... and beyond
Driving innovation in Smart City solutions towards A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE IN THE CITIES requires a new approach. Although projects are always tailored to clients' individual needs, main characteristics of LightHouse innovation are:
A step-by-step approach
LightHouse designs a step-by-step approach for each project, with CLEARLY DEFINED DECISION POINTS AND INTERIM REPORTING OF RESULTS to jointly explore the possibilities and opportunities. For example, one proven approach follows four steps:
  • In the first step, the AMBITION of the organisation(s) is set to enable them to become smarter, better or more sustainable.
  • In the second step, the vision is imagined in a specific DESIRED FUTURE SCENARIO.
  • Thirdly, A ROADMAP is created to identify existing and future technologies and other developments that will enable the desired future scenario.
  • In the fourth and final step, a PROJECT PORTFOLIO is generated with new projects and initiatives TO ACHIEVE THE AMBITIONS, VISIONS AND ROADMAPS.
LightHouse designs an inclusive approach to ENGAGE KEY STAKEHOLDERS, such as companies, citizens, public and private organisations and knowledge institutes, in co-creating a clear and well thought through implementation plan. In this approach, a STRONGER COMMITMENT is built through the joint effort for the actual implementation.
Future telling - backwards planning
The field of Smart Lighting and Smart Cities is undergoing rapid transformation due to the NEW OPPORTUNITIES OF DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES. That's why we believe the best way to act in a future proof way is 'future telling - BACKWARDS PLANNING'. First of all, LightHouse helps to imagine a future scenario to be achieved for people and society. Putting people at the core, and defining their quality of life in 2030 or 2050, emphasis the opportunities and the societal challenges. From that DESIRED FUTURE, LightHouse facilitates the 'backcasting' of a COHERENT, WELL-DEVELOPED PATH to reach that future, including the relevant technological developments.
LightHouse practices a designerly approach, including A VISUAL WAY OF THINKING AND DOING. A visual language is used to easily connect people with widely differing expertises, enabling them to create a mutual language and to share their main insights.
LightHouse brings in expertise from researchers at TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology), as well as other experts, where and whenever relevant, in a way that is TAILORED, APPLICABLE AND INSPIRING. In projects, LightHouse may interview visionary or technological experts, as well as 'ordinary users'. Their rich stories are analysed and fed back into the approach in a way that INSPIRES the team to EXPLORE FURTHER THAN THEY FIRST IMAGINED.

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