Author: Sindi Haxhija

D1.3: Report and catalogue on the ICT data integration and interoperability

The deliverable 1.3: Report and catalogue on the ICT data integration and interoperability was submitted by the University of Limerick (UL), with contributions from NTNU, LCCC, TK, IESRD, POW, FAC, TE, ABB, ATB, ABG, ESB, 4C, MPOWER, SE,
COL, and IOTA in April 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

”This deliverable D1.3 is part of Task 1.2: ‘Data Integration and Interoperability for the ICT Ecosystem’ within WP1– ‘Integrated Planning and Design’ of the +CityxChange project.

The results presented in this report summarize the approach and achievements within the project to ensure data interoperability within a complex ICT ecosystem. The results have been developed in collaboration with partners and related ICT development tasks within the +CityxChange project. We have built on the Enterprise Architecture Framework (EAF) and ICT Ecosystem approach, detailed in Deliverable D1.2: Report on the Architecture for the ICT ecosystem. The results here specifically complement that enterprise architecture in order to ensure data integration and interoperability of ICT systems and services, including software platforms and tools, data repositories, and IoT devices. This report provides an overview of data integration challenges in the smart city domain including standards, data models, guidelines, APIs, etc.. The developed approach and lightweight data integration and interoperability framework DIIF aim to ensure agreement on open standards between service providers involved in demo projects for interoperability and support data flow between partners and demos. We document the interoperability work done between partners, the API management approach, and API catalog. To secure distributed data integration between various services in the ICT ecosystem, the potential of using IOTA and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) as a mechanism for data transfer was examined.

This report addresses the data integration and interoperability goals of +CityxChange, through developing a lightweight +CityxChange Data Integration and Interoperability Framework. It specifically addressed two aspects (i) the Interoperability aspect under the Data Perspective, dealing with the general interoperability requirements and processes; and (ii) the DataxChange and Data Processing layers of the ecosystem, dealing with the overall data storage and exchange and its use in the data processing layer. The report concludes with a summary of lessons learnt that provide a valuable resource for replication within the +CityxChange project, application to other cities, and further research.”

D7.10: Reporting to the SCIS System (5)

The deliverable 7.10: Reporting to the SCIS System (5) was submitted by FAC, with contributions from NTNU, NTNU, LCCC, TK, MAI, MP, SB, SMO, VORU, IESRD, POW, UL, EAP, R2M, ISOCARP, TE, ABG, 4C, MPOWER, and GoCar in April 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

”This report, Deliverable 7.10: Reporting to the SCIS (5), is part of a series of bi-annual reports and is the fourth iteration in the series, being the subsequent revision of the previous version, Deliverable 7.9: Reporting to the SCIS (4) submitted in Month 18 of the +CityxChange project. This deliverable provides an overview of the capturing and modelling of project data that is reported to the purpose-built +CityxChange Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting Tool (MERT) and the Smart Cities Marketplace (SCM) Self-Reporting Tool (SRT).

The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) framework set out in Deliverable 7.1: Approach and Methodology for Monitoring and Evaluation (D7.1) is used as the basis from which KPI performance is assessed, providing all the necessary prescriptions in the calculation of each KPI. As the project and interventions have evolved over the last two years, and data formats, frequency, and variables have become more apparent, some of the KPI calculations have had to be refined and adjusted. The refinements of these KPI calculations feed into the development and updating of the MERT, which is the main platform for the collection, processing and dissemination of KPI data for all 33 KPIs. A number of refinements and adjustments have been made to front- and back-end processes of the MERT in an effort to deliver a more efficient and functional tool. Further work on the MERT will include the adjustment of layout and design to improve the user interface and the setup of APIs to enable automated data sharing to the MERT.

Data has been submitted to the MERT for 14 KPIs, with a total of 19 KPIs reporting measurements as of Month 30, subject to pending refinements of the calculation methods. As it stands, no KPI data has yet been reported to the MERT in the categories that align with the SCM SRT data capturing requirements and can therefore not be reported to the SCM. Other KPIs that potentially can report to the SCM do not have actual monitoring data as yet. Once it is clear what data is available and how it will be used in the calculation of a KPI, the KPI/data owners and WP7 will collaborate to determine whether it aligns with the SRT requirements and how it will be calculated in the MERT and SCM.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted physical engagement with stakeholders and curtailed the implementation of interventions, engagement has intensified using various online platforms, with every effort being made to collaborate with project partners where needed. WP7 will continue to liaise with partners to address the reporting of KPI data to the MERT and the SCM. This document is a continuation of the previous Deliverable D7.9 and repeats the main content from there. Changes are described in the Introduction.”

