Newsletter #4

Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki

mySMARTLife – Editorial


What makes the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain such a great event? Is it the 21,331 visitors or the 844 exhibitors from over 146 countries?

SCEWC is doubtless one of the most relevant European events in the world of smart cities. However, for me as the project coordinator of mySMARTLife, the best thing about the Smart City Expo is the opportunity to meet all the representatives from the other twelve smart city projects. The smart city family!

We are a diverse family – with representatives from 40 Lighthouse Cities and 52 Followers or, as we call them now, Fellow Cities. Moreover, in Barcelona is the time where we have a chance to discuss the success but also the barriers of our projects. Smart city projects are fluent, organic projects that change a lot from the inception phase to the realisation of the first intervention or solution. We adapt, amend and we change as our projects come off age and enter different phases.


mySMARTLife is currently transitioning from being a teenager to entering adulthood.

Besides the Smart City Expo, mySMARTLife partners contributed to many more events such as the Nordic Edge or IEEE Conference. Read more in our news “mySMARTLife on the road”.

Movement is also playing a role in this edition’s focus topic. Find out what our Lighthouse Cities do to implement smart city actions in their cities. For more information on the mySMARTLife actions in Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki, have a look at our project flyer and the interventions section on the mySMARTLife website!

As this is the last mySMARTLife newsletter of 2018, we wish you a happy holiday season with your families and loved ones.

Rubén García Pajares
CARTIF Technology Centre
Project Coordinator




mySMARTLife – Focus Topic

mySMARTLife Lighthouse Cities test E-mobility solutions


Mobility – the Challenge of today’s cities

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show that urbanisation, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050 according to an UN Report dated May 2018.

With expanding cities, mobility becomes a challenge that affects the environment, our quality of live as well as our health. In mySMARTLife, various mobility actions are being tested and implemented such as driverless buses, free charging points for electric bicycles, XXL buses and converting a traditional local bus depot to allow successive installation of charging infrastructure up to a fully electrified depot by 2030.

E busway in Nantes

News from the three Lighthouse Cities



mySMARTLife partners Nantes Metropole and Enedis have contributed to "The Innovation Campus Day" in Nantes on 6th and 7th November 2018, an event series organised by the University of Nantes to promote entrepreneurship amongst students. This year’s edition focused on the energy transition. About one hundred students actively contributed to the energy future in their city by elaborating innovative solutions.

Representatives of Nantes Metropole discussing with students on collective solar energy self-consumption (picture: Vincent Gourlaouen).

Moreover, as part of the mySMARTLife project, Nantes Metropole has launched a series of citizen and stakeholder workshops on the concept of self-data, applied to the energy issues in the Nantes region. The aim is to make citizens and local actors aware of this concept, think of new tools and digital applications and transform citizens and local stakeholders to actors in the energy transition through their control and their use of their personal data. READ MORE

In Nantes, one new digital boiler to heat sanitary water has been installed in the social housing building “Oiseaux des Iles” (30 flats). This new digital boiler, developed by the company “Stimergy”, will produce 19 MWh/year to cover about 40% of the energy needed for hot sanitary water. READ MORE



Meeting between the City of Groningen (Netherlands), Lighthouse City in the new H2020 project “MAKING-CITY”, and mySMARTLife Lighthouse City Hamburg (picture: City of Hamburg).

In November 2018, Jesper Tonnen, the project coordinator in Groningen (Netherlands) for the new Horizon 2020 funded smart cities project “MAKING-CITY” and his colleagues visited Lighthouse City Hamburg. The two cities had a fruitful exchange on project management tool kits, the two projects and the possible collaboration of the two cities. 


The team of the district administration in Hamburg-Bergedorf had the chance to test e-bikes from VW. This is part of mySMARTLife actions to promote e-mobility in cities. Bergedorf is one of the demonstration districts of the project. READ MORE 




The biggest cultural centre in Finland connects its band rehearsal rooms to the Internet of Things (IoT). The air quality in the band rehearsal rooms of the Cable Factory in Helsinki is now being monitored with IoT sensors. Smart technology can help to improve the energy efficiency of old buildings, which is piloted here.

