Photo: Mikal Schlosser

Whole municipality becomes a living lab

Friday 11 Mar 16
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by Sabina Askholm

Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality

The project is a part of City of Knowledge & Urban Development, where the private sector, educational institutions, the housing sector, and the municipality are collaborating on developing the municipality into a living knowledge and university city which can attract companies and create growth and jobs. 

The Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk, DTU, and a number of companies will make Lyngby a living laboratory for the benefit of its citizens, educational institutions, and business community.

There are several so-called living labs at DTU Lyngby Campus, where research will be tested in everyday life by the people in the area.

When a technology has been tested in DTU’s own protected living labs, it must subsequently be tested in real life in the cities: first in Lyngby, then Copenhagen, and ultimately the rest of the world.

Data platform ensures overview

An example of this process is the Smart City of Knowledge project, where Lyngby-Taarbæk and DTU in collaboration with, among others, Niras, will create a data platform which gathers sensor data and publicly available data and make them useful for citizens, researchers, and companies. The platform can, for example, be used to simplify and optimize building projects:

“A building project can be accelerated by ensuring that most documents can be accessed through the shared platform which also contains measuring data collected from the surroundings. This means that you will have information about the subterranean water level, noise levels, sunlight, wind conditions, underground cables, and much more,” explains Alfred Heller, Associate Professor at DTU Civil Engineering and researcher in the development of smart cities.

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