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    Aalesund to become a smart city and the Offshore Simulator Centre NMK to be the main tool for UN's USC to help making it so. (Not only Aalesund but cities around the world):
    Become a tool for UN smart cities

    - This is very big, admits Joel Mills, general manager of the Offshore Simulator Center (OSC). The UN has chosen the simulator center in Ålesund as its global tool for developing smart cities.
    Smart city Ålesund:- Not only does Ålesund become the first prototype of the UN's smart city. We are chosen by the UN as a global tool for making cities smart and sustainable, ”says Joel Mills, general manager of Offshore Simulator Center. PHOTO: STAALE WATTØ
    Vienna:Fourteen days ago, General Officer of the Offshore Simulator Center, Joel Mills, had a presentation for the United Nations in Vienna. PHOTO: OFFSHORE SIMULATOR CENTER
    Response Timeuring rush hour, response time in parts of the city has increased to over 30 minutes for emergency response vessels. If your house burns at Hessa, it is probably burned down before the fire truck arrives. PHOTO: ILLUSTRATION: OFFSHORE SIMULATOR CENTER
    Tourist Stream:If one combines data from sim cards into mobiles with the digital twins, one can analyze the flow of people through the city. Here is the tourist flow from three cruise boats. The colors indicate nationality. PHOTO: ILLUSTRATION: OFFSHORE SIMULATOR CENTER
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    PUBLISHED:APRIL 24, 2019 19:38LAST UPDATED:APRIL 24, 2019 22:35
    - It can be gigantic. How big this is is difficult to say, everything has happened so fast, says Mills to Sunnmørsposten. Today he presents the deal at The North West, which sets its mark on the city for three days. UN program for smart cities

    The fact is that the Offshore Simulator Center - which is located at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center in Ålesund - will be the digital tool for the UN's United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities program.

    - The basis for the UN program for smart cities is 16 UN organizations and close cooperation with private business and cities around the world. The potential is therefore unique, Mills points out.

    Ålesund becomes the first prototype of such a smart city.
    UN:Joel Mills along with Kari Aina Eik, Secretary General of the Sustainable Smart City Programs. PHOTO: OFFSHORE SIMULATOR CENTERPresented to the UN two weeks ago

    It began with the Secretary-General of the Smart City Programs, Kari Aina Eik, visiting OSC in September last year. Since then, blows have taken place.

    According to Mills, Eik believes that the technology OSC has developed can become a "game changer" in the work of understanding key indicators that the UN uses to measure cities.

    Two weeks ago, Joel Mills had a presentation for the UN in Geneva. A few days later, he was on the same theme in German and Austrian TV in Vienna.

    - Usually I speak for an audience of 200, here were 6,000 in the audience and millions of viewers. It was a little different, says Mills to Sunnmørsposten.

    May 13, he flies to Geneva for a new presentation for a large group of experts within the UN system.
    Vienna:Fourteen days ago, General Officer of the Offshore Simulator Center, Joel Mills, had a presentation for the United Nations in Vienna. PHOTO: OFFSHORE SIMULATOR CENTERCreates a digital twin of the city

    Mills says Ålesund is just right big and fit to make it useful as a prototype for a smart city.

    This means that the simulator center creates a digital twin - a three-dimensional digital copy of reality - based on lots of different data about the city. It can be anything from population, different infrastructure to response time for emergency response.

    Teams of information are fed into the digital version of Ålesund, which is retrieved through a three-dimensional simulation or graphics.

    - Digitizing large amounts of data and visualizing them through three-dimensional simulation means that people in seconds understand the connections and can find smart and sustainable solutions, Mills explains.

    The alternative is a laborious road through facts where it is difficult to get an overview.
    Response Timeuring rush hour, response time in parts of the city has increased to over 30 minutes for emergency response vessels. If your house burns at Hessa, it is probably burned down before the fire truck arrives. PHOTO: ILLUSTRATION: OFFSHORE SIMULATOR CENTERDiscovered that the tourists went wrong

    For example, Mills has made a simulation of the population in Ålesund at a given time while there were three cruise boats docked.

    Using the sim cards on the mobile phones he could identify the nationality of people. He discovered that many of the tourists from the cruise ships go wrong when they land. They went towards Skarbøvika instead of towards the center. This will make smart Ålesund do something about.

    Mills assures that everything happens within the applicable privacy rules. No person is identified, just the nationality of a certain number of people.

    He also made a simulation over the response time the fire department uses to move out to Hessa via today's road network.

    It showed that during rush hour it takes 30 minutes to arrive, normally 10 minutes. Then there is a great chance that the house is burned down before the fire truck is in place.
    Tourist Stream:If one combines data from sim cards into mobiles with the digital twins, one can analyze the flow of people through the city. Here is the tourist flow from three cruise boats. The colors indicate nationality. PHOTO: ILLUSTRATION: OFFSHORE SIMULATOR CENTERCreated a new company

    - This is the first step, says Mills.

