THE 2019 TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION AWARD HAS JUST BEEN LAUNCHED! The European sustainability award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, is given to a city, region or civil society organisation , which implements the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural , socio-economic , and technological transformation of their community. The actions taken are local or regional contributions to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Among the rewards for the winner are: €10.000 to kickstart a Transformative Action in your city, region or municipality Deadline : 31st, July Application : http://www.sustainablecities.eu/transformative-action-award/
In view to the REMOURBAN's end in December 2019 we are releasing press releases , insights and other communication materials on REMOURBAN technical solutions for Smart Cities. In the coming months we will upload a series of documents containing valuable information on technologies in the fields of energy efficiency, mobility and ICT. At this link you can find the information packages published so far. Check them if you're interested and help us spread the word!
Nottingham ready to beat...
As Theresa May signs into law a commitment to bring the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, one city in the UK is on its way to achieving this goal 22 years sooner As one of her final acts as Prime Minister, Theresa May , announced that she will be signing into law a pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 . This would make Britain the first member of the G7 to make such a commitment official. The announcement was largely applauded by environmental groups but there was also criticism of how the target will be met and whether it is in fact feasible. However, one city in the UK is making strides to be net zero all on their own 22 years earlier. Nottingham , located 200 km north of London, has been on the forefront of reducing carbon emissions since 2000 when it signed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change . Since then they have been ahead of schedule in meeting the 2020 targets set out in the Kyoto protocol back in 2005 and they have already surpassed their own 2020 Energy Strategy targets of a 26% reduction in carbon emissions having reduced emissions by 39%. Now, spurred on in part by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 report , Nottingham City Council has pledged to be net zero by 2028 . To meet such lofty goals the city has invested in one of the UK’s largest electric bus fleets , expanded their tram network, runs many services on renewable sources, improved cycling facilities and installed solar panels on over 4500 domestic properties. An interesting feature of Nottingham’s strategy though has been retaining control of key assets, such as heat networks and transport systems , along with a desire to build in-house ability. “There has been a policy of trying to push things forward and retain municipal control,” says Jonathan Ward, Principal Energy Policy Officer with Nottingham City Council. By taking this approach, the city has been able to provide energy and heat to its citizens in a responsible and affordable way through initiatives like the creation of Robin Hood Energy . This not-for-profit company is owned by city council and aims to distribute low cost energy and address fuel poverty . As of 2018, 100% of the electricity they provide is renewable. The council also owns a heat network that supplies heat to business and residents along with smart meter functions. Ward explains that in council, “there’s been an ethos of making sure these measures are a just transition as well.” This, “just transition” is another key feature of Nottingham’s climate change strategy. “It shouldn’t be a message of less,” believes Ward, “rather how do we do things differently and improve other things at the same time.” To this aim they are involved in several building refurbishment projects aimed directly at improving citizens quality of life, many of which are funded in part by the European project Remourban . As part of this venture, the council was able to roll out the ultra low-energy home pilot program based on the sustainable Energiesprong concept. This method can retrofit and refurbish flats using prefabricated components in a few days with a 30-year warranty. Once completed these homes are energy efficient, net zero residences that use renewable energy created from the structure. The Nottingham Energiesprong scheme entails renovations to 150 homes and is focused on some of the older houses which are currently difficult to heat and will lift these residents out of fuel poverty. Despite all these initiatives and success stories, there is only some much local authorities can do to address this global problem, and so Nottingham welcomes the commitment made at the national level . “Cities have been setting ambitious targets for some time,” says Ward, “but it is great when you got the international and national targets driving things.” He believes the 2050 target is beneficial because it will provide a country wide framework for everyone to plan and work around. By raising the national minimum requirements and adding stronger weights to sustainability, considerations alongside economic and housing targets local planners should be able to do more. The pledge will also help address things outside of local control, such as the countries energy grid, the evolution of industry and the electrification of transport. By Bradley van Paridon
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SMART CITY SOLUTIONS in Stuttgart, 17.-19. September 2019 Inspiration für die intelligente Stadtentwicklung, Digitalisierung und Ressortübergreifendes Arbeiten mit Daten, strategisch, Bürger-orientiert. Konferenzprogramm Link SMART CITY SOLUTIONS DIALOG , Frühbuchertickets nutzen: Ticketshop ! ------- Nutzen Sie die Chance für den Austausch mit Städtevertretern, Startups und Anbietern! Expo, conference, meetups - SMART CITY SOLUTIONS is part of worldwide leading show for geodata & surveying, the INTERGEO Early Bird Tickets here ----- Use the possibility to speak with city representatives, startup companies and solution providers.
