The three point project Triangulum is one of currently nine European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects, set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cites. The flagship cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) will serve as a testbed for innovative projects focusing on sustainable mobility, energy, ICT and business opportunities. The project consortium combines interdisciplinary experience and expertise of 22 partners from industry, research and municipalities who share the same objective and commitment to develop and implement smart solutions in order to replicate them in the three follower cities Leipzig (D), Prague (CZ) and Sabadell (ES). The overall budget of Triangulum is 30 million Euros (2015-2020). The European Commission funding (Horizon 2020) totals 25 million Euros. The project is coordinated by Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart and supported by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum.

An exceptional feature of the project is the ICT architecture and smart city framework that will be developed in the flagship cities and rolled out in the follower cities. A modular approach will enable flexible (business) solutions that address individual challenges and requirements of our cities and their stakeholders.

In Eindhoven (NL) two districts will be transformed into sustainable living environments during the course of the project. A district-wide ICT solution will allow residents to access different kinds of infrastructure, such as booking electric vehicles from a district car sharing scheme or using smart parking concepts. In addition, electric buses will make city traffic more eco-friendly.

In Manchester (UK) Triangulum will transform a student quarter for ca. 72,000 students into a smart city district. This will entail renovating historical buildings and building up an autonomous energy grid to supply the entire district with heat and electricity. The grid will combine geothermal and district heating with two independently operating electricity grids and a fuel cell that can store excess energy.

In Stavanger (NO) electric vehicles are already a familiar sight. In spite of this, the city with the highest density of electric vehicles in Europe would like to be a motor for development and growth. A high-performance fibre optic network will ensure that data can be exchanged very rapidly. Citizens, enterprises, research institutions and the health sector will benefit from the high-speed ICT infrastructure which will improve planning, reduce energy consumption and enable telediagnosis.

Project duration: 02/2015 – 01/2020

Participating Countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain