With the constantly-growing global population, resources are being stretched thin which could lead to difficulties for our future generations. Also, Covid-19 is still showing us that we need to think global and act local in which sustainability & resiliency are the new norm.
In this context, Eindhoven-based Serendipity’s Digital Toolbox, an instrument that helps cities and regions to adapt to digital infrastructure, has received over €800K from the European Commission.
The investment is provided through the Research and Innovation call on Urban Air Mobility Flying Forward 2020 (FF2020). FF2020 is a three-year collaborative innovation and research project recently funded by the European Commission.
Use of the funds
The raised capital will help in the refinement of the Digital Toolbox as well as in the acceleration of its rollout in cities and regions throughout Europe.
What does Digital Toolbox offer?
“At present, the main challenges for cities and regions in securing the standards for procurement, interoperability, and integration are causing major bottlenecks while implementing and upscaling large smart cities,” says Jonas Onland Managing Partner of Serendipity. “We created The Digital Toolbox to successfully address this.”
The Digital Toolbox is an instrument that helps cities and regions in their journey to adapt their digital infrastructure. The High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE) is the first field lab in which the Digital Toolbox is being tested, fine-tuned, and applied on Urban Air Mobility.
Last year, in December, High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE) initiated the rollout of a new generation of advanced autonomous aviation digital infrastructure. It is claimed to benefit the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) of cities in a secure, safe, and regulated way. HTCE appointed Serendipity to execute the technical coordination of its field lab. High Tech Campus Eindhoven claims to be the smartest km² in Europe with more than 220 companies, startups and institutes.
After completing the launching on-site at HTCE, the instrument will be rolled out in four other field labs across Europe including the University of Oulu in Finland, Tartu Science Park in Estonia, Ospedale San Raffaele Milan in Italy, and the City of Zaragoza in Spain.
“Our moonshot is that cities and ecosystems will be able to order and manage their digital infrastructure and with just a few clicks!,” says Onland.
Serendipity was founded in 2020. It helps ecosystems see the future and create sustainable, resilient, and livable cities. Through innovation, technology, and progress management (a balanced approach between advisory, program, and project management), Serendipity helps cities, campuses, and stadiums realise their digital transformation strategy. It looks to create a global network of sustainable and resilient cities in Europe and the world.
With an agile network organisation leveraging global minds and makers (people and organisations) who are game-changers in their respective fields, Serendipity is able to move fast on new developments (social and technology) with a focus on implementation and impact.