Call for Speakers open!...
INTERGEO / SMART CITY SOLUTIONS Berlin/Germany 13-15 October, 2020. Link Call for Speakers for SMART CITY SOLUTIONS STAGE, INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS STAGE and MEET UPs. We are looking for smart city cases regarding: # BIM and # DigitalTwin for City Development, # SensorData and # UrbanDataManagement Strategies, # Resilience and Security Concepts for # PublicSpace Altogether 3 STAGES for Smart City, UAV and Geoinnovation/BIM plus INTERGEO CONFERENCE and FOCUS SESSIONS. A lot of Hashtag # inspiration , Hashtag # networking for +20,000 participants and +700 exhibitors. EXPO, CONFERENCE, MEET UPs, START UP Sessions: SAVE THE DATE and become a speaker, participant or exhibititor!
Drones & Urban Air...
17-19 September in Stuttgart EXPO + DIALOG = Inspiration for intelligent and smart city develpment. More information & tickets here SMART CITY SOLUTIONS In case you offer a drone service or product, that will have an outstanding and sustainable impact in cities or peoples live or nature: Apply for DRONE PIONEER AWARD until 25th August and be part of the big drone gathering in September https://dronepioneeraward.com Parallel to SMART CITY SOLUTIONS in September will take place not only great seminars by BABLE (like the training for SMART CITY Fachkraft), but also the big drone gathering with EUROPEAN DRONE SUMMIT , the trade show INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS part of INTERGEO and the award session of mentioned DRONE PIONEER AWARD on 18th September. So join us in September in Stuttgart!
BABLE Future Sessions in...
An early dialogue between different stakeholders can significantly ease the implementation of Smart City projects. Through the BABLE Future Sessions we provide a space to have such dialogues in a open way - without any obligations – and with the option to find future partners and ideas. In each session a city presents a vision, a challenge or a plan which then will be discussed with all paricipants - different actors involved in innovative urban projects, such local governments, companies, researchers, etc. During the Smart City Solutions Expo in September in Stuttgart on the 19th of September , there will be two BABLE Future Sessions organised in cooperation with the city of Waiblingen . 1) Decreasing commuting traffic: The role of Workhubs 2) E-Government: Easing Public & Corperate Service? (using the example of service-bw ) The sessions of approximatley 90 minutes will take place in the Regio Lounge at Messe Stuttgart. To ensure an open and direct communication, the number of participants per session is limited to 15. If you would like to join a session or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me !
Social Challenge to...
Barcelona City Council wants to encourage socio-technological entrepreneurship to improve the quality of life of our residents. Barcelona’s population is aging. People ages 65 and older will represent a quarter of the population by 2038. With the aim to better respond to the needs of the elderly, the Social Rights Department and the i.lab of the Commissioner of Technology and Digital Innovation, launch the challenge: How can we effectively address the needs of the elderly considering their functional dependency? We invite you to present your proposal before 26 September 2019 in one of the following two categories: Tested projects or proven methodologies that generate social cohesion , for example, activating the community to provide support to the elderly, strengthening social and solidarity economy models, intergenerational collaboration and integration mechanisms. New technology and/or robotic solutions that enable a more effective identification of the needs of elderly people, improve the quality and delivery of social services, and the response time to meet those needs. The winner will receive an award of 20,000 EUR to implement a pilot in Barcelona and will have the opportunity to work closely with municipal agents with wide experience in social innovation. It is also an opportunity to gain local and international visibility. To read the terms and conditions and present your proposal, please click here . If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: email@example.com
Germany's first Smart...
