined speeches, discussions and the general exhibition in order to get inspired and to learn from the presented smart city projects and initiatives. At the expo, the team participated in a guided thematic tour for health care. They discovered further technical devices which are working with sensors and which can be used in the field of smart homecare and learned about the Nordic health cluster. In addition, a session and a workshop on the topic of Better Ageing presented new inspiring ideas and projects. The visits affirmed that the innovative approach in the field of smart home care is essential for the future and beneficial in confronting the ageing population.

On 27 September, representatives of IPR Prague joined several workshops and discussions which were organized as part of the H2020 SCC1 Lighthouse- and Follower City day. Various communication leaders and city communication representatives from H2020 projects presented their success stories but also discussed problems and different approaches for communication and dissemination within their projects. The results of each participant’s presentation were directly visualized by a graphic facilitator in a very creative way in order to mirror the discussions.

(Picture: Triangulum)

Finally, on Friday 28 September, the Prague representatives participated in the Cross-SCC Replication workshop which focused on fostering replication and upscaling of smart city solutions among the SCC1 community. During the workshop, IPR Prague, as a representative of a Follower City, was part of the panel discussion of Follower Cities where IPR shared the experiences which they have gathered during the course of the Triangulum project.

(Picture: Triangulum)

We hope to transfer the energy and inspirations generated during this intensive week of workshops, trainings, discussions and speeches into the local projects that are already underway in Prague.