BABLE at AHK's Business...
BABLE was proud to take part in the implementation of a Romanian-German economic collaboration project with the theme ' Energy Infrastructure in Cities '. The initiative of the Romanian-German economic collaboration project and its financing come from the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy in Germany within the “ Energy Solutions made in Germany ” program.The project is addressed to Romanian and German companies interested in developing bilateral business in the field of urban infrastructure and aims to promote locally German systems and products in this field. During the delegation, AHK Romania organised an online symposium attended by German and Romanian experts who offered participants an overview of methods of efficiency and modernisation of urban infrastructure. In order to promote German companies, their representatives held online meetings with potential Romanian employees. The article (in Romanian) can be read here ! Big thanks to the participants, including: @Ileana Bănucu , @Szabolcs Szilveszter , @Alexandru Petrovici , @Paul Gribincea , @Dan Nichiforel
'Virtual energy advisor...
In case you missed it, every month we choose a Use Case of the Month to feature! Congratulations to @Gonzalo Cabezas from Barcelona for taking the crown this month! Read the Use Case , see all the Use Cases and innovative projects from Barcelona , and find out more about the GrowSmarter Project! Want to upload your own Use Case for a chance to be featured? Make sure you have a company, city or project page and then upload your Use Case using the upload button in the bottom right corner! Let us know if you need any assistance!
Online event series :...
As part of EU Industry Week 2021 , Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is presenting a series of events on the topics of smart cities, digital transformation and AI. The series includes a Smart City Germany-expert session about the energy, mobility and e-health sectors, which is taking place this Wednesday, 3 March 2021. During this session, @Peter Portheine , Co-founder Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO), CEO of Brainport Smart District, The Netherlands, will be sharing his knowledge and experience on innovation eco-systems and explain their role as engines for smart economy in a smart city. Frank Speer, HUB-Manager International, Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH, will also provide insight into City Tech Ruhr, Germany’s largest international Smart City Startup Challenge. The experts from GTAI will be talking about Germany’s digital health market, different aspects of the energy sector and trends for future mobility, connected drive and the automotive industry. Event: 3 March 2021 / 11:00 - 12:30 CET Please register here
BABLE opens an office in...
BABLE SMART CITIES UK LIMITED is officially open for business! Over the last four years, we have had the pleasure of working in the UK in a variety of capacities. Today, we officially announce the opening of our new office in the great city of London! To celebrate and to give you more insight into a few of the inspiring projects that are happening in London, we have compiled four Use Cases from London that you may find interesting. (Thanks to @Carine Hawkins and @Moritz Latour for sharing these with us). Do you have a Use Case from the UK that you would like to showcase? Get in touch or easily upload one yourself (upload button in the bottom right corner if you are signed in). We are beyond thrilled to be expanding and building upon and driving the Smart City movement happening in the UK. Not only will we be at the heart of UK innovation, but also close to other innovative projects around the UK, such as those happening in Manchester ( @Martine Tommis , @Sophie Sheil ) and Aberdeen ( @Amye Ferguson ). To find more information about our opening, you can view our newsletter , fresh off the press. Not logged in? Sign up or log in to our free and open platform to gain full access to our Use Cases and to connect with others within the movement and community.
Smartlamppost would like to thank CM Figueira (in the person of its Mayor, and Engº José Gil Andrade), UVE (in the person of its President Henrique Sanchez) for the success of ENVE 2021, and to all our partners (SONERES, Iluminação Pública, S.A., MAGNUM CAP, Bosch Mobility Solutions, TNE , Wingsys - Interactive Technology, Wavecom, ChargeSurfing, CISEC - Soluções Técnicas de Engenharia e Serviços SA, ABC, Schneider Electric, HUBER+SUHNER, Accelleran...) because without them Smartlamppost would not be the reference, or the technological hub it is today. All of them helped Smartlamppost to establish itself more and more as the base infrastructure for the cities.
Smart cities: cooperation...
