The Garden Society of Gothenburg - new testbed for future parks
Gothenburg is launching the latest in a series of testbeds to futureproof the city. The idea behind the ‘Sustainable Smart Parks’ testbed is to try out and develop solutions for fossil-free and efficient maintenance of the parks and green spaces of the future.
Greenery is becoming increasingly important in our increasingy crowded towns and cities – as part of a pleasant and sustainable urban lifestyle, and as an integral part of Gothenburg’s identity. This makes it a matter of some urgency to develop smart, simple and effective technologies that optimise our resources while supporting plant and wildlife habitats.
To this end, the City of Gothenburg is joining forces with businesses and organisations to start a testbed to develop and try out solutions for a sustainable outdoor environment. The vision for the testbed, which will run for three years, is to design functional maintenance of the city’s green spaces, in order to upgrade the recreational, environmental and economic values, for the benefit of the citizens.
Through digitalisation and automation, focus will be on increasing the efficiency of daily operationsday-to-day activities, enhancing the recreational value and reducing environmental impact. The first test area is The Garden Society of Gothenburg, one of the best-preserved 19th-century parks in Europe, where robotic lawnmowers are being installed in a public space and new sensor technology is being tested, in the hopes of gaining new insights into the park’s values, its maintenance and to interact with visitors in a smart way.
“Several different technologies that are new to us are going to be tested in our parks, nature reserves and urban areas. It’s important for us to get a better understanding of how new technology can enhance the value for visitors and how we can perform our maintenance work more efficiently. This will allow us to take our responsibility when it comes to the transition our society is facing and to optimise the city’s resources in order to safeguard the green infrastructure that is a vital part of the sustainable city of the future,” says Emil Björklund, controller at the City of Gothenburg’s Parks & Nature Administration.
“We want to develop future sustainable, effective methods and solutions for the maintenance of parks and other green spaces, which can be spread nationally and internationally, with the aim of creating added values for city dwellers,” says Mats Bergh, CEO of Johanneberg Science Park.
“We believe that electrification, digitalisation and autonomous solutions will play a key role in the future maintenance of green spaces, so that teams can work in a smarter and more sustainable way. There are several challenges: how to cooperate in a way that benefits multiple players, how do autonomous solutions work in a public space and how can sensors help to minimise resource consumption?” says Jonas Willaredt, Vice President of Sustainability Affairs at Husqvarna.
Sustainable Smart Parks is a collaboration between several of the City of Gothenburg’s companies and specialist administrations, Parks & Nature Administration, Sports & Societies Administration, Environment Administration, Bostads AB Poseidon, Göteborgs Stads Leasing AB, Johanneberg Science Park and Husqvarna AB.