Nora Fanderl and Alexander Schmidt. Photo.
Researchers Nora Fanderl and Alexander Schmidt of the Fraunhofer Institute are impressed by several aspects of Stavanger as a smart city.

Stavanger seen from the outside

Representatives from the Fraunhofer Institute have for a week checked out Stavanger as a lighthouse city in the EU-funded smart city project Triangulum . – ‘Dugnad’ is a fine sum up word, they say.

− It was the mayor who introduced us to this word. I find no corresponding word in English, and I think ‘dugnad’ summarises our impression of Stavanger in a nice way, says Alexander Schmidt from the German Fraunhofer Institute .

Along with Nora Fanderl and several others he was in Stavanger last week to form a good picture of Stavanger's role in the Triangulum project. They have conducted interviews with several key people from the various local partners , including a number of people from Lyse.

Dedicated to smart city
In a workshop in Stavanger’s city centre, they presented the early findings from the interview round.

− One of the first thing that strikes me is that all the various measures that you do in Triangulum project had taken place even without Triangulum. It shows that all partners in Stavanger is dedicated to the job of making Stavanger a smarter city, says Alexander Schmidt.

Stavanger's already well-developed broadband network also reaps praise from scientists.
− 60 percent of residents have access to fibre broadband with a capacity of one gigabyte. It is impressive, especially when one comes from rural Germany, he says and smiles.

Stavanger as the focal point
Schmidt’s colleague Nora Fanderl believes that particular conference Nordic Edge Expo, which was held in Stavanger in the fall, puts Stavanger in a good position.
− This is an unique event that can make Stavanger become a focal point for smart home- and smart city technology in the future, she says.

Alexander Schmidt also the importance of both the smart home technology Lyse now is developing, as well as the close bond between the public, private and academia.

− Smart home technology from Lyse has a high replication potential. This means that it can be used also in other cities in other countries. Unlike many other businesses, you choose to run open standards for your solutions, thereby preventing locking in customers, he explains.

− We also see a strong partnership between local authorities, the university and the public. It is this cooperation that enables innovation, adds Schmidt.

Triangulum

Stavanger, Manchester and Eindhoven are lighthouse cities that will develop smart city solutions that tackle challenges within mobility, ICT and energy.

Follower cities Prague, Leipzig and Sabadell will replicate and test solutions in their cities.

The Fraunhofer Institute is coordinating the project at an international level.

From Stavanger the municipality, university, county, Greater Stavanger and Lyse participate.

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