What is required in order to bring about a sustainable urban society in which greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and air quality is improved? Naturally, new effective and user-friendly technologies and services are required, particularly with regard to energy, transport and ICT.
As part of the smart cities initiative, the European Commission has designated Stavanger, along with Manchester and Eindhoven, as lighthouse cities with regards to mobility, energy and ICT. The project is called Triangulum, and UiS is participating in the development of new solutions for sustainable cities of the future. It is our expertise relating to the storage and use of large quantities of data that will be key to the success of this project.
What is a smart city?
More than 50 percent of the world's population live in cities, and this figure is rising. In China, 300–400 million people will migrate to cities over the next 15 years. Energy consumption and CO2 emissions are growing in parallel with the growth of the world's cities. There is now an urgent need for new, better and more integrated solutions to ensure we have good and habitable cities.
The vision for the cities of the future is that they will utilise resources better, be energy-efficient and have smart solutions for homes, buildings and infrastructure. The sustainable cities of the future will require an even better and more holistic approach to urban planning.
Developing a smart city is first and foremost about how information technology can be combined with buildings and infrastructure, and how this works between us as people and overcomes the challenges facing us in society.
Big data and the use of ICT are strengths of UiS. Our researchers are working with industry partners such as Lyse and IBM and contributing new technological solutions, e.g. within welfare technology, smart-grid systems and integrated operations.
UiS has a number of ongoing projects in relation to the 'smart city' initiative.