“We are extremely pleased to welcome ABB to Urban ICT Arena as a Founding Partner, giving us the opportunity to work closely with Ola Noren. His curiosity and many years of experience in technology and in product and business development will be an asset for Urban ICT Arena’s work ahead. We also hope to find synergies in the ecosystem that ABB has built for small technology companies – especially now that we have established our Urban ICT Arena testbed with more than 60 projects and 40 partners,” says Chief Operating Officer, Petra Dalunde.
In 1986, the Stockholm City Council decided to create Stiftelsen Elektronikcentrum in Kista (Electrum). The founders were the city, ASEA (now ABB) and Ericsson. The foundation works to increase Swedish expertise in information technology. It does this by initiating, supporting and further developing close collaboration between industry, research and education. An exampl”e of this is the Urban ICT Arena testbed.
“ABB engages in work on sustainable technology and long-term technology development for a better world. We see great opportunities for innovation and collaboration with other Urban ICT Arena partners and project owners,” says Ola Noren, Business Developer at ABB Sweden.
The Electrum Foundation was founded in 1986 and is a joint initiative of the City of Stockholm, industry and academia. The composition of the board of the Electrum Foundation illustrates the “triple helix principle”, comprising representatives of the business community (Ericsson, IBM, property owners), academia and research (KTH, Stockholm University, Swedish ICT) and public entities (City of Stockholm, Stockholm County Council and County Administrative Board of Stockholm).
Urban ICT Arena is an open testbed and co-creation arena in Kista Science City where smart solutions for the sustainable and connected city are developed, tested and showcased. Urban ICT Arena is operated on behalf of the Electrum Foundation. The Arena has been around for a year and more than 20 startups, 60 projects with 40 partners are currently in progress.