We cordially invite you to the panel discussion “Smart cities: cooperation without borders” at House of Switzerland in Stuttgart , organised by the city of St. Gallen, on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 at 18:00 CEST . What is behind the buzzword “smart city” and what does it mean in “practice”, across borders? Benjamin Szemkus (Managing Director, Smart City Hub), Joel Singh (Head of Marketing and Communication and Member of the Executive Board, Crossiety AG), Prof. Birgit Schenk (HVF Ludwigsburg), Dr. Christin Wohlrath (City of Konstanz) and Christian Geiger (Chief Digital Officer, City of St.Gallen) will be showing what the “buzzword” smart city means and comprises – and how it is brought into practice. Cooperation makes cities smarter The examples of St. Gallen and Konstanz demonstrate how cities can become more efficient, technologically advanced, greener and socially inclusive. They will also show how the various stakeholders can contribute to the digital transformation of cities and how they can benefit from it. Finally, the example of the two Rheinfelden cities will be used to discuss how smart cities can successfully connect across borders. Where, when, how… The panel discussion is moderated by Alexander Schmidt, CEO at BABLE, and takes place on Tuesday, 6 July 2021, from 18:00 to 19:00 , followed by an aperitif, at House of Switzerland in Stuttgart. Pop-up House of Switzerland Calwer Strasse 33 / Kronprinzstrasse 30 70173 Stuttgart Please register here. For all those who cannot come to Stuttgart, there will be a livestream: Präsenz Schweiz Youtube Channel or www.so-schweiz.de The discussion will be in German. About House of Switzerland House of Switzerland is a pop-up exhibition and event series in Stuttgart, Germany hosted in joint responsibility by Presence Switzerland, Switzerland Tourism and Switzerland Global Enterprise, running from 1 July to 31 October 2021. It offers an open and freely accessible space for exchange and interaction and invites to discover Switzerland’s innovation potential in an entertaining way.
Expert Insight: Smart...
Join BABLE’s LinkedIn Live Event to learn how the Smart City market is developing in these two economically strong neighbouring regions in the centre of Europe! Prominent and innovative recent activities in Switzerland and Baden-Württemberg Swiss Smart City Alliance, represented by Prof. Vicente Carabias-Hütter, and Baden-Württemberg International (BWi), represented by Dr. Jenny Atmanagara, will be discussing the prominent recent activities of innovative companies and cities in Switzerland and Baden-Württemberg. The live discussion takes place on LinkedIn on Thursday, 1 July 2021, at 11 a.m. , and is moderated by Miguel Mósca, Smart City consultant at BABLE. It is hosted as part of the House of Switzerland launch. About House of Switzerland House of Switzerland - is a pop-up exhibition and event series in Stuttgart, Germany, hosted in joint responsibility by Presence Switzerland, Switzerland Tourism and Switzerland Global Enterprise, - offers an open and freely accessible space for exchange and interaction and invites to discover Switzerland’s innovation potential in an entertaining way, - will be running from 1 July to 31 October 2021.
A new partnership in the...
Innovation City Belfast, a new partnership formed by six of the city's key institutions to establish Belfast City Council as a globally significant destination for innovation, has been formalised! BABLE is thrilled to see our collaborative work (in partnership with the Eindhoven International Project Office) with Belfast being realised, and is excited to see Belfast become a global destination for innovation! Founding partners: Belfast City Council , Belfast Harbour, Ulster University, Invest Northern Ireland, Queen's University Belfast "With a strong track record in emerging sectors like financial, green and health technology, this is a really exciting step forward in making Belfast a world leader in finding new solutions to global issues, and building upon the investment already secured through the Belfast Region City Deal. An 'Innovation District', made up of small and medium businesses borne out of university research, will also be created, from Queen's Island to York Street, along with a 'Smart District' in the city centre, where new technologies can be developed, tested and used to tackle challenges caused by the pandemic, climate change and more." Continue reading...
Study: Urban mobility...
