The project demonstration area in Vienna is located in the central part of the south-eastern district of Simmering between Simmeringer Hauptstraße (an ancient main street axis) and the eastern railway line (Geiselberg, Enkplatz).

In total, 21 000 inhabitants will benefit from smart project solutions within the fields refurbishment, energy, mobility and information and communication technologies.

An emphasis is made on dialogue, in line with the Vienna Smart City Framework Strategy where the human dimension of the Smart City is the focus of attention. Dialogue includes all generations and backgrounds aiming at contributing to an integrated societal dynamic.

Partnership includes all actors, from government to citizens to business players, where everyone has a specific responsibility towards achieving the common goals.

city strives

  • refurbish three residential neighborhoods with 1,300 inhabitants and a total floor surface of 75,000 m2
  • ensure savings of 6000000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year in all refurbished housing complexes together. This corresponds to the energy use of about 700 housing units
  • guarantee more sustainable and future-oriented energy supply with 9,000,000 kWh provided by renewable energy sources (thermic as well as electric energy), which will result in considerable savings for the tenants in energy and heating costs.
  • save about 550 tons of CO2
  • secure and/or create 900
  • promote an intensive governance learning process by involving eight departments of the City of Vienna’s administration, ensuring that the experiences and results of the project will be integrated in a sustainable way all over the city

Create together - Focus Participation

The inhabitants of the project area have the opportunity to participate in different ways and on different levels in the development of their smart district:

  • information, advisory and participatory activities in the SMARTER TOGETHER Information Mobile “SIMmobil”
  • cooperation with the community college VHS Simmering, local institutions and businesses
  • joint reflections on smart city themes (for instance, with pupils of the secondary school NMS Enkplatz)
  • participation in projects on mobility or refurbishment
  • energy (‘driving’) license and, respesctively, training for pupils and tenants.

Advance together - Focus Mobility

The strategy on mobility will be elaborated so that it contributes to the climate goals, as well as to a high quality of life in the district:

  • sharing offers: e-bikes and e-cars in the district for tenants
  • e-vans for the post and smart logistics solutions
  • e-mobility on the Siemens industrial site
  • information on smart use of mobility offers
  • local mobility consultancy

Living together - Focus Refurbishment

  • thermic-energetic measures
  • use of photovoltaic and solar heat
  • energy-saving lighting systems
  • e-cars for housing communities
  • zero-energy-gym showcase in the secondary school NMS Enkplatz

Supplying together - Focus Energy

Climate-friendly energy systems will be developed and implemented with the aim of contributing to the UN and smart city climate goals:

  • waste heat recovery and use of solar heat (transformation of solar energy into heat) for 3,000 households
  • further development of district heating through use of local renewable energy sources
  • 100,000 kWh per year produced by photovoltaic installations (transformation of solar energy into electricity)
  • district heat connection to 250 flats
  • accompanying monitoring and optimization of energy systems
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lighthouse city
Integrated Infrastructure

Integrated Infrastructure

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As part of the EU project SMARTER TOGETHER smart solutions for a city district are developed, which also affect the infrastructure. One focus concerns energy supply, such as the use of waste heat or the integration of renewable energies. Only a part of the planned projects in this area could be realized despite high efforts.Read more

As part of the EU project SMARTER TOGETHER smart solutions for a city district are developed, which also affect the infrastructure. One focus concerns energy supply, such as the use of waste heat or the integration of renewable energies. Only a part of the planned projects in this area could be realized despite high efforts. Nonetheless, promising concepts have been developed and important insights gained that will enable their realization in the future.

The waste heat of a data centre in the project area should be fed into the district heating network. Since implementation was not possible, another data centre near the project area was considered. Detailed concepts were developed for both cases, but they could not be realized. On the one hand, the restrictions of the network for the year-round absorption of waste heat lead to high costs. On the other hand, the operators of the data centres do not give a sufficiently long location guarantee. However, the results can be used for further future projects. Also, the return line of the district heating in a new building could not be realized due to the already advanced planning of the construction. It would be necessary to integrate a low-temperature floor heating system when planning the building. The feed-in of solar thermal energy on the roof of the school into the district heating is going to be realized. The densification of district heating in already connected buildings has also taken place. The findings will be used for replication, especially for the residential buildings owned by the city. From all these insights and experiences, the future of district heating is defined. This includes densification, feeding in renewable energy sources and waste heat as well as the use of the return for heat supply.