Die TÜV SÜD Akademie bietet ab Herbst 2019 in Kooperation mit BABLE Smart Cities die erste Smart City Schulung Deutschlands an, die erfolgreiche Teilnehmer kompakt in 2 Tagen zur "Smart City Fachkraft" ausbildet. Innerhalb der zweitägigen Schulung erhalten die Teilnehmer anhand von Beispielen und Erfahrungen aus Pilotstädten und -projekten weltweit einen Überblick in die Möglichkeiten und aktuellen Entwicklungen bezüglich der Planung und Umsetzung innovativer, nachhaltiger und digitaler Stadtmodelle. Anhand von verschiedenen Instrumenten und Modellen bekommen die Teilnehmer Anregungen für die Entwicklung integrierter Lösungsansätze und die Erstellung von Smart City Roadmaps und Strategien. Zudem bietet die Schulung Raum für Erfahrungsaustausch und Diskussion mit Experten, die das Thema Smart City global begleiten, beraten und unterstützen. Am 17.-18. September 2019 findet die Pilotveranstaltung „Smart City – Basiswissen für digitale und nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung“ im Rahmen der Messe Smart City Solutions auf dem Gelände der Messe in Stuttgart statt. In cooperation with BABLE Smart Cities, TÜV SÜD Academy will be offering Germany's first Smart City training course starting in autumn 2019. Successful participants will receive compact training to become "Smart City specialists" in two days. During the two-day training, participants will gain an overview of the possibilities and current developments in the planning and implementation of innovative, sustainable and digital city models based on examples and experiences from pilot cities and projects worldwide. Using various instruments and models, the participants receive suggestions for the development of integrated solutions and the creation of Smart City Roadmaps and strategies. In addition, the training offers space for exchange of experience and discussion with experts who accompany, advise and support the topic of Smart City globally. On 17-18 September 2019 , the pilot event "Smart City - Basic Knowledge for Digital and Sustainable Urban Development " will take place as part of the Smart City Solutions trade fair at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre. Anmeldung und Informationen
CE3 funding opportunity
Grow your business across borders with CE3 Funding! After a careful review, it has been noticed that students hardly consider international activities in their start-up projects. Interreg CE3 - the Crossborder Entrepreneurial Energy Education project - has been established between Germany and the Netherlands with goal of making students of the participating regions, with support from BABLE , aware of cross-border entrepreneurship at an early stage when developing their start-up projects. If you are a Student enrolled in a University in Baden-Württemberg and are thinking of starting your own business, take this opportunity to develop your start-up idea and expand your world! In times of home isolation, you might have more time available to think, so use this chance to come up with an innovative idea, to build your prototype, to engage with coaching and to turn your start-up into an international business. Within the CE3 Interreg project, BABLE has established an open call that provides funding for your start-up activities across borders. Important information: - 3 chances to participate in the call: 04.05.2020 until 29.05.2020, 06.07.2020 until 31.07.2020 and 07.09.2020 until 02.10.2020. Within two weeks after the respective call closes, you will be given a decisive answer on whether you will get the funding. - Amount between € 500 and € 5.000. It's not a loan, you don't have to pay the money back. You just have to show us what you intend spend the money on. - Your idea/project/start-up must consider Germany and Netherlands crossborder activities. (Eg. a link with students from Netherlands, or products being bought or sold in the Netherlands). Any project idea or existing start-up younger than 2 years old, run by students from Baden Württemberg, is eligible for funding. Funding will be granted to (start-up) activities in the following sectors: Life Sciences / Medical / Biotechnology / Healthcare Energy- and environmental technology Logistics Nano- and micro-technology / materials / high-tech materials Agrofood business Creative sector Are you interested? Fill in a short pre-application form and convince us why you need some extra money. You can do this by either answering the questions about your start-up or project or by uploading a short video, flyer, pitch or presentation. Within five days we'll get back to you to. If your application meets the criteria, we'll fill in the formal application form together. Do you have further questions? Please contact Ronaldo Valentim or Jana Helder .
Mobility Hubs are places of connectivity where different modes of transportation - from walking to rapid transit – come together seamlessly. One of the key components of mobility hubs is the presence of a large area of influence, which is achieved from the concentration of employment, housing, shopping and/or recreation centres. This integrated suite of mobility services is intended to meet first-last mile needs of transit users through shared and sustainable transportation. It offers different options to users and ensures optimal connectivity. The most beneficial intermodal mobility hubs are mainly implemented close to existing mobility junctions such as train stations, as well as other transit stations. Other elements of mobility hubs include dedicated curb spaces for taxis, energy generation from solar cells, electric vehicle charging stations, interactive kiosks, and amenities like cafes or plazas to create an active space that is welcoming during layovers.
