Learning from the successful smart cities – SCC replication workshop

INEA event

26 January 2018

On 26 January 2018 representatives of 40 cities sat around the table at the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) with industry representatives and experts to ensure that the €263.84 million invested by the Commission through the Horizon2020 Smart Cities and Communities programme generates returns.

The event included a general presentation of the activities of INEA and its participation and contribution to the H2020 programme, especially in the field of energy, transport and ICT.

For RUGGEDISED it was a good opportunity to network and strengthen cooperation with other similar projects; the project's "Fellow" cities could share their barriers to replicate and implement smart solutions as well as learn from the experiences and best practices of other cities. ISINNOVA, who are leading the replication in the RUGGEDISED project, was present alongside our "Fellow cities" of Gdansk, Parma and Brno.

Marco Mordacci from Parma commented: "It is always welcome and useful to discuss with other cities how they are handling the same issues we are working on. It really helps fellow cities to grow and improve knowledge and awareness. We learnt how to set up an open data platform and about the energy refurbishment of residential buildings. We are even more conscious that there some issues that are easy to replicate in every country and others that are extremely linked to the national context. I think it would be useful to go even more into detail, in order to give a full understanding of the procedures and about technical, legal and financial issues of every action."

MUNISS Student contest in Brno

18 January 2018

International student contest MUNISS officially started on 18th of January in Brno’s Assembly Hall of the New City Hall. The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Mayor of the City of Brno for Smart City Jaroslav Kacer, Deputy Mayor of Bratislava Ľudmila Farkašovská and the Chief Architect of the City of Bratislava Ingrid Konrad, Czech and Slovak students and representatives of universities.

Students from different fields, universities and cities meet to work on studies focusing on the development of Brno or Bratislava.

Selected topics in Brno are Kraví hora, Jižní centrum a Špitálka. Students are very interested in the area of Špitálka which is part of the district heating factory. This area is also part of international project RUGGEDISED. There is several reasons why Špitalka was chosen as one of the topic. One of them is to define a position of Locality manager who will take care of the area during the RUGGEDISED project. “Locality manager will communicate with owners, partners of the project and citizens to speed up the process of creating a smart city district.” says Jaroslav Kacer the Deputy Mayor of Brno. The output of MUNISS will also be foundations for international architectural competition which will create and urbanistic and architectural plan for this area.

Students will put together a plan for the chosen area in horizon of 5, 10 and 15 years in MUNISS. They will need to evaluate condition of the area now and what might affect it in the future. Bratislava’s topic is an area of Obchodní ulice in the city center. Students will work on their projects in an international teams until the end of May this year. After evaluation of contest entries, the winners will be announced in Bratislava.

MUNISS website

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.

Find out more

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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