Ruggedised eNews

Dive into the smart cities ! Learn about the ongoing implementation of smart solutions in the three demonstration districts in Glasgow, Rotterdam and Umeå. Every four months, the site managers will share their news, questions and challenges in the eNews.

Find the full newsletter archive here.

Glasgow eNews - Feb 2021

Well 2020…you were a challenge!  The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen our city face some of the biggest challenges in recent times.  Having been in some form of lockdown since March last year, we have had to adapt to new ways of working and living.

The Glasgow people continue to make our city proud, with their community spirit and resilience continuing to shine through these dark winter months.   ...


Rotterdam eNews - November 2020

Moving ahead in a new world

Dear all, It has been six months since I wrote my previous blog. In March COVID-19 ensured the country, like much of the world, came to a grinding halt. Since then, time has passed by and at the same time it can feel like someone has put the movie on hold. In Rotterdam we’ve been influenced too and have devoted resources to design ...


Umeå eNews - October 2020

Implementation "far from everything"

These days I really have sympathy with my fellow colleagues in other parts of Europe. In Umeå we sometimes complain that “we are so far away from everything”, but this year we should be very happy that we actually are. As it took much longer before the Corona situation reached us, we had time to prepare and prevent. And in fact, in our region, we have been much ...


Rotterdam eNews - April 2020

Coronavirus and its short-term consequences

Our world has been completely turned upside down since we started the year. Until recently, our attention was, when not focused on the practical implementation and monitoring of the RUGGEDISED solutions, on the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, which was to take p ...


Umeå eNews - April 2020

Umeå is a part of Sápmi

Sami week – or Ubmejen Biejvieh – is a celebration of Sami culture taking place yearly in March. Umeå is a part of the Sápmi region and visitors of all ages can experience a full program with lots of activities each day. The connection with our Smart City District “Universitetsstaden” is obvious and this year the event was one of the last large events in Umeå before COVID-19 als ...


Glasgow eNews - Nov. 2019

Successes and challenges

Over the last few months we have made significant progress with the majority of our work including the development of a new, in-house purpose built, Data Based Decision Platform which we are very proud of. We have also experienced some issues outside of the control of the project management team, which we are working to ameliorate as a matter of priority.

Gavin ...


Rotterdam eNews - Nov. 2019

Connecting the grid

Summer is over, winter is almost here. A good moment to reflect on the harvest of the past months. RUGGEDISED is not a simple project, so good results do not necessarily come easy. On the other hand, when we do achieve good results, we are extra proud and pleased to be able to share some good news in this blog. Among the good news to share is the fact ...


Umeå eNews - Nov. 2019

The snow has arrived

Today, Umeå woke up to a bright white landscape, the snow has finally arrived. Some people love it immediately, others are a little bit hesitant and need time to adjust. Some don´t like it at all. But everyone has a relation to it. It’s the same with the BRT-station that has been up and running since 5 September. A lot of people loved it immediately, it´s innovative light- and soundscape, ...


Glasgow eNews - June 2019

A crucial project for the city

In the last week, our minds have been refocused on our overall ambitions for the city, with a state of Climate Emergency being declared on the 16th May. Earlier in the same week, Glasgow also declared its goal to become the first ‘net zero’ city in the UK. These developments mean that the RUGGEDISED ...


Umeå eNews - June 2019

Parking is more than just parking

The early summer is the absolute highlight of the year, to me anyway, up here in northern Sweden. The fact that Umeå is the city of the birch tree is hard to miss - wherever you look, you see green leaves grow on our beautiful white trees. And the light! For most of the year we live in the dark (when we sometimes can enjoy the fantastic northern lights!) but when the light comes, it comes f ...


Rotterdam eNews - June 2019

Ambition in the Heart of South

Time flies. In November last year, the contracts  to make the construction of the smart grids possible were signed. And now the time has come for the first phase of the smart thermal grid. But there's more. Rotterdam Ahoy, the event complex in Hart van Zuid now supports RUGGEDISED whole heartedly. Rotterdam Ahoy is not an official contract partne ...


Glasgow eNews - Feb. 2019

The implementation clock is ticking

With less than 8 months to go until all of our hardware solutions have to be delivered, we are starting to feel the pressure! The last 2 years have flown by and we are now putting all of the preparation and planning work into practice. Contractors have been appointed and work is underway so real cha ...


Umeå eNews - Feb. 2019

Sensors, sensors, sensors !

The outdoor temperature has fallen below 20° and this demands an optimized and good indoor energy control to avoid consuming unnecessary amounts of energy. Within our “University energy modelling building” we just got 500 sensors installed, to be able to measure the building’s detailed energy use, its occupancy ...


