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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SoU | Phase: EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1 | Award Amount: 8.61M | Year: 2011

The Objective of the Builtsmart-project is to demonstrate and mainstream innovative and cost effective techniques and methods for constructing very low energy buildings in various climates. Residential and non residential new buildings in Sweden, Ireland and Spain will participate in the project. The total gross floor space of the buildings will be 81 300 m2. New forms of incentives will be developed and implemented to increase the involvement of the inhabitants where the inhabitants can actually benefit from lower energy costs and a better environment. The systematic monitoring and performance evaluation in all the included buildings makes it possible to compare the effect of different energy saving techniques on different locations. Demonstrated buildings are good large scale example and will act as important showcases for future building norms in the various countries and with considerable replication potential in the measures undertaken and the techniques used. The included large scale demonstration buildings are characterized by the following innovative techniques: Energy efficient building envelopes with high air tightness and low energy losses Energy efficient installations creating a minimized energy use Techniques for minimizing the cooling need such as efficient windows and shading equipment. Close connections to surrounding infrastructures as energy systems optimizing energy use and reducing peak loads for both heating and cooling Waste management system created for maximum recycling and energy recovery. Including how to treat the biological waste fraction. All actions implemented will be analyzed out of a system perspective, where the whole energy system is included, thus calculation the primary energy need for different technology choices as well as its life cycle costs. Building Information Modeling (BIM) as an innovative ICT tool in will be used for generating and managing data during life cycles of participating buildings.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-5.3-2014 | Award Amount: 3.78M | Year: 2015

FLOW sees a need for a paradigm shift wherein non-motorised transport (often seen from a transport policy perspective simply as a nice extra) is placed on an equal footing with motorised modes with regard to urban congestion. To do this, FLOW will create a link between (currently poorly-connected) walking and cycling and congestion by developing a user-friendly methodology for evaluating the ability of walking and cycling measures to reduce congestion. FLOW will develop assessment tools to allow cities to evaluate effects of walking and cycling measures on congestion. Our aim is for the tools to become the standard for assessing the impact of walking and cycling measures on congestion. The tools include a congestion impact assessment (including socio-economic impact, an assessment of soft measures, congestion evaluation based on KPIs and a cost benefit analysis) and traffic modelling. Current modelling software will be calibrated and customised in FLOW partner cities to analyse the relationship of cyclist and pedestrian movements to congestion. The modelling and impact assessment will identify the congestion reducing effect of walking and cycling measures. FLOW partner cities will develop implementation scenarios and action plans for adding or up-scaling measures that are shown to reduce congestion. FLOW will target three distinct audiences, with appropriate materials and messaging for each. Cities will learn about the value and use of new transport modelling tools, businesses will be made aware of the potential market in congestion busting products and services and decision makers will be provided with facts to argue for walking and cycling to be put on equal footing with other modes of transport. FLOW will meet the challenge of significantly reducing urban road congestion and improving the financial and environmental sustainability of urban transport by improving the understanding of walking and cycling measures that have potential to reduce urban congestion.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-16-2015 | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2015

Urban environments are awash with data from fixed and mobile sensors and monitoring infrastructures from public, private, or industry sources. Making such data useful would enable developing novel big data applications to benefit the citizens of Europe in areas such as transportation, infrastructures, and crime prevention. Urban data is heterogeneous, noisy, and unlabeled, which severely reduces its usability. Succinctly stated, urban data are difficult to understand. The goal of the VaVel project is to radically advance our ability to use urban data in applications that can identify and address citizen needs and improve urban life. Our motivation comes from problems in urban transportation. This project will develop a general purpose framework for managing and mining multiple heterogeneous urban data streams for cities become more efficient, productive and resilient. The framework will be able to solve major issues that arise with urban transportation related data and are currently not dealt by existing stream management technologies. The project brings together two European cities that provide diverse large scale data of cross-country origin and real application needs, three major European companies in this space, and a strong group of researchers that have uniquely strong expertise in analyzing real-life urban data. VaVel aims at making fundamental advances in addressing the most critical inefficiencies of current (big) data management and stream frameworks to cope with emerging urban sensor data thus making European urban data more accessible and easy to use and enhancing European industries that use big data management and analytics. The consortium develops end-user driven concrete scenaria that are addressing real, important problems with the potential of enormous impact, and a large spectrum of technology requirements, thus enabling the realization of the fundamental capabilities required and the realistic evaluation of the success of our methods.

