“Connect and communicate“ – Triangulum partners contributed to Smart Cities Summit in London

“Cities in charge. It’s time to tear down the silos and share knowledge and experiences among cities. Connect and communicate. Include and involve. Citizens need to play a key role” – these were some of the key messages that Stavanger’s local coordinator Gerd Seehuus shared with the audience at the Smart Cities Summit in London. During her presentation she presented collaboration and cohesive solutions from Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Stavanger.

Several Triangulum partners from Stavanger were invited to speak at the conference, taking place in London from 19th to 20th September 2017, to give the audience practical examples on how to create smarter and more sustainable cities.

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Dagfinn Wåge, head of innovation at Lyse AS, Stavanger’s local utility company, held a keynote presentation on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming traditional utility business models. His message was clear: he believes all utilities in some way or another will use IoT technology to improve internal processes, reduce costs and reduce risk in dangerous operations. However, whether they will introduce new services and generate new revenues will depend on their understanding of the new platform and ecosystem based business models. If they don’t, new competitors will. And at this point, the most important part of your business, the customer relationship is at stake.

Professor Chunming Rong from the University of Stavanger attended a panel debate about how we can share data to enhance urban living. His key message was that to create value for our citizens, we need to make it easier for them to use the data that is available. He also reminded the audience to be aware – “Understand the value of your own data. It’s your digital property.”

Deputy coordinator in Stavanger, Katelien van den Berge attended a roundtable discussion on how we can create a culture of innovation with local authorities.

Further information: http://connectedworldsummit.net

Pictures: Inger Hanne Vikshaland / Stavanger Kommune