Where is the smartest inner city in the Netherlands?

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From 15 January, Dutch municipalities can enter the contest for the innovative honorary title of ‘Smartest Inner City in the Netherlands’.

Towns and cities throughout the Netherlands are increasingly using data and technology to optimise the quality of life in their cities: sensors to save on waste collection and for water management, providing a Wi-Fi infrastructure, parking guidance and ‘intelligent’ street lighting.

Under the banner ‘Smartest Inner City in the Netherlands‘ (‘Slimste Binnenstad van Nederland’), a study is looking at the long-term policy of Dutch municipalities in this regard and at specific projects resulting from that policy.
There is also a competition linked to the study to elect the ‘Smartest Inner City in the Netherlands’.

The study and competition are being organised by Smart Data City, a collective of market operators supported by network partners from the government and semi-government sector (*). ABN AMRO is a partner in the study and the competition.

The start of the competition will be announced on the afternoon of Thursday, 15 January 2015, during the kick-off for the ‘Year of Space’ in the Beurs van Berlage building in Amsterdam, an initiative by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

The competition

Interested municipalities can go to Smart Data City for more information and to register. The competition is open to all inner cities in the Netherlands.

After the registration period has closed, the entries from nominated cities will be analysed and tested against an extensive list of criteria. The ten entries which score best in this analysis will go through to the final.

In the final, representatives of the finalists will engage in debate with an expert jury, which will decide who the winners are. There are two categories: ‘Best Operational Plan for Smart City’ and ‘Best Smart City Vision’.

More information can be found at: www.deslimstebinnenstadvannederland.nl (Dutch only)

(*) The collective comprises ABN AMRO, Accenture, Cisco, i3, Intel, 4me and MicroStrategy, with support from the network members Digitale Steden Agenda, Geonovum, Jaar van de Ruimte, Province of Noord-Brabant and Reap.

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