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Experiences

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

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About the interviewee: 

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...

Last Mile Delivery (Urban Delivery Systems)

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Social & behavioral

  • Lack of interest of key actors (e-commerce) and local players

Finance & business model...

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Last Mile Delivery (Urban Delivery System)

Urban Data Platforms

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • ‘We are unique’ syndrome: yes and no. Doing it yourself is a costly option. Look for
  • ...
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Urban Data Platforms

Urban data governance

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • Integration and migration of data from older and different datasets and interoperability between datasets
  • Development of
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Urban Data Governance

Smart lighting systems and lampposts

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • Maintenance costs are high, especially in small projects
  • New lighting systems save energy but might
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Smart Lighting Systems & Lampposts

Low energy retrofitting

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • Retrofitting very old buildings
  • Assuring desired end results with regard to increased comfort and realized energy
  • ...
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Low Energy Retrofitting

Innovative procurement of smart city solutions

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Social & behavioural

  • Incentivising stakeholders
  • Convincing politicians and decision makers
  • Convince [Who?] to go for an innovative
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Innovative Procurement of Smart City Solutions

E-buses & Charging Infrastructure

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • Maintenance and repairing not yet available at the same quality as with ICE (Internal Combustion Engine)
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E-buses & Charging Infrastructure

Citizen Engagement

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • Imperfect or inaccurate data quality

Social & behavioural

  • Getting citizens engaged in issues they don’t know
  • ...
Sharing topics: 
Citizen engagement

Bike sharing systems

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Social & behavioural

  • Convincing people using a car to use the bike sharing system
  • Citizen involvement
  • Lack
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Bike Sharing Systems

Integrated infrastructure

ENABLERS

Organizational, structural and governance aspects

Cities must demonstrate foresight

Local political leadership

Legal aspects

Municipalities can work on specific...

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Integrated infrastructure

Low Energy Districts

ENABLERS

Organizational, structural and governance aspects

Engage with political leaders in a systematic way

New tools for cities to more...

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Low Energy Districts

Renewable energy and energy storage

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • Electricity net capacity insufficient to cope with more data centres

Social & behavioural

  • Public opinion on
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Renewable Energy and Energy Storage

Sustainable energy management systems

Challenges/ Barriers facing

Technological

  • Lack of DSO certified meters on the market
  • Infrastructure not suitable for PV

Social & behavioural...

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Sustainable energy management systems

Urban mobility

ENABLERS

Organizational, structural and governance aspects

Political commitment .

City departments and public transport operators (city and regional level) commitment...

Sharing topics: 
Urban Mobility

Citizen Engagement

ENABLERS

Organizational, structural and governance aspects

Relying on existing strategies and infrastructure

Leadership and ownership:

  • Municipal owned companies/Urban renewal offices
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Citizen engagement

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
About the interviewee: 

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...

Ali Vasallo, CITyFiED: It is essential to define a robust monitoring protocol and provide a reliable set of KPIs

Interview:
Ali Vasallo, Project coordinator of CITyFiED
Ali Vasallo
About the interviewee: 

We did a brief interview with Ali Vasallo, Project coordinator of CITyFiED, who highlighted the key learnings from their experience with technical monitoring and KPIs definition.

Dr. Ali Vasallo ...

The beauty of the smart city approach is that everything is somehow directly or indirectly connected

Interview:
Carsten Rothballer
Carsten Rothballer
About the interviewee: 

Carsten Rothballer is Coordinator in ICLEI’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team. Expert at ICLEI Europe since 2009 addressing climate policy issues, with project experience in training, energy planning, integrated management and infrastructure, resilience, risk assessment and...

The 2nd ICT revolution will enable the use of smart solutions in all aspects of life

Interview:
Hans-Günther Schwarz
Hans-Günther Schwarz
About the interviewee: 

Hans-Günther Schwarz is Strategic Programme Coordinator for Energy and Urbanisation Research at the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology. He studied Physics in Munich and at Vienna Technical University. Since 1993 he has been coordinating the environmental technology...