Smart City solution
SINTEF is Scandinavia’s largest independent research organisation, and is a non-profit research foundation. We employ 2000 people, mainly located in Trondheim and Oslo (Norway). More than 90% of our annual turnover comes from contract research for industry and the public sector in Norway and internationally, and we receive minimal state funding (around 6%).
SINTEF is multidisciplinary, with international top-level expertise in a wide range of technological and scientific disciplines, medicine and the social sciences. We conduct contract R&D as a partner for the private and public sectors. Our vision is “technology for a better society”, and it is an important aspect of our societal role to contribute to the creation of more jobs. We act as an incubator, commercialising technologies through the establishment of new companies.
SINTEF has world leading scientists in areas of relevance to smart cities, such as energy, buildings, transport, health, safety, security and digitalisation. We deliver innovation by developing knowledge and technologies and solutions for all these areas that are brought into practical use.
Goals / challenges
SINTEF’s vision is Technology for a better society. This vision and our multidisciplinary organisation put SINTEF in a perfect position for work on smart cities. We aim for solutions that are optimal to the society with respect to environment, quality of life, efficiency, safety, security and inclusion and involvement of citizens.
SINTEF will solve challenges related to the transition towards smart cities, among others.
- Creation of the new technologies, products and services needed, solutions that bridge the gap between domains (e.g. transport – energy and buildings – health) included. Some examples are zero emission neighborhoods providing good quality of life, Mobility as a Service for reduction of private cars, smart and green charging of electric vehicles minimizing peak lodes in the grid, digital support for new business models, etc.
- Facilitate the emerge of the new products and services that fit into the smart city ecosystem. Most of these products and services are not known today. We have to establish methods, strategies and digital infrastructures to ensure that they can interact and build upon each other. Open data needed in the solutions must for example be easy to find and use.
- Harmonize solutions across cities and countries and learn from each other. The digital infrastructures needed must be standardized. Sustainable market opportunities must be ensured through facilitating that products and services can be used in several cities.
- Safety and security in smart cities that are vulnerable since many functions are automized and based on digital solutions. Safety and security must be facilitated both during design and operation, early warnings must be detected, and mitigating actions must be effectuated.
- Involve the citizens and businesses in decisions that will affect their lives. Transparency and democracy must be ensured through provision of relevant information and means for involvement.
Marit Natvig Senior Scientist SINTEF