14 jul

Smart Cities, Smart Europe: Putting Our Energy into Innovation and Sustainability

In the last Wednesday 9th of July took place the event “Smart Cities, Smart Europe: Putting our Energy into Innovation and Sustainability” in Brussels. In the same, there were more than 60 participants from 20 different European nationalities. During the event 8 presentations interleaved with plenary discussions. 

As one of the participants, our partner of the Clines Project  took part, Geert Adriaens, from DSP Valley. 

During his presentation he had the opportunity to give some exposure to the Clines Project. 

You can download his presentation clicking in this link. 

Geert Adriaens

09 jul

Smart Cities, Smart Europe: Putting Our Energy into Innovation and Sustainability

Wednesday 9th July 2014 in Brussels

Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie

10:00am — 4:30pm

This special international symposium will assess the challenges that lie ahead in creating smarter cities and moving towards improved and sustainable public services for citizens. The symposium will explore the need for flexible partnerships between public and private sectors as well as diverse industries such as telecommunication, energy providers, manufacturers, and suppliers to ensure improvements in mobility, energy consumption, governance and social cohesion in European cities.

This event will be chaired by a team member of CLINES (Geert Adriaens, from DSP Valley), who will also give a keynote

introductory speech.”


09:15     Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:00     Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10     Defining and Mapping Smart Cities – Main Progress and Challenges

  • Identifying the Characteristics of a Smart City
  • Finding a Common Working Definition for All Actors
  • Defining Clear Objectives for European Smart Cities - Smart Governance and Partnerships
  • Lessons Learnt from Previous Studies and Projects

10:40     First Round of Discussions

11:10     Morning Coffee Break

11:30     Promoting a Transversal Approach to Smart Cities

  • Integrating ICT Systems and Using Big Data
  • Social and Environmental Innovation as Key Drivers for the Smart Cities Programmes
  • Gathering Multiple Stakeholders at Local, Regional and European Level
  • Examples of Best Practice

12:00     Second Round of Discussions

12:30     Networking Lunch

13:30     EU Actions and Strategy on Smart Cities

  • Meeting Europe 20-20-20 Targets - Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
  • Discussing the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Objectives
  • Using EU Funds for Smart City Programmes
  • Successful Examples from the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform

14:00     Third Round of Discussions

14:30     Afternoon Coffee Break

14:50     Innovations in Urban Development and Transports

  • Moving Towards a More Efficient Use and Consumption of Energy
  • The TIDE Approach - Encouraging Urban Transport and Innovation at the Local Level
  • Sustainable and Innovative Mobility Across Cities
  • Successful Examples of Implementation

15:20     Fourth Round of Discussions

15:50     Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks

16:00     Networking Reception and Refreshments

16:30     Symposium Close

Who Should Attend?

  • - Small Business Federations
  • - Chambers of Commerce
  • - Social Funds
  • - Environmental Associations
  • - Local Authorities
  • - Organisational Development Professionals
  • - International and Regional Organisations
  • - National Ministries and Institutes
  • - Joint Committees on Environment
  • - Social Exclusion Officers
  • - Confederations of Independent Unions
  • - Local Area Trailblazers
  • - Regional Development and Natural Environment Specialists
  • - Local Authority
  • - GreenCity Teams
  • - Local Authority Waste and Recycling Professionals
  • - Local Authority Waterways Professionals
  • - Central Government Departments
  • - Sustainable Development Stakeholders
  • - Transport Leads
  • - Sustainable Tourism Professionals
  • - Directors and Heads of Parks and Public Spaces
  • - Environmental Services and Policy Professionals
  • - Environmental Services Sustainability Professionals
  • - Environmental Services Urban Design Professionals
  • - Environmental Planning and Design Officers
  • - Conservation Professionals
  • - Environmental Campaigns Professionals
  • - Environmental Enforcement Professionals
  • - Housing Authorities and Professionals
  • - Energy Leads
  • - Biodiversity Leads
  • - Renewable Energy Leads
  • - Energy Efficiency Professionals
  • - Green Education Professionals
  • - Schools and Education Stakeholders (including LEAs)
  • - Regeneration Professionals
  • - Pollution Professionals
  • - Private Sector Environmental Organisations
  • - Business Development Professionals
  • - Finance Leads
  • - Greening Retail Organisations
  • - Greening Industry Professionals
  • - Third Sector Organisations
  • - Academics and Researchers

