The ODYSSEUS consortium has a very good balance between research centres, industrial partners, technology providers and city end-users: 3 technological centres (CSTB, TNO, sGS), 3 industrial partners (TELVENT, ADVANTIC and PRIVA), 1 promoting organization (EsoCE-Net), and 2 local authorities (Manchester City Council, Roma Municipality).
The European dimension of the required innovation is supported by the involvement of partners from 5 European countries (Spain, France, Netherlands, Italy and United-Kingdom), to cope with the European diversity (architectural, cultural, economical…), and assures a Europe wide problem definition and solution.
It should be noted that, despite no energy supplier is explicitly present as consortium partner, this profile will be taken into account in the definition, development and assessment of the ODYSSEUS solution through the pilot local authorities who both of them maintain privileged links with their local energy supplier: Electricity North West (ENW) at Manchester, and ACEA at Rome.
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
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.
Participant Nº: 1 Short name: TEL Country: Spain
Telvent (is now part of Schneider Electric) provides smart information for a sustainable world through high value-added products, services and integrated solutions in the energy, transportation, environment and agriculture segments, as well as global IT services. Through its innovative technology and client-proven expertise, Telvent enables the efficient and secure real-time management of operational and business processes for industry-leading companies worldwide. Telvent currently has over 6,000 highly qualified professionals working in 17 corporate offices worldwide, all dedicated to advanced solutions that improve security, efficiency and sustainability for people throughout the world.
Telvent’s four main areas of actuation are:
Smart Global Transportation Systems
Road, rail, maritime and air transportation executives face the task of managing infrastructure that simply cannot expand rapidly enough to meet insatiable transportation demand. They must address that task with limited budget resources and balance their decisions with security, safety, energy and environmental impact concerns. To support the transportation industry, Telvent offers SmartMobility™, an integrated suite of solutions that represents entirely new thinking in advanced intelligent infrastructure management. It includes solutions for Traffic Management, Public Transport, Parking Management, and Airport logistics.
Smart Energy & Smart Grid
Telvent has deep roots in the complex energy industry and is fully prepared to help our energy customers maximize efficiencies in their production and distribution infrastructure well into the future and furthermore to provide enterprise-level automation control and information management solutions that enable decision makers to optimize energy supply and security at every point in a vast distribution system. Telvent energy solutions revolve around highly advanced SCADA and enterprise GIS technology, which forms the foundation for pipeline management systems and real-time reporting tools that maximize efficiency in core business functions and energy use, as well as solutions for Smart Lighting at the cities, Smart Buildings, Gas distribution, Water Management and Smart Grid.
With our leadership in intelligent enterprise management solutions in the energy, transportation and agriculture sectors, Telvent is in the unique position to drive innovative, environmentally responsible business practices in major global markets. It includes solution for Weather Management, weather forecasting for Smart Agriculture.
Telvent implement a wide range of projects in critical rural and marine areas. And we have pioneered the development of innovative IT solutions and services to ensure the sustainability, efficiency and safety of companies in these industries.
Participant Nº: 2 Short name: CST Country: France
Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) is a French state-owned research establishment in the construction sector. Applying a multidisciplinary approach, it contributes to innovation and to solving the most complex problems of the construction industry. CSTB comprises about 830 employees, including more than 450 engineers, research workers and experts in a wide range of topics such as building materials and techniques, equipment, safety, thermal energy, acoustics, aerodynamics, lighting, environmental and health issues, advanced information and communication technology, as well as economics and sociology. CSTB core business cover four major fields: research, technical consultancy, quality assessment and knowledge dissemination. CSTB is an active member of ENBRI (European Network of Building Research Institutes) which gathers main building RTD centres in Europe, and is ensuring the general secretariat of ECTP and EeB PPP. CSTB is involved in the project through its ICT department (TIDS - "Information Technologies and Knowledge Dissemination"). CSTB/TIDS has a long track record in successful European R&D and support projects, including in IST/ICT FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7 and CIP (OSMOS, eConstruct, Divercity, ISTforCE, e-COGNOS, Collaborator, prodAEC, ROADCON, REEB, InPro, FIEMSER, EnProve, IntUBE, Hospilot, REViSITE, etc.).
