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Smart city solutions exported to Asia


Smart city solutions exported to Asia

By Christina Tækker

DTU and Climate-KIC are working to export Nordic solutions to Singapore via smart city labs with the aim of creating cities that are pleasant to live in.

Green transition, climate solutions, and sustainability. The Nordic Region is a role model for the rest of the world when it comes to well-functioning towns and cities that are pleasant to live in.

Now, Nordic smart city solutions are to be exported to Singapore and tested in a several sheltered workshops in the form of smart city labs as part of the project Smart City World Labs.

The project, which is financed by the EU’s platform for innovation, Climate-KIC, and involves DTU, Quercus Group, Gate 21, City of Copenhagen, the Danish embassy, Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, builds on a grant from The Danish Industry Foundation.

“In the Nordic countries, we’re good at thinking in whole concepts that focus on sustainability, technical solutions, and people. This is particularly important in Asia, where many people live in a very small space. Singapore has already made great strides in making the city ‘liveable’, and the city state serves as a hub for other Asian countries. Thus the aim is to create green and sustainable towns and cities that are pleasant to live in—also outside Singapore,” says Anne Marie Damgaard, Project Manager at DTU Compute and associated with Climate-KIC in the field of smart cities.

Input and interests

The idea is to establish a Smart City Living Lab which can serve as a platform between Danish companies and the market in Singapore—and throughout Asia more broadly.

The project is based on the three existing Danish Living Labs:

* DOLL Living Lab which tests and demonstrates lighting and smart city solutions

* the Copenhagen Solutions Lab which tests new technologies to create a better quality of life for citizens

* DTU Smart Campus, which is testing technologies of the future.

The idea is that by forging a working relationship with living labs in Singapore, Danish start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises will have the opportunity to identify Singaporean input and interests—hopefully paving the way for Danish exports.

Already, around 70 Danish and Nordic businesses, organizations, universities, and municipalities have expressed an interest in taking part in Smart City World Labs.

The project runs for one year.

source: Technical University of Denmark

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