Digital City

People get more connected and technology becomes part of our daily life. Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 27% growth of internet traffic in Amsterdam. Eleven out of fifteen Trans-Atlantic data cables are connected with or go through Amsterdam and the AMS-IX is the second largest internet exchange point in the world. In 2016 Amsterdam was ranked second in the European Digital City Index. Do you work on a smarter city? Share your technologies here!

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Metropolitan Mobility Podcast met Maurits van Hövell: van walkietalkies naar het Operationeel Mobiliteitscentrum

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“Voorheen werd er gewoon rondgebeld: ‘Wij zitten in de instroom van de ArenA. We hebben nu 20.000 man binnen. Hoe gaat het bij jullie op straat?’” In de achtste aflevering van de serie A Radical Redesign for Amsterdam, spreken Carin ten Hage en Geert Kloppenburg met Maurits van Hövell (Johan Cruijff ArenA). Hoe houdt je een wijk met de drie grootste evenementenlocaties van het land, bereikbaar en veilig? Ze spreken elkaar in het Operationeel Mobiliteitscentrum over de rol van de stad Amsterdam, data delen en het houden van regie. A Radical Redesign for Amsterdam wordt gemaakt in opdracht van de Gemeente Amsterdam.

Luister de podcast hier:

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Check out the recap of the event 'Data Dilemma's: Sharing data for MaaS systems'

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Mobility as a Service (MaaS) enables carefree, integrated travel according to your own preferences. Governments have a lot of ambitions in this field. However, there’s not yet a fully operable MaaS system in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. This is mainly due to two reasons: there are a lot of different mobility parties in our region that collect data in various ways and are hesitant to share them. Besides the big amount of private parties, there are also a lot of (local) governments that have a say in the development of MaaS systems.

In some European cities, the situation is different and MaaS systems are running.
During this session, Amsterdam Smart City, together with the Province of North Holland and Datalab Amsterdam, were looking for best practices from Madrid, Helsinki and an international audience.

Madrid and Helsinki, two example cities in this field, had a very different approach. What are their success factors? Juan Corro from EMT Madrid told us about his lessons learned: take a lot of time and convince private parties to get on board and share the data. In Helsinki, companies were forced to share data. This worked, but started with resistance. Looking back, Sami Sahala from Helsinki shares his learnings with the audience.

Chris de Veer, smart mobility advisor at the Province of Noord-Holland: "I had a great, inspiring afternoon. The examples from Madrid and Helsinki gave me new insights. I connected to these experts immediately and I will continue to do so by collecting more international learnings for our regional challenges.''

- Chris de Veer, smart mobility advisor Province of North Holland
- Juan Corro, CIO EMT Madrid (public urban transport Madrid)
- Sami Sahala, ITS Chief Advisor, City of Helsinki & Forum Virium

- Leonie van den Beuken, program director Amsterdam Smart City

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Meet Meli - A brand new smart city app to navigate congestion, over-tourism and place making.

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Meet Meli - A simple app to tackle complicated smart city challenges like congestion, over-tourism and place making. Just point your smart phone in any inner-city location and the Meli app will reveal the story of the many monuments, artifacts or projects around you.

Meli is one of the teams in the AMS Startup Booster Program that focuses on early-stage startups that want to make a business out of solving metropolitan challenges. As one of the Booster mentors, I’ve had the great pleasure to work with Co-Founders Mehdi Brun & Lila Sour to further explore how they could use open-source city data to populate the app for a local Amsterdam case.

Since the Booster program is centrally located on the Marineterrein, we used community driven open data formats to help describe the many projects and experiments going on at Amsterdam’s Inner-city test ground for a sustainable living environment. Watch the project demo here:

Meli is one of 7 talented teams who will be pitch their solution at the upcoming Demo Day AMS Startup Booster 01 March @16-18h “Let them show you the endless possibilities for Amsterdam and cities worldwide" Register to attend Today!

The Meli mobile app is available on Android and iOS in 10 languages.

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Speakers confirmed for event 'Sharing data for MaaS systems’!

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On the 18 of February Amsterdam Smart City, together with the Province of North Holland and Datalab, will discuss the sharing of data by private parties and governance to set up Mobility as a Service systems in the region. There is currently no operable MaaS system in place in the region and therefore we aim to learn a little bit more from other cities.

What are their success factors? How did they convince private parties to share data to set up a MaaS system? How did governments reach an agreement on this? We can now confirm the speakers for the event!


First up will be Chris de Veer, smart mobility advisor at the Province of North Holland. Chris will introduce the topic of the event and share with you the challenges of the Province when it comes to MaaS.

