Around two-hundred residents of the neighbourhood Eckart-Vaartbroek were present at the official opening of the innovative lighting route on 2nd October 2017.
A footpath around a pond is illuminated with smart lighting poles to make it more accessible and safe to walk. But that’s not all: A smart interactive trail of lights is set out to guide walkers or runners on their way. They can determine their own pace by setting the lights which turn on and off in a certain time-span.
For the opening, children from schools in the neighbourhood were invited to run the route for the first time.
“Smart Happiness” was the theme of this year’s Nordic Edge Conference and Expo, being organised for the third time in Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Stavanger from 26th to 28th September 2017.
Nordic Edge aims at being the most important arena in the Nordics for knowledge exchange and inspiration to creators of smarter businesses, smarter homes and smarter cities. By bringing together the best thinkers and the best doers, Nordic Edge Expo is a not-to-be-missed arena for ideas exchange, inspiration, insights and action. This year’s Nordic Edge brought together 4500 attendees from over 40 countries.
Triangulum was directly involved in several activities during Nordic Edge.
On 31st August and 1st September 2017, IPR Prague conducted a local stakeholder workshop in cooperation with the University Center for Energy Efficient Buildings (UCEEB) and the City District of Prague 7. The workshop dealt with the topic “Modern technologies of assistive care and health care in formal and informal care delivery”. International and local experts and stakeholders were invited to a knowledge exchange and discussion about the current and future possibilities of home care.
Between 20th and 29th of October, the Triangulum Lighthouse City Eindhoven will host the World Design Event (WDE). This new event will take place, from now on, every four years together with the yearly Dutch Design Week (DDW), presenting smart solutions and inventive ideas of more than 2,500 designers to more than 300,000 visitors in 100 locations across the city. The event will take place in Strijp-S, one of the Triangulum demonstration sites in Eindhoven.
At the beginning of June 2017, Leipzig successfully finished the first draft of its Smart City Implementation Strategy. This marks an important milestone on the way towards an integrated strategy, which will enable the implementation of practical measures.
The strategy focuses on projects to be implemented in Leipzig West. It singles out the four categories climate-friendly district, sustainable mobility, smart living and active neighbourhood community as the most important ones for the district. As the pilot district includes a former cotton mill which is in the process of reutilisation, the project Strijp-S (Eindhoven, NL) could provide valuable input on the transformation of former industrial buildings.
Like most of the European cities, Prague is facing the impact of global mega trends, including the ageing of its population. According to the Strategic Plan of Prague, by the year 2030 there will be an increase of 17% of over 65 year olds living in Prague and a 65% increase of the population above 80 years of age. It is thus estimated that the overall population of Prague above 65 years will count 252 thousand inhabitants, and among them 82 thousand inhabitants above the age of 80 years. This presents great challenges for the city and its services, as with the increase in the number of seniors, the number of those who depend on different levels of care also increases.
During the last months, Sabadell has worked actively to design the actions that are included in the local Triangulum’s Implementation Strategy. The strategy is planned to be approved by early 2018 and is strongly inspired by the training workshops and webinars organised within Triangulum. It is being created within a co-design process, where the local and regional knowledge ecosystem is closely involved and funding opportunities are being analysed.
Stavanger municipality has installed a new renewable energy plant for three municipal office buildings. The energy central heats and cools the buildings using energy from the city’s waste water, reducing the CO2 emission by 85 %.
In Norway, there are great natural renewable resources in hydropower. In the Triangulum project, however, Stavanger thrives to find solutions that can be replicated in most cities around the world.
“On the path towards smart mobility: best practices from the three forerunner cities: Eindhoven, Manchester and Stavanger” is the title of a reviewed paper recently published by Marielisa Padilla and Sonja Stöffler from the University of Stuttgart. Marielisa, part of the Triangulum Coordination Team, shares in an interview some of the experiences and lessons learnt of the project so far and gives some insights into the paper.
The rehabilitation department at Bergåstjern, an old people’s home in Stavanger, is now testing energy management provided by the Innovation Department in Lyse. The solution involves the staff at the department and means that they can adjust the heat and automate this to give the inhabitants the best indoor climate, based on their personal needs.