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Experiences

SmartGov in Limassol - People’s Opinion on Waste Management

Interview:
Constantinos Stylianou
About the interviewee: 

Limassol (Credits: SmartGov)

 

Our thanks to Constantinos Stylianou for his input on the situation in Cyprus and the reasons why FCMs are so relevant to the case.

 

Constantinos Stylianou holds a PhD in Computer Science from the...

THERMOSS - Retrofitting Buildings for all Climates

Interview:
View of International Way towers (5 identical towers)
About the interviewee: 

View of International Way towers (5 identical towers)

 

Federica Fuligni: Federica is a Project Manager and Architectural Engineer at Exergy, the company leading the project. Exergy has two main departments, Sustainable Processes and Green Buildings and Cities, where a specialised...

Sim4BLOCKS - Creating Demand in Wüstenrot

Interview:
Dirk Pietrushka
About the interviewee: 

 

Dirk is the managing director of Enisyst GmbH, a company providing intelligent control solutions for thermal and electrical energy systems on building and district level. In Sim4Blocks they are responsible for the implementation of control hardware and software enabling demand response...

Living the DREEAM in Padiham - Large Scale Retrofits to Maximize Energy Efficiency

Interview:
Derek Watters:Head of Environmental Sustainability at Places for People (Credits: DREEAM)
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Derek Watters: Head of Environmental Sustainability at Places for People

Derek has worked in Social Housing for over 27 years in Asset Management, Housing Management and Housing Development. He is now focused on Environmental Sustainability and has successfully implemented...

Urban data governance

Challenges

Urban data governance is of vital importance for smart cities. Unfortunately, its implementation might be hindered by diverse barriers....

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Urban Data Governance

Integrated infrastructure

Challenges

The roll-out of integrated infrastructure can be accompanied with many challenges. When it comes to governance, there might be...

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Integrated infrastructure

Low Energy Districts

Challenges

The realization of low energy districts can be difficult due to several obstacles. For a start, using local energy...

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Low Energy Districts

Renewable energy and energy storage

Challenges

The introduction of renewable energy and energy storage can be accompanied by various barriers that can be subdivided into...

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Renewable Energy and Energy Storage

Innovative procurement of smart city solutions

Challenges

To push innovative procurement of smart city solutions, cities need to overcome some difficulties. On a social and behavioural...

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Innovative Procurement of Smart City Solutions

Bike sharing systems

Challenges

Cities that want to implement bike sharing systems within their communities do usually face various challenges and barriers that...

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Bike Sharing Systems

Urban Data Platforms

Challenges

The introduction of urban data platforms is often hampered by various factors. From a technological perspective, project teams regularly...

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Urban Data Platforms

Sustainable energy management systems

Challenges

The implementation of a sustainable energy management system can be accompanied by various challenges. Technological wise, the lack of...

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Sustainable energy management systems

Low energy retrofitting

Challenges

Low energy retrofitting is one of the main undertakings of smart city projects. Some of the challenges include: ensuring...

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Low Energy Retrofitting

Smart lighting systems and lampposts

Challenges

Smart lighting systems and lampposts are often associated with technical problems. As a result, maintenance costs can...

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Smart Lighting Systems & Lampposts

Citizen Engagement

Challenges

Gaining the interest and engagement of citizens is key to success for smart city projects. To...

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Citizen engagement

Taking the lead in Valladolid

Interview:
Estefanía Vallejo Ortega, Architect at Cartif Technology Centre
CityFied Torrelago
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CityFied demonstration site at Laguna de Duero, Valladolid, Spain

Interview by Anthony Colclough, EUROCITIES

A Tale of R2Cities

Interview:
Cecilia Sanz Montalvillo from CARTIF
R2Cities Kartal Yakacik
About the interviewee: 

Cecilia Sanz Montalvillo is a Senior Researcher in the Energy Division at CARTIF Technological Centre, Spain. She was the Project Coordinator of R2CITIES (FP7) and is currently coordinating the...

Celsius - Combatting Fuel Poverty in Islington, London

Interview:
Celsius - Combatting Fuel Poverty in Islington, London
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Imagine it is winter and the days and nights are cold, but you just put more clothes on and go to bed earlier, because you cannot afford to switch on your heating. This is the plight of many elderly residents who live in cities like London. The cost of living is high, and that includes...

The Smart Way to Get Around Málaga - The SMART-FI Project

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It was not that long ago that a GPS tracking device installed in your car was a wonderful new technology, now it has integrated into our lives and become the norm rather than something exotic and strange.  A car is also a carbon-intensive way of getting around, especially in a city with readily...