One of the people who can share relevant information with him will be Juan Corro, CIO at the public transport authority, EMT Madrid. Madrid is one of the cities where we are really interested in. Juan will speak about the system in Madrid and sharing data from the point of view of a private party.

Another city to learn from about MaaS is definitely Helsinki. Helsinki was the first city with a MaaS system. Helsinki made the sharing of data obligatory. Sami Sahala, ITS Chief Advisor at Forum Virium will share how he thinks that MaaS is not a technical issue, but a change of the mindset.

The session will be moderated by Leonie van den Beuken, program director at Amsterdam Smart City.

Join this session of Data Dilemmas on the 18th of February, join the discussion and learn from an international audience!

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Boost to AI in Amsterdam with new AUAS Centre Of Expertise

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The AUAS Expertise Centre Applied Artificial Intelligence has become a Centre of Expertise (CoE) with effect from 1 February 2021. The Executive Board of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) reached a positive decision on this. The AUAS is the first knowledge institution in the Netherlands to create a CoE on Applied AI. This will give a major boost to knowledge on applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Amsterdam region.

The transformation into a CoE is a great recognition of the importance of practice-based research and education in applied Artificial Intelligence, which the AUAS carries out for organisations, students and its own staff within all faculties and study programmes. With the Centre of Expertise, the AUAS occupies an important position in the regional and national AI ecosystem. This involves the development of applicable knowledge and training courses and the training of the AI developers and users of the future.

The first Centres of Expertise were launched in 2011 as an important innovation in vocational and higher professional education. They work in co-creation – with education, research, the business community and public organisations – on social solutions that have a positive impact. This includes a value-based approach, and inclusion is a core value: everyone who has something to contribute should be able to participate. Based on current issues in the Amsterdam region, the AUAS has clustered its research and education in several CoEs, with each theme linked to a social or metropolitan theme that is important to Amsterdam.


Artificial Intelligence and Data Science permeate every aspect of society. Scientific developments in these areas occur at a rapid pace, and applications influence all sectors and professions – to a greater or lesser extent – for which training is provided by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

The Centre of Expertise Applied AI focuses on the meaningful application of AI technologies in a specific context (healthcare, accountancy, media, retail, etc.). Seven faculty labs work on innovation together within those areas of application in co-creation – with education, research, the business community and civil society organisations. The development and application of responsible and inclusive AI focuses on the user, and involves research into the impact of AI on the professional field and society. Among other things, this results in tools, instruments and training courses. In doing so, the AUAS is contributing to an inclusive digital transition.

See also: AUAS to help SMEs with digitalisation

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Advies Digitaal duurzaam - Overheid moet sturen op duurzame digitalisering

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Digitale technologie en datagebruik veranderen onze samenleving ingrijpend. Dit heeft grote gevolgen voor de duurzaamheid van onze leefomgeving. Hoewel digitalisering en duurzaamheid onlosmakelijk met elkaar zijn verbonden, is hiervoor onvoldoende aandacht in het overheidsbeleid. In zijn advies ‘Digitaal duurzaam’ concludeert de Raad
voor de leefomgeving en infrastructuur (Rli) dat de overheid veel krachtiger
moet ingrijpen in en gebruik maken van de digitale wereld om duurzaamheid te

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Smart Health Amsterdam is looking for an intern Communication & Events

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Looking for an internship where you can develop new skills in communications, marketing, PR and event management? Do you have an interest in how AI & data science can contribute to a healthier society and better medical care? Want to work as part of a fun and inspiring team?

As Amsterdam’s key network for data- and AI-driven innovation Smart Health Amsterdam (Gemeente Amsterdam & Amsterdam Economic Board) in #the #life #sciences and #health sector, we’re looking for an intern. Interested? Get in touch today. Smart

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Amsterdam: circulaire stad in 2050

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Amsterdam: circulaire stad in 2050

Ondanks de coronacrisis zijn tal van bedrijven in regio Amsterdam bezig met circulaire projecten, business cases en onderzoeken. Net als de gemeente Amsterdam streven zij naar een circulaire stad in 2050.

Benieuwd? Bekijk de video Amsterdam: circulaire stad in 2050. Voor meer informatie kun je ook kijken op de CACR pagina of op

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Accelerating circularity: monitoring tool geoFluxus helps cities turn company waste into value

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Amsterdam 100% circular by 2050
The City of Amsterdam wants to be fully circular by 2050. That means that everything we use on a daily basis – from coffee cups to building materials – must consist of materials that have already had a previous life.

