“Smarter is Cleaner” policy session at European Energy Sustainable Week 2017 – Learning from the SCC1 smart city projects

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This year’s European Energy Sustainable Week (EUSEW) brought together the nine smart city ‘Lighthouse’ projects in a special policy session entitled “Smarter is cleaner” on 22nd June 2017 in Brussels. Representatives of the lighthouse and follower cities exchanged on the environmental, financial and societal benefits of smart solutions. Andrew Smyth from Siemens was representing Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Manchester at the policy session. 

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Training Mission Workshops at Fraunhofer IAO

The Lighthouse City partners together with TÜV Süd and Fraunhofer are currently supporting the Triangulum Follower Cities to replicate solutions and write their respective Implementation Strategies. This takes place within a series of sessions called the “Follower City Training Mission”. The mission started successfully at the end of February 2017 with the first workshop “Implementation Strategies”, followed by a second event in April 2017, focusing on the subject “Smart Grids, Energy Storage and Renewable Energies”. We can happily announce that more training sessions are to be organised!

Training Mission: Webinars

Within the Training Mission, webinars are an additional measure to transfer valuable knowledge among cities. During the course of seven webinars with a duration of two hours each, partners from several cities come together for an exchange of information, experience and a discussion. These sessions are also open to interested persons outside of Triangulum. The first three webinars have already successfully taken place in April (“Smart City Policies and Governance” and “ICT Reference Architecture”) and May 2017 (“Smart Business Services and Innovation Management”).

How did the Brainport Region Eindhoven become one of the smartest regions in the world?

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.

Read more in this article by Henk Kok, a more extensive version of the webinar presentation.

Manchester broadens its international networks

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.

Eindhoven presents the winners of the I-City-Tender

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 is paving the way for intelligent street lighting

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.

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The futuristic looking lamp post contains innovative technology – The running device offers different options for walks and distances