Partners sign cooperation contract on smart thermal grid & construction solar panels in Rotterdam South

29 November 2018

On Wednesday 28 November, during the Rotterdam Real Estate 2018 event, Eneco, Rotterdam Ahoy, the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Ballast-Nedam / Heijmans building consortium signed an agreement for the realization of a smart thermal grid and the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the new Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Center and the existing Ahoy, in the Hart van Zuid project area. Under the watchful eye of Policy Officer Jens Bartholmes of the European Commission, a notice board was also unveiled that marks the start of this project.

The construction of the smart thermal grid in and around Rotterdam Ahoy is part of the RUGGEDISED project, which is supported by the European Commission. Peter van der Veer, Director Rotterdam Ahoy: "Now that we have ratified this large-scale collaboration, many beautiful initiatives are starting and we are actually going to make a difference."

Eneco is the party that will build the networks and ensure that Ahoy will be gas-free in the short term Eneco will also realize the largest sunroof in Rotterdam at Ahoy Hans Eneco Chief Customer Officer Eneco: "This first agreement provides a huge step towards making the energy use around Ahoy more sustainable." With these first projects alone, we are achieving a reduction of 1422 tons of CO2. "

RUGGEDISED has a total of 13 ‘smart solutions’ that are all applied in the 'Hart van Zuid' project area. Project director Hart van Zuid, Maarten Kokshoorn: "With Hart van Zuid we are building a strong piece of city that can handle the future. RUGGEDISED strengthens Hart van Zuid by making it even more sustainable in crucial areas. "

Project coordinator RUGGEDISED, Albert Engels: "There is a difference between smart city projects and being a smart city. The difference is in making connections. They make 1 plus 1, not 2 but 3. That is the goal of RUGGEDISED."

Rotterdam has chosen to make Zuid a 'living lab'. For RUGGEDISED, this means that in addition to the partners mentioned above, the municipality also cooperates with RET, KPN, Future Insight, ABN AMRO, Uniresearch, TNO and Erasmus University, among others. The European Commission supports developments at RUGDEDED for five years with € 17.5 million, of which € 5.4 million for Rotterdam. The innovative techniques that are being tested on South will also be applicable in other parts of the city and even far beyond Rotterdam.

City learning - Brno's Study visit to Glasgow

26 November 2018

In the context of the RUGGEDISED project, our "fellow" city of Brno travelled to our "Lighthouse" city of Glasgow on a study visit. Focusing on GIS applications and data based decision platforms, the delegation from Brno gained valuable insights from their counterparts working in the city council of Glasgow.

The representatives from Brno were very happy with the visit, commenting: „We have gained useful insights and understand now more how to work with the sensor data. On the other hand we were pleased that our level of GIS infrastructure is very similar. We are looking forward to further cooperation with Glasgow City Council“

Among the key findings that they highlighted were:

First – the city should not get to a vendor lock-in situation as this puts the city to very uncomfortable and disadvantageous position. Secondly – the sensor data collection infrastructure should be as simple as possible as it is already a difficult process to manage.

Find out more about Brno's involvement in the RUGGEDISED project.

Parma Smart City 2030: from scenarios to the roadmap

9 November 2018

On 9 November 2018 at the University Campus of Parma, the 3rd Workshop of the Parma Futuro Smart - RUGGEDISED European project was held entitled "Parma Smart City 2030: from scenarios to the Roadmap". The event was organized by the Municipality of Parma with the support of Infomobility and the companies Isinnova and Focus Lab and saw the participation of 40 key stakeholders from the area : institutions, members of the University of Parma and members of private companies, cultural groups and associations. "Smart City means above all Smart Community - explains the environmental sustainability policies assessor Tiziana Benassi - from the start of the project, which involves a participatory process with the cooperation of local stakeholders, more and more realities have come on board, including the associations, cultural and tourism worlds. The network is becoming more and more consolidated with the sole objective of creating a sustainable vision of Parma’s future, which has deep roots in tradition and that can look to the world of innovation with other modern European cities.”

After a short plenary session, the participants were divided into four thematic tables (smart economy-innovation, smart society-people, smart energy and grid-infrastructure-environment, smart transport-mobility) and with the help of a facilitator, starting from the scenarios already elaborated in the previous meetings, they have built together an action plan, which will become a shared protocol, signed by all the participants, on the common vision for Parma Smart City and an Action and Investment Plan for 2030. The aim of the day was to concentrate all the energies of the territory and to bring it, through dialogue and comparison, to the definition of concrete proposals to achieve the goal of an increasingly intelligent city, therefore simpler, more efficient, attractive, inclusive, sustainable and focused on people's needs.

Future smart Brno district Špitálka will arise from competition

29 October 2018

The objective of the competition for the Špitálka location is to obtain a quality urban design and find a solution that will achieve further steps leading to a change in the city’s planning documentation, regulation plan for the location and future development for this part of the city. The solution should have a unifying concept, which is to interconnect the total area within the city’s structure naturally and functionally. It is primarily important for the proposal to respect the long-term sustainability of the location and its genius loci. The deadline set for the submission of the competition proposals is three months. The competition will be announced on 30th October and applicants will be able to submit their proposals by 21th January 2019 latest.

