This question was the teaser sentence for a Triangulum webinar organised on 17th March 2017. Within the webinar, Henk Kok, local coordinator of the activities in the Triangulum Lighthouse City Eindhoven, provided some answers, resting on three main pillars. Firstly, the historical development of Eindhoven and the villages around, from the late 19th century until the early nineteen nineties. Secondly, after that period, there have been almost twenty five years, in which an ecosystem has emerged that rests on an almost undisputed basic political agreement of how to develop the region. Thirdly, several ingredients grew over time and are still developing further. These create favourable conditions for becoming one of the smartest regions in the world.
Earlier this year, Manchester received an invitation from DG REGIO to submit a proposal to participate in an EU pilot project. The invitation forms a fantastic opportunity to share Manchester’s Smart City project experience, including Triangulum, beyond Europe.
“World Cities” (www.world-cities.eu) is focused on sustainable urban development and is promoting the exchange of experience and best practice between EU and non-EU countries. The project is being piloted with cities within five non-EU countries (South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam). Manchester is building on a strong relationship with Adelaide in Australia. The initial visit to Adelaide took place in May 2017.
In 2016, Eindhoven issued an I-City tender encouraging start-up companies to apply with their ideas on how to make the city smarter. More than 20 firms were competing with innovative ideas, seven of them are now selected. The award-winning ideas tackle various sectors of the daily life:
Abby Solutions wants to integrate solar energy into the everyday business and has therefore developed a mobile sustainable energy source to make electric bikes smart.
Bit Sensor’s new IT solutions are filling the gap between connected devices and security issues.
Atelier Veeger developed an interactive billboard which residents can use 24/7 and that allows not only an increased involvement of the citizens but also the public environment to respond.
Octo optimises occupation and comfort in Triangulum’s demo-area Strijp-S by monitoring and using real-time data. Because of this innovation, nobody has to search endlessly for the ideal workplace any more.
ViNotion experiments with smart cameras that can interpret images and provide information about special activities in the Strijp-S corridor. In this way, smart roads could be developed that for instance respond automatically in case of an emergency.
Omines develops a smart city data platform on which data from smart cities can be collected, edited and analysed. In this manner, various data sources can be combined for the benefit of the resident and the user.
The listed start-up companies are selected to receive 20,000€ each in order to realise their innovative ideas and solutions which will contribute to future smart districts and cities.
One of the winners presenting his innovative idea in front of Eindhoven’s jury
Eindhoven´s smart street lights allow customisation to individual purposes and react depending on personal requirements. A smart light system is leading the way for joggers and walkers in a popular local recreation area around two ponds by guiding different ways of different lengths in different colours. Citizens can choose according to their pace and requirements and will be led by the new smart lighting system which will be officially launched by a summer party for the entire population.
The futuristic looking lamp post contains innovative technology – The running device offers different options for walks and distances
From 25th to 26th April 2017, the Triangulum Follower City Prague hosted the project’s Steering Committee Meeting, where the project partners took the opportunity to exchange experiences and present the latest developments in the Triangulum cities and work packages. On this basis, the next steps were discussed and planned.
New electric vans, university courses on power management, an app on how to save energy in office buildings and a sewer tunnel to provide energy for three buildings – these were just some of the many recent achievements and developments in the three Triangulum Lighthouse Cities. Also, replication activities and on site assessments in the project’s Follower Cities Prague, Leipzig and Sabadell were another focus of the last project months.
A visit to the University Center for Energy Efficient Buildings and its smart home rounded off the programme.
During the past months, the City of Leipzig has made a stronger effort to build up and intensify networks with local and national partners to foster Smart City processes in the city – comprising evenst to work on the future of the Smart City Leipzig, a lecture series on Smart City topics and participation in the DELL Smart Cities Roundtable.
The animated film was instantly clicked about 27,000 times and does therefore form a powerful means to spread the Triangulum idea widely. The film is currently only available in Norwegian language but subtitles in English will be added soon. Get an impression and watch the video:
At the end of March 2017, around 45 delegates from the City-Zen Project, an EC funded FP7 project, visited Manchester for two days of Smart City experiences. During this time, Triangulum presented its work to date, and visitors enjoyed a trip to the Manchester Metropolitan University, the site of a number of the planned interventions in Manchester. These include Solar photovoltaic and a battery, which will work alongside the University’s existing CHP to demonstrate ways in which peak demand can be reduced.