Urban Services

Smart Lighting in San Francisco

For this year’s Living Labs Global Awards, San Francisco requested showcases that would help the city develop an integrated wireless network for its streetlights and other urban services. The idea is to find a way to remotely control and manage the city’s lighting system to save energy, mitigate light pollution, and allow for flexible adjustments to lighting depending on the season and time of day. A wireless energy management system would allow San Francisco to reduce its operating costs while also helping the city take a major step towards its goal for a zero-emissions electric system by 2030. Several showcases were submitted this year to respond to San Francisco’s challenge. One of these is Intelligent Streetlights, submitted by energy technologies company Petra Solar. Their solution would involve a smart grid communications network that could be used for centralized, citywide management of not just streetlights, but also electric vehicle charging stations, parking monitoring, and meter pricing.

Petra Solar’s project would involve retrofitting over 18,000 existing streetlights throughout the city. The system would maximize the use of solar energy through high-efficiency solar panels mounted to streetlights, all of which would be integrated into the wireless communications network.

Even in a city with world-famous fog, the system is expected to significantly reduce energy and operations costs, saving an estimated $6 million USD over 10 years – not to mention the benefits of reduced emissions and cleaner air. With an investment in intelligent energy technologies, San Francisco stands to gain unprecedented flexibility and control over its urban systems while reinforcing its status as one of the most sustainable cities in the U.S.

~ Allison Bullock

LLGA Shortlist – Coming March 5th

The submission deadline for the Living Labs Global Award 2012 has come and gone, and showcase evaluations are heating up. Solutions to a host of city challenges have been submitted and are being reviewed for this year’s round of awards. 717 innovative ideas were submitted for consideration this year, from ways to harness kinetic energy from sports facilities to ideas for collecting real-time data on public transit systems. 21 cities in 14 countries are taking part in this year’s awards selection. A jury panel of local and international experts from each city will review the submissions and select those that best address their city’s challenge for innovative technological solutions. The awards are designed to benefit both the partner cities and the solution providers; cities have the opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge ideas that can help them solve their most pressing problems, and winning solution providers get to test their prototypes or pilot projects in a real-world market before launching a full-scale campaign.

This year’s partner cities have put forth a diverse group of challenges. Lavasa, India is seeking proposals that will help encourage residents and visitors to use public transit and non-motorized transportation for the majority of their trips in the city. Barcelona, Spain wants ideas on how to better integrate tourists and visitors into city life and culture during their stay. And hundreds of companies, NGOs, and research institutes have responded to the challenges put forward this year.

The LLGA shortlist for each city challenge will be presented in two weeks on March 5th. Projects chosen from the nominees' shortlist will be announced this May at the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities. Until then, you can check out the diverse selection of submitted showcases on CityMart.

 ~ Allison Bullock

Propose your intelligent on-road parking solutions to improve sustainability in Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile seeks new solutions to make its on-road parking more intelligent, unlocking environmental, traffic, security and user experience benefits and is inviting companies worldwide to submit their solutions before 17th February to the Living Labs Global Award 2012.

Submissions to the Award are free of charge and the winner of the Santiago de Chile category will be invited to pilot the solution in the city, with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

Last year, by winning the Living Labs Global Award, company Urbiotica managed to see a pilot implementation of its Smart Waste Sensors in Barcelona after winning the Living Labs Global Award 2010.

The city of Santiago the Chlie has joined the 2012 edition of the award aiming at solutions that may use different technologies such as the TAG system to optimize the on-road parking system to improve the urban mobility of the metropolitan region. By improving on-road parking, it is hoped that beneficial impacts like the reduction of emissions and particle contamination; improved traffic flow with shorter search-times for parking, increased capacity, access control to restricted urban areas, improved security and real-time information can be achieved. (more information here).

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online on www.llga.org until 17th February.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

For more information:

Email: media@livinglabs-global.com

Tel.: +34 93 1855110

www.llga.org Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook: www.facebook.com/llga2012

Have a real-time information product for mobile devices? Fukuoka is willing to try it in their city!

The japanese city of Fukuoka is seeking products/solutions to deliver real-time bus, destination and tourist information to visitors in an easily accessible way on smartphones, screens and mobile devices. The city invites companies worldwide to submit their solutions before 17th February to the Living Labs Global Award 2012.

Submissions to the Award are free of charge and the winner of the Fukuoka category will be invited to pilot the solution in the city, with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

In last year's edition, Worldsensing for example managed to see a pilot implementation of its FastPrk Technology to monitor parking within 6 months of winning the Living Labs Global Award.

For the 2012 edition, with the aim of improving mobility in Fukuoka, we are seeking a solution that provides bus and city information to non-daily users using a mobile platform: Mobile Bus Information System, or MBIS for short. The MBIS should include information on current city traffic conditions, bus schedules, bus transfers, the time needed to reach any destination, tourist information, city information, and so on (more information here).

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online on www.llga.org until 17th February.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

For more information:

Email: media@livinglabs-global.com

Tel.: +34 93 1855110

www.llga.org Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook: www.facebook.com/llga2012

Venture your sports Kinetic energy solution in the city of Cáceres

To meet its sustainability agenda, the city of Cáceres (Spain) is seeking products and solutions to capture the movement generated at municipal sports facilities to generate renewable energy. The city invites companies worldwide to submit their solutions before 17th February to the  Living Labs Global Award 2012. Cáceres wishes to convert the energy created by citizens in sports facilities

Cáceres aims at having the kinetic energy set free by exercise converted into electricity through a device embedded in sports facilities or gym equipment such as the running surface. The city seeks to collect sufficient energy in accumulators that can be used to supplement existing lighting or other systems, or feed back into the grid. Further, devices may be able to measure the energy savings that will be produced and feed such data to a central management system that may also provide custom energy reports to athletes and citizens (more information here).

