Smart Solutions Expert Analysis to help follower city Brno become a city of the future

21 November 2017

The SIX research center will coordinate an expert analysis on smart solutions as part of the project RUGGEDISED as Brno is closely collaborating with the SIX research center on this project. The next step will be the development of an expert analysis evaluating the benefits and risks of particular technological solutions. As a result of this analysis, the city of Brno will know which solutions to apply in the future.

The findings of the analysis will summarize all 31 smart solutions - technological solutions that will help to build sustainable and ecological cities. The city of Brno will be able to decide which smart solutions can be implemented and which ones are compatible.

The city of Brno also wants to share their experience and knowledge with other cities and already reached out to some cities from the South Moravian region to help them become part of the project's City Interest Group. What does it mean for those cities? They’ll become part of RUGGEDISED project by joining an international shared platform with other project members.

“Sharing knowledge and information about possible innovational solutions with another cities from South Moravian region is the key to become a better and sustainable city and it would be difficult to achieve such an information” said Deputy Mayor, City of Brno Jaroslav Kacer. The analysis coordinated by SIX centrum will be provided to those cities as well.

RUGGEDISED Kick-off in "Fellow" city Parma

Parma Futuro Smart

30 October 2017

The city of Parma is a follower city in the RUGGEDISED project. It will follow closely the smart solutions developed in Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå over the next 4 years and carefully prepare for its own smart city implementation.

On 30 November 2017, the City of Parma launched the participatory process in the city under the title "Parma Futuro Smart".

The event took place at WoPa - Workout Pasubio, a former industrial complex, promoted by the Municipality of Parma and the Order of Architects of Parma and converted into a socio-cultural center. This workshop represented the beginning of a participatory process that will be developed over the next few years (2017-2018) with semi-annual meetings, in order to work together with all the actors in a smart vision of the city.

The event was introduced by the city Mayor, Federico Pizzaroti, followed by presentations and a series of rountables. Discussions focused on four topics:
> Smart energy and environment,
> Smart transport and mobility
> Smart society and people
> Smart economy and innovation.

All partners committed to dedicate required resources and expertise to support the smart project and to define a common ground for a smart model for Parma city. They were also asked to talk about their companies project and solution for a future vision of a smart city and to enable interoperability and easy integration via open interfaces. The event was concluded with the presentations of the different scenarios made by the groups.

Find out more on the new Parma Futuro Smart website.

RSM students’ thesis research for RUGGEDISED

13 September 2017

Students from the Erasmus University presented their final MSc Business Information Management theses to the RUGGEDISED project team.

Each presentation was judged on its managerial implications and impact by representatives of the City of Rotterdam as well as RSM faculty members, coaches and others involved in the project including KPN, DWA, RET and Eneco.

The theses looked into subjects related to smart mobility, sharing of data, predicting energy use, innovation ecosystems and governance models.

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Citizen workshop in follower city Brno

7 September 2017

A workshop Scenario for Brno 2050 was held in VIDA! science center - science amusement park in Brno. The workshop was part of creating a strategic document called Vision of Brno 2050 by using a bottom-up method. The goal of the workshop was to find different points of view on the future development of Brno.

Trends and megatrends that cause changes in Brno were discussed during this one day workshop. At the beginning of the event, people were discussing trends that might be relevant in 2050. Then they prioritized the main trends and discuss them in three separate groups. Groups were defined by different topics: Accommodation, public space, transport, Economy and resources, Social policy and culture.

The event ended by showing the presentations of scenarios that were made by the groups, completed with live drawing.

Opening Erasmus University’s new Academic Year

4 September 2017

Opening Erasmus University’s new Academic Year on Monday, 4 September, Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, presented his vision of a vital city. 'Active citizenship, trust and optimism are essential for a vital city'. He thinks innovation is not just something for high-end professionals. ‘I believe in co-creation’. He referred to Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University as research partner in the EU RUGGEDISED consortium. Through RUGGEDISED, Rotterdam and five other European cities are joining forces to accelerate the path towards a sustainable future by creating model urban areas. The research centers on a local exchange of energy, based on an exchange of information.

Visualizing Energy : Umeå standing proudly in Brussels

25 June 2017

“Umeå is expanding fast and our cold climate during the winter months puts stress on our energy system. However, we can already see the results of our ICT solutions, and soon we will reach our target of 100 per cent renewable energy in our innovation district.”

The quote from Carina Aschan, RUGGEDISED Lighthouse Coordinator for the city of Umeå, stands proudly alongside her picture in the Visualizing Energy exhibition organised by Revolve media.