When it comes to household waste – this consists of, among others, vegetable, fruit and garden waste, paper, glass and textiles – the City has a duty to collect and process this. To give you an impression, the total household waste came down to about 380kg per year per person.

When comparing the amount of household versus company waste produced in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA), still only 11% is household related, whereas 89% is company waste – such as sludge, scrap metals, wood and scrap lumber and very dedicated to the company processes related waste flows.

These company waste materials, as compared to consumer waste flows, often enter the waste flow in relatively good condition. This holds for instance for glass and wood, which are suitable for making window frames. If managed differently, these used materials in company 'waste' flows could be directly integrated at the start of the design process of new products.

So… How to boost the efficient re-use of company waste materials within the AMA?

geoFluxus: Turning data into comprehensible maps and graphs
With geoFluxus, incomprehensible waste data tables – including a.o. import and export and treatment methods – are converted into comprehensible maps and graphs. This is extremely valuable for spatial strategies in many other cities world-wide, and therefore TU Delft researchers Rusne Sileryte and Arnout Sabbe have founded the like-named spin off company geoFluxus, which has recently gone through a Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator powered by Techstars.

Next to mapping waste, the geoFluxus team has connected open EU data on GHG emissions to the mapped waste flows by using transport, economic sector and waste treatment statistics. The resulting tool can provide governments with data evidence on what economic sectors, materials and locations hold the highest potential not only for waste reduction but also reductions of carbon emissions. Governments can use the tool to monitor progress towards circularity.

One company’s waste could be another one’s gain
The insights on the waste data generated by geoFluxus enable users to develop and test the impact of spatial strategies, for very specific locations, before actually implementing them. In addition, geoFluxus takes on a “match making” role: to have companies select company materials from other actors close by to re-use these instead of transporting the materials for waste treatment outside the AMA... Click on the link to read the full article >>

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Green IT Amsterdam and SDIA join forces to make digital infrastructure even more sustainable

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AMSTERDAM, 21 JANUARY 2021 - Green IT Amsterdam and Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance are joining forces.

Both organisations have a strong focus on making the digital infrastructure more sustainable. Together they want to initiate or join innovation projects focused on sustainability. Additionally both organisations will work together to make the knowledge and technology they develop commercially available to the market as quickly as possible. For example by creating startups that develop and sell software, cloud services and other tools that can be used by data centres and others to green their digital infrastructure.

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Inkopen met Impact - hoe start je daarmee?

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Met elke euro die je als organisatie uitgeeft aan producten en diensten, heb je de keuze voor het duurzamer, eerlijker of innovatiever alternatief. Denk aan circulaire en energiebesparende producten en diensten, maar ook aan verantwoorde inzet van technologie. Daarmee is inkopen een belangrijke driver voor een slimme, groene en gezonde toekomst. Budgetten worden anders ingezet en systemen en gewoontes worden zo doorbroken.
De Amsterdam Economic Board heeft inmiddels een heel Insights dossier gericht op Inkopen met Impact. Daarin vind je achtergrondartikelen, maar ook quickstarts die je op weg helpen bij het verantwoorder inkopen van bijvoorbeeld bedrijfscatering, werkkleding of bouw en onderhoud van je organisatie. Je vindt  al deze quickstarts in het dossier Inkopen met Impact. Je vindt er ook links naar hoe je je kunt aansluiten bij activiteiten van de Board die je helpen met beter inkopen.

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Nieuwe website

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Almere is in ruim 40 jaar een ondernemende stad van betekenis geworden. Er zijn meer dan 18.000 bedrijven gevestigd en er is nog steeds volop ruimte voor groei. De ligging langs de A6, A27 en Hanzelijn en de nabijheid van Schiphol zijn gunstig en de beroepsbevolking is relatief jong. Om dit alles nog beter voor het voetlicht te brengen, hebben de afdeling Economische Zaken en het Ondernemersplein van de Gemeente Almere samen met Almere City Marketing een nieuwe website gelanceerd:

Doel van de website is om Almere op de kaart te zetten als dé plek om te ondernemen. De focus ligt daarbij op de sterke punten van Almere als stad om te ondernemen, om zo nieuwe ondernemers en bedrijven te werven en zich te vestigen in de stad. In 2017 won de stad de titel Beste Binnenstad en in 2019 werd Almere gekozen tot MKB-vriendelijkste stad. Almere heeft de ambitie om de economische ontwikkeling van de stad te versterken, zodat een robuuste lokale economie ontstaat. De focus ligt daarbij de komende jaren op ICT- Tech, logistiek, toerisme en recreatie, startups en scaleups en circulaire economie.

