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Smart City Light House Projects



RUGGEDISED is a smart city project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings together three lighthouse cities: Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå and three follower cities: Brno, Gdansk and Parma to test, implement and accelerate the smart city model across Europe. Working in partnership with businesses and research centres these six cities will demonstrate how to combine ICT, e-mobility and energy solutions to design smart, resilient cities for all.



34 partners from across Europe are joining forces in the smart city project RUGGEDISED to accelerate the path towards a smarter and more sustainable future. The European-wide project, which runs over five years, brings together six European cities and 28 other partners from research, networks and industry. Three "lighthouse cities", Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå, will create smart districts through an innovative combination of ICT, e-mobility and energy solutions. Led by the City of Rotterdam, RUGGEDISED is one of nine ‘Lighthouse city’ projects which has received funding from the European Union’s 'Smart Cities and Communities' Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. An official launch took place in November 2016, in Rotterdam with a welcome speech by the mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb who stated his smart city vision: "It´s more than green economy, it´s more than Mother Nature, it´s more than clean air, it´s also about stable societies." Taking a collaborative approach, the six cities will work closely with public and private partners to develop technologically-innovative solutions to generate energy locally, using it to charge public transport and heat peoples’ homes. RUGGEDISED will equip the smart buildings with the latest energy management technologies and show how entire districts can be supplied with heat and electricity from autonomous energy grids. Open data platforms will be developed to gain a new understanding of how the city works and inform future planning and building projects. The project runs until 2021.

More information can be found on the website: www.ruggedised.eu


main achievements

  • Improving the quality of life of citizens, by offering them a clean, safe, attractive, inclusive and affordable living environment.
  • Reducing the environmental impacts of activities by achieving a significant reduction of CO2 emissions and a major increase in the investment and usage of renewable energy sources.
  • Creating a stimulating environment for sustainable economic development by generating more sustainable jobs and inspiring community involvement in smart solutions.



European Commission - H2020