The Cable Factory in Helsinki (picture: Kuvio Oy, Martin Sommerschield)

As part of mySMARTLife, project partner Helen is providing a free charging station for electric cyclists on the Katajanokka waterfront in Helsinki. The e-bike charging station is the first of its kind in Finland and utilises solar panels and an electricity storage unit as power sources. READ MORE

Five solar panel benches, which can be used for recharging electric bicycles and mobile devices, have been introduced in Helsinki by mySMARTLife project partner Helen. The first of their kind in Finland, the benches will be located in Teurastamo, Kalasatama and the Market Square. READ MORE


mySMARTLife – Project News


mySMARTLife on the road

The mySMARTLife consortium has been a lot on the move this autumn. In mid-September, all mySMARTLife partners gathered in Hamburg for the project’s fi...

mySMARTLife on the screen – Youtube channel launched!

What is mySMARTLife about? It is about life in Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki and it is about making life in these cities more sustainable by reducing...

mySMARTLife interventions online

The mySMARTLife project aims at making the three Lighthouse Cities of Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki more environmentally friendly by reducing the CO2...

mySMARTLife – Events

mySMARTLife Webinar "Smart Economy in Smart Cities"
11 December 2018, 10:00 -11:30 CET

mySMARTLife organises its 2nd webinar in the context of the mySMARTLife Cities Network on the topic of “Smart Economy in Smart Cities”. "Smart Economy" is an innovative and dynamic economic concept aiming at guaranteed employment and an adequate income, attracting talents and providing goods and services according to actual requirements. Our three Lighthouse Cities Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki make many efforts to implement this concept in their multiple actions to make their cities smarter. This webinar enables you to discover the Smart Economy approach presented in different interventions by the mySMARTLife Lighthouse Cities. The webinar can be accessed under the following link:

SAVE-THE-DATE: EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019
17-21 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium

The highlight of the EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual Policy Conference featuring leading figures and a diverse programme of sessions and side events aimed at discussing and shaping Europe's energy future. The Policy Conference of EUSEW 2019 will take place in Brussels from 18 to 20 June 2019. Application to host a session is possible until 28 January 2019. A key feature of the Policy Conference is the Networking Village. It offers a platform for exchanging ideas.

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News from our Sister Projects


mySMARTLife is one of fourteen European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects, currently receiving funding within the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. And there are further Horizon 2020 funded projects promoting energy efficiency and sharing our vision of sustainable living in cities. Find out more about two of these projects in the following section.

Visit to the OptEEmAL Demo Site in San Sebastián

Soon, you can get a first look at the impact of the OptEEmAL Platform for district retrofitting projects. San Sebastián, as one of the OptEEmAL demo sites, has started the planning and implementation of the retrofitting actions


recommended by the OptEEmAL Platform. Please find more information here. More information on the OptEEmAL solution for designing energy efficient district retrofitting projects can be found in their new flyer that can be downloaded here and interesting video here.

News from MAtchUP - First Dresden Mobility Point opened at Pirnaischer Platz
As part of the European Mobility Week 2018, the Dresden Public Transport Authority (DVB) and the City of Dresden opened the first Dresden Mobility Point together with their partners. It bundles the city and environmentally friendly mobility offers tram, bus, rental bike and car as well as charging points for e-cars in one place and thus enables a quick change between different means of transport. More information can be found here.


About mySMARTLife

Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons (picture:, elenabsl)

The mySMARTLife project aims at making the three Lighthouse Cities of Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki more environmentally friendly by reducing the CO2 emissions of cities and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.

Other activities are focusing on "Inclusive cities", offering a high quality of life in the cities. 


Picture Sources:
Crowd of anonymous people walking on busy city street:, BABAROGA | Representatives of Nantes Metropole discussing with students on collective solar energy self-consumption: Vincent Gourlaouen | Meeting between the two Lighthouse Cities Groningen and Hamburg: City of Hamburg | The Cable Factory in Helsinki: Kuvio Oy, Martin Sommerschield | Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons:, elenabsl


Project Coordinator: Rubén García Pajares, CARTIF Technology Centre
Contact: | +34 661 427 853


Editorial: Kathrin Eckerlin, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum
Contact: | +49 711 25 24 20 16  
  Technology Centre Cartif   Nantes Metropole   engie   armines   Cerema   Enedis   Hansestadt Hamburg  
  HafenCity Universität   HAW Hamburg   2. enercity   Telekom   Konsult   Energienetz Hamburg   City of Helsinki  
  Forum Virum Helsinki   vtt   HELEN   Fourdeg   Salusfin   Metroploia University of Applied Sciences   Steinbeis Europa  
  Tecnalia - INspiring Business   Nobatek   ESADE   Bydgoszcz   Rijeka   Ayuntamiento de Palencia  
European Union
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731297.
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