Last Mile Delivery
Due to the growing share of on-line shopping nowadays, an additional sales channel for companies came up. Internet sales has become an essential part of the retailing business in the past years. Consequently, the volume of traffic caused by delivery services has increased rapidly with the success of e-commerce. Likewise, the delivery market slowly transforms from a mainly B2B market to a B2C one (e.g. Drone delivery). The final track of the supply chain – home delivery to a customer – is called “Last Mile”. The “Last-Mile” of a delivery poses significant logisticalcal challenges, especially regarding the increasing customer expectations, such as "same day delivery" or "exact time delivery" which leads to the decreasing time available for planning. Furthermore, the “Last mile” has a huge effect in traffic of commercial vehicles in cities. The Last Mile Delivery (LMD) accounts for a major part of the costs involved in a delivery. A research of Capgemini Research Institute showed that the costs of LMD account 41 % of the overall supply chain costs ( Jacobs, Warner et al., p. 20 ). Figure 1 - Distribution of overall supply chain costs ( Jacobs, Warner et al., p. 20 ) In the reality of LMD, challenges like a small or single order compared to deliveries to stores, many constantly changing geographically dispersed locations (compare deliveries to stores) etc. must be faced. The goal is to improve the efficiency of LMD, to minimize costs incurred, improve safety to minimize the impact on traffic as well as minimize the environmental impact. To improve the quality of life in the affected areas, the LMD should become environmentally friendly and emission-free (noise and emissions), the volume of traffic should be reduced to prevent illegal parking, collisions and stressful congestions. Congestion, air quality, collisions and illegal parking are all ills affecting the quality of life of citizens. The accessibility of inner-city locations is becoming more and more limited for cars and trucks in contrast delivery services are growing especially in these dense inner-city areas. There are several solutions to solve these problems that reduce pollutant emissions, lower the impact on traffic, improve safety and make LMD more efficient.
The global agriculture has a high environmental impact (30 percent of global emissions). This is mainly the case due to long supply chains. Currently, the average distance traveled for agricultural products is more than 2,400 km (Urban Farming in the City of tomorrow, 2018) . Using an Urban Farming approach, this distance can ideally be reduced to less than 10 km. This offers a new attractive option for a decarbonised food distribution system. In addition to this, securing urban food and resource supply is increasingly becoming a challenge, especially in heavily populated cities with limited access to surrounding agricultural areas. Thus, food produced within urban areas offers various opportunities for cities. There are different types of urban farms, e.g. differentiated by the location of the farm (such as rooftop, window, greenhouse, balcony, containor, inddor or vertical farming), differentiated by the method of farming (such as hydroponic, aeroponic or mistponic farming) or differed by the people cultivating the plants (such as community, instiutional, commercial or personal farms). The following information gives a general overview, but mainly focuses on indoor and vertical farming.
Electrification of fleets
In order to reduce fossil energy consumption, electric mobility is a key component of creating sustainable transportation. Not only is the transport sector responsible for 30% of total EU CO 2 emissions (72% of which are from road transport), but the rate of emission reductions has also slowed down. Other sectors, such as energy, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and housing, have significantly reduced their CO 2 emissions since 1990, while in the transport sector's CO 2 emissions are higher today than in 1990 due to the ever-increasing role of mobility in our lives (European Parliament, 2019). One solution to reduce transport-related CO 2 emissions is electric mobility. Due to their longer lifespan and lower operational costs, electric vehicles can be financially beneficial. Fleet solutions facilitate the diffusion of electric vehicles rapidly and successfully into the market. Additionally, facilities to charge the electric vehicles are mandatory (Proff, Fojcik 2016, p. 128). The main goal is to diffuse electric mobility for environmental reasons. The overall vehicle population can be reduced by building up electric fleets. Plus, using electric fleets provides opportunities for companies and cities to create an innovative image and to test new technologies. The limited range of electrically driven vehicles is often less of an issue for company- and city-operated vehicles, as shorter distances are primarily covered. Fleet applications offer excellent opportunities for fast and successful diffusion of electric vehicles into the market, paticularyl since e.g. around 60 % of annual new car registrations in Germany are accounted for by companies and the self-employed. After their first commercial use, the vehicles are usually transferred to the used car market after a few years. Electric fleets for companies are thus a catalyst for the wider potential market diffusion of electric vehicles.
Vesputi Control Room Communicator
Our control room interface for public transit operators enables quick, efficient and automated multi-channel communication.
Vesputi Mobility Platform
Our Platform enables public transit providers and cities to provide a wholistic view on mobility, including real-time information and relevant statistics.
Vesputi Network Simulator and Optimizer
The tool allows to simulate transit schedules and compare them to actual data with the aim to analyze bottle necks in the transit network and optimize operations.