03 jul

BICCtalk Building Automation

On 3rd July 2014 in Garching, Munich

A structured and optimum building automation can make a significant contribution to maximum energy efficiency as well as provide a high standard of living comfort. In the BICCtalk "Building Automation" our experts will give an overview of state-of-the-art technology in this area and highlight the themes of system supervision, automatic control engineering and sustainability. This BICCtalk will give you and your company inspiration for new solutions and new products and enable you to enter into new fields of business.

17:00  Welcome
Sascha Stöppelkamp, BICCnet

17:05 Building Automation: Overview of the true value and available technologies

Prof. Michael Krödel, Applied Science University Rosenheim

17:35  EnOcean – Sustainabilityin Building Automation
Andreas Schneider, EnOcean GmbH

18:05 Efficiency in operation, a subject with many aspects
Martin Hardenfels, WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG

18:35 Control engineeringin practice
Detlef Malinowsky, IBDM GmbH

19:05 Get-Together

If you want to take part in this event you can contact to Nastaran Matthes sending an email to

17 jun

CLINES innovation workshop on Embedded Systems for Smart Cities

The first workshop of the Clines Project took place in Brussels on the 13rd of June with the participation of more than 30 companies. 

During the workshop we had the chance to see to the following experts. You can download their presentations clicking on their names.

- Geert Adriaens, Director Business Development of DSP Valley (Belgium)

- Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, Policy Officer, C2, DG Energy of the European Comission

- Freddy Vandaele, Senior Business Development Manager Agoria, Building Technology & Smart Cities (Belgium)

- Fernando Presa, CEO Nexmachina (Spain) on iQMenic, an IoT & M2M Devices Magement Platform for Smart Cities

- Volker Hessel, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities (Germany)

- Daniel Lux, CEO Seluxit (Denmark)

Clines First Workshop   

13 jun

CLINES innovation workshop on Embedded Systems for Smart Cities

Location: Business Faculty Brussels, Sint-Lendriksborre 6, 1120 Brussels
Friday June 13, 2014, 9:00 – 16:00

The first innovation workshop of the European CLINES Project on Embedded Systems for Smart Cities will take place in Brussels on Friday 13rd June 2014.

The workshop will feature (inter)national speakers from industry, academia and government, highlighting concrete realizations and opportunities (business, funding) in the Smart Cities domain.

We will also offer the participants an exclusive guided tour of the Living Tomorrow showroom in Brussels, which gives a concrete idea of important aspects of a Smart City of today and tomorrow.

This is the agenda (detailed program will follow soon) for the event:

- 8:30 –  9:00 Welcome & registration

- 9:00 –  9:30 CLINES intermediate results presentation

- 9:30 – 10:00 Smart Cities and Horizon2020 (Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, Policy Officer, C2, DG Energy)

- 10:00 – 10:45 Innovation Challenges for Smart Cities, a Belgian Perspective (Freddy Vandaele, Senior Business Development Manager Agoria, Building Technology & Smart Cities)

- 10:45 – 11:15  Coffee break

- 11:15 – 12:45 International testimonials on Smart City Innovation, related to Embedded Systems Technologies (including demo material)

* 11:15 - 11:45 Fernando Presa, CEO Nexmachina (Spain) on iQMenic, an IoT & M2M Devices Management Platform for Smart Cities

* 11:45 - 12:15 Volker Hessel, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities (Germany), on the perspective of a large player in the Smart Cities field

* 12:15 - 12:45 Daniel Lux, CEO Seluxit (Denmark) on the Seluxit IoT Platform for Smart Cities

- 12:45 – 13:45  Lunch

- 13:45 – 14:00 Walk (15')/drive (5') to the “Living Tomorrow” complex nearby

- 14:00 – 15:00  Guided tour at Living Tomorrow

- 15:00 – 15:15 Walk (15')/drive (5') back to the Business Faculty

- 15:15 – 16:15 Open session (one-on-one meetings and/or subgroup discussions on innovation and international collaboration for Smart Cities) & cocktail 

To register, please use this online form

12 jun

Business-to-Business Forum 2014

Organizer: DSP Valley
On Thursday, June 12th, 2014, DSP Valley expects you on the yearly B2B Forum. The venue for this outstanding matchmaking event will again be the Sportoase in the city center of Leuven, Belgium.

