CONSORTIUM

URB-Grade project involves 3 different EU Countries (Denmark, Finland and Spain). The consortium is
composed by:
  • 2 LE’s : Connectis SLU (Spain) and SEAS-NVE HOLDING AS (Denmark)
  • 3 SME’s: THT CONTROL OY (Finland), Kalundborg Forsyning A/S (Denmark) and FENIE ENERGIA SA (Spain)
  • 3 RTD’s: ALEXANDRA INSTITUTTET (Denmark), IK4-TEKNIKER (Spain) and TTY-SAATIO (Finland)
  • 2 Cities: AYUNTAMIENTO DE EIBAR (Spain) and KALUNDBORG KOMMUNE (Denmark)

INDIVIDUAL PARTNERS :

AI

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: The Alexandra Institute  is an integral part of the IT‐city “Katrinebjerg” and is an applied research (and Approved Technological Service) Institute. It is a private, non‐forprofit, company with the focus on research and development of innovative ICT‐based products and services as well as bridge‐building and matchmaking between research environments and enterprises. Projects and commercial services focus on the next wave of ICT pervasive computing using user driven innovation. There are four main technical areas in the company: Business Understanding, Software and Infrastructures, Interactive Spaces and Health Care. Currently there are over 80 employees at AI of diverse backgrounds including computer scientists, ethnographers, industrial designers, engineers and business analysts, forming a multidisciplinary team of experts on pervasive computing.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  AI is the Coordinator of the project and leads WP1 and WP2 on the DaaS Requirements. The main focus on the development is the user interfaces and functions for the Analysis and Dashboard as well as Profiling. AI will also work towards the realisation of the Kalundborg pilot site and the evaluation of all of the pilot sites.

TEK

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: IK4-TEKNIKER is a private non‐profit research organization founded in 1981 that currently counts with over 290  researchers and a turnover of about 21 M€ in 2011. Its mission is to help the industrial sector to increase its innovative capacity by means of generating and applying technology and knowledge in order to be more competitive. In 2001 the Smart Systems Unit was created aiming to integrate the expertise of its main technology research areas to support key industrial and service sectors based on embedded and ICT technologies. These efforts led IK4 TEKNIKER to become member of the Steering Board of ARTEMIS Industry Association Presidium in 2010, and in 2011 it was promoted to the Presidium.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  The key technological contribution of IK4-TEKNIKER will deal with the comprehensive sensing solutions for real time data and their associated interfaces to the DaaS platform. IK4-TEKNIKER will also contribute to the District Ontology definition that will support the profiling of district. In addition, IK4-TEKNIKER will be the technological partner in charge of the EIBAR pilot case.

TUT

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: Tampere University of Technology (TUT) conducts scientific research in technology and architecture and provides the highest education within these fields. The University operates in close collaboration with business life and other facets of society and produces high-standard services within its range of tasks. TUT is Finland’s most international university when evaluated according to the number of visiting researchers. Established in 1965, the University has grown to become a significant influence on technology in Finland and abroad. TUT plays a pivotal role as an advocate of business life, internationalization and well-being in the Tampere region and western Finland as a whole. The University is the fifth largest employer in Tampere.

Within the scope of URB-Grade TUT will involve the FAST-Lab research group. Main research themes of the group comprise Automation Devices and Systems, Disruptive and Emerging Technologies, ICT Tools for Energy Efficient Smart Factories and Cities, Industrial Informatics, and Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Machines. FAST-Lab has a history of participation in research activities and initiatives under different international research collaboration umbrellas, incl. EU FP6 (EUPASS, RI-MACS, SOCRADES), ITEA (SODA), ARTEMIS (eSONIA, ASTUTE), EU FP7 (AESOP, SelfLearning, PlantCockpit) etc. Contract research activities for Finnish and foreign technology leader companies demonstrate the technology transfer capacity of the group and the level of research and resources.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  The focus area of TUT design and implementation of DaaS modules and DaaS platform integration. TUT will concentrate on interfaces to data sources, data model definition, KPI definition and functionalities required to implement CEP within Quantification Module, as well as participate in design and implementation of  analysis and Dashboard module.