    - I will continue to spend a lot of time and focus as the head of the Offshore Simulator Center, which goes very well and where we recently entered into two large contracts for simulation in the offshore and wind industry. The collaboration with the UN has led to the launching of the offshore simulator center. The subsidiary Augment City AS will work with the new Ålesund municipality to show the technology with Ålesund as the first prototype for the UN.

    Augment City will use technology that the Offshore Simulator Center has built up over 15 years. First on the construction industry, later on the maritime industry.

    The technology is to be used in both companies. Hub for simulation

    Mills hopes that the testing of the technology can happen here in Ålesund with cables straight into the UN. There is also a great opportunity for Ålesund to become a hub for developing simulated solutions for cities around the world.

    - When the UN programs now choose us as their tool for digitization, this means that we can become a direct partner to cities such as Mexico City, Zagreb or London or some of the hundreds of other cities around the world that have signed an agreement with the United Nations to Be smart and sustainable, he says. - UN the best partner

    Mills is pleased with the cooperation with the UN.

    - We could not get a better partner or client. The UN is close to sustainability targets and is also neutral.

    Oil money has been invested in the development of the Offshore Simulator Center. Through the agreement with the UN, in this way we can also give back to older people and improve their quality of life, Mills points out.

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    • wherrygirl
      wherrygirl commented
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      I'm impressed, good for your home town. But that article could do with a hefty amount of précis work on it, I've got mental indigestion now.

    Winter have returned to Aalesund!!!
    Last week we had +20C. This morning it was 0C with hail and sleet.
    When it cleared up enough to where we could see anything, Sula looked like this:

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      Digital Aalesund:
      https://www.smp.no/video/article18837615.ece

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        Drone video of my home island, Hessa: https://www.smp.no/video/article18945789.ece
        It didn't look like this when I grew up here in the 1950s. It was farm land and no forest. No cars on the single lane roads covered by chalk stones.

        Sukkertoppen has been overused by tourists and local trekkers. The tracks are worn and the vegetation is suffering from erosion.
        The mountain is suffering according to smp.no:


        In recent years, the popular tour destination at Hessa has greatly increased the visit. A lot of people go up and down the mountain, from morning to night.

        The Sugar Loaf has for all years been a favourite hiking and recreation area for the locals.

        In recent years, the top has been one of the most popular Stikk Ut tours. People come from all over Sunnmøre to go there.

        In step with the increase in tourism, the Sugar Loaf is frequented by foreign hikers, both in guided groups and individual travelers.

        Altogether, the vegetation is struggling, especially along the main path up to the 314 meter high.

        The path becomes wider and wider and the mountain is becoming more and more extinct.

        In many places the soil has disappeared, and only the bedrock again. When wet, people choose to go outside the polished stone.

        Wet and muddy path on other parts of the trail also helps people bypass the original track.

        The fact that the trimmer wants to walk or run up the mountain on time, means that the route is shortened - and new wear tracks in the terrain have been created.

        In some places the path divides into many branches - and the pedestal spreads over almost the entire mountain ridge.

        Through the forest, on the lower parts of the mountain, the erosion digs down the path.

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        • wherrygirl
          wherrygirl commented
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          It is happening everywhere, Ombugge. There are just too many of us wanting to see other folk's places.

        Further to the winter saga in Aalesund.
        This morning the thermometer showed -1C, with heavy wet snowflakes falling. It was even staying on the ground for a while, but disappeared quickly from the roads, at least here in town.
        Maybe hard to see, but this is a cherry tree in full bloom, with snow covering the petals:

        (Taken from the comfort of the veranda)

        But our son who drove to work a bit further inland at 0600 hrs. this morning enjoyed this view on the main road:


        And this on his approach to the Post Terminal at Digerneset (abt. 25 km. away)


        Sula was fully covered to sea level when we could finally see it:


        The clouds lifted a bit later:


        But light snow showers continued until mid-afternoon.

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          Situation pictures from smp.no from around Sunnmore today:
          Traffic problems galore:


          Huts on Strandafjellet:



          Spring on ice for now:

          Last edited by ombugge; June 3rd, 2019, 16:55.

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            It says "Write something". All I can say is WOW !
            Ivy

            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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              And just now, when I was so tired of winter, it came back. But, it's not going to be here for a long time.

              Oh, just remembered I was SUPPOSED to have my winter tires replaced with summer tires at 09:00 this morning. I completely forgot that!
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              • wherrygirl
                wherrygirl commented
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                Just as well, Jan-Olav. Our forecast is for this weather to carry on during next week as well, although not so violent. Today is a mix of bright, warm sunshine (if you can find a spot out of the bitter north wind) and really heavy almost horizontally blown hailstorms.
                I was on duty at the museum this morning - not the warmest of places - and took a plastic mac, a rain hood and an umbrella as well as wearing my anorak and a thick mohair scarf.over a jumper, a very thick cardigan and my thickest skirt. But the weather gods took pity and held up the showers as I walked there and also on my return home.
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