In the course of the project, a successful implementation of PV projects was achieved. Two of the refurbishment projects as well as the new logistics centre of the beverage company Ottakringer are using solar energy to generate electricity. In addition, the project area has begun to switch public street lighting to high-efficiency LED. In the forecourt of the school so-called solar benches were installed to raise awareness of renewable energy. This is a street furniture that has integrated PV with batteries and provides a port for charging mobile phones. However, there were challenges in terms of responsibilities and liability issues, as well as in procurement, construction and ongoing support.

The Energy Planning Department of the City of Vienna carried out an investigation of the energy-relevant data of the area - a so-called energy assessment (“Gebietsscreening”). The information generated from this, such as the energy demand or the potential of renewable energy sources, generated strong interest in the issue. This showed the importance of an appealing presentation of energy-related data as a communication tool. Building on this, the City of Vienna was able to develop an improved energy data model. Thanks to the individual implementation projects, whose linkage was hardly possible, important insights into the control of the energy supply of the building stock and urban development could be gained. The need for integrative solutions for refurbishments that extend beyond the building and that also consider a possible switch in energy supply, was strongly carried out. The knowledge generated is used in ongoing processes for the implementation of energy planning in the City of Vienna. The aim is to coordinate spatially and temporally the efficient use of the pipe infrastructure (district heating and gas) by avoiding double supply as well as the integration of renewable energy sources both in new buildings and in existing buildings. Ultimately, this is a major contribution to the decarbonization of energy supply.

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Vienna
Deliverable number
D5.4.1
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Low-energy district - Vienna

Low-energy district - Vienna

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As part of the SMARTER TOGETHER EU project smart solutions for a ‘Low-Energy-District’ (LED) are mainly focussing on two aspects:

▪ The reduction of the energy consumption by refurbishing the existing building stock,

▪ The integration of renewable energy sources.

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As part of the SMARTER TOGETHER EU project smart solutions for a ‘Low-Energy-District’ (LED) are mainly focussing on two aspects:

▪ The reduction of the energy consumption by refurbishing the existing building stock,

▪ The integration of renewable energy sources.

In Vienna within the SMARTER TOGETHER project, three social housing estates (Hauffgasse 37-47, Lorystraße 54-60 and Herbortgasse 43) with about 65,000 m² gross floor area and 625 flats have been refurbished. By retrofitting the building envelopes, the calculated energy consumption is reduced by approximately 70 percent and in two of the refurbishment projects solar energy is used to generate electricity.

Furthermore, a public school for about 1,000 pupils is partly reconstructed. The refurbishment of the existing gym was economically not feasible, so the existing gym was demolished and reconstructed as ‘Zero-Energy-Gym’. This is achieved with the use of solar energy to generate electricity and thermal energy. While the electricity from the Photovoltaic (PV)-System is used for lighting and running the heat pump, the solar thermal system is used to feed-in into the district heating grid. This ambitious energy concept makes the ‘Zero-Energy-Gym’ a pilot project for the interaction of buildings and grids.

To increase the number of flats supplied by renewable energy (instead of natural gas) a campaign was carried out to convince tenants, in housing blocks already connected to district heating – to connect their flat to district heating too.
All five projects related to low-energy district undertaken in Vienna within SMARTER TOGETHER area are implemented or under construction and will be finalised until spring 2020. The delays are mainly the result of time-consuming processes in the planning phase, especially related to legal matters.

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City
Vienna
Project type
Electric-Renewable Energy Sources
Deliverable number
D5.3.1
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Simmering Smart for the Future

Simmering Smart for the Future

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Discover the panoply of Smarter Together, Vienna’s EU-funded project. 

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Discover the panoply of Smarter Together, Vienna’s EU-funded project. 