In partnership with EIT Urban Mobility, the consortium led by BABLE , and composed by CARNET, CTAG, DTU, and UPC, and Miljöstrategi AB have conducted a survey across 16 European cities to understand and analyse mobility strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This built the basis for a study on urban mobility strategies during COVID-19. The full report analyses the urban mobility strategies deployed by cities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic . Each chapter provides extensive insights on aspects such as sustainable urban mobility system requirements, the impact of the virus so far on urban mobility, the role of innovation in this context, and the economic impact on new mobility. There is also a short version of the report that is part of EIT UM’s Urban Mobility Next series, which provides practitioners with exclusive content on cutting-edge urban mobility issues. It focuses on the main outcomes of the study, based on the analysis of the survey results as well as on selected best practices. There will be webinar on 23 March to present the results of this report and to give interested readers the opportunity to directly discuss findings with the authors. Click here to register and/or read the report: https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/what-were-the-most-successful-urban-mobility-strategies-during-covid-19/ Cheers!
Register now! ENTRANCE...
WEBINAR WITH THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK TO DISCOVER FUNDING MECHANISMS FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT & MOBILITY SOLUTIONS. Are you looking for funding sources that allow you to launch your innovative product on the market? The ENTRANCE project is designed to mobilise financial resources and boost sustainable innovations in the transport and mobility sectors. To do so, the partnership will create an environment for promoting solutions to find buyers or investors. These solutions will gain visibility through the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform , which will also include a Knowledge Hub to learn more about sectorial trends and financing insights. This work is strengthened with the project’s first webinar: EIB funding mechanisms for providers of sustainable transport & mobility solutions to boost EU uptake. In this live webinar, European Investment Bank (EIB) experts will present EIB funding mechanisms for transport and mobility solution providers across Europe and how these can be applied for deployment projects and scaling up of innovative transport and mobility solutions. The webinar will take place on 22 June 2021 from 10.00 to 11.30 (CEST), SAVE THE DATE! Registration is now open! https://www.entrance-platform.eu/event/knowledge-round-investment-for-sustainable-transport-with-the-european-investment-bank/ Agenda: Presentation of the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform Presentation of EIB funding mechanisms and presentation of examples of deployment projects scaling up innovative transport solutions Q&A and Discussions on EIB Financing including Future Mobility Facility Remember to also subscribe to the ENTRANCE newsletter to be informed on the latest project updates! The ENTRANCE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement N°101006681.
OOH and DOOH: What...
With digitization and technological evolution, there has been a sharp growth in DOOH (Digital-Out-of-Home, which refers to advertising used for commercial purposes, usually located in public places, which may involve screens and other digital and interactive tools). However, it is important to understand the differences between DOOH and OOH (Out-of-Home, that is, static advertising that attracts the consumer while in public places), which will be explained in this article. DOOH , as the name implies, refers to digital media found in public places for advertising or informational purposes. They are generally installed in places of intense traffic and urban movement, with high capacity for attention and persuasion of the surrounding public. For this purpose, several digital or interactive devices are used, namely digital billboards, multimedia kiosks and interactive tables. OOH refers to all external advertising communication, considered the traditional communication. Although influential, it achieves less results than DOOH. Nevertheless, what matters when choosing OOH or DOOH communication is the purpose of the campaign: “do I want to use static or digital advertising?”. DOOH (Digital-Out-of-Home) DOOH is ideal when brands want to reverse an impacting campaign in a short time or when they want to respond to breaking news. The possibility of spreading messages in real time is one of the main advantages of DOOH communication. With the introduction of new technologies, the use of digital billboards in different places became even more interesting. And so, DOOH communication emerged. Reaching specific market segments, enjoying the benefits of technology, marketing to a large number of people in a dynamic, flexible way and without contributing to visual pollution are some of the characteristics of DOOH campaigns. OOH (Out-of-Home) The main goal of OOH communication is to reach people when they walk along streets, avenues, highways or public spaces, such as squares, shopping centers, parks and exhibitions. This type of advertising has become more popular, as