Rotterdam eNews - Feb. 2019

New beginnings

From November onwards, I have the honour of coordinating the RUGGEDISED projects within the city of Rotterdam. I just moved from Stavanger, Norway, where I was working within the Triangulum project for the municipality as well. I am an Architect by education and have always worked in the field of sustainability. The RUGGEDISED project look promising and I am very much ...


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 t ...


Umeå eNews - October 2018

Channeling the flow of ideas

The temperature has started to drop below 0 in Umeå at nights, but we are keeping warm this busy autumn. We arranged the Civitas Forum in the beginning of September, which generated many new projects and contacts. We inaugurated the new hub for our e-buses and also the second bike-hub for our e-cargo bikes. A new 5G-testb ...


Rotterdam eNews - Oct. 2018

Joining forces to look ahead

Holidays are over, so with new energy we continue our implementation of the smart solutions of RUGGEDISED. In the last half year in Rotterdam there were some serious negotiations with the future building owners about the benefits for them to join the smart thermal grid. Finally, AHOY and the future cinem ...


Glasgow eNews - June 2018

Sunshine on the Smart Street

Over the last 4 months Glasgow has continued to roll out the ‘Smart Solutions’ in the project district and we are excited with the progress, new ideas, learning and experience we are gaining as a city. The modelling works carried out by our project partners at the Energy Services Research Unit at the Univers ...


Umeå eNews - June 2018

Making the innovation accessible

The engagement and enthusiasm is high in Umeå´s innovation district. The solutions have reached the implementation phase and for us involved it is possible to understand how everything is connected and how each part depends on the others. The partners involved all have a joint vision of where we are heading, but how can we communicate and involve others in thi ...


Rotterdam eNews - June 2018

Solutions designed to grow

RUGGEDISED has been going on for 18 months and a first project report was the occasion to review what has been going on in Rotterdam, and it's a lot ! When drawing up the initial RUGGEDISED proposal, the idea of the Rotterdam partners was that the building company of Heart of South would be the best possi ...


Umeå eNews - Feb 2018

New business models in the University District

Our innovation area, the University district, is the largest workplace and commuter point in North Sweden. A busy and vibrant area in the daytime. But with a night population of only around 5% of the day population, the evenings have a completely different atmosphere. When the new housing and student flat areas are built and inhabited - the number of inha ...


Glasgow eNews - Feb. 2018

Working together on the Smart Street

Following the detailed design and planning phase in the first year of the project, we are excited to move into the implementation phase where the coming months will see visible changes in the ‘Smart Street’ in Glasgow. Partnership working with other ‘smart city’ projects in the city continues to ...


Rotterdam eNews - Feb. 2018

Grids, Waste and Lighting : Moving forward in the Heart of South

What digital innovation means for the future of cities goes beyond imagination. We have to keep our organizations, inhabitants and entrepreneurs connected to the dynamic and innovative projects that we work on with our Ruggedised team by making them clear and easy to u ...


Umeå eNews - October 2017

Celebrating the first visible result !

Next month we will celebrate the first year of the project and I am so happy that we can now begin to show physical results and start to inaugurate parts of our solutions. It is not that we haven’t been able to show results before, but most of them have been invisible to our citizens and people that are not directly involved in the project. To be honest, wh ...


Glasgow eNews - Oct. 2017

Starting a new project phase !

We are now one year into the project and proud of what we have achieved so far. Our partnerships both in Glasgow and across the consortium have gone from strength to strength and we are enjoying learning with the other cities. The beginning of year two marks the start of the implementation phase of the project ...


Rotterdam eNews - Oct. 2017

Visualizing the future

Almost one year of hard work is behind us. After the strong enthusiasm of the beginning we realised that our plans were more challenging than expected. Although we are speaking of proven technologies, the interaction between them and the search for good business cases was a hard job. Serious barriers on the smart t ...


Umeå eNews - June 2017

The University district: A lesson of cooperation

Our smart solutions are all at various stages of implementation, some are being installed while others are only at the planning stage. Isolated from each other, they all hold a high degree of complexity, but it is the connection between them that will make them truly smart. The same principle applies to our partnership. We have agreed that in order to ...


Glasgow eNews - June 2017

Uniting around the Smart Street

Since the start of the project in November, we have been putting a lot of effort into ensuring that the various stakeholders across the city have a full understanding of the Ruggedised project, what it brings to the city, and how it dovetails with others ‘smart city’ projects being delivered. The project ...


Rotterdam eNews - June 2017

Looking at the new Heart of South

Rotterdam, as RUGGEDISED project coordinator, wants to be a city that contributes to a sustainable world. While developing the Heart of South district we will implement 13 smart solutions on sustainable energy, ICT, data and e-mobility. The cooperation between the partners is very important and sometimes ...