Almere heeft en geeft letterlijk en figuurlijk ‘ruimte om te ondernemen’. Hiervoor zijn prachtige verhalen verzameld over ondernemen in Almere. Belangrijk, want er zijn hier geweldige bedrijven actief en de stad heeft op zakelijk gebied veel te bieden. Op de nieuwe website is van alles te vinden op zakelijk gebied. De belangrijke thema’s uit de economische agenda worden belicht, evenals de bedrijventerreinen met de beschikbare bouwkavels. Daarnaast is er een agenda met alle business events. Voor ieder type ondernemer is er relevante informatie te vinden, bijvoorbeeld om contact te leggen met de gemeente, zakelijke partners te vinden of over vestigingsmogelijkheden in de stad. Ook het Ondernemersplein is een belangrijk onderdeel van de website. Starters, zzp’ers, mkb’er en ondernemers in zwaar weer kunnen hier terecht voor praktische informatie, programma’s, events en advies.

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Branchevereniging ICT en Telecommunicatie Grootgebruikers (BTG) is partner van Amsterdam Smart City

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Branchevereniging ICT en Telecommunicatie Grootgebruikers (BTG) sluit zich als Associate Partner aan bij Amsterdam Smart City. Dit betekent dat we onze netwerken aan elkaar verbinden, relevante verbindingen leggen en gezamenlijke events organiseren. BTG is ook lid geworden van de Network Council van de Amsterdam Economic Board.

“Bij het netwerk van Amsterdam Smart City gaat het om het maatschappelijk waardevol inzetten van technologie. Publieke waarde creëren, en technologie inzetten vanuit een menselijk perspectief. Met BTG delen we deze doelstelling en hebben we een gedeeld, maar zeker ook aanvullend netwerk. Hiermee kunnen we elkaar versterken en samen nog meer waarde aan onze maatschappij toevoegen”, aldus Leonie van den Beuken, programma directeur Amsterdam Smart City.

“De digitalisering verandert onze wereld razendsnel; met COVID-19 en de uitrol van 5G als recente aanjagers. BTG zet vol in op deze digitale versnelling samen met haar Solution Partners en Leden. Op deze wijze wordt de leefbaarheid in steden en regio’s verhoogd. Nieuwe innovaties in het smart domein staan hoog op de agenda bij BTG door de inzet van de diverse Expertgroepen op het vlak van IoT, 5G, AI, Security, Smart Society etc. De verkregen best practices worden door BTG ingezet bij het Amsterdam Smart City netwerk. Co-creatie en complementaire
werking, pur sang,” aldus Petra Claessen, CEO BTG/TGG.

Het partnership heeft al geleid tot het gezamenlijk organiseren van twee events in november vorig jaar. Onder de noemer ‘De mindset voor een menselijke slimme stad’ en ‘Hoe kan 5G bijdragen aan verduurzaming van steden?’ hebben we twee bijeenkomsten georganiseerd waarin we met belangrijke stakeholders in gesprek zijn gegaan over de vragen 'Hoe creëren we duurzame en leefbare steden?' 'Hoe kan technologie hierin een nuttig middel zijn?' 'Hoe zetten we mensen centraal in deze steden en nemen we hun waarden mee in de ontwikkeling?'

Bekijk hier de Highlights van beide events.

Belijk hier een verslag van ‘De mindset voor een menselijke slimme stad’

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Latest developments in the Amsterdam Smart City program

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Last December, the 20 partners of Amsterdam Smart City came together to present the progress of innovation projects, ask for input, share dilemmas and involve other partners in their initiatives.

Following the thought that nobody wants to live in a smart city but in a nice, friendly, cosy city we work on challenges in which people play a central role. These gatherings are called Demo days and occur every 8-10 weeks. Get a quick overview of the topics and projects about to happen in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and let us know if you want to be involved!

ELSA Lab: AI, Media & Democracy

Pascal Wiggers, senior lecturer Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, is working on an Ethical Legal Societal Aspects Lab to investigate and shape the impact of AI on our society. The University of Applied Sciences is doing this in co-creation together with residents, companies, knowledge institutions and governments. Partners want to understand how AI-driven applications in the media and public space
influence democracy. They also want to experiment with new applications of AI in the media and in the democratic process and draft new ethical and legal guidelines. Pascal is looking for parties that want to join the consortium. Various Amsterdam Smart City partners are interested to join. You too?

Object