Växjö municipality is now developing new solutions for snow removal, de-icing and heating of properties. The development takes place together with companies from the business community and a procurement of such innovations has now been carried out. The winners were Klimator AB and Winniio AB.
Together with the company Klimator AB, Växjö municipality will develop a new digital service for optimizing snow removal and de-icing. Snow removal and de-icing must be adapted to needs where the right efforts are made in the right place.
- Today we control anti-skid and snow removal based on temperature levels and estimated snow depth. In a large municipality like Växjö, the need for efforts can vary greatly between our urban areas. The hope is that this solution will optimize staffing and machines while we get a better overview of where in the municipality there is the greatest need, says Per-Olof Löfberg, traffic planning manager in Växjö municipality.
At the same time, a project is also starting to regulate the heat in the municipality’s properties with, among other things, AI technology (artificial intelligence). With the help of digital solutions, the properties will have a more even heating. For example, schools are heated during the day, and then left empty on nights and weekends. Today’s heating systems are also controlled by the coldest rooms, which means that already heated rooms become warmer.
- It takes a lot of energy to heat schools, for example. With a new solution, we get a more energy-efficient heating of our properties and a more even heat. It contributes to the well-being of those who use the property and is a great benefit for the climate, says Christer Carlsson, CEO of the municipal real estate company Vöfab.
The heating system is being developed together with Winniio AB.
Both projects have been procured within the framework of the Diaccess project. The project uses a procurement form where the municipality procures a partnership for innovation instead of a ready-made solution or product.
- Procuring innovation partnerships with the business community in this way as we do within Diaccess is new and relatively groundbreaking both in Sweden and in Europe. This means that Europe’s eyes are on Växjö and the solutions that are now to be developed, says Andréa Swedenborg, project manager for the Diaccess project.
Diaccess is a multi-year project funded by the EU program Urban Innovative Actions. The project is a collaboration between Växjö municipality and the business community where the parties together find solutions to societal challenges. The purpose is to give medium-sized cities the opportunity to develop new sustainable and long-term innovations on major societal problems, which can benefit both municipalities and companies.
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