Early October 2019, a number of councilors from the municipality of Utrecht visited Kanaleneiland-Zuid, a neighborhood hosting many of the IRIS project’s sustainable and co-creation initiatives.
The Future Today Institute (FTI) 2019 tech trends report analyses emerging science and technology shaping our world, including 16 indicators dedicated to smart cities. Issued earlier this year, we almost missed this insight filled report; but couldn’t agree more with IRIS lighthouse cities featuring heavily in the global top 50. Gothenburg on the podium at #2, Utrecht #16 and Nice at #37.
IRIS is working to make urban environments better places for citizens and the planet. Our five transition tracks identify universal challenges for smart cities, with 16 solutions in development to overcome them. Mobility is one of our key areas of action.
Free webinar. Discover the world’s first AC bidirectional charging network for electric vehicles, how it is being implemented and rapidly scaled up.
With 2775 hours of sunshine a year, Iris test bed in Nice, France is naturally capitalising on solar power for the Mediterranean Institute of Risk, Environment and Sustainable Development’s (IMREDD) new flagship building.
Our first Open Access paper is now available. In this specific study we introduce a holistic framework for determining a repository of key performance indicators (KPIs) that are able to evaluate both business-as-usual and novel technologies and services related to smart city solutions.
The framework includes six steps:
Cross discipline collaboration and innovation was the heartbeat of this annual Utrecht University conference 8-10 July - now in its 17th year – and naturally, IRIS partners and endeavors felt right at home, submitting three papers. The event gathered around 200 researchers from various disciplines such as innovation or strategic management, organization design, marketing, intellectual property rights management, entrepreneurship, and public policy, all exchanging on the latest research findings and plans in the field.
Smart grids and their large-scale deployment are essential to meeting these challenges; and IRIS Smart Cities exploring ways to meet needs at reasonable costs with smart energy management systems, new storage techniques and connecting renewables.
IRIS in Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur, France recently welcomed a fresh injection of expertise and enthusiasm with new partner Engie Cofely. The company will focus their energy efficiency talents and smart city innovations on the western district of Les Moulins.
Creating impact is all about “scale” - isolated solutions and best practices will not manage to achieve the environmental, economic and social benefits we need to make. That’s why IRIS Smart Cities has not only identified innovative solutions to urban challenges; but works to achieve a citywide scale-up supported by sustainable demand and market dynamics.