bavAIRia and ESPI hosted a workshop on “Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities”

9 July 2014. bavAIRia, in its capacity as IAP Ambassador Platform for Germany, and ESPI, in its capacity as IAP Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European region, jointly organised a workshop entitled “Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities”, at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna

Today’s society has to face a lot of challenges. Amongst these is the need for sustainable urban development, which is driving the evolution of “Smart Cities”. A “Smart City” is a city of the future using intelligent and innovative solutions and managing resources responsibly and sustainably. To face the challenges of the 21st century intelligent technologies are needed. Requests for more effective and innovative solutions, products and services are increasing. Not all of them can be met with the methods and tools currently in place.

It is to be expected that the large increase in the world’s population during the next 35 years will create a resultant increase of population in major cities. More and more megacities will evolve. In the course of this development, challenges and requirements for a life within these megacities will be in a state of flux. Inhabitants will seek social progress and will need to be transported and supplied with food, water, energy and electricity. There will be a growing demand for security, communications, health care as well as waste management. At the same time topics like climate change, CO2 emissions, renewable energies, sustainability and air monitoring will become ever more important. Moreover, these issues are directly connected with each other, making the overall city system more complex.

The workshop entitled “Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities” was organized in the framework of ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme, by the IAP Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European region, hosted by ESPI, the German IAP Ambassador Platform, hosted by bavAIRia e.V., the IAP Ambassador Platform for Small and Medium Enterprises, hosted by Eurisy, and the IAP Ambassador Platform for UK.

The workshop aimed at presenting how the development of Future Cities can be supported by space technologies, in which ways the challenges of Future Cities are linked to space applications and how the IAP programme of ESA intends to support and contribute to the development of services to help meet these challenges. The event provided a platform for discussing new solutions that can be initiated, with participants from different sectors like city planners, public transport managers and energy providers. Furthermore, it provided a good possibility to identify partners for joint Projects.

On the first day, ESPI’s Resident Fellow Erich Klock together with Thomas Geist, from the Aeronautics and Space Agency of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), welcomed the participants to the workshop. Key note addresses were given by Volker Schaffler (TINA VIENNA Urban Technologies & Strategies), who gave an overview on trends and challenges of Smart Cities and provided an insight on the Smart City Vienna strategy, and Michael Schramm (IBM Austria), who talked about visions on Future Cities. Johannes Bockstefl (FFG) and Tanja Tötzer (Austrian Institute of Technology) provided an overview on national and European initiatives and activities in the area of Smart Cities. The following case study presentations aimed at demonstrating the use of space applications to develop innovative solutions for Future Cities.

In the afternoon session of the first workshop day, Rob Postema (ESA) gave an overview on the ESA IAP programme as well as an introduction to the upcoming ESA ITT on Future Cities (http://artes-apps.esa.int/opportunities/intended-tender/future-cities). Furthermore, Anke Freimuth (DLR) provided an insight on the role of national delegates to ESA, which was followed by a presentation from Erich Klock (ESPI) on the role of IAP Ambassadors. The subsequent interactive session, which was moderated by Birgit Baumann (BusinessMind), aimed at identifying needs and challenges of Future Cities as well as at discussing potential space-based solutions to satisfy the needs and overcome the challenges. This session provided also an excellent opportunity for networking and was highly appreciated by the participants.

The second workshop day started with a speed networking session, in which the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other and to identify potential synergies and cooperation. In the subsequent presentation on how to write a proposal, Rob Postema (ESA) summarised and explained in detail key points of a proposal for IAP Feasibility Studies. This was particularly interesting and helpful for non-space companies that participated in the Workshop.


Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities

A Workshop in the framework of ESA‘s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme

July 8-9, 2014, European Space Policy Institute - ESPI, Schwarzenbergplatz 6 (Entrance: Zaunergasse 1-3), 1030 Vienna

Today’s society has to face a lot of challenges. Amongst these is the need for sustainable urban development, which is driving the evolution of “Smart Cities”. A “Smart City” is a city of the future using intelligent and innovative solutions and managing resources responsibly and sustainably.

