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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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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.
SMART CITY COOPERATION

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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Gavin Slater presenting Glasgow's "Smart Street" at Scottish Renewables conference

22 March 2017

Speaking at the opening of the Scottish Renewables conference on March 22, RUGGEDISED project manager for the city of Glasgow, Gavin Slater, introduced the ‘Smart Street’ to an audience of over 250 delegates.

The conference offered presentations from experts, experiences from different cities and interactive discussions on energy transformation with city planners, civic leaders and technology officials from around the world.

The ‘Smart Street’, which will be developed as part of the Ruggedised project, incorporates a range of renewable energy features, such as, an innovative roof-mounted solar canopy, ducted wind turbines, and smart street lighting.

Located in the city centre along a section of George Street and Duke Street, the ‘Smart Street’ will seek to address some of the challenges Glasgow faces from ageing infrastructure, fuel poverty and air pollution; by integrating planned regeneration and development with smart city capabilities. Glasgow aims to be a leading city for renewable technology, and the ‘Smart Street’ is one of a number of initiatives it is using to forge a transformation to smarter, safer city.

Speaking during an interview at the project kick-off meeting, Gavin Slater said: “RUGGEDISED represents a real opportunity to disrupt the status quo, to change the way energy is delivered and create a real legacy of change.”

Find out more with Gavin Slater's interview at the project launch.
Mumbai delegation visits RUGGEDISED lighthouse city Rotterdam

20 March 2017

A 14-member Indian delegation from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad were on a week-long visit to Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Barcelona, to examine smart city and urban planning developments in Europe and share their experience with relevant experts.

“This is a unique opportunity to examine first-hand the latest urban developments in Europe and relate them to India and also to identify topics and ways for future cooperation,” B. Anand, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development.

RUGGEDISED project coordinator, Albert Engels, presented Rotterdam's leading role as a lighthouse city and the planned smart solutions implementation in the "Heart of South" district.

Through RUGGEDISED the Heart of South district will undergo a serious transition in the upcoming years. The city of Rotterdam will prepare the district for the future with the aim to achieve maximum energy efficiency and CO2 reduction while simultaneously looking to have a major social economic impact in terms of job creation, levels of participation of citizens and quality of life.

Find out more about the RUGGEDISED project in Rotterdam with Albert Engels interview during the project launch.