Submissions to the Award are free of charge and the winner of the Cáceres category will be invited to pilot the solution in the city, with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

Last year’s winners of the Living Labs Global Award include, for example, Bitcarrier, a company that managed to  a pilot implementation of its CitySolver Technology to monitor traffic within 3 months of winning the Living Labs Global Award, and a public procurement within just 6 months.

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online on www.llga.org until 17th February.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

For more information, please contact:

Miguel Carvalho

media@livinglabs-global.com 

Tel.: +34 93 1855110

www.llga.org Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook: www.facebook.com/llga2012

Birmingham Seeks Food Waste Management solutions - call for submissions

The city of Birmingham (UK) is investing to turn food waste into energy and invites companies worldwide to submit their waste management solutions before 17th February to the Living Labs Global Award 2012.

Submissions to the Award are free of charge and the winner of the Birmingham category will be invited to pilot the solution in the city, with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

In last year's edition, Bitcarrier for example managed to see a pilot implementation of its CitySolver Technology to monitor traffic within 3 months of winning the Living Labs Global Award, and a public procurement within just 6 months of winning the Award.

For this year's award, Birmingham is seeking solutions to better understand and capture the waste streams generated throughout the city, potentially utilising a data management system to identify its trends and impact in order to efficiently process the waste and convert it into a sustainable energy source (more information here).

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online on www.llga.org until 17th February.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

For more information:

Email: m.carvalho@livinglabs-global.com 

Tel.: +34 93 1855110

www.llga.org Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook: www.facebook.com/llga2012

San Francisco's Tall Order

Market StreetNow you’ve seen the official announcement for Living Labs Global’s Award for 2012.  Twenty cities will pick twenty solutions to pilot locally in a scheme to benefit both cities and companies.  Broadly speaking, the cities we’ve partnered with in this award round are concerned with six large topics: energy, health, housing, sustainability, tourism, and transportation.

While there are reasons to be cautious about public-private partnerships like those we promote through the award, the overwhelming sentiment today is that these sorts of relationships are fundamental to the success of innovation in cities.  In a recent interview, San Francisco mayoral candidate Phil Ting said,

"Using Web 2.0 tools, Sunshine (Ordinance information) requests and a little old-fashioned incentive-based marketing, we were able to do in less than two months and for just $1,000 what it would have taken City Hall two years and millions of dollars to accomplish."

In today’s economic environment, these relationships are crucial.  San Francisco is one of our partner cities this round; they are looking for new solutions to use its street light poles for integrated, expandable wireless monitoring and controls to consolidate the city’s wireless systems.  This comes on the heels of an announcement that the city will provide free wifi along the Market Street corridor, an area of the city that has received a lot of attention lately as the focus of an economic stimulation and transportation improvement project.

The solution San Francisco seeks, though, goes beyond leveraging street poles as wifi infrastructure.  They want a comprehensive solution to the provision of many urban services – street light control, electric vehicle charging, parking monitoring, and the promotion of public safety and energy efficiency – by leveraging the public infrastructure already in place.

Lessons could be taken from Barcelona’s 22@Urban Lab project, which has implemented smart street lights, utility monitoring, and several other sustainability-focused projects.  No one solution has yet been comprehensive, though.

Further, while a recent student suggests more than 2/3rds of electric vehicle charging equipment will be sold and used by individual households, citizens of San Francisco (and other large cities) face the challenge of access to charging stations at home.  In California, Assembly Bill 631 was recently passed, which vows to “provide market certainty” for the infrastructure that is needed to support a consumer fleet of electric vehicles.  Therefore, the company to pilot a solution here could open many opportunities for themselves throughout the state.

-          Terra Curtis

Eight Global Cities Launch Technology Award to Help 40 Million Citizens

Eight global cities from Europe, Asia, Africa and North America join us in a challenge to find innovative solutions to major societal problems by opening competition among international solution-, technology- and service providers. The eight winners of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award will be invited to pilot their solutions in these cities, proving the effectiveness of new solutions and offering a first step for innovative providers to enter new markets. http://www.livinglabs-global.com/flash/awards2011.swf

The participating cities, representing 40 million citizens from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia call for solutions that can solve some of their most pressing challenges:

  • Automation of Urban Services
  • Intelligent Urban Lighting Solutions for Social Interaction & Orientation
  • Venture finance for millions of African entrepreneurs
  • Sustainable Initiative on Intellectual Property Protection
  • Creating the Next Generation of Government
  • Solutions for digitally enabled accessible ecoCities
  • Intelligent Transport Solutions
  • Smart solutions for 10,000 Smart Houses, 16 Green Communities, 1 Eco-City

Oracle Corporation and Asia’s Farglory have been named as corporate partners for the 2011 Living Labs Global Award. Submissions follow the format of the Living Labs Global Showcase and can be submitted for free until the 28th of February 2011. A shortlist of the top 40 Showcases will be presented by the international juries on March 21st 2011. Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on May 12th 2011 at the Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities.

Behind each Category lies the commitment of a city to pilot the winning showcase, with full institutional support to evaluate the impact the solution can have on reaching the community’s objectives.