Vienna is committed to its vision of being a Smart City with a high quality of life based on social integration, high ecological standards and future-oriented governance. The city´s contribution to the global societal and environmental challenges that we all have to tackle together is a social Smart City focusing on the needs of citizens, where technology is at the service of people. In order to make this vision become reality, it’s necessary to showcase concrete solutions on the district level. Therefore in 2015, Vienna, together with Lyon and Munich, joined the club of Smart Lighthouse Cities within the EU funded programme Horizon 2020. In 2016, with the formal launch of the project, our goal was to boost urban renewal and climate action with innovative solutions in the emblematic worker’s district of Simmering. Our challenge was to develop a joint approach with numerous project partners and citizens in the district in order to achieve in practice the idea of being “smarter together”. The participation, as well as the partnership-oriented dialogue of all actors, stakeholders and citizens is essential for sustainable development.

Following a three-year-long phase of project implementation, Smarter Together has become one of twelve European Lighthouse projects, as well as Vienna’s cornerstone project in regard to Smart City urban renewal, offering a variety of great solutions and innovations for a liveable, green and socially sustainable city of the future. Smarter Together is forward-looking because it connects people, involves the economy, underlines the partnership-based cooperation of all, and even promotes Vienna’s attractiveness as an international business location. This commitment has even contributed and respectively led to a series of awards and recognitions. In 2017, Vienna was for instance awarded the UN Habitat Global Green City Award, and Smarter Together specifically won the VCÖ Mobility Award in the category “Active Mobility and Public Space.” From a European and global perspective, the project achievements also show that Vienna’s social, respectively subsidized, housing model can be considered as a contribution to the global UN-climate
goals.

 

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City
Vienna
Deliverable number
D5.1.2
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Central data management system Vienna

Central data management system Vienna

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In the course of the EU project SMARTER TOGETHER, the city of Vienna decided to develop a data platform for the demonstration projects. After a comprehensive evaluation of local and international solutions, the decision was made on the open source variant FIWARE.Read more

In the course of the EU project SMARTER TOGETHER, the city of Vienna decided to develop a data platform for the demonstration projects. After a comprehensive evaluation of local and international solutions, the decision was made on the open source variant FIWARE. An essential reason for this choice was the independence of a certain supplier and the potential for further development of the existing modules and solutions based on them. The more cities choose such an open variant, the more synergies can result from the accumulated experience.

With the support of the FIWARE Foundation, the data platform was developed and provisionally implemented with an external cloud solution. However, FIWARE is only equivalent to a base operating system, which consists of a large number of modules. The city of Vienna was faced with the decision to develop its own application or interface, which uses all the necessary FIWARE modules or put it on a ready-made solution. The time and cost frame set by the project led to the selection of the available application VM9. This application already integrates numerous FIWARE modules and offers an appealing user interface plus the desired user management. In a workshop with the developers of VM9, the criteria and requirements were elaborated. Numerous available OGD data were successfully integrated for the test run, such as the real-time data of public transport lines.

The city of Vienna and the project team have developed possible use cases across departments. The applications that have been implemented so far involve the integration of sensor data from mobility operators (for example for e-bike sharing), consumption data from the existing gymnasium and static data related to the buildings. Further data will be integrated, such as the consumption data of the new gymnasium or of the renovated residential buildings. The data platform is thus used for the monitoring of the EU project and is suitable for data exchange including visualization with external stakeholders. In addition to the project, the city of Vienna intends to use the data platform as an IoT middleware and data source. Cooperation with other Austrian cities is envisaged in order to develop a common FIWARE data platform.

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Vienna
Deliverable number
D5.4.2
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SMARTER TOGETHER_D5.4.2_Central data management system Vienna_1900315_v2.pdf (1.56 MB) Download
Co-Design Processes

Co-Design Processes

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The people of Simmering have been actively included in six co-design processes and in several other formats of SMARTER TOGETHER.Read more

The people of Simmering have been actively included in six co-design processes and in several other formats of SMARTER TOGETHER. Centered around the newly designed SIMmobil, which is the Viennese interpretation of the urban living lab, over 2.400 people could give their input to the new developments in their neighbourhood, as well as get detailed information.