News Article | April 25, 2016
Site: motherboard.vice.com

A rural to urban exodus is underway. According to the UN, over half the world’s population already lives in a city. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 66%. There are an awful lot of humans—more every minute, too—and most of them are trying to live in a metropolis. That surge, coupled with the overall rise in worldwide population, will place tremendous strain on cities. Finding ways to better use resources and reduce waste has become critical. But in crisis lay opportunity. Much is expected of the impending era of the Internet of Things (IoT); the idea is that by putting tiny computers and sensors in just about everything, hereby making them “smart,” we’ll be able to collect and collate massive volumes of raw data that we can use to make things more efficient. Its benefits will be felt in basically every field, from medicine to retail, weather forecasting to transportation. Cities are at the frontlines of this revolution. From Chicago to Songdo, “smart cities” are piloting projects that leverage IoT tech to save money, conserve resources, create jobs and improve its residents’ quality of life. In the next 20 years, it’s expected they’ll spend $41 trillion on IoT technologies. Among “smart” cities, Dublin stands out. Ireland has long been a locus of the tech industry, and in recent years, Dublin has set out to be the most “sensored” metro in the world. To this end Intel has been an important ally. Since 1989, when it established the 360-acre Leixlip campus just outside Dublin, many of the biggest breakthroughs have been researched and developed in Ireland, like the Intel® Galileo Development Board. The campus houses Intel’s IoT Systems Research Lab, and a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility that manufactures the silicon microprocessors at the very heart of our phones and computers. Last year, Intel launched the IoT Ignition Lab at Leixlip, one of eight in the world, in order to help companies bring IoT-related products to the market. Its focus is on “smart” cities, housing, energy and agriculture. The lab features a showroom with demos and developer kits, and hosts workshops on big data analytics, Apache* Hadoop* software, and Intel® IoT Gateway, a platform that connects “edge devices” to the Wind River* cloud service. In 2014, Dublin City Council and Intel launched a pilot project that placed 200 “sensing gateways,” powered by Intel® Quark* processors and Intel® IoT Gateways, around the city to collect data about things like noise, temperature, air quality and traffic. This info is then available to anyone who cares, especially intrepid app developers. At a density of greater than one sensor per square kilometer, it has made Dublin one of the largest, most extensive experiments in IoT technology yet. The projects being developed in the Ignition Lab dovetail rather nicely with Dublin’s “smart” city campaign. Glen Dimplex, a company that manufactures consumer electronics, has recently designed an electric heater that uses stored wind or wave energy and is controlled remotely. Intel is helping them develop the thermal storage system on which it relies. A lighting company named Patina is working with Intel to refine their energy-saving lamps, embedded with Intel® Atom™ processors and connected via the Intel® IoT gateway, allowing them to do things like automatically adjust brightness according to natural light, or simply turn off if no one is around. For large warehouses or factories, the savings would be enormous; when scaled out to an entire industry or city, it’s possible that one innovation—which you probably wouldn’t even notice—could spare untold volumes of waste and cash. The lamps also track foot traffic throughout the building, data that can help companies understand exactly how their space is being used, or not. Keenan, a manufacturer of wagons used to feed cattle on over 30,000 farms in 26 different countries, has partnered with Intel to dramatically increase efficiency all throughout the food supply chain. Using a system called InTouch, sensors record data about the way cows eat and its relation to milk quantity and quality. That information can then be analyzed by company nutritionists, who use it to develop recipes to make the cattle healthier and more productive. Those recipes are then shared with farmers. The company claims it can raise milk productivity by 25% without using any more feed. Whereas previous generations had to manually collect and share that kind of data, InTouch does it all pretty much automatically, and in far greater detail. The work being done by Glen Dimplex, Patina, and Keenan, in concert with the Ignition Lab, offer some pretty tidy examples of what the Internet of Things will look like in practice. It’s likely that a solution to the extraordinary pressures placed on our environment and our cities by population growth will be comprised of a whole bunch of tiny solutions to inefficiencies, in each industry, in each home. Often, those inefficiencies are only made visible by Big Data. “Smart” cities like Dublin have invested heavily in the Internet of Things. It’s leaders are betting that the hundreds of edge devices they’ve deployed will generate data that will lead to scientific breakthroughs we can’t even conceive of yet, innovations that will save us money, and in a way, save the world. Learn more about how you can get started with Intel® IoT If you are a developer and want to be involved in helping make cities “smart” using Intel® IoT, here’s your opportunity to begin changing the world: If you are looking for IoT solutions in this space, here are some additional resources: Industry Solutions Smart Buildings

TechShop is coming to Dublin and very soon anyone who has the ambition to mass manufacture their invention will have the firepower to build a working prototype, the CEO of TechShop Mark Hatch said this week. Hatch, who was in Dublin this week to attend the Hardware Hackathon at Dublin City University (DCU), explained how TechShop was born in 2006 after former Mythbusters science adviser Jim Newton established a software company and missed all the equipment he used to use to prototype inventions. TechShop has grown its presence to eight locations across the US, including San Francisco, Arizona, Virginia, Texas and Pennsylvania. By using a membership model, customers who want to build working prototypes of virtually anything can use TechShop’s, facilities including 3D printers, welding machines, CNC plasma cutters, laser cutters and sheet fabrication equipment. Hatch said the availability of this technology has reduced prototyping costs by companies, including Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s m-commerce start-up Square by up to 98pc. In a stroke of genius DCU is working with TechShop and Dublin City Council to bring a TechShop to Dublin. “We believe we are moving into a new industrial revolution or creative revolution of some kind,” Hatch said. “I come from a manufacturing and R&D background and when someone says there can be a 98pc reduction in something as fundamental as a rapid prototype, that is radical. “It moves from being something only crazy entrepreneurs or well-funded start-ups do to basically something anybody in the middle class can try.” Hatch believes Dublin is primed to be the first overseas location for TechShop. “Dublin is just like the Silicon Valley. It reminds me of Menlo Park in San Francisco. It’s got one of the best-developed VC (venture capital) and start-up communities in the world and as a result I expect to see similar results occur. “To give you an example from three locations in the Bay Area of San Francisco in the last seven years, some US$12bn in incremental shareholder value has been generated by start-ups, leading to 2,000 new jobs, US$2bn in sales and US$200m in annual salaries, from little companies all the way to Square. “We’re helping people in companies like Ford and Xerox who aren’t in R&D but want to get into the system to build prototypes,” Hatch said. “You have the same ecosystem here – you have the engineers, the capital and the infrastructure, you just need TechShop. We’re working with DCU and Dublin City Council to make it happen.”

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