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: AYUNTAMIENTO DE EIBAR or EIBAR TOWN HALL is a local administrative body located in Eibar, a town of 27,318 inhabitants, in the Basque Country (SPAIN). Eibar is considered as one of the major industrial cities in the Basque country, historically known for its weapons and its metal mills (specifically steel and iron) represents the Brownfield City paradigm, where several industrial areas coexists with urban environments. However, in the last decade EIBAR town hall is facing an economic model swap towards more ecofriendly industries and added value services sector. In this frame, the Town hall has taken several actions in the last years to reduce their carbon footprint. Examples of this commitment are: the deployment of 40 street lights with PV (solar) panels on the ring road that encircles the city; and its involvement in a new biomass plant project to supply energy to farmhouses located outside the town. Therefore, EIBAR TOWN HALL is extremely interested in targeting from a holistic perspective its street lighting and coordinating it with the town traffic needs as well as pedestrian flows through the
city. The Town Hall has carried out some preliminary actions to reduce this type of energy use, such as the reduction of illumination depending on the requirements of the place and managing the street lights through communications with a central computer.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  The key role of the Town of Eibar is to provide the end‐user requirements, host a DaaS platform pilot and give feedback on demonstration and  validation

THT

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: THT Control Oy develops high quality automation and monitoring applications and devices for the utility and industrial sectors. THT Control invests severely on research and product development to always be able to provide the automation and monitoring applications with newest technological advantages. In addition, THT Control Oy maintains and supports partner‐network with regular training and support services. THT Control has experience in participation in projects on national (SAMIA Project, TEKES) and European (ASTUTE, ARTEMIS‐2010‐1) level. Scalability, openness and reliability have been main drivers for company’s innovative solutions for over ten years.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  The role of THT Control is to provide expertise in utility sector requirements, and assist in design and implementation of data acquisition and data model of Quantification module.

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: Electrical Sales and Grid operator, SEAS and NVE were founded in 1912 and 1913, respectively ‐ both by a man named Andersen. Our founders were very passionate about their ideas. Their goal was to spread electricity to the rural areas that at that time were profoundly lagging behind the city development. SEAS and NVE were both converted into co‐operative societies and have functioned as such ever since. In 2005, SEAS and NVE merged and today the company covers all of the area that is basically the equivalent of the Zealand Region. Regarding its expertise, SEAS‐NVE owns and operates the electricity grid that transports the electricity to our consumers. It is our responsibility to ensure that they have access to electricity around the clock. However, they can purchase your electricity from any electricity supplier. Electricity is what ensures that we may all live our daily lives. That imposes special demands on us at SEAS‐NVE and we have assumed the responsibility of making sure that our delivery security is the best it can be. That is why we are in the process of establishing a SmartGrid. We are so serious about that goal that we currently achieve a delivery security of 99.99%. We continuously replace transformer stations and expand the grid in order to make it contemporary.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  Main focus of SEA is definition requirements and design of Analysis and Decision Dashboard. SEA will deliver the utility requirements and will participate in deployment and testing of DaaS platform in the Kalundborg Municipality.

Fenie

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: The current ESCOs business model is aimed at large consumers of energy where the savings outweigh the initial engineering studies and the final validation. Fenie Energía wants to adapt the business model of the ESCO to small energy consumers such as bars, SME industrial buildings, pharmacies, homes and shops. This Fenie Energía has a network of 1766 electricians. With URB‐Grade they would get the initial engineering study automatically while performing electrical maintenance of its clients. Once this initial study Fenie Energía can offer their customers energy efficiency projects funded. The Fenie Energía electricians will implement energy saving projects and the validation will do it automatically URB‐Grade. This project helps us to convert our 1766 electrician shareholders into energy adviser and allows us implement energy saving measures in SMEs and households. Fenie Energía is now a little SME competing with big multinational in a recent deregulated market and cannot deal on its own. Also Fenie Energía has to predict the energy consumption of its customers in a variety of factors to buy power from producers. This project could improve the Fenie Energía predictions methods.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  Within the project FE will concentrate on design and implementation of Profiling and Prediction modules and development of business model. FE will also provide the end‐user requirements, assist in deployment and testing of DaaS platform for pilot in Barcelona, and deliver feedback for validation.

