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Interview Platform31

Platform31_kennis_en_netwerk_organisatie_voor_stad_land_en_regio_-_wonen_social_ruimte_economie_-_logo_logo-1446994015Platform31 is a knowledge and networking organization for city and urban development. As a partner in European Commission projects (FP7 and Horizon2020), Platform31 is working on topics such as Smart Cities and the Civic Economy.
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As a part of their Online Platform Smart Cities, a Smart Lighting update was published today. For this update, we have been interviewed about our Public Lighting Service as a smart lighting project being deployed in approx. 1/3 of the Netherlands.

FlexOVL is based on an open, generic and scalable IoT platform that enables an urban and independent smart city infrastructure.

Read the full interview (Dutch).

European Utility Week 2015

Smart Society Services will be exhibiting at the European Utility Week (#EUW15) in Vienna this week. So if you’re around, why not visit us at booth B9.05 to meet our team!

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Besides that, you can learn more about our open, generic, independent and scalable Smart Utility Services that help utility companies improve infrastructure reliability and efficiency.

So see you there, or alternatively, have a look at the overview of our services that we are working on. Please let us know if we can be of any help to you in meeting your challenges in managing utility infrastructures and public objects or implementing IoT systems.

Our New Office

HNK opening /w mayorOn 14 october, our new office in Utrecht was officially opened by the mayor of Utrecht Jan van Zanen. As per 5 october Smart Society Services, together with two other start-ups, is located in a new office in the HNK Utrecht Central Station building.

HNK Utrecht CSProminent location
With a growing team, we needed a larger and better accessible office. On a prominent location near the Utrecht railway station, our HNK office building is the ultimate (net)work and meeting location for flex workers, start-ups, companies and multinationals.

Characterized by a stylish interior
Typically within the HNK concept is a vibrant “social heart”; a central space on the ground floor which is designed as a meeting space with flexible workplaces, seating areas, and a café.

Our new location 
Arthur van Schendelstraat 650, 3511 MJ Utrecht (Netherlands)

(Dutch) Team Almere wint Light Challenge 2015

Team Almere wint Light Challenge 2015Gisteren vond de ontknoping plaats van de Light Challenge 2015, de innovatiewedstrijd voor openbare verlichting. Het team Spot van Almere is door de jury als beste beoordeeld en wint daarmee de Light Challenge 2015. Smart Society Services is partner van de Light Challenge en was gekoppeld aan team Almere.

Elf teams namen de Light Challenge 2015 uitdaging aan om een nieuw lichtconcept voor een stadscentrum te ontwerpen. In de competitie tussen negen steden kwam het ontwerp van het team Almere als beste uit de strijd. De opdracht vanuit de gemeente Almere voor de studenten was het maken van een lichtplan om het leef/werkklimaat van de Markt (Almere haven) te verbeteren.

De gemeente Almere onderzoekt of het ontwerp daadwerkelijk gerealiseerd gaat worden en op welke manier deze geïntegreerd kan worden met FlexOVL waar Gemeente Almere reeds op kleine schaal gebruik van maakt.

Smart Society Services feliciteert Ruben, Nathalie, Marissa en Dustin van harte met deze mooie prestatie!

Meer over de Light Challenge.

Metering & Smart Energy International article

Metering & Smart Energy InternationalMetering & Smart Energy International, the leading authority on the smart meter, smart grid and smart energy markets, published an article

Alliander introduces Internet of Things platform for Dutch municipalities

“In Europe, Alliander, Holland’s largest operator of electricity and gas grids, has partnered with 15 cities in a bid to assist Dutch municipalities use Internet of Things applications to control and manage public lighting and save energy.”

Full article can be read on the website of Metering & Smart Energy International.

IOT Journal interview and article

IOT JournalIOT Journal, the world’s leading source of IOT news and information, interviewed us during the Global City Teams Challenge in Washington. This resulted in an article:

“Dutch Utility Provider Reinvents Approach to Public Lighting”

“Last year, the utility founded Smart Society Services, a new business that has built the Open Smart Grid Platform (OSGP), an open-source software platform that allows municipalities to control and manage lighting—and, eventually, other public-facing systems as well, such as waste collection and energy metering—by using standards-based protocols and Internet of Things devices.”

Full article can be read on the IOT Journal’s website.

Smart City Lighting Event 2015

As an official event partner of the Smart City Lighting Event 2015 in Eindhoven, Smart Society Services also presented during one of the ‘Inspiring labs‘ yesterday. Topic of our smart city lighting presentation was “Flexible Public Lighting in The Netherlands with an open and independent Smart City Platform” and can be viewed below or downloaded as PDF.

In our second part of our presentation, we announced the public availability of the Open Smart Grid Platform as open source software on Github.

The Smart City Lighting Event 2015 in Eindhoven is an international lighting event on the newest smart technologies, lighting designs, developments of ideas, fundamental research, ‘living labs’, and leading ways of working together.

Royal interest in Smart Society Services

King Willem-Alexander and Foreign Minister Koenders visit Smart Society ServicesToday, Smart Society Services participated, together with Amsterdam Smart City as one of the 6 innovative smart city projects in the Global City Teams Challenge in Washington DC. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Foreign Minister Koenders from The Netherlands visited our booth accompanied by Peter Molengraaf (CEO Alliander). They learned about FlexOVL, our new and flexible switching system of public lighting. The King was very interested in the benefits for the municipalities in using this new smart city application.

FlexOVL is deployed in Amsterdam as part of the large scale roll-out to 150 municipalities in The Netherlands) and is the first solution powered by the Open Smart Grid Platform.

The Global City Teams Challenge is a collaborative network of project teams, or “action clusters,” working on innovative applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment. More than 50 forward-looking cities and communities showcased new IoT technologies that are transforming decision making within a smart city / smart community environment around the world.

Video impression of the Global City Teams Challenge event and the King visiting our booth:

Global City Teams Challenge

Amsterdam Smart City logo_512pxNext week, Smart Society Services together with Amsterdam Smart City, will participate as one of the 6 innovative smart city projects in the Global City Teams Challenge in Washington DC. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will, as Foreign Minister Koenders, be present.

The Global City Teams Challenge is a collaborative network of project teams, or “action clusters,” working on innovative applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite have teamed up with partners (ao Department of Energy) to showcase more than 50 forward-looking cities and communities will showcase new IoT technologies that are transforming decision making within a smart city / smart community environment around the world. Visit us at booth 35!

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Our team presentation can already be viewed:

 

(Dutch) Overheid 360° 2015

Overheid360De afgelopen twee dagen waren wij aanwezig op Overheid 360° in de Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Overheid 360° is de ontmoetingsplek voor iedereen die zich dagelijks bezighoudt met het optimaliseren van de veranderende overheid.

logo-overheid360Niet alleen waren wij zichtbaar aanwezig op het Smart City plein met onze FlexOVL opstelling, op donderdag verzorgden wij ook een seminar in het Smart City programma met het onderwerp:

“Versnelling van innovatie door een open source aanpak voor smart grids en smart city toepassingen.”

Onze presentatie is hieronder te bekijken. Verder praten? Neem contact met ons op!