EIP's Smart City Guidance Package tested in Parma

8 February 2019

After a workshop in RUGGEDISE's other fellow city of Brno, it was this this Parma that welcomed on 8 February 2019 the opportunity to collaborate with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) to test the guidelines to be published in May 2019 and which will be used by all European cities committed to develop their own smart city strategy.

The representatives of the integrated planning group of EIP, Simona Costa and Judith Borsboom Van Beurden, met the Councilor for environmental sustainability policies of the Municipality of Parma Tiziana Benassi, together with the local coordinator of the Ruggedised project Enzo Bertolotti and the project managers Marco Mordacci and Cristina Pellegrini as well as the technicians of the various sectors of the Municipal Administration and the group of local stakeholders who are part of the Parma Futuro Smart co-designing group.

The 25 participants, divided into two groups moderated by EIP referents, tested the 7 steps of the process, analyzing all aspects related to the construction of the smart city vision, the timely design of the measures, the involvement of the most relevant actors, the obtaining of the necessary resources, up to the evaluation of the results. The results of the work of the two groups has therefore been consolidated by an evaluation process: the methodology developed within the Smart Cities driving package has proven to be an effective tool to innovate in the city and to get in touch with the citizens and has confirmed that the process of drawing up the strategy that Parma Futuro Smart is carrying out is going in the right direction.

Smart HVAC-systems reduces energy consumption

7 February 2019

The Smart HVAC system in Umeå's University building was studied by Nathan Zielinski (exchange student at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics). The author evaluates the smart heating and ventilation system Lindinvent which is based on occupancy, either actual or time controlled, to operate the heating and ventilation of a building. In the study it is shown that the smart system reduces energy consumption, however there are many improvements to do.

This study is part of the Ruggedised project in Umeå and the sub-project "Demand Side Management". The main purpose is to examine how ventilation, heating, cooling and lighting can be adapted to actual needs in view of optimizing the university's energy consumption and reducing its climate impact. Sensors that measure occupancy, movement patterns and various indoor environment parameters generate data that can be used to develop better and more precise energy models.

In Nathan’s study, he compares the function of the smart heating and ventilation system with actual occupancy. His results show that there are periods of very low usage, for example in connection with vacancies, which means that there is a larger energy saving potential there. Otherwise, the investigated office areas are occupied at a maximum of 70 percent, which means that there is also a relatively large potential for reducing energy use in these premises at other times.

Read the study here.


Lisa Redin and Frida Fjellström, Umeå University

EIP's Smart City Guidance Package tested in Brno

30 January 2019

On 30 January, the City of Brno served as a testbed for the Smart City Guidance Package, which was developed by the Action Cluster Integrated Planning, Policy and Regulations in the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities.

The Smart City Guidance Package for Integrated Planning and Management of Smart City projects seeks to provide the necessary support for planning and managing smart city projects by providing examples of good solutions and best practices, pitfalls that can be expected and how to overcome these, e.g. where to find information about financial possibilities and how to engage stakeholders. Interviews with cities and smart city project managers have provided this material. In a couple of steps, cities can use this self-help guide to develop an integrated roadmap in a coherent way going from Vision to Decision, Plan, Do, Check, Act and Replication. Each stage contains checklists of to do’s and examples of activities for Brno for these stages.   

Together with the members of Brno City Ecosystem a lot of topics were discussed. For instance: What are the steps we can expect when we want to implement the prospective smart city solutions Brno desires in future? Who should be involved in which role? What do we need to do as a city and what with our stakeholders?  How can we overcome barriers such as silo’s? The first part of the workshop focused on concretization of Brno City’s vision and strategy #brno2050 with smart approaches and solutions. The second part focused on to do’s for the stages Plan-Do-Check-Act-Replicate, having the future smart district Špitálka in mind as a showcase for other developing districts in Brno.

The methodology of the Smart City Guidance Package worked well to connect the dots of Sustainable Energy Action Plan, Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, #Brno2050 and RUGGEDISED project, although ideally this process takes more time than a one day workshop!

Rotterdam’s Digital Twin

23 January 2019

Rotterdam’s Digital Twin Redefines Our Physical, Digital, & Social Worlds, by the EIP-SCC editor.

"The city is not only a physical space but also a social entity. It is the product of the continuous interaction between those physical and social worlds. With the emergence of the digital world, the city is now evolving from the interaction between three worlds to create the Digital City. At the forefront of the digital city movement is the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The historic port city has been developing and applying a variety of smart solutions to urban problems in recent years. A smart thermal grid is being constructed, for example, that will facilitate heat exchange between buildings and make entire neighbourhoods more energy efficient. Smart parking and intelligent (electric) mobility are supporting better traffic flow, and a range of other benefits are helping make life better for inhabitants."

Read the full article here.


RUGGEDISED case study in the EV in Scotland report

18 December 2018

Scotland is on a journey to accelerate thewidespread adoption of electric vehicles. In September 2017, Scotland’s First Ministerset the ambition to phase out the need fornew petrol and diesel cars by 2032. This report reviews the benefits that electric vehicles (EVs) are bringing to Scotland,the developments that are helping to achieve the2032 targets and the potential forfurther change. The review includes the findings ofScotland’s first EV Drivers Survey, withthe 184 respondents driving a collective totalof 1.5 million electric miles a year.

It also includes the RUGGEDISED project in Glasgow as a case study, looking at the following solutions:

1. Surplus power storage in an EV charging hub, including: installation of a 200kW solar PV canopy,500kW battery storage and a hub of rapid chargers at Glasgow’s Duke Street multi-storey car park.2. Innovative connection to renewables and storage including: a physical, direct connection, an innovative,virtual connection between the renewables produced at Glasgow’s Duke Street Multi-storey EV hub, willexplore the use of netting-off generation against consumption in assets owned by Glasgow City Council.3. Intelligent LED street lighting with integrated EV charging functionality, including: street lightingwith integrated EV charging points to reduce the street furniture, increase public space and provide anopportunity to evaluate EV batteries as demand-side management assets.

Read the full report here.

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.”

Find out more.