Newsletter #6

Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki

mySMARTLife – Editorial


"Driving home for Christmas" – it is the time of the year where we can listen to Chris Rea’s classic almost everywhere. But until we reach the point where we can really drive home for Christmas and enjoy the holidays with our families and friends, there's a lot to do.

Or do you have got all the presents together yet?

The shopping streets of the inner cities are filled with lights and hectic people who run errands. And while it's cold and icy outside in most of the parts of Europe, our apartments offer us a quiet and warm retreat. Without a doubt, this season reminds us of the meaning of home.


For this reason, we would like to take a closer look at our mySMARTLife interventions that focus on homes, to be precise on Smart Buildings and Homes, in our three Lighthouse Cities Helsinki, Nantes, and Hamburg. Therefore, we will take a closer look on Helsinki’s smart heating control, Nantes Metropole’s new support strategy for retrofitting as well as Hamburg’s smart home assistant living.

Wishing you a good and inspiring read.

And of course, the whole mySMARTLife team wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Rubén García Pajares
CARTIF Technology Centre
Project Coordinator


mySMARTLife – Focus Topic

Smart Buildings and Homes in mySMARTLife


A structure with a roof and walls: this is the minimal definition of a building. But to turn a building into a smart building, the central building services system must be networked and digitized. Then again, in a smart home, individual household appliances and room controls are networked. As part of mySMARTLife, both methods are being implemented. So let’s explore them in more detail.


Helsinki’s Smart Heating Control


As key intervention of mySMARTLife, the installation of smart thermostats for the management of apartment level heating has taken place in 167 flats in the district of Merihaka. As typical buildings of the city’s previous rapid construction era, they represent the vast amount of building stock in the City of Helsinki. With smart thermostats, the residents can control and adjust their heating based on their needs and schedules and thus reduce their energy consumption while maintaining their level of comfort. Smart thermostats enable also the implementation of smart demand response experiments that can bring systemic level benefits for the heating grid.

Merihaka, Haapaniemenkatu 12 encircled (photo: Helsingin Merihaka Oy)

In spring 2017, the housing association of Haapaniemenkatu 12, where the intervention has taken place, decided in their annual general meeting to install smart thermostats in the whole building. Subsequently, the installation was done in two phases; first a set of 20 apartments in the end of 2017 to get proper feedback of the installations and user experiences of the solution. Then, based on those results, the installations were done to the rest of the building in spring 2018.

The installation of these smart thermostats can reduce energy consumption in two ways: The thermostats have built-in intelligence; hence, the installation itself in most cases reduces energy consumption. The most efficient way is when the end-users install the service application on their smart device and dynamically control the heating, for example lower the temperature during absence as in working hours or during vacations. For the residents to use the smart thermostats in a way that would bring the most efficient results, they need to have an internet connection and a smart device to use the application for dynamic heating.


From reconstruction to monitoring:
Nantes Metropole’s new Support Strategy for Retrofitting


As part of its shared roadmap on energy transition, voted in February 2018, Nantes Metropole has taken several ambitious commitments regarding energy retrofitting. Through the MonProjetRenov initiative, new financial support will provide € 7 million per year (or € 56 million in total) for the support of energy retrofitting of individual houses. Different kinds of support are also available for multi-owner buildings at all stages of the retrofitting project (e.g. audit, project management and works). To facilitate the access to this financial support, a new “e-service” will be launched in the coming weeks and will make it possible to submit a financial support request file online and to follow its progress directly.

Retrofitting works in Nates (photo: Solécité, Scop d'architecture, Laurent Raimbault & associés)

Regarding condominiums, mySMARTLife also contributes to the energy transition objectives with the implementation of high-level energy retrofitting of five multi-owner buildings, representing over 18,000m2 and 270 dwellings with an energy target below 80 kwh/m2 gross area. The energy retrofitting works have just been finalized and included the insulation of roofs, facades and low floors, the replacement of windows, the ventilation system, and -for two of the buildings- the integration of RES (thermal solar panels and connection to the district heating).

Since the conversion works have been completed, the monitoring phase will start soon. It will involve the analyses of energy consumptions related to heating, domestic hot water production and ventilation and will also include measures on air quality and indoor comfort (e.g. CO2, temperature in the various rooms). These consumptions will then be compared with meteorological data. Moreover, a field survey will be conducted among inhabitants. Finally, a thermal camera will reveal any implementation anomalies or existing thermal bridges.


Hamburg: Smart Home Assistant Living


Against the background of a steadily aging society in Germany, the smart home solution implemented in Hamburg focuses on two main aspects: to offer helpful services for elderly people in their daily life and to control the energy consumption of their main electricity consumers in their apartments. The action will be implemented in mySMARTLife together with a local housing cooperative in Hamburg-Bergedorf.

The smart home solution is a self-sufficient system with a home central, a tablet and linked sensors. No further conversion measures, internet access or mobile phone are needed. The system offers several functions for elderly people like smart living (e.g. intelligent light and heating control), security functions (e.g. protection against burglary, detection of fire or water damages), more communication (e.g. information direct on the display like reminders for the garbage collection, contact to caretakers) and the possible integration of new business cases (e.g. additional offers of nursing services, arranging of room services).

The advantages for the elderly are a gain of security and an expansion of independency in their homes. Sensors, such as the stove control, windows control and the help button, can be interconnected so that certain control and response schemes can be set up in the smart home system.