For a district like Simmering, with low income, high migration rate and lower educational standard, it proved to be highly efficient to be represented directly in lively public spaces, where people pass by on their everyday routes. They tend to be curious and open to new technologies, when they can be tested and are presented in a tangible manner. For co-designing together with citizens, it is an important prerequisite to really leave certain decisions and possibilities open to the public. Every co-design process was surprising in its results, which had not been foreseen by the experts. Gamification brought the most successful activation of all activities, with over 6.000 active users for a sensor-based challenge to collect points by walking or biking through Simmering.

Every target group needs specific settings, methods and wording. The hardest group to reach out represents working people in their 30-40ies, because they have hardly any time left next to job and family. Children are quite easy to reach with playful or creative offers (“Let´s paint the future of Simmering!”), and often they just approach by curiosity and bring along their parents. Elderly people tend to have more time and like to give their opinion when being asked to certain topics. Moreover, the visitors of guided district tours often tend to be elderly women.

One important learning of the co-design especially in refurbishment-processes was, that objection is also a driver for engagement but it needs to be handled carefully. When tenants learn about refurbishment plans of their apartments, they often react sceptically and oppose the ideas for change. Often they come well-prepared with critical arguments. Within SMARTER TOGETHER, a format and methodology was developed to give the tenants the chance to individually let off steam with the responsible bodies, but also to find solutions for the most urgent problems or fears concerning the upcoming refurbishment works. So change creates fears and opposition, but the latter are also motivators to attend information events and to discuss ongoing matters.

Communication is a highly important driver and a prerequisite for co-design. Regular online and offline communication with the residents of Simmering but also with the professional public about the progress and the challenges of implementing smart solutions is vital. The regularly updated website www.smartertogether.at was visited 50.000 times and the monthly newsletter was sent out to almost 800 addresses.

This report reflects only the author’s view, neither the European Commission nor INEA is responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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Vienna
Project type
Citizen & Stakeholder Engagement
Deliverable number
D5.2.2
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Urban Living Lab

Urban Living Lab

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Vienna’s SMARTER TOGETHER Urban Living Lab is conceptualized as local communication and participation hub for the SMARTER TOGETHER activities and implementation projects, designed to serve the local socio-spatial and socio-economic conditions and needs of the local citizens.Read more

Vienna’s SMARTER TOGETHER Urban Living Lab is conceptualized as local communication and participation hub for the SMARTER TOGETHER activities and implementation projects, designed to serve the local socio-spatial and socio-economic conditions and needs of the local citizens. Its main method was “going where the people are”, its overall goal is to contribute to inclusion and to a positive societal dynamic that is at the base of any sustainable development.

The Urban Renewal office (GB*) was identified as main project partner ensuring a long-term sustainability of lessons learned as its staff was included in the implementation and hence governance learning process. At the preliminary phase, an in-depth analysis of the socio-demographic environment was made and resulted in a detailed stakeholder identification and inclusion. Also, a first planning of possible activities was made as well as an overall design of a ULL.

Upon the purchase of a second-hand mobile booth the latter was designed and adapted to the needs and branded as SIMmobil(e). Starting from September/October 2016, the ULL was installed every month for 3 to 6 consecutive weeks from Spring to Autumn on one spot relevant to the project implementation and provided real time information as well as participation means. As it was also opened for special events, the number of opening days varied from 7 to 17, mostly around 9 to 10 days on one spot (about 3 days/afternoons a week). Overall, in 2016, the SIMmobile was open for 14 days, in 2017 for 44 (45 including the location at the Siemens factory) days and in 2018 all in all 35 days. As an example, in 2017 around 600 hours were needed to run the SIMmobile. All in all, the SIMmobile was open at six different long-term locations. In around 90 days approximately 3,000 talks with visitors were held reaching different social groups.

The location chosen was linked to SMARTER TOGETHER activities: the square in front of the local education center, the refurbishment school on Enkplatz 4, the main shopping street Simmeringer Hauptstraße, the central square Enkplatz, the mobility hub at the metro station U3 Simmering as well as the local transport hub on Geiselberg.