+CityxChange Newsletter – April 2021

+CityxChange‘s sixth newsletter has been distributed in April 2021. Please, feel welcome to read the newsletter online here and distribute it to your network. This month’s newsletter contains the most important news and updates of the last four months from our project, focusing on how +CityxChange is entering its project implementation phase. A series of online events have been happening in our Lighthouse and Follower Cities, pushing in this way, for more co-creative solutions with their citizens. 

Further, we want to invite you to subscribe to the newsletters to not miss any project updates. 

Písek joins the EneMaS project on energy management systems

Implementation of the energy management system and ISO 50001 certification – Obtaining Písek city certification for ISO 50001

Reducing CO2 emissions is one of today’s most pressing issues. Every organization can make some contribution to reducing its CO2 emissions. The fact that this can reduce costs also makes it attractive to do. An energy management system helps an organization work systematically on reducing its energy consumption. From the beginning of this year, Smart Písek has joined the EneMaS project which aims at managing the energy in the city in a more efficient way.

The purpose of the project is to establish an energy management system at the level of the municipal authority and managing organizations. This is mainly due to the creation of a dedicated position of an energy manager, formalization and implementation of energy management processes, deepening and automating the collection of energy data and their subsequent analysis.

ISO 50001 is a new international standard that sets requirements for the energy management system. The requirements of ISO 50001 certification will help you implement a system that identifies areas with high energy expenditure, focuses on reducing these energy expenditures and makes energy use more efficient – energy efficiency. It is the first global standard that comes after the EN 16001 (Energy Management Management System) and ISO (Internatinal Organization for Standartisation) assumes that up to 60% of the world’s energy can be saved in the global implementation of ISO 50001.
 

Positive Energy Champions – Help realise Limerick’s positive energy potential!

Join a team of Limerick Positive Energy Champions by incorporating Positive Energy Actions into your daily routine for twenty weeks. A small change can have a big impact on your energy consumption, on your carbon footprint and can help create a pathway to Limerick becoming a Positive Energy City by 2050.

 

It can be frustrating and confusing to know what meaningful actions individuals, businesses and communities can take to combat climate change. For this reason, Limerick City and County Council and the +CityxChange team are exploring the development of a structured approach to enable Limerick to become a Positive Energy City by 2050, where individual actions can have a local and cumulative impact and contribute to measurable change.

Join Limerick’s Team of Positive Energy Champions for Twenty Weeks.

Positive Energy Champions full briefing document is available here.

Apply on Limerick City and County Council’s consultation and collaboration platform, My Point.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm Tuesday 6th April. 

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please email cityxchange@limerick.ie.

Climathon 2020, Sestao

Sestao was the official Climathon organizer for the 2020 event in Sestao.

It also invited to participate in two neighbouring municipalities: Portugalete and Santurtzi. It, therefore, branded the event towards the public as Climathon SPS (SPS standing for Sestao, Portugalete, Santurtzi). An agreement was reached that every year, one of the cities, in a rotatory fashion, would take care of the actual organization, starting with Sestao in 2020.

The work sessions (Ideathones) were held on the 27th of November, 4th of December, and 11th of December 2020, between 10 am and 2 pm. These were all virtual sessions. The teams presented in a virtual session their projects to the jurors, and the jurors selected the winners on December 18th, 2020, between 10 am and 2 pm. This was the final session for the event.

The theme was to come up with innovative ideas/projects that could contribute in a meaningful way towards reducing the CO2 emissions in the 3 municipalities by 50% by the year 2030. Sub-challenges that were presented where: Sustainable mobility, Energy, Construction and Housing, Industry. 

22 people registered, however, 12 ended up participating and completing the whole event. At the very end, 4 groups were formed. 

The winning team proposed a mobile app that allows citizens to introduce their energy consumption, list sustainable practices that they undertake, measure their carbon footprint and see how they are contributing towards helping the city meet its goals of reducing CO2 emissions. A basic, yet functional, version of the app was presented. The runner-up team made a study whereby they identified 15 locations in Santurtzi where PVs could potentially be installed. A two to three-page technical analysis was elaborated for each one and a general presentation was made presenting the opportunity to bring PVs on a grand scale to the city. A third group promoted the use of cycling lanes and safer and more sustainable transportation for school children. The fourth group presented an app that helped organizations coordinate the transportation needs of each worker and find synergies to create, for example, carpooling, etc.

This shared Climathon event was deemed of special importance because it opened up the dialogue for future collaboration between the three cities. 

 

RESPONSE joins the Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects

A new project has joined the Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects. We want to welcome RESPONSE which aims to establish a strategic vision for Smart Cities Energy Transition: Climate-neutral cities by 2050. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, RESPONSE is a 60-month project.

