The Stavanger region is a hotbed for the development and adoption of smart technology.
The Greater Stavanger region is the energy capital of Europe; it has the status of a European smart city lighthouse (one of 24 cities in Europe); and it was the birthplace of the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster for welfare technology. Furthermore, the region has a high level of digital service development and provision, due to its high-speed digital infrastructure (more and more households now have 1GB in/out).
The Stavanger region is regarded as one of the most innovative regions in Norway; for ten years in a row it has been recognised as the best business region in Norway (NHO); and it has a tradition of close triple-helix cooperation amongst businesses, academia and the public sector. The region aims for a high degree of knowledge transfer between sectors and areas of business, such as subsea to space, space to health, offshore to onshore services.
The region also hosts the largest Smart City event in the Nordics, Nordic Edge Expo.
The Stavanger Triangulum consortium consists of the Municipality, Lyse AS (the energy provider and owner of the fiber ICT infrastructure), The University of Stavanger with research partner IRIS and the big data CIPSI centre, the Greater Stavanger Economic Development association and the Rogaland County Council with partner Kolumbus, the public transport company.
As a Smart City Lighthouse through the Triangulum project, a significant impact in the wider context has been achieved beyond the project. Stavanger Municipality has high ambitions on smart city development and has agreed on a roadmap for the smart city to foster its three main drivers; technology, cross-sector cooperation and Citizens engagement. A smart city officer has been appointed and a smart city office is established. Stavanger hosts the Nordic Edge Expo, annually organised in September, the largest Smart City event in the Nordics. The ambition of Nordic Edge is to be the Smart City accelerator that puts the Nordic region on the global map as a vibrant & vital region where innovative solutions for a smarter, safer, greener and better world are fostered.
The strategy of Stavanger is based on a long-term development with respect to environmental issues, diversity, public health and societal security and a long tradition of citizens involvement. The Stavanger region is well known as the energy capital of Europe, but is also challenged to change towards a greener and more sustainable branding. For example: Nordic Edge Smart City Innovation Cluster, the official Norwegian Innovation cluster on Smart Cities and Communities; The Norwegian Smart Care Cluster on welfare technology and the Norwegian Tunnel Safety cluster are located in Stavanger. Since 2009 Stavanger has been a member in the Covenant of Mayors, and coordinates its environmental and sustainable actions accordingly.
Lyse AS is a Norwegian industrial group operating within the fields of energy and fibre-based broadband. The Group began operations in 1999 but has roots that extend more than 100 years back in time. The Group is owned by 16 municipalities in the Stavanger region. It has developed into a substantial national operator within renewable energy (hydro electric). With experience from building and operating infrastructure, the Group has established itself as the national leader within fibre-optic broadband, enabling pioneer solutions in content distribution and smart solutions for homes and mobility. Currently, the Lyse Group also positions itself in the emerging European energy transition to digitalisation and flexibility.
The University of Stavanger (UiS) is Norway’s fifth university established in 2004. UiS has 12,000 students and 1,600 Faculties, administration and service staff. In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, UiS enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. UiS has an innovative and international profile, and a driving force in knowledge development in the process of societal change.