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In this section EBTC brings you a selection of news, insights and announcements from the cleantech sectors, activities in the EU and India, partners, general trade, business and research news, and more.

Smart sports for smart cities

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Making Indian cities more livable through Dutch Sport Infrastructure

Recycled plastic material to cover the ground, cut into puzzle pieces for ease of assembly. “Field in a box” kits, to enable play anywhere. Sport fields on top of parking houses. A ground cover that regulates water usage. A smart stadium, used as a big laboratory to test the smart cities technologies of the future.

There is no doubt for the participants of the Indo-Dutch event on innovation and sustainable sports solutions, which took place on Friday, 2nd December 2016 in New Delhi, that sports, and in particular sport infrastructures, have a role to play in smart cities, and a great potential to improve the lives of urban citizens in the sprawling metropolises of India by offering part of the answer on how to make cities more livable.

The event gathered both Indian and European participants under the aegis of Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) and the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) to discuss what opportunities there were for Indian municipalities to integrate sports in their smart cities concepts, and which technologies they could count on to implement such a strategy. Poul V. Jensen, EBTC Director, highlighted that with the development of the Smart Cities Initiative in India, many Indian public entities were currently defining their own priorities within the local context, and were looking for technological solutions to implement these priorities. Helping these municipalities find the innovative answers they are looking for includes connecting them to the European companies and European cities that have already developed these solutions.

The Indo-Dutch event showcased the latest solutions for innovative and sustainable sports in the city. An innovation wall presented the different projects, and Ruben Dubelaar from Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) stressed the possibilities that such smart sport technologies could have in India. Short introductory videos enabled the participants to see the capacities of the different products and concepts. Company and organizations representatives were also there to answer questions from the audience afterwards.

Outside of the pavilion stood maybe the best example of what these innovative Dutch companies can offer to Indian cities: the ColourField concept, which enables children to play in a clean and safe environment.

The ColourField next to the Nehru stadium in Delhi

 

Ten DSI companies combined their expertise to conceive this very smart playfield, from the turf material to the rain water harvesting system (including recycling to drinking water) or solar lights. It has been designed as a multi-functional venue for sports and community events.

 

The colourfield concept: high technology both above and underground

EBTC Assets Sale

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EUROCHAMBRES Liaison office equipment and other assets on sale

The EUROCHAMBRES Liaison office in India had purchased different items in the framework of the EBTC project co-funded by the European Commission.

Such items include, among others:

-          -       Laptops,
-       External Hard Disks,
-       Routers,
-       Desktops,
-       Software(s),
-       Flag Stands,
-       Chairs,
-       Tables,
-       Phones,
-       Printers,
-       Projectors,
-       Hot Beverage Vending Machine,
-       AC,
-       Refrigerator
-       etc.

The full list of the equipment along with its current book value is available in the detailed excel file.

In case you are interested in buying any of those items, please come back to us at the following email address lanzilo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. explicitly mentioning the economic offer and the item to which your offer refers.

 

In case additional information is needed, contact can be made during working hours with:

·         Sara LANZILOTTA

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+32 22 820 859

·         Poul V. JENSEN

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+91 11 3352 1501

 

In case the offered price is considered too low by the seller or in case the seller receives multiple offers for the same item, the buyer/s will be contacted and a negotiation will be carried out.

Please be aware that all items have been bought with the contribution of the European Union and that offers indicating a price that is too low could be refused by the seller. 

Preference will be given to offers to buy all items in a single bulk lot. 

 

The final deadline to submit buying offers is Thursday 6 October 2016 - Midday.

EBTC signs MOU with Agoria to bring Belgian Smart City Solutions to India.

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Exploring business opportunities in India, a delegation of 55 companies and 85 participants from the private sector of the Flanders region of Belgium, visited the cities of Pune, Mumbai and Bengaluru along with h the Minister - President of the Government of Flanders Mr. Geert Bourgeois.

In its efforts to bring European Smart City solutions to India’s Smart Cities, the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), signed an MOU with Agoria which is the largest sectoral federation in Belgium. The federation supports its members, which are active in 10 areas (Information and Communication Technology, Building Technology, Contracting, Materials Technology, Subcontracting, Production Technology & Mechatronics, Transport Systems & Solutions, Energy Systems & Solutions, Environment Systems & Solutions and Aeronautics, Space, Security, Defence Technology), through business development initiatives centred on markets, products and technologies, both nationally and internationally. 

 

(L-R): Joel Fernandes, Senior Advisor – West, EBTC, Mr. Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President, Government of Flanders and Ms. Ingrid Reynaert, Business Group Leader, Smart Cities, Agoria Belgium). 

Since 2011, Agoria has built a Belgian smart cities community with stakeholders from the government, local municipalities, city administration, industry, knowledge centres and financial institutions. The “Agoria smart cities project” focuses on 4 key domains: smart mobility, smart digital communication & infrastructure, smart building & living, and smart energy.   

The “EBTC EU-India Smart Cities Knowledge and Innovation Programme” focuses on the integration European solutions into one platform, which is positioned and presented to the Indian stakeholders at the conceptual and operational stages of the Indian Smart Cities projects. The program creates a Body of Knowledge (BOK) with resources from technologies and innovative solutions from European companies, frame works, best practices, case studies and standards from European Governments and Municipalities that will be shared with all relevant Indian Smart Cities stakeholders. This MOU will engage Flemish companies in India’s smart cities projects by presenting their smart city solutions to the relevant Indian stakeholders.  

 

“By visiting India, we further tighten the bonds with a trade partner who is gaining importance and offers many opportunities in a variety of sectors. Flemish exports to India amount to no less than €7.6 billion. With this mission, we seek to consolidate our diamond exports to India and promote other export sectors such as clean tech, food, infrastructure and high tech. In India, our Flemish innovative and knowledge-driven economy is held in high regard. Also, we hope to encourage Indian companies to increase investments in Flanders,” Bourgeois said. 

India is the seventh biggest destination for Flemish exports, and 97% of Belgian exports to India originate from Flanders. About 80% of the exports comprises of diamonds, followed by chemicals & pharma and machines & electrical equipment, which command about 4% each. 

“India and Flanders share a holistic view on innovation, wherein investing in technology is not enough, but people of the country should want to, and be able to, use it. This is an endeavour to leverage the existing ties between India and Flanders to further boost production technologies and client-bases for companies from either countries,” said Pascal Cools, General Manger, Flanders District of Creativity.  

The European Business and Technology Centre was incorporated in India in 2010. EBTC has played a vital role in creating viable ecosystems for EU-India cleantech collaboration. EBTC has a pan-India presence and focuses on the 4 key sectors of ICT, energy, environment and transport. Aligning EBTC’s actions with large scale national initiatives of India, such as Clean Ganga, 100 Smart Cities, Make in India, and more, has become paramount for ensuring such collaborations.

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