people also spend more time away from home. Although this concept is related to massification, it can be used locally. Through the use of posters and billboards placed in specific places, the process becomes simpler, as there is already an expected audience profile that may be interested in the product or service advertised. The differences The main differences between these two forms of advertising are, above all, the messages they are intended to convey, the ease of purchase, interactivity and the benefits of each. Here are some examples. Messages Considering the fact that everyone can access the news in real time, it is important to emphasize that OOH communication cannot be updated as easily as DOOH communication. Therefore, the OOH message has, nowadays, to be thought in such a way that it doesn’t become obsolete and uninteresting for those who see it. This way, and due to the real-time nature of a DOOH campaign, ads can be quickly adjusted in response to events, which saves time and money. Ease of purchase Given the ease and accuracy of messages, DOOH communication is more compatible with digital marketing campaigns than OOH communication. Consequently, DOOH purchase becomes more convenient. Thus, there is a merger of the physical with the digital, which ultimately highlights the use of DOOH campaigns. These statements are justified by new methods of measuring audiences, which are, in turn, increasingly accurate. Traditionally, OOH campaigns have not been able to measure accurate results for pedestrian traffic or increased sales. Interactivity Taking into account the technological evolution, there is a growing interest in interactive solutions. Therefore, there is a greater investment in DOOH communication, since in addition to providing greater involvement of users, it presents multimedia content such as animation, video, audio. All this implies an immersive interaction, which will create more impact on the user. Benefits Although we are facing two distinct forms of communication, both have their advantages. Thus, DOOH advertising stands out for the following factors: More attractive interactions for the consumer; It does not require large investments; Intersection between mobile devices, Internet and social networks; Flexible, real-time campaigns that fit the target audience; Reach the public at any time and anywhere; Contents displayed in high quality; Advertisements aimed at specific market segments; Great potential to attract attention and involve the target audience; Promotion of ads with several formats, which end up being more efficient than static ads; Instant access to more product information; Remote content management; Ability to ensure Proof of Play; Audience measurement. OOH advertising also has its benefits: More affordable prices; No sharing of billboards with other advertisers; Great reach – millions of people circulate in the same places every day and, no matter how distracted they are by their commitments, it is undeniable the impact these messages have when their paths cross; Power of impact – at a time when there are blockers of advertisements on the Internet accessible to all, external advertising appears as an alternative for brands to be present in people’s daily lives; Efficient for mass dissemination or for segments. Programmatic advertising Programmatic advertising is a concept that includes several technologies that automate a purchase, the positioning and optimization of advertising, performed in real time and with different levels of control and automation. The main objective is the replacement of human activities in the negotiation of advertising spaces. This way, programmatic advertising is increasingly present in our daily lives, namely through digital billboards (DOOH). In fact, DOOH programmatic advertising has the following benefits: Possibility of micro-public segmentation; Ease of workflow; Opportunity for OOH advertising professionals to program on digital, taking advantage of digital budgets.
An e-bike loan scheme supporting low-carbon shared mobility
In an effort to encourage a modal shift away from cars, the Royal Borough of Greenwich implemented a business model and service for e-cargo bikes, and introduced an e-bike sharing scheme.
Smart Lamppost Electric Charging
The Royal borough of Greenwich has upgraded its lampposts with LED lighting, electric vehicle (EV) charging points and smart parking sensors.
Greenwich Energy Hero DSM
In London, households in the Royal Borough of Greenwich were incentivised through points-based rewards to change their energy consumption patterns and behaviour, with the goal of reducing pressure on the grid during peak times.
MITIGATING URBAN LOGISTICS IMPACT ON CLIMATE IN VERSAILLES
To understand and mitigate the climate impact of urban logistics in the city of Versailles, Urban Radar matches private and public data to provide analytics and visualisation for an efficient and sustainable curb management.
Travel time optimization through queue detection technology for...
Deploy over-head sensors to digitize the whole site, create algorithm that calculates waiting time dependend on number of cars in queue and number of cars on the site.
Intelligent DAF wastewater treatment technology
An intelligent dissolved air flotation (DAF) unit was installed in one of Elgin's biggest distilleries in order to process and treat distillery co-products.