Participant Nº: 3 Short name: TNO Country: Netherlands
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO)
The BIM Team is THE knowledge provider in the Netherlands for ICT integration and innovation in the construction industry sector using Building Information Models (BIM). As a neutral partner, we realize open, future-proof integration solutions for architects, engineering agencies, contractors, suppliers and clients/end-users. These solutions are typically based on international, open standards like ISO STEP, BuildingSmart IFC, OGC CityGML and the latest W3C Semantic Web technologies. The mission of TNO is to make science and technology resulting from research and development useable for the Dutch and European Private and Public sector. They have a long track record in successful European R&D.
The TNO Connected Business Group has an extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art and innovative ICT components, systems, methods and tools especially around interoperability and information modelling. Furthermore, the group has in-depth experience with standardization activities, in particular in the field of telecommunication and internet standardization and sector-specific information standardization, including the energy sector. This knowledge and experience is applied to a large amount of different sectors, including the energy sector with a focus on smart grids and the information exchange with households. This knowledge is consulted to for various customers such as energy suppliers and energy network operators, including Alliander, Essent and Eneco.
Participant Nº: 4 Short name: ADV Country: Spain
Advantic Sistemas y Servicios S.L (ADVANTICSYS) is a high-tech SME which has an important background in information and communication technologies specializing in the field of wireless sensor networks (WSN) and other remote monitoring systems. Main application targets are in the field of energy efficiency, environment monitoring, and automation. Thanks to its solid technological background in WSN, its collaboration network (including Asia and Latin America), and its highly skilled multidisciplinary professionals it is capable of offering its clients competitive and effective technological solutions in more than 30 countries.
Participant Nº: 5 Short name: PRI Country: Netherlands
Priva B.V. is a family owned company limited by shares with expertise in hardware, software and services for climate and process control. Priva is a key player in the field of automated climate and process control, in the Horticultural and Building Intelligence markets. The Building Intelligence division is specialised in Building Management Systems (BMS). Priva objective is to create a healthy, comfortable, productive environment in any building or production process our clients present, in a sustainable and efficient manner, thus ensuring that the clients organization or business remains competitive in an ever-changing world. Priva considers it a duty and a responsibility to use and manage resources, nature and the environment with the utmost care. That is why innovation with a view to sustainability is a high priority. Its own company headquarters, the Priva Campus (De Lier, Netherlands), provides an excellent example of this.
Participant Nº: 6 Short name: ESO Country: Italy
European Society of Concurrent Engineering (ESoCE-Net)
ESoCE-Net is a non-profit making organization whose knowledge scope is focused on the Concurrent Enterprising and Concurrent Innovation. The ESoCE-Net mission consists of promoting research in the CE domain, enacting the sharing and exchanging of its latest developments, and performing a catalyst role for its adoption in Industry through focused initiatives to disseminate the knowledge and to support the first implementation of research results. ESoCE-Net contributes to the industrial and social impact of research projects and industrial initiatives through its network of 500+ multipliers. ESoCE's network of multipliers counts more than 500 organisations, representing thousands of industrial companies (mainly SMEs) and tens of thousands of individuals and professional. ESoCE-Net has a specific experience in setting up and managing Virtual Communities as well as in organizing and conducting conferences, workshop, dissemination and interaction events targeted to specific audiences. Within its activities, ESoCE has launched an annual international event, the ICE Conference that is today established as the main European event on Concurrent Enterprising. The conference is self-sustainable since 1994 and is a 3-day event format, attracting more than 250 per year and relying on more than 6000 contacts in the network. The ICE event has evolved and grown in terms of size, nature, number of papers presented, quality of papers and presentations, quality of proceedings and countries represented and it is now accredited as an IEEE event. Compared to other events in the domain, ICE is remarkable for its continuous good balance between industrial and academic participation and the multi-national character of the event. In addition, ESoCE-Net organizes every year the ESoCE Industrial Forum, a self-sustainable, one-day event, attracting more than 80 attendees per year.