Visualising Energy is a public information campaign that highlights the human dimension of the energy transition by showing workers in action on different renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around Europe and beyond. The aim is to raise awareness among citizens and policy-makers about the potential of green growth. Visualising Energy will be in Brussels throughout the summer 2017.

RUGGEDISED took part in the European Sustainable Energy Week

22 June 2017

RUGGEDISED took part in the European Sustainable Energy week, alongside fellow Horizon 2020 projects, hosting together a joint policy session looking into the replication potential of smart solutions.

Coordinated by ICLEI, all nine Horizon 2020 smart city projects got together for the "Smarter is cleaner" policy session focusing on the replication potential of the energy-related smart solutions being implemented in the lighthouse cities. The aim of this joint event was to equip other cities with the know-how to replicate the processes and technological solutions already developed.

The session looked more closely at smart solutions along three topics: smart grids, smart electric storage and industrial to civic prosumers. The environmental, economical and societal benefits of these solutions were discussed between Lighthouse and Follower cities present.

Rick Klooster from Rotterdam's partner Future Insight presented one of the smart city solutions implemented in RUGGEDISED: a 3-D City operations model. This solution looks at how to gather the data produced in Rotterdam for this project in order to create 3D visualizations showing the energy-use in real-time.

RUGGEDISED General Assembly in the "Dear Green Place"

13 June 2017

After first meeting at the project launch in Rotterdam in November, RUGGEDISED partners got together again on June 13-14 for the first General Assembly.

Hosted by the City of Glasgow, the reception marking the starting point of the General Assembly took place in the impressive City Chambers. Eva Bolander's welcome speech as Glasgows' Lord Provost, showed the strong political support to the project.

The two day meetings took place fittingly in The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. The first day of meetings was introduced by Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction who talked about her role in maintaining Glasgow as a "Dear Green place", the Gaelic meaning of the city name. Speaking also of her Italian origins, she highlighted the importance of European cooperation between cities.

Presentations from each lighthouse cities, showing the advancement of the different smart solutions, was followed by a series of workshops led by work package leaders. TNO lead a session on the Innovation Framework while other participants joined ICLEI to talk about the dissemination and communication of the project. The afternoon saw further sessions with AIT discussing the monitoring of the project while RISE gathered people to start preparing the strategy for the up-scaling of the solutions developed in the cities.

The second day gave participants the occasion to go on a study visit of Glasgow's demonstration district: The Smart Street. Leading the group along George street and Duke street, Gavin Slater told us about the smart solutions that will be installed and link up different buildings from the neighborhood including the Drygate housing estate, Tennant's Brewery and a public parking. Learn more about Glasgow's Smart Street

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Energy Commissioner Mr. Maroš Šefčovič visits Smart City Umeå

30 March 2017

Vice-President of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič visited the city of Umeå (Sweden) on 31 March. The Region Västerbotten and the city of Umeå hosted the visit, which focused on smart energy solutions and Europe’s potential for moving away from fossil fuels.

The Vice-President kicked off the discussion with some explanations about the added value of a European approach to energy: "In order to meet our energy demands, be globally competitive, but at the same time take care of our climate and environment, we need a European approach" – he said.

Carina Aschan, RUGGEDISED project manager for the city, presented Umeå's role as lighthouse city. Smart city thinking is at the core of the City of Umeå’s overall vision of continued social, economic and environmental sustainable growth.

RUGGEDISED will facilitate a unified ‘smart district’, which is underpinned by planned regeneration and new developments, smart city capabilities and committed public and private sector investments. The ‘smartdistrict’ situated immediately to the east of Umeå city centre in the University city area, including a mix of residential, academic and research facilities from two universities, a regional hospital, and community, recreational and commercial buildings.

Find out more with Elin Pietroni, Head of comprehensive planning of the city of Umeå.


23 March 2017

In their efforts to deliver and replicate Smart City solutions, the EU’s nine Lighthouse projects formally signed a Cooperation Manifesto in Nottingham (UK) on March 23. Albert Engels from the city of Rotterdam signed the Cooperation Manifesto as coordinator of the RUGGEDISED project.

The Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects are funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, with the aim of bringing together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs.

Since 2014, a total of 9 projects have been funded and are currently on-going from 3 different calls, being all them driven by the same challenges that EU cities are facing to ensure secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility and smart tools and services, always showcasing their economic viability towards ensuring their replication potential in other cities. RUGGEDISED is part of these 9 projects that represent together a total of 27 lighthouse cities and 30 follower cities, working to demonstrate these processes, technologies and business models to transform their ecosystems into smarter and more sustainable places.

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