An entire day filled with interesting 1-on-1 meetings with some of the leading executives of the embedded industry in the BeNeLux and Europe, with a pre-screening guaranteeing a high level of relevance for your business development. This very efficient format allows you to have 10 to 12 high-quality meetings in just 1 day.

The technology focus for this matchmaking forum will be on:

- Design and development of embedded technology

  • - Design of Signal Processing Systems
  • - Design of Smart Electronic Systems

We will especially focus on certain application domains:

  • - Smart Health
  • - Smart Home / Smart Cities
  • - Smart Vehicles
  • - ...


The participation fee for each participant will be used to cover for the catering and the meeting facilities.

  • DSP Valley members: 75€ (VAT incl)
  • DSP Valley Associated members: 100€ (VAT incl)
  • Other organisations: 150€ (VAT incl)

Program of the day?

We start with the registration at 8h30. The first meeting will commence at 9h00...

  • 08.30 - 09.00:  registration and coffee
  • 09.00 - 09.30:  meeting 1
  • 09.30 - 10.00:  meeting 2
  • 10.00 - 10.30:  meeting 3
  • 10.30 - 11.00:  coffee break
  • 11.00 - 11.30:  meeting 4
  • 11.30 - 12.00:  meeting 5
  • 12.00 - 12.30:  meeting 6
  • 12.30 - 13.45:  Lunch
  • 13.45 - 14.15:  meeting 7
  • 14.15 - 14.45:  meeting 8
  • 14.45 - 15.15:  meeting 9
  • 15.15 - 15.45:  coffee break
  • 15.45 - 16.15:  meeting 10
  • 16.15 - 16.45:  meeting 11
  • 16.45 - 17.15:  meeting 12
  • 17.15 - end :    closing drink


1. If you are convinced that the DSP Valley Business-to-Business Forum 2014 is an event you do not want to miss, we ask you to register here. Registration has to be done before May 26th, 2014.

Once you have ensured your seat at the matchmaking forum, you need to provide us with some additional information on your company. Please do so here.

2. When you have provided us with all the necessary information, your company will appear on the list of participating companies. To enable you to prepare for the matchmaking event, we will send you some account information, that you can use to log into the restricted area on the site. There you will find all the company profiles of the participating companies. Make sure to regularly check these profiles as new ones are constantly added.

3. By the end of May, we will start to ask you to send us your list of preferred contacts. In other words, we want you  to tell us with whom you want to meet during the B2B Forum. Your "wishlist" has to be submitted before June 3rd, 2014.

4. After gathering all the different lists from the participants, we make up a timing schedule for the matchmaking day. By June 10, 2014, you will receive your personal agenda for the B2B Forum 2014.

12 may

Virtual power plants for smart, energy-efficient buildings

Eco-Shift Power Corp  has entered into a Master Services Agreement with Buffalo Watt Holdings to design and build proprietary software that will become the Building-level foundation of ECOP’s Virtual Powerplant Platform.

The Virtual Powerplant Platform aims to provide lighting products, smart energy management technologies and solutions  to reduce energy costs for mid-sized businesses to large multiple-facility corporations.

The partnership will create a Site Automation System that seamlessly integrates with Buffalo Watt’s existing Cloud-level demand management software, known as the Converged Energy Platform, that will provide a modern web-based user interface that is accessible by any web browser via desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. ECOP will fully own the proprietary Building-Level software, and related Intellectual Property which will allow the company to create smart buildings with control over lighting. Over time, additional modular components such as HVAC, compressors and pumps.

The Virtual Powerplant Platform will provide commercial and industrial energy users with the ability to transform their facilities into smart, energy efficient and cash-flow-positive buildings via ECOP’s state-of-the-art, IP-addressable light fixtures that have wireless communication.  Communication between the platform and the lights will allow for the increase or reduction of energy, depending on the demand and the software-embedded algorithms managing the facility.  ECOP’s clients will greatly benefit from the platform as it will also be managed by Eco-Shift Power on a 24/7 basis.

