The seven challenges

Albertslund, Gentofte, Høje-Taastrup and Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipalities have identified a number of important challenges that they and many other municipalities to which they would like to find resource-efficient, climate-conscious and intelligent solutions.

 

The seven challenges are:

  1. A greater feeling of safety in urban spaces
  2. Settlement of traffic associated with construction works
  3. Measurement and dissemination of environmental parameters in connection with construction work and civil engineering
  4. Better utilization of heat extraction
  5. Getting waste sites and sewers emptied as needed
  6. Sharing of resources
  7. Making energy more sexy

#1 A greater feeling of safety in urban spaces

The municipalities want to increase citizens’ sense of security so that children, adults and older people will move through stations, squares, parks and around buildings without hesitation on evenings and weekends. Parents need to experience a greater sense of security by letting their children walk alone to school or activites.The municipalities want to increase citizens’ sense of security so that children, adults and older people will move through stations, squares, parks and around buildings without hesitation on evenings and weekends. Parents need to experience a greater sense of security by letting their children walk alone to school or activites.

Questions for hackers:

  • Could a solution be to create more activity in the occupied areas?
  • Can a sense of security be increased by feeding an area with new light or sound?
  • Can you make intelligent lighting at pedestrian crossings or set up sensors that warn of traffic?

Municipalities would like help to find smart solutions to these questions.

Problem owners:

Høje-Taastrup

 

#2 Settlement of traffic associated with construction works

Traffic should glide as easily as possible for all types of road users, despite major ongoing construction projects. Furthermore, in the future traffic could be managed more intelligently, so as to avoid congestion and queues.

Questions for hackers:

  • Is it possible to use ITS to identify and influence road traffic behavior and choices of transport?
  • Can we make a new edition of the ‘Journey Planner’ website that not only provides information on journeys by public transport, but supplements that with information on opportunities for cycling, walking, borrowing city bikes, carpooling (eg. GoMore) and private transport alternatives?
  • Could we provide construction work signs that feature similar information?

Municipalities would like help to find smart solutions to these questions.

Problem owners:

Loop City, Lyngby-Taarbæk Kommune and Nobina A/S

 

#3 Measurement and dissemination of environmental parameters in connection with construction work and civil engineering

There is demand for sensors that can measure various parameters such as noise, dust, vibrations and the like in connection with construction work. These sensors will be able to automate and facilitate the work of the authorities, while they take supervisory roles. The sensors could also help the authorities be able to hold contractors responsible in relation to their compliance-listed requirements.

Questions for hackers:

  • Can noise data be collected and disseminated to interested citizens? The intention is that if citizens are made aware of noise patterns, they can see that the construction is complying, hopefully causing a reduction in the number of complaints.
  • Can certain types of measurements be visualized and used for behavioral change among drivers?
  • Is it possible to make it easier for citizens to report noise complaints related to civil engineering? Can an individual use their mobile phone to measure the noise level and subsequently report it to the municipality? This requires the use of Wi-Fi and it requires precise positioning of noise measurements, reporting and “live cards”.

Problem owners:

Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality

 

#4 Better utilization of heat extraction

Municipalities are looking for methods to influence people’s use of district heating. For many users of district heating – both citizens and businesses – heating is intangible. Citizens and businesses do not sufficiently understand their existing heating systems, causing huge financial losses and unnecessary impact on the environment. Municipalities want digital solutions that can crack the code to change user behaviour, so the economic and environmental potential of using district heating properly can be unfolded.

Problem owners:

Albertslund Municipality

 

#5 Getting waste sites and sewers emptied as needed

Municipalities want to reduce their costs for emptying waste containers, gutters and pipe infrastructure. The staff in the technical departments find that they often run in vain, when solving operational tasks involving gutters and pipes. This leads to unnecessary wear and tear on equipment as well as waste of petrol and labour costs.

Questions for hackers:

  • How do we prevent parked cars covering gutter wells so that they are inaccessible to municipal staff?
  • How can digital solutions streamline problem areas in operations?
  • Can we establish intelligent emptying?

Municipalities would like help to find smart solutions to these questions.

Problem owners:

Gentofte Municipality

 

#6 Sharing of resources

Albertslund wants to promote the sharing economy within the municipality and is looking for a platform where citizens, companies and municipalities can make ‘resources’ such as electric cars and electric bicycles available to each other. A resource, such as an office workplace in a municipality, must be able to be divided between small businesses and entrepreneurs. The resources can either be used for ‘free’ or with payment. The municipality’s resources will be an important contribution to the total pool. If the municipality is able to consider sensors and intelligent booking into the system, there is provision for the development, which is just around the corner.

Problem owner:

Albertslund Municipality

 

#7 Making energy more sexy

The energy market is changing. Consumers are becoming manufacturers, energy technologies are converging and there are growing opportunities for sustainable energy. At the same time, the consumers’ need to demand individualization and self-determination is changing, and there is also a greater willingness to pay extra for experiences. The energy market in Denmark is large, constituting 142 billion DKK, and that means earning potential is huge. In this challenge, we work with the experience that consumers have with energy.

Questions for hackers

  • How do we engage consumers more in their energy consumption?
  • How can we make it fun to be more sustainable in energy consumption?
  • Should we work with a mobile-based control of energy consumption?
  • Should we build incentive models / bonus systems in order to collect points when using sustainable energy, save energy or make money on energy?
  • Can you use the bonus points for purchasing experiences about energy, such as concerts, supporting Africa with energy production, saving for a new Tesla? Or can these experiences, or the like, be combined in other ways?
  • How can we know that our individual actions strengthen the dissemination of sustainable energy while enjoying good experiences?

Problem owner

E.ON Denmark

E.ON is the world’s largest privately-owned energy company with 33 million customers and 58,000 employees (2015). In Denmark, we take part in the green transition. We produce and sell sustainable district heating, wind energy and biogas. And we sell and advise on electricity and gas, energy efficiency and green mobility as (bio)gas for transport and charging for electric cars.