Project News

Posted: 29 May 2019

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.

Posted: 14 May 2019

Social housing corporation Bo-Ex invited its residents to take a peak into the near future and visit a decorated model home of their soon-to-be renovated apartments. Residents of an apartment building in the Utrecht district Kanaleneiland-Zuid were able to feel what it’s like to live in an energy neutral building and be part of the process. With a high turnout, it proved a great opportunity for everyone to think about creating a smart and sustainable city district, together.

Posted: 16 Apr 2019

Students from HKU University of the Arts Utrecht have been working to find out – using design thinking to engage residents and attempt to develop collective solutions. In addition to hosting three workshops on urban design in Utrecht, students spoke to local authorities, companies and more at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona to shape their views before producing a publication Citizen Engagement in Public Spaces – Designing with Co-Creation.

Posted: 05 Apr 2019

On Monday evening the 11th of March IRIS partner We Drive Solar organized an information session on electric car sharing in the Utrecht district Kanaleneiland. A representative group of citizens gathered to learn all about the benefits of solar powered, shared cars. Soon they can start their own subscriptions to this smart, sustainable mobility system, as part of project IRIS.

Posted: 25 Mar 2019

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander launched a new durable energy and mobility ecosystem in Utrecht on 21 March 2019, developed by We Drive Solar, partnered with Renault. The system deploys shared electric Renault ZOE cars and charging stations, enabling the Renault ZOE to both charge and discharge.

Posted: 22 Mar 2019

The first version of a visionary new digital mobility service from EC2B has been launched this March 2019. Early adopters have been able to download and start using the EC2B app for Iphone and Android – and the residents of Riksbyggens Brf Viva in Gothenburg are first in line.