Manchester’s Triangulum e-cargo bikes have been hard at work helping businesses get moving. Working with cargo bike specialists Manchester Bike Hire, Manchester City Council has bought four electric assist cargo bikes to be used by businesses in and around the city. Here’s some of the clever things they have been up to! The bikes are fully GPS tracked to evaluate journeys, distance and carbon savings.
Manchester’s universities are using technology to cut their carbon emissions, thanks to a project showcasing the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles. A short film is now presenting the project’s work in the Corridor Manchester innovation district.
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.
More than 50 decision makers from nearly 30 smart cities participated in the Smart City Solutions Workshop to draw out concrete ideas for improving infrastructure and services in India. Triangulum was also presented as a best practice by the project’s coordinator Damian Wagner.
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!
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”).
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.
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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.