RESPONSE aims to turn energy sustainability into a do-able vision by solving the energy trilemma (security, equity/affordability, environmental sustainability) at building, block and district levels in smart cities. The project builds upon intelligent integrated and interconnected energy systems coupled with demand-oriented city infrastructures, governance models and services that foster energy sustainability.

RESPONSE supports the lighthouse cities of Dijon (FR) and Turku (FI) and their Fellow cities Brussels (BE), Zaragoza (ES), Botosani (RO), Ptolemaida (GR), Gabrovo (BU) and Severodonetsk (UA) to facilitate them deliver positive energy blocks and districts. It attracts the interest of various stakeholders by generating innovative business models enabling the upscale and replication of the solutions forming a validated roadmap for sustainable cities across Europe and beyond. The overall focus of the project is to create resilient and safe cities whilst increasing the quality of life and lowering the impacts of climate change. 

The consortium of RESPONSE is led by European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) Germany, being technically supported by Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, CERTH, Greece, and comprises a total of 53 partners.

Creative ways of collaborating: Smart Písek joins Urbania

Like many other cities in Europe, Písek has had to rethink how to organize meetings and spaces for collaboration during the times of COVID-19. One of the affected events is the Bold City Vision programme organised by our +CityxChange partner Smart Písek. The programme intended to kick off in the municipal schools in early 2021, piloting The UN Sustainable Development Goals  -related activities for high-schools. Thanks to the resourcefulness of Písek, the programme will now go online as a part of the Urbania exhibition. 

Running from December 2020 to late March 2021, eight original multimedia installations offer visitors the opportunity to become the administrator of an imaginary, and yet familiar, Living City. Through the interactive installations, visitors can explore and utilize eight different principles on which organic and sustainable urban governance is based. Originally exhibited in Prague in the beginning of 2020, Sladovna Písek, in cooperation with Smart Písek, has now tailored the exhibition for the specific context of the city of Písek.

More information (in Czech) of the exhibition can be found here

Trondheim integrating +CityxChange into the local curriculum

The Newton Energy Room at the NTNU Science Museum in Trondheim is a familiar place for all 9th– grade students in the Trondheim municipality: in this science teaching room they spend two days solving tasks and learning about energy as a part of their school curriculum. Now the municipality of Trondheim is looking into how the +CityxChange project can contribute to the local education on the topics of energy and sustainability.

The +CityxChange project is already visible in the room, as everyone entering is required to watch the film ‘Energy positive Trondheim’ made by our partner Trondheim Kommune: watch it on their Youtube-channel. The feedback from the students is extremely positive, says Roy Even Aune, leader of the Science Center.

Next step is to integrate +CityxChange even more in the science teaching of future Norwegian innovators. Our partners in Trondheim Kommune are working together with Mr. Aune and two school advisors from the municipality in order to create an energy package that can be used both at the Newton room and in the schools. Later this year partners from Trondheim will meet with the science teachers to discuss how to integrate also values like sustainability, circular economy and democracy into the curriculum.

D1.2: Report on the Architecture for the ICT Ecosystem

The deliverable 1.2: Report on the Architecture for the ICT Ecosystem was submitted by NTNU, UL & Lero with contributions from IES, FourC, and TK in January 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

This work has been conducted within tasks T1.1 and T1.2. The main objectives of this work are to create an overall ICT architecture and service-based ecosystem to ensure that service providers of the +CityxChange project will develop, deploy, and test their services through integrated and interconnected approaches.

The main ideas of the +CityxChange Enterprise Architecture Framework (EAF) is inspired by Enterprise Architecture approaches and anchors around a data space called the +CityxChange Data Space and value added services provided through collaborations among several partners. The approach is to provide a consistent architecture with clear separation of concerns and a strong integration and interoperability support, following requirements of the cities. This deliverable provides a description of the Enterprise Architecture Framework and provides guidelines on how to apply it.

The +CityxChange Enterprise Architecture Framework has been presented to the partners in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, and WP7 and has been applied to describe various services. Descriptions of use cases have been included in the deliverable to illustrate how the developed EAF has been applied. Also, a step by step set of guidelines on how to apply the EAF has also been provided to support Followers Cities in replication of the services from WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, and WP7.

This Deliverable is linked with parallel work on data and API integration within the Ecosystem described here, described in D1.3: Report and catalogue on the ICT data integration and interoperability.

This current deliverable is a final version of D1.2 due on M24. The content presented in this deliverable is based on the modelled use cases which are mainly based on feedback from partners involved in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, and WP7. The use cases involve high level user stories of the demonstration projects (DP1-DP11). Additionally, general feedback from partners, recommendations, roadmap, and reflections are presented.