kalundborg

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: Kalundborg Municipality is the largest industrial region outside Copenhagen. The area includes e.g. two of the world’s leading producers of enzyme and insulin, the largest water treatment plant of Northern Europe and the second largest oil refinery of the Baltic Region. In 2009, the world’s biggest demonstration plant of 2nd generation bioethanol was built in Kalundborg. This explains why energy saving programmes and increased sustainability have major potential in Kalundborg Municipality. Approximately 9% of Denmark’s overall CO2 emissions originate from the industries of Kalundborg Municipality. It is therefore only natural for us to lead the way in the struggle against global climate changes and to contribute proactively to the construction of sustainable energy and environmental programmes. We have done so by launching a series of important climate, energy and environmental activities in close collaboration with the industry, and more activities are on the way. These efforts are all steps on the way to an ambitious target: To make Kalundborg Denmark’s Green Industrial Municipality in the year 2020. Below follows a survey of our major activities within climate, energy and the environment:

  • Climate Partnership Agreement with DONG Energy: Comprehensive cooperation programme on tomorrow’s sustainable energy solutions
  • Cluster Biofuels Denmark (CBD): The bio‐refining of the future is being developed in Kalundborg
  • Kalundborg Symbiosis: Energy systems promoting business and the environment at the same time
  • Smart City Kalundborg: The Municipality of Kalundborg and Spirae cooperate to develop Kalundborg’s Strategic Energy Plan. The Smart City strategy matches energy consumption and production by increasing renewables integration. The Smart City of the future features all energy modalities grouped into one overall energy planning framework. Smart grid technologies enable energy and city planners to undertake energy efficiency initiatives alongside a thorough balancing of the overall energy grid. Smart City is seen as the key to ensuring fulfillment of EU 2020 targets.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT:  The key role of the Kalundborg municipality is to provide the end‐user requirements, host a DaaS platform pilot and give feedback on demonstration and validation.

kalundborg forsyning

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: Kalundborg Forsyning A/S supplies domestic tap water and district heating, and also maintains the sewage system in Kalundborg. Kalundborg Forsyning A/S provides consulting on everything related to consumption, providing advise on:

  • How to read meter(s)
  • Bill and payments
  • How to save money and CO2
  • Sudden disruptions of utility services

ROLE IN THE PROJECT: The main role of Kalundborg Forsyning A/S is to provide expertise and support for the validation of use cases of Kalundborg pilot site.

cgs

PARTNER DESCRIPTION: Global Rosetta S.L.U., with commercial name cGS, is a technology company with over 15 years of experience focused on IT consulting and software development, which has ample expertise and specialization both technological and sectoral levels in Public Administration, Banking, Retail, Industry, Telco and Media. cGS created in April 2014 from the segregation of business areas Consulting and Software Development Telvent Global Services SAU in Spain, Chile and Brazil, and is acquired by AURELIUS for integration into CONNECTIS, a global management ICT services under which grouped the activity, business and technical and human resources of Thales Infomation Systems (in Spain and Argentina), Steria Iberica (Spain and Portugal), NEC (Spain and Portugal) and Telvent Global services (Spain, Brazil and Chile).

ROLE IN THE PROJECT: A District as a Service technological approach provides compute on demand services using a shared platform. Software as a service enables an enterprise application to be run on a multitenant platform and delivered using Internet protocol to any device. Platform as a service provides a platform to create and run applications in a preproduction environment.

Global Rosetta will use this platform in order to demonstrate the benefits of this kind of deployment to their strategic clients in public administrations: big cities and “diputaciones” (group of medium-small municipalities). The idea is to deploy this platform sharing the costs between groups of municipalities and centralize the exploitation of this platform (based on services).

Currently, Global Rosetta has an extended e-Government platform deployed in several cities of Spain that offers an important set of services. These services has mainly two scopes:

  • Backoffice of the cities. In this area there are a lot of possibilities of integration services of the cities with the new platform.
  • Electronic Relationship with the citizens. Through our platform is possible to extend and integrate the monitoring services like last energy consumptions in the city, campaigns, etc.