Glasgow eNews - Oct. 2018

From ideas to visible solutions


We are now 2 years into the RUGGEDISED project and things are really starting to take shape! Infrastructure should be visible within the next 6 – 8 months and we are in the process of procuring our hardware solutions for the Smart Street. Networking and learning from the other smart cities continues to be invaluable, and we hope that the relationships forged through the project will continue long after it’s’ completion.


Gavin Slater, RUGGEDISED project manager, Glasgow City Council


Following the successful appointment of Legal consultants Harper McLeod, Smart Solution G1 has now been completed. The work allowed our private and public sector partners GHA, Strathclyde University and Tennent’s Brewery to discuss contractual models for heat and cold exchange by connecting buildings to district heating networks. The contractual models developed were discussed at length to ensure that they were agreeable to all parties involved and it is hoped that these will form the basis of new district heating connections in the future. This is a huge step for Glasgow, as previously these types of discussions and contracts have acted as a barrier to the role out of district heating not only in the city but across the rest of Scotland and the UK.

PROJECT TIMING: Month 24 / 60


Development of the Data Based Decision Platform (DBDP) has progressed significantly, with the dashboard and use cases being designed to ensure they are fit for purpose for the project at present and also well in to the future.


Procurement timescales are currently challenging due to our tight deadlines. All of our hardware solutions are due by the end of year 3 (October 2019).


The electric vehicle charging hub at Duke Street car park is continuing to develop and new charging points have now been installed. These chargers, along with the existing charge points, will eventually be connected to the solar canopy and battery storage solution system which is due to be installed in 2019. The procurement documentation is nearing completion for the installation of the intelligent street lighting with integrated electric vehicle charging capabilities. We have been working closely with our colleagues in the street lighting team to ensure the solution is fit for purpose, with the long term vision of further deployment across the city where appropriate. The new street lights with EV charging capabilities are expected to be installed on Collins Street at Strathclyde University’s Barony Hall by spring 2019.



Domestic Demand-Side Management (DSM)

Work is progressing on the Domestic (community) battery, with the Denchi system due to be installed at the identified sight at the GHA Drygate flats by February 2019. Gibson Heights at Drygate has been identified as the most appropriate block to install the battery and project partners Siemens are continuing to work with Heriot Watt to ensure full integration of the system with their Grid Interface Controller.

Data Based Decision Platform

The user interface for the data based decision platform is being developed and initial prototypes have far surpassed our expectations. Work is progressing to ensure use cases are developed for the platform and stakeholder engagement is underway to make sure the solution designed is fit for a multitude of purposes, not only for the lifetime of the project, but also the foreseeable future.



London – Investors Summit - 23 October 2018: The Investors summit event brought together investors with cities to highlight the scale of investment opportunities that exist in the smart cities market. The event was hosted by the Chief Digital Officer for London and proved highly valuable for both the investors and city representatives.

CleanMobilEnergy & SEEV4-City Electromobility Conference - 17 October 2018 : Glasgow City Council were invited to present and participate in the European INTERREG funded project CleanMobilEnergy (CME) and SEEV4-City run workshop in Paris. The focus of the workshop was Electromobility in practice – solutions, experiences and lessons learnt, and allowed cities to share their knowledge and experience. The workshop was being held alongside the international Autonomy & Urban Mobility Summit and was a huge success. Find out more about the Interreg funded CleanMobilEnergy and SEEV4-City projects:

Design with Data - 28 September 2018 : Our colleagues in Development and Regeneration Services within Glasgow City Council recently hosted an event to bring together all of the various data projects within the council. The event allowed the GCC RUGGEDISED team to showcase the newly developed data based decision platform and share with information with other data projects.


Smarta Stada – 29th November 2018 :  In November, alongside our RUGGEDISED Lighthouse cities of Rotterdam and Umea, we will present to the smart cities Smarta Stader conference in Stockholm: