Smart Society

Characteristics

Consortium / Smarter deployment of ICT / People and resources

Target

Economic growth / Social cohesion / Sustainable organic urban development

Location

Almere

Almere Smart Society

Almere is destined for strong growth in the next twenty years and is gearing up to combine it with a safer, healthier and more liveable and environmentally-aware city. A consortium of Cisco, IBM, Liander, Living PlanIT and Philips plans to create a 'smart society' with the Almere Economic Development Board through smarter deployment of ICT, people and resources in urban management and development. In May of 2012, the partners signed a declaration of intent to that effect.

The Almere Smart Society vision involves the realization of an ICT facility which, amongst other things, will promote more efficient urban management, innovation and economic growth, strong social cohesion and sustainable development. The smart connections can also generate substantial cost savings in running the city. For example, the local urban management processes will be supported by an intelligent digital infrastructure for the exchange of information, services and applications between all municipal departments in areas, such as public safety, traffic and mobility, waste management and the coordination of relief efforts in the event of disruptions, incidents or disasters in the city.