‘Me squared’ (ME2) demonstration sites in Lisbon and Amsterdam

Interview:
Rui Mendes, Lisboa e Nova
Me Squared (Picture: Me Squared)
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‘Gnōthi seauton’, ‘know thyself’, is one of the most enduring pieces of ancient Greek wisdom. Knowledge is power, and knowledge of yourself is power over your actions. This ancient adage lay at the heart of the hypotheses of the ME2 project: if people can understand their energy use,...

MOEEBIUS demo site in Mafra

Interview:
Filipe Neves da Silva of Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade
MOEEBIUS Mafra Jardim de Infancia Venda Pinheiro (Picture: ISQ Group)
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MOEEBIUS Mafra Jardim de Infancia Venda Pinheiro (Picture: ISQ Group)

In Mafra, machines are learning to care for humans and for the environment. As part of the MOEEBIUS project, engineers are developing a software that let’s machines discover human preferences, and how to save energy...

SCIS Podcast Episode 6: Hot Turkey

Anthony Colclough: Hello and welcome to Urban Reverb, the SCIS Smart Cities Information System podcast. I'm Anthony Colclough. Today I'm speaking to Esra Demir who has been working in Turkey on the demo side of the CitiFied project in Soma and the Remourban project in Eskisehir. These building retrofit and district heating system projects aimed to seriously reduce energy consumption and met with many successes. However, a number of issues, including an attempted military coup, through hurdles in the projects’ paths. Good morning Esra.

SCIS Podcast Episode 5: Smart Wood

Anthony Colclough: Hello and welcome to Urban Reverb, the SCIS Smart Cities Information System podcast. I'm Anthony Colclough. You can find links and the entire transcript of this episode at www.smartcities-infosystem.eu.

Today I am speaking to Anders Carlsson of the Varburg demo site, and Dominique Deramaix of the Stambruges demo site of the Need4B project.

Anders Carlsson: Hello Anthony

SCIS Podcast Episode 4: Vision

Anthony Colclough: Hello and welcome to Urban Reverb from smartcities-infosystem.eu. I’m Anthony Colclough. Today, we're hearing from three cities involved in large-scale projects. Brussels, where the CIVIC project is reducing congestion and pollution by harmonising construction site logistics…

Tom Van Lier: Who is the actual problem owner? You don’t find anybody. Nobody says they own the problem.

SCIS Podcast Episode 3: Behaviour Change

AC: I'm Anthony Colclough, hello and welcome to Urban Reverb from the SCIS Smart Cities Information System at smartcities-infosystem.eu

Today we're going to be unravelling a mystery - two identical houses built with the most up-to-date energy saving technology, insulation on the walls and windows, solar panels, specially angled window shades, heat exchange systems, you name it, they have it.

 

SCIS Podcast Episode 2: Building Retrofit

AC: I’m Anthony Colclough and this is Urban Reverb, brought to you by the Smart Cities Information System at smartcities-infosystem.eu. Welcome back to the first ever European Smart Cities Podcast Series. Today we're talking about retrofitting, and no, that doesn't mean trying to squeeze back into your old flared jeans and costume jewellery.

SCIS Podcast Episode 1: Bidirectional Chargers

Anthony: I’m Anthony Colclough, and this is Urban Reverb, brought to you by the SCIS, Smart Cities Information system, at smartcities-infosystem.eu. I know how my parents would feel if they thought I was bidirectional, but what about a bidirectional car? Today we’re looking at bidirectional car charging, or ‘vehicle to grid’ and the first question that springs to mind is: ‘What is it?’

 
Menso: Chargers of cars which go two ways, so they load, they charge the cars, but they also can uncharge the cars and add it to the electricity network.

Craig Lee Martin, City-zen: Sustainability needs people who bring qualitative and quantitative together and reveal the latent potential of our cities and citizens

Interview:
Craig Lee Martin
Craig Lee Martin
About the interviewee: 

Dr Craig Lee Martin began his academic career at The Manchester School of Architecture (MSA, UK). As Head of Technology at the MSA his primary motivation was to increase the architectural awareness of climate change, and to create an educational environment and attitude that could respond to it...

Every city is smart

Interview:
Gotzone Sagardui | Deputy Mayor of Bilbao
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With a diverse educational background ranging from Medicine to Tourism and Public Relations Gotzone Sagardui has devoted her professional career to the public service. She has worked for nearly twenty years in the Basque Country University and then as a Chief of Health Care at the Socio-sanitary...

Start with people, not technology

Interview:
Usman Haque | Founder of Umbrellium
About the interviewee: 

Usman Haque is Founder of Umbrellium - collective of architects, designers, tactical urbanists and creative technologists based in London. Besides the Umbrellium collective (formerly Haque Design + Research), Usman is...