The district of Rosendal in southern Uppsala is close to the city centre as well as the beautiful nature, and is well situated right next to Stadsskogen. The newly built housing association Smaragden in Rosendal consists of 114 modern one bed room apartments and two bedroom apartments, especially developed for active people who like to interact with their neighbours. All apartments in Smaragden are equipped with Tmpl, which is used as a common platform for communication and interaction between the neighbours.
The building Smaragden in southern Uppsala is close to the city centre as well as the beautiful nature. The building consists of 114 modern one and two bedroom apartments, and is close to the town centre as well as Stadsskogen. The apartments are especially developed for active people who like to interact with their neighbours. All apartments in Smaragden are equipped with Tmpl, which is used as a common platform for communication and interaction between the neighbours.
– I like smart technology solutions, I’m a bit of an early adopter, says Elisabeth Långström, who lives in a one bedroom apartment in Smaragden.
She works with communication at Uppsala University, but she is also one of the housing association’s board members. She thinks it’s very clever to have a common communication channel with the other residents, and she logs in to Tmpl almost every day.
– I check if something has happened, communicate with my neighbours, and resolve problems.
So far, there are often practical questions that appear, such as questions about storage rooms and storage facilities. But in the future, Elisabeth Långström is looking forward to using Tmpl in many ways, especially to strengthen the community in the area.
– There are many dog owners here, and Tmpl is an excellent tool which gives you the opportunity to ask someone to walk your dog or watch your dog, or maybe arrange a joint dog walk in Stadsskogen?
Tmpl also provides the residents with the opportunity to become more environmentally conscious. The app measures and advises on your consumption of electricity and water, and it can also be a channel for trading items between neighbours. You can also book cars in the shared car pool, order food via the app from any of the local restaurants, or shop from the supermarket that will soon open in the area.
Lydia Karlefors is responsible for early stages and sustainability at Rosendal Fastigheter that developed and built Smaragden. She explains that the environment and smart technical solutions are important aspects in the company’s development work, and she stresses the importance of sustainability as part of the project.
– Our vision is to create really good solutions for innovative design, healthy environments and green solutions for all our housing projects. If the sustainability aspect is not included early on, there is a risk that it will be forgotten or compromised. Environmental issues must not only be issues dealt with towards the end of the project. Smart technology can be a motivator to think more environmentally friendly, and is at the same time a lot of fun, says Lydia Karlefors.
She refers to so-called gamification, i.e. digital technology with built-in competition. And if Pokémon Go has made people walk more to catch the most Pokémon’s, maybe an app like Tmpl can get neighbours to compete against each other to find out who saves the most electricity and water.
Tmpl measures each apartment’s individual consumption of electricity and water, and gives saving tips. You can compete about that too. Wouldn’t it become the area’s most environmentally conscious resident?