Competition jury is composed of two parts: four independent jury members and three involved jury members. From the independent jury side there is Barbara van den Broek, a main city urban planner of the city of Rotterdam, which is the leading partner of the RUGGEDISED project. Mrs. Sibylla Zech, a university professor and city planner from Graz. Petr Hlaváček, who headed the City of Prague's Planning and Development Institute from 2015 to 2016 and Pavel Hnilička, first deputy chairman of the Czech Chamber of Architects and chairman of the working group for legislation. Petr Vokřál, Mayor of the City of Brno, Jaroslav Kacer, Deputy Mayor of the City of Brno for Smart City and Petr Fajmon, CEO of Tepláren Brno, a.s., were nominated as members of the involved jury.

The competition will be announced on the October 30th, 2018 by The Office of the Brno City Architect. For more information, please follow the link spitalka/ .

Rotterdam Scoops Procurement Award at Major European Sustainability Event

5 October 2018

The biggest successes in public procurement were honoured on October 4th at the EcoProcura conference in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, with a clutch of top class projects in sustainability and innovation winning the 2018 Procura+ Awards.

This year’s Innovation Procurement of the Year was awarded to our Lighthouse city of Rotterdam, which is pioneering the procurement of innovative goods and services to make the city more accessible for the elderly or citizens with special needs. Its efforts involve a multitude of local SMEs.

Warmly welcoming the award, the city’s vice mayor Arno Bonte said: “We are honoured to receive the Procura+ Award for Innovation Procurement of the Year! The city of Rotterdam continuously seeks innovative and sustainable solution to our citizens’ needs and I am delighted that the hard work of our procurement team is recognised at a European level.”

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Smart cities need to trust technology and data quality, by Erasmus University

12 September 2018

There is untapped value in a city’s data platform. The data, which grows exponentially, can help to streamline transport systems, reduce energy consumption and support co-creations in city services. However very few cities have yet managed to access these benefits. A study of urban data platforms by Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business and a group of master students at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), reveals a significant gap between the required and perceived trust in the quality of data in such platforms.

Read the whole article here.

Umeå University district selected for 5G test in Europe

27 August 2018

Our Lighthouse city of Umeå has been chosen as Sweden's first 5G city. The University, where our RUGGEDISED project takes place, will be the first 5G university in Europe. One benefit of the 5G technology is how it can manage large amounts of data in new and more advanced ways. It gives extremely fast connections with very low delay, improved security compared to what present-day network solutions can offer, and at a lower cost and reduced energy consumption.

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Rotterdam takes part in the transformative action award

1 August 2018

Our Lighthouse city of Rotterdam is not only working on smart digital solutions. The municipality recently submitted another initiative for the Transformative action awards: Integrated customer-centric sustainable transport service for the eldery and disabled.

The Transformative Action Award rewards current or concluded Transformative Actions that use the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to socio-cultural transformation,socio-economic transformation or technological transformation.

Rotterdam's submitted action aims at establishing a modified transport service for the elderly and physically disabled citizens of Rotterdam in a way that allows us to use a safe, reliable and pleasant transport service that supports the reason of the transport against a fair price for (SME) transport organisations. Every year, there are 30.000 unique clients with a combined travel distance of €6 mln. kilometres. This tender is worth €31 million and revolves around the client. The sustainability of the transport service is improved through the use of electric transport. The project also seeks to tackle social isolation, as clients from various backgrounds can use the service. The contract was awarded to a partnership consisting of 3 local transport companies in collaboration with some 10 partners who will implement the various contract components in harmony. The partners are highly diverse, from HR consultancies to experts in measuring customer satisfaction in mobility, and from app specialists to experts in the wellbeing and healthcare market (cf. annex 2). Virtually all parties in Trevvel are (local) SME businesses, which means we managed to make the contract accessible for smaller-sized companies.

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Rotterdam takes part in the ‘Humble Lamppost’ scale up

29 June 2018

All over Europe and beyond, cities are looking at ways to make the urban infrastructure smarter and more interconnected, to optimize resources and improve the quality of life of citizens.

Light is a fundamental service in a city. It ensures safe transport, makes cities safer, and ensures that cities look their best. However, there is so much more that can be done to augment lampposts so that they can deliver a broader range of services for cities and their citizens.

A group of European city leaders are making a commitment to work together rather then in parallel on this topic. Representatives from city-clusters across Europe (Greater London, Metropole Rotterdam Den Haag (MRDH), Bordeaux Metropole and broader Aquitaine, Piedmont region and soon also a Spanish city-cluster) signed a declaration to align their ‘humble lamppost’ project activities.

The collaboration seeks to install more-common component-based solutions at scale, both within each cluster and, through a coordinated approach, across the group of city clusters. This will have a marked positive impact on the market. It will deliver the scale and consistency of needs that attracts the supply market, and the scale that delivers better value solutions at more affordable prices for the cities and their citizens. A clear win all around.

In RUGGEDISED our Lighthouse city of Rotterdam is looking at smart lamposts in its solution R11 - Efficient and intelligent street lighting.

Find more information on the "Humble lamppost" initiative on the EIP website.

Bringing RUGGEDISED to the French audience: Innovative City conference

27 June 2018

Our replication partner, ISINNOVA, was present in Nice for the Innovative City conference. Taking part in a panel about transnational cooperation, Francesca Pietroni provided an overview of the main challenges the cities are facing in RUGGEDISED and why the smart city concept can help them to be more resilient and efficient. She shared general insights gained by the project on how the cooperation is a fundamental aspect not only within the city administration but also with the other relevant stakeholders at city, country and international level.

ISINNOVA then participated in the round table with other interventions from the project RETIC, the Nice Chamber of Commerce, the cooperative and the company WIT Italia to discuss the best practices in terms of cooperation in the domain of “smart cities”.