ESoCE-Net competencies include:
- Set-up of Business Ecosystems Service Centres, leveraging organisation and structures by current multipliers such as Industrial Associations / Regional Centres, offering services VE set-up and management, the evaluation of the cooperation potential and qualification of potential BE‟s members.
- Supporting innovation capabilities in Business Ecosystems, Living Labs and Collaborative Clusters, by providing them with Virtual Professional Communities, aimed at providing SMEs in the cluster with highly qualified team of professional in charge of supporting them in developing new/innovative products.
In particular, within the ODYSSEUS project, ESoCE-Net will deploy Living Lab methodology, in order to support the collection of the requirements and the set-up of the pilots in order to take account for the users feedback and suggestions on the developed services.
Participant Nº: 7 Short name: MCC Country: United Kingdom
Manchester City Council will participate through the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) which coordinates the Manchester Living Lab and information society initiatives across the Greater Manchester city-region including community-based digital inclusion, next generation access (NGA) broadband and smart energy projects. MDDA focuses on how digital technologies can support economic regeneration, social inclusion, smart energy efficiency and sustainable development. MDDA coordinates the City region Digital Strategy and its plans for developing: “universal, affordable next generation broadband access” which “is essential to connect all residents and businesses of the Manchester City-region to the social, educational, informational and economic opportunities they deserve”. This established the foundation for the creation of a Manchester Digital Strategy with a vision of creating the city-region as “the most advanced „next generation‟ connectivity in the UK, providing a sustainable base for high growth business, innovation, transformational public services and an inclusive knowledge society”.
Manchester is an active member of the Eurocities network and one of the founder members of the Telecities network (1993-), now the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) and first President of Telecities (1994-96). Current priorities include being Chair of the KSF „ICT for Energy Efficiency – ICT4EE‟ Working Group (2008-10), Co-Chair (with the City of Barcelona) of the new KSF Smart Cities Working Group and Lead City for the Green Digital Charter initiative. This work is now being sustained by the MDDA which is currently involved in a range of EU funded projects including through:
- Interreg IIIB: Virtual Environments Planning System (VEPS);
- Interreg IVC: Digital Cities;
- Framework Six (FP6): Intelligent Cities;
- Framework Seven (FP7): Digital Environment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS), FIREBALL CA;
- Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP): Save Energy, APOLLON, EPIC and Smart Cities through Innovation and People (SMARTIP);
- Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE): Partnership Energy Planning for European Sustainable Energy Communities (PEPESEC).
Manchester also takes the lead within Eurocities on developing the Smart Cities network working in collaboration with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and was a founder member of ENOLL as part of the first wave of Living Labs.
Participant Nº: 8 Short name: ROM Country: Italy
Municipio Roma XI
The Municipality of Rome XI, already "District XI", the name of the eleventh subdivision administrative capital of Rome, is situated in the south-east of the center. Its territory is divided in nine urban areas and its population is distributed in nine areas, for a total of 136,588 inhabitants in approximately 66,800 households.
Within the subdivision of roles that is in place in the Italian Public Administration, the Municipio Roma XI is in charge, among the others, of the maintenance of public buildings, roads and schools, also from an energy point of view. In this capacity, Roma XI is currently exploring the utilization of new sources of energy, which can be made available to public buildings. Among the other projects recently undertaken, the following can be summarized:
- Installation of photovoltaic plants on the roofs of primary schools in the territory of the Municipio;
- Adoption of green sources of energy for public buildings;
- Analysis and optimization of energy nodes for public buildings.
A project is being launched for the adoption of micro-CHP units, fuelled with biomasses, in order to make autonomous key buildings from the energy point of view. Biomasses are obtained by the treatment of waste.
ROMA XI has no previous experience in European projects and the participation in ODYSSEUS is seen as a huge opportunity for comparing local practices with the European trends and relevant Best Practices. ROMA XI is in a position of activating operative contacts with the main Administration of the City of Roma, which adheres to the EUROCITIES network and is participating to the Climate change and energy Working Group.