To face the challenges of the 21st century intelligent technologies are needed. Requests for more effective and innovative solutions, products and services are increasing. Not all of them can be met with the methods and tools currently in place. A glance at other industry and technology sectors, including even space technologies, can help to meet these challenges - lateral thinking is the name of the game!

It is to be expected that the large increase in the world’s population during the next 35 years will create a resultant increase of population in major cities. More and more megacities will evolve. In the course of this development, challenges and requirements for a life within these megacities will be in a state of flux. Inhabitants will seek social progress and will need to be transported and supplied with food, water, energy and electricity. There will be a growing demand for security, communications, health care as well as waste management. At the same time topics like climate change, CO2 emissions, renewable energies, sustainability and air monitoring will become ever more important. Moreover, these issues are directly connected with each other, making the overall city system more complex.

Have you ever taken into account that space technologies are key to develop “smart” solutions? Satellite navigation devices are commonly used nowadays in cars, by bike or on foot. The added value of integrated services and applications based on other space technologies like satellite communication, earth observation or manned space flight technologies may not be obvious at first glance and hence possibly not considered.

The workshop will present how the development of Future Cities can be supported by space technologies, in which ways the challenges of Future Cities are linked to space applications and how the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) intends to support and contribute to the development of services to help meet these challenges.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the intended tender in the framework of ESA’s IAP programme, envisaged for 2014 and therefore to support a teaming of potential users and ideas. In discussion with participants from different sectors like city planners, public transport managers and energy providers, new solutions can be initiated and possible partners for joint projects can be identified. Discover and imagine smarter cities thanks to space technologies!

The language of the workshop is English and the workshop is targeting participants from all over Europe.


AGENDA - 8 JULY 2014

09.30           Registration
 
10.30 Welcome
 
Erich Klock, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
 
Thomas Geist, Aeronautics and Space Agency of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
 
10.40 Keynote Addresses
 
Smart City Vienna - Trends & Challenges,
Volker Schaffler, TINA VIENNA Urban Technologies & Strategies GmbH
-> Presentation
   
Visions on Future Cities,
Michael Schramm, IBM Austria
-> Presentation
 
11.15 Smart Cities – national and European approach
Johannes Bockstefl, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
-> Presentation
 
Integrated Concepts for Smart Cities
Tanja Tötzer, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
-> Presentation
   
12.15 Case Studies
 
BikeCityGuide
Daniel Kofler, BikeCityGuide Apps GmbH
-> Presentation
 
obsAIRveYourBusiness
Moritz Fontaine, bavAIRia e.V.
-> Presentation
 
GNSS based research instruments for understanding future cities mobility needs
Stephan Leppler, Innovationszentrum für Mobilität und gesellschaftlichen Wandel (InnoZ) GmbH
-> Presentation
 

13.00

Lunch

14.00 The ESA Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme
Rob Postema, European Space Agency (ESA)
-> Presentation
 
The role of national delegates
Anke Freimuth, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
-> Presentation
 
The role of IAP Ambassadors
Erich Klock, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
-> Presentation
 
15.00 Introduction to the upcoming ESA ITT on Future Cities
Rob Postema, European Space Agency (ESA)
-> Presentation
 
15.30 Interactive Session
Moderated by Birgit Baumann, BusinessMind
-> Presentation
 
18.00

Get Together


AGENDA - 9 JULY 2014

09.30           Introduction
 
09.40 Day I: Summary and Conclusions
 
10.00 Business Speed Dating
 
11.00

Coffee Break

 
11.30 How to write a proposal
Rob Postema, European Space Agency (ESA)
-> Presentation
 
12.45 Wrap up and conclusions
 
13.00 End

The Workshop is

organized by

IAP Ambassador
for the Central &
Eastern European Region

IAP Ambassador
for Small and
Medium Enterprises

IAP Ambassador for UK

German
IAP Ambassador

in cooperation with

and supported by

IAP Ambassador
for Finland

IAP Ambassador
for Mediterranean Countries

IAP Ambassador
for Switzerland