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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
    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
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    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
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    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...