Smart Stellenbosch

Leveraging technology and design for quality living on a thriving planet!

Prepared by:
Marius Snyman
marius@smartstellenbosch.org

Founder

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Overview

  • Purpose and KPI’s
  • Ambitions
  • Organisation
  • Project Portfolio
  • Next Steps

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1. Purpose & KPI’s

  • Actively promoting Smart Stellenbosch in order to benefit all stakeholders by providing a single point of contact and branding to attract funding, investors, contributors and coordinate participants.
  • KPI’s derived from the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) - except growth is redefined as “meeting needs” rather than a continuous growth paradigm.

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2. Ambitions

  • AFFORDABLE and OPEN IoT Platform for Smart Cities
    • Servers, Apps, Devices, Networks
      • Monitor (dashboards and alerts)
      • Control
      • Infer & Analyse
      • Automate
    • Build on existing open source & FOSS principles for collaboration
    • community synergy and support
    • options to protect individual IP
  • ENABLE local IoT SERVICES and DEVICES sector
    • for gateways, sensors, actuators, autonomous devices, etc
  • CASE STUDY for South African smart cities
  • Commercially SERVICED PLATFORM, PRODUCTS and SKILLS

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Enable a thriving human habitat in harmony with the ecology by means on technology, innovation and better economic models.

Smart Stellenbosch

Quality living on a thriving planet!

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Intelligent
Platform, Network, Devices, Citizen App

Environmental Monitoring / Control

Financial and non-financial models

Better Living Solutions (water, energy, housing, waste, transport, communication, safety, etc)

3. Organisational Units

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Smart Stellenbosch

Commons

Smart Stellenbosch

Agency / Business

  • Organisation structure
    • Steering committee
    • Think Tank
    • Community Involvement platform (via Citizen App)
  • Governance
    • King IV principles
    • Identify Needs
    • Determine Policy
    • Protect the commons (data use and access, integrity of the organisation and systems)
  • Work groups (platform / focus)
  • Project Portfolio Management
    • Direct innovative proposals to meet needs
    • Qualify according to need and value added
    • Oversee projects
  • Commercial Management
    • Platform
    • Sales
    • Manufacturing
    • Service
  • Individual businesses and projects are also aligned with this entity AND be a set of agreements to reward innovators

Partners

  • Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Stellenbosch University: STIAS, Launch Lab & Innovus
  • Adam Tas Corridor Planning Project
  • Businesses (could cross subsidise)
  • Other government bodies
  • Industry institutions
  • Foreign institutions (e.g. CIPAL, Gates Foundation)
  • Small Business
  • The citizens

Organisational Functional Integration

  • represent all stakeholders in town
  • integrated with Collaborative Governance (CoGo)
  • Help develop data and functional governance policies
  • Have relationships with both

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Smart Stellenbosch

Commons

Smart Stellenbosch

Agency

Partners

  • Promote / Operations / Sales
  • Sales (profit share and intellectual shares for all participants - still have option to start own entities)
  • Independent Board of Advisors (management support)
  • Platform Teams*
  • Focus Groups*

Organisation Work Groups

Platform* and Focus Groups*

  • Server platform
    • Focussed on Open Source
  • Open Device Platform
    • for gateways, sensors and actuators, autonomous devices
      • Arduino, ESP8266, Raspberry Pi / ARM, RISC-V
      • Edge gateway (EdgeX)
  • Citizen App (PWA)
  • AI and Analytics

  • Better living
    • Healthy Food, Housing, Transport, Less waste, Clean Energy (all forms), education and social collaboration integrated with eGovernment
  • Better Activity
    • Better organise Government, Business & Economy
    • trust based and trusless (like crypto currencies)
    • financial and non-financial
  • Thriving Ecology
    • Thriving rivers, parks, living organisms
    • Healthy water (all uses) - catchment, rivers, dams (including Theewaterskloof), boreholes, aquifer, desalination (False Bay), reuse
    • Healthy air & soil

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Platform Teams

Focus Groups

  • Social capital - potential source for social engagement and increasing democracy

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In Africa limited suplusses were shared and beyond that was wasteful, so impact on nature was constrained naturally.

This was in tribes before missionaries and colonies.

4. Projects (incubating)

incubating

  • IoT Platform
    • Servers and easy to use device platform for outdoor use.
  • Water
    • Clean water in rivers, boreholes, dams, reused water while knowing and managing impact of water use (Stellenbosch draws most water from boreholes now)
    • building a new river sensor kit with SUWI
      • A. temp, pH, EC, DO, turbidity
      • B. second phase
        • NIR - near infrared spectography - chemical composition
        • nitrates, phosphates, ammonium
  • Citizen App (CIPAL)
    - contribute ideas here till 22 Nov 2019: https://forms.gle/6TSM2xpafULnt6tKA
    • PWA to Inform, Promote, Collaborate, Transact (business [B2C, B2B], eGovernment, social network, dashboards, alerts)

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Projects (under consideration)

Under consideration

Infrastructure

  • Open Access Networks
    • GPRS, Zigbee, LoRaWAN, WiFi
    • E.g. Smart Streetlamps (could provide the networks) networks & internet, sensors, signage / PA system, electric vehicle charging, etc - new and repurposed
  • Develop easy to use indoor and vehicle sensor/actuator platforms with easy development and integration
  • Drone Safety Monitoring and Aerial surveys
    • I.e. rapid response to crime and high quality aerial surveys using a shared drone resource
  • Smart Data Source Integration (existing data and data sources - departments in all tiers of gov. & Google, etc. )

Resources

  • Non-financial economy solutions
    • Community food production and housing through participation model / reward tracking
  • Housing: Tiny houses / Smart Neighbourhoods (new / converted)
    • Special neighbourhoods and factory made tiny houses for SA with rapid deployment option for integrated & distributed water purification, sewerage management and energy [solar, wind, etc]
  • Energy
    • Backup generator if needed for Escom blackouts and lower costs, while increasing municipal revenues
  • Transport
    • support revision and implementation of municipal integrated transport plan already approved

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5. Next Steps

  • 2019
    • Complete Server platform setup
    • CIPAL (Belgium) visit first week of December 2019
      • Citizen App initial stakeholders and contributors meetings
    • River Monitoring PoC with basic sensors & communication
  • 2020
    • River Monitoring include additional sensors (NIR) & implement Zigbee or LoRaWAN network
    • Plan commercialisation of river monitoring kit
    • Proceed with Smart Tiny Homes & grids (water, elec, sewerage), Smart Streetlamps, Smart Transport
    • Complete governance policy and organisational structure a roles with criteria
      • Obtain nominees from community and roles
      • Election of key people in functions
      • Establish formal Agency (TecLab hands over role)

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Examples

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Smart Streetlamp

Factory built Smart Tiny Home neighbourhoods with built-in water, energy and sewerage/waste grids

Examples

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Mellowcabs

Examples - Open Source Public Transport App

Examples - Environmental Monitoring

Water quality, water usage, air quality and weather - early warning systems for disasters and health, plus environmental pollution, etc - data for researchers and decision makers (business, government, investors, choosing a place to live, etc)

Stay informed on opportunities and activities

Stay informed on the Telegram Channel:

https://t.me/smartstellenbosch

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