The SIMmobile was used for information, on-site surveying, focus talks, activation through gamification, participatory activities for different target groups and co-creation as regards for instance with pupils of the refurbishment schools as their input was included in the highly technical and demanding planning process. For instance, too, during a mobility event around the SIMmobile, on-site testing of e-bikes was made and the results determined the choice of the e-bikes.

A special focus was given to kids with specific target offers such as goodies, energy quiz (elaborated together with the project partner DIE UMWELTBERATUNG) or workshops held by the Science Pool. The Science Pool provided on-site workshops on smart city themes such as energy and mobility in line with the overall co-operation plan.
During opening times, numerous local institutions such as street workers or the employment agency WAFF used the SIMmobile for the purpose of their activities. Project partners promoted their institutions through the SIMmobile. Bike repair workshops were especially welcome. The SIMmobile was also used for promoting SMARTER TOGETHER activities such as events, the photo competition or “Beat the Street”. A special co-operation was carried out with Wiener Linien on the occasion of the opening of the first WienMobil Station, the Vienna Mobile Hub.

As a result, additional complementary activities were held such as an intensive cooperation with the educational center VHS Simmering or the mural painting in Geiselberg. In this context, the Science Pool held also a first Research Festival.

The SIMmobile concept was taken over by the follower city of Venice that also developed a series of activities inspired by the outreach in SIMmobile.

As a result, the SIMmobile implementation resulted in many valuable experiences gained in regards to further participatory processes and urban communication strategies. Through the involvement of numerous long-term local actors, sustainability of the lessons learned is ensured in the governance learning process. The SIMmobile is already considered for follow up projects and replication activities.

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City
Vienna
Project type
Citizen & Stakeholder Engagement
Deliverable number
D5.2.1
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SMARTER TOGETHER_D5.2.1_Urban Living Lab_190315.pdf (1.03 MB) Download

Smarter Together Webinar on Citizen Engagement and the Vienna SIMmobil

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Webinar with Jana Hann, City of Vienna, Spatial and Landscape Planner, for the Urban Renewal Office Vienna.

On 23 May at 11:30 AM, Smarter Together hosted the fourth webinar in its series, this time on the topic of citizen engagement and the Vienna SIMmobil. The webinar answered questions such as:

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Webinar with Jana Hann, City of Vienna, Spatial and Landscape Planner, for the Urban Renewal Office Vienna.

On 23 May at 11:30 AM, Smarter Together hosted the fourth webinar in its series, this time on the topic of citizen engagement and the Vienna SIMmobil. The webinar answered questions such as:

How to communicate “Smart City”, innovations and change in an already built up area? How to reach citizens of disadvantaged neighbourhoods and involve them in those processes?

This webinar will present opportunities and limitations of methods of citizen engagement in open public space shown on the example of the “SIMmobil”, a mobile urban living lab in public space, implemented in Vienna within the EU funded Horizon 2020 Smart City Project Smarter Together.

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Vienna
Project type
Citizen & Stakeholder Engagement
Website

Website

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This deliverable acts as a confirmation for the Smarter Together website “D9.3.1 Website” implementation at its state of development in month 6 (July 2016).Read more

This deliverable acts as a confirmation for the Smarter Together website “D9.3.1 Website” implementation at its state of development in month 6 (July 2016). At this stage, the website comprises all project relevant information as described and documented below, and some of its basic functionalities and properties which will be updated and added on regularly in the next iterations of the website.

The website was successfully implemented, controlled and reviewed with respect to our internal rules described in the Project Quality Plan (deliverable 10.3.1).

The platform is managed by the leader of the WP9 and a Communication Manager on behalf of the Project Coordinator.

In the following chapters, we provide an overview of the website structure and of the content of the website.

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City
Vienna
Munich
Lyon
Project type
Citizen & Stakeholder Engagement
Deliverable number
D9.3.1
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SMARTER TOGETHER_D9.3.1_Website_160803.pdf (304.54 KB) Download