The Future Cities Project

How we use, view and live in our cities are about to undergo substantial change. Technology is freeing us from the limitations of 20th Century solutions for transport and energy, enabling innovation in moving us from A to B, and in delivering the energy we use when we get there. This allows us to look at how we use our cities – the space, buildings and infrastructure – with new eyes, driving new possibilities.

Underpinning all this is data, numbers and algorithms, making sure that the service you need is where you need it, when you need it. That’s where Optimeering comes in – designing and building the algorithms and tools needed to make these changes work for all of us.

Transport

Technology developments combined with the population density and opportunities cities provide mean the old way of having to own your own transport – car or bike – is no longer your only option. Sharing is becoming more convenient than owning. City bikes are making it easier to take small trips, and to be the link between public transport and where you actually need to be. Car pooling is easier and cheaper – why pay to own a car that is parked 95% of the time? And driverless cars will change the picture again, making owning, and driving, a thing of the past.

Our first project in Future Cities: Transport focuses on innovative solutions for managing operating city bikes – read our blog for information, updates and more!

Energy

Producing, sourcing and transporting the energy you use in your home and work has until now required large, industrial scale equipment and infrastructure. Not any more. Local power production and storage – solar-clad buildings, silent wind generation, and low-cost batteries – are reducing the need to produce energy a long way away before transporting it expensively across the country. Producing, storing, and sharing this power at a local level, and integrating it with existing infrastructure, requires new models for managing the process from a neighbour’s solar panel to the light switch in your home. Figuring out where the power you use should come from – who produces it, at what price, how, where and if it should be stored – is a complex task that needs new ideas and systems to help make work.

Blog

Oslo Bysykkel open data

Data is key to understanding the underlying problem and build models for better decision making. Oslo Bysykkel share a lot of interesting and useful data from it’s system on their developer pages:  https://developer.oslobysykkel.no/ The two maps below are examples of what type of information you can get from the Oslo data. Each circle in the map …

Contact

The Future Cities Project is a run by Optimeering, a Norwegian-based builder of algorithms and advanced model-based tools for decision making in energy, logistics and aquaculture. You can contact us at future.cities@optimeering.com