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Five nominations announced for Living Labs Global Award for Intelligent Transport Solutions

Living Labs Global, together with the City of Stockholm, have announced the results of its first round evaluation of entries, submitted as part of the organization’s Global Award 2011. From the 245 entries – which came from 127 cities in 30 countries – the international expert jury has selected a shortlist of five. The shortlisted projects are now invited to provide in-depth supporting information, leading to the announcement of a winner at the ‘Stockholm Summit for Service Innovation in Cities’ on May 12, 2011. The winner will be invited to carry out a full-scale pilot in Kista Science City, to evaluate the impact of the system and lead to broader implementations.

The nominated solutions all meet the challenge to provide innovative, customer-oriented traveler services, aiming to support a mobile shift from car to public transport, cycling and walking. The five shortlisted projects are: SpotScout Inc – an eBay-like online parking system; Larder Bytes.com from JDBytes – a local foods supply chain management system; Urban cargo concept – a partnership to deliver goods by bicycle; bring.BUDDY – an urban pedestrian mail and parcel delivery network; and Smart Lights System – an intelligent traffic management system using LED traffic lights and bollards.

Kista Science City is a testbed for ITS that combines modern technologies with social entrepreneurship, co-creation, crowdsourcing and open innovation. As a virtual testbed for Stockholm, Kista is collaborating with all key transport, telecoms and technology companies. “The more complex the urban transportation systems are, the more reasons to try developing them using new technologies,” commented Anette Scheibe, the Kista Science City’s CEO. “It’s all about finding new ways to provide users with better information that helps support decision-making. It’s about purposefully turning away from dependence on fossil fuels. It’s about creating a transportation system without injuries or deaths.”

Left: Anette Scheibe, Kista Science City CEO

March 25, 2011

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