Information event at a local community centre of the housing cooperation and different sensors of the smart home system (photo: Borough of Bergedorf)
Information event at a local community centre of the housing cooperation and different sensors of the smart home system (photo: Borough of Bergedorf)

This, for example, should prevent the stove being left on unattended. The goal is to enable the elderly people to stay in their apartments and familiar environment as long as possible, which is also helpful for the relatives. This should be achieved in the combination of the smart home system and the services offered by caretakers, so called “household helpers”. These can be contacted and booked via the smart home system.

The implementation of the action is still ongoing. Altogether three information events for tenants were accomplished. These showed that there is a high interest in the solutions among the elderly people and their relatives. The implementation of the first 20 systems will start in in January 2020.


News from the three Lighthouse Cities Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki



The City of Nantes was named European Capital of Innovation 2019 during the European Research and Innovation days in Brussels on 25 September 2019. The award was given to the capital of France’s Loire-Atlantique department due to its outstanding ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens and its open and collaborative governance model and comes with a monetary prize of €1 million provided by the Horizon 2020 European programme for research and innovation.



How can we make last mile deliveries in cities as ecologically as possible? That was the core question of mySMARTLife’s FLUX Call for Projects on Urban Logistics, launched by Nantes Metropole and 14 partners in Nantes’ metropolitan area in 2018. Find out what has happened since the winners of the call were announced in June 2019.




Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) did publish an interview with Simon Decher, researcher at the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E), who is responsible for our EU-funded project.


On July 4, the HafenCity University Hamburg organised in cooperation with the European University Flensburg a workshop focusing on "Smart City and Digital Transformation in Hamburg". The workshop was carried out by the Department of Urban Planning and Regional Development of the HCU and brought together scientists from the fields of urban planning and geography to discuss various aspects of digital transformation in cities.





At the end of November, SCIS released an interview with Marja Vuorinen, former lead of Lighthouse City Helsinki, about the objectives of mySMARTLife and what actions Finland’s capital is taking


The City of Oulu, fresh Lighthouse City of the Making-CITY project, hosted a gathering of Finnish Lighthouse project cities from 19-20 August 2019. All of the Lighthouse and Fellow Cities from Finland were present: Vaasa (Iris), Tampere (Stardust), Kerava (MatchUp) and our LHC Helsinki.


On 12 June, the Finnish capital did celebrate its birthday – and of course, mySMARTLife could not miss this joyful occasion. For this purpose, everyone interested in automated vehicles was invited to enjoy a ride into the future in Kalasatama district. There, a robot bus, operated by Helsinki RobobusLine, ran nonstop between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. At the end of the day, 152 people did join the ride.



mySMARTLife – Project News


mySMARTLife in Barcelona: Smart City Expo World Congress 2019

From 19-21 November, mySMARTLife representatives participated in this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This year, the...

Smarter Together, SCC Lighthouse Network Event in Lyon

In October 2019, mySMARTLife project representatives met for the Smarter Together, SCC Lighthouse Network Event in Lyon which  was the 8th event...

mySMARTLife - A week of activities in Helsinki

How many activities can you pack in a week? If you are part of the mySMARTLife team, the answer is a lot: a periodic meeting, a review meeting, an...

mySMARTLife – Events

SAVE-THE-DATE: Replication Workshop during Tampere Smart City Week
29 January 2020, Tampere, Finland

In the context of Tampere Smart City Week, STARDUST, IRIS, MatchUP, Making-City and mySMARTLife will organise a replication workshop on Success Stories and Development Challenges of Carbon Neutral and Energy-efficient Mobility, Building and Energy from Finnish Lighthouse Projects.

Further information 

Project Meeting in LHC Hamburg
16-19 March 2020, Hamburg, Germany

In the middle of March, the mySMARTLife consortium will gather for a project meeting in our LHC Hamburg. Stay tuned for more information. 

SAVE-THE-DATE: Policy Conference of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2020
23-25 June 2020, Brussels, Belgium

The highlight of the EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual Policy Conference featuring leading figures and a diverse programme of sessions and side events aimed at discussing and shaping Europe's energy future. Application to host a session is possible until 20 January 2020.

Further information

More Events
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News from our Sister Projects


mySMARTLife is one of seventeen European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects, currently receiving funding within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

We are getting more and more: Welcome to SPARCS, POCITYF, and ATELIER!

We would like to introduce to you three new smart city projects that have been launched in autumn 2019.

Read more


SmartEnCity invites you to participate in their 2020 online training course "The SmartEnCity Academy for Zero Carbon Transition: Online Training Course for Cities and Smart Decision Making". Join our sister project on a series of four online training courses to learn from the experiences of the SmartEnCity project partners and cities as well as selected external professionals.


About mySMARTLife

Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons (picture:, elenabsl)

The mySMARTLife project aims at making the three Lighthouse Cities of Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki more environmentally friendly by reducing the CO2 emissions of cities and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.

Other activities are focusing on "Inclusive cities", offering a high quality of life in the cities.



Picture Sources:

Crowd of anonymous people walking on busy city street:, BABAROGA | Merihaka, Haapaniemenkatu 12 encircled: Helsingin Merihaka Oy | iCapital 2019 award ceremony in Brussels: European Commission | Simon Decher: CC4E| On the way to the demo site – using the mode of transport preferred by the locals: Maria Viitanen | Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons:, elenabsl


Project Coordinator: Rubén García Pajares, CARTIF Technology Centre
Contact: | +34 661 427 853


Editorial: Kathrin Eckerlin, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum
Contact: | +49 711 25 24 20 16  
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  HafenCity Universität   HAW Hamburg   2. enercity   Telekom   Konsult   Energienetz Hamburg   City of Helsinki  
  Forum Virum Helsinki   vtt   HELEN   Fourdeg   Salusfin   Metroploia University of Applied Sciences   Steinbeis Europa  
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