‘Lighthouse city’ Manchester demonstrates smart city progress at Triangulum conference

Manchester was one of the ‘lighthouse cities’ under the spotlight at the Triangulum International Conference in Stavanger, Norway, last week (23-25 September 2019).

Under the banner ‘Energising Cities: Innovations, Challenges and Solutions’, the European Union Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects-funded project began in 2015 and is approaching completion. The results of the project are demonstrating how innovation can facilitate sustainable mobility, energy, ICT and business opportunities, with Stavanger, Manchester and Eindhoven in the Netherlands being used as testbeds for smart city technology.

“Within our project consortium, we combine the interdisciplinary experience and the expertise of 22 partners from industry, research and municipalities that all share the same objective and commitment to develop and implement smart solutions and have them replicated in our three Fellow Cities Leipzig (D), Prague (CZ) and Sabadell (ES)”, said Trinidad Fernandez, Project Coordinator of Triangulum.

The event featured presentations from Jens Bartholmes from the European Commission and Martin Brynskov from Aarhus University, as well as exchanges of success stories and best practice between partners, and previews of new innovations such as Clicks&Links’ VR bike ride.

CEO of Clicks&Links Vin Sumner said: “With our Virtual Reality Bike, you can experience Manchester – or any other city – by cycling on a physical bike without actually leaving your home. The bike uses real-world scan data from cities and gives the user freedom to ride a virtual bicycle through these environments.”

For more information about Triangulum, click here.

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