16 apr

Smart Cities - How do I get involved?


Working together to make our cities smarter

Cities are the major source of European economic activity and innovation. Every city is unique but also struggles with similar issues such as congestion, air pollution, raising energy costs etc. Smart urban technologies and services offer enormous prospects in this regard. However, greater concerted action between cities, industry, innovative SMEs, research organisations and civil society actors is needed to accelerate their roll-out.

This is the core intention of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities. This Invitation for Commitments (deadline 15/06/2014) invites all stakeholders, to step forward and support the objectives of the EIP by communicating and sharing their ideas and plans for actions at the interface of energy, transport and information and communication technologies. We welcome existing initiatives as well as ambitions for the future.

Bringing together innovative ideas and actions from across Europe this way will help develop a dynamic market place for innovation exchange and partnering to the benefit of cities, citizens and companies. The Invitation for Commitments is distinct and independent from Calls under Horizon 2020; it is not a funding instrument.

Why submit a commitment?

Often, cities or companies have good ideas but struggle to find the right partners. This leads to delays and creates additional costs . Becoming part of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities is all about finding the right partners, facilitating synergies between city authorities and companies together with other stakeholders so that also access to finance becomes facilitated.

For more information visit

03 apr

World Bank, ENoLL Strengthen Cooperation on Open Innovation: The Living Lab Handbook for Cities

ENoLL’s “living lab” model offers the World Bank a new approach to tackle development challenges. The collaboration will concretize in the form of a handbook for Smart Cities, with a specific focus on policy-makers and other stakeholders wishing to improve public service delivery leveraging existing technologies and open innovation techniques.

There is growing recognition that finding new solutions to today’s most pressing development challenges requires going beyond the realm of government experts and traditional partners. To keep up with the rapid pace of innovation, new approaches are needed for engaging the private sector, academia, and civil society in developing, implementing, and scaling up the best ideas.

One such open innovation methodology is the “living lab” model, an experimental environment where users and producers co-create new information and communication technology (ICT) approaches. In a living lab, age-old problems around access to information about clean water, school performance, or health care are no longer solved exclusively by institutional experts, but by networks of actors engaging and co-creating with users in a creative social space.

On July 10 2012, the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)The agreement between the World Bank and ENoLL brings global expertise in the area of user-driven ICT to help the World Bank and its clients improve public services, increase civic participation, advance public administrative capacity, and drive green growth. And it will help the two institutions further their shared goal of finding new approaches to improving the public services that affect the everyday lives of millions of people in developing countries.

With over 330 living labs, ENoLL members are transforming citizen-centered innovation and data-driven government. Several actions and activities have been jointly developed between the ENoLL members and the World Bank. Representatives of the World Bank joined the ENoLL Summer School 2013 (with strong focus on City Innovation) held last August in Manchester  and offered a key note speech during the Living Lab World Wide Conference day (video).

This collaboration has lead to the development of a handbook/toolkit for Smart Cities. The World Bank and ENoLL publicly announced the production of a Living Lab toolkit for Cities during the World Bank event “CitiSense”  held in Barcelona, November 2013.

The Living Lab Handbook for Cities is planned to be published next Summer 2014. The publication consists on pragmatic cases and methods, published both as a print version and as an online repository.

31 mar

RegioStars Awards 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 19:00, Brussels

The 7th edition of the RegioStars Awards, organised by the European Commission, will announce the Europe’s most inspirational and innovative regional projects.

The Awards include four different categories: Smart growth, Sustainable growth, Inclusive growth and CITYSTAR.

The CITYSTAR category focuses on projects related with sustainable urban public transport investments. Four proposals from different Member States have been selected as examples of good practices.

The RegioStars Award Ceremony will take place in Brussels (Belgium) on the 31st of March at 19h. For further information, visit the event’s website.


Contact us

For more information about the Clines project, please contact the Technical Coordinator:

Arne Skou

Vice-Director, CISS

(+45) 9940 8851

You can also contact:

Charlotte Fonseca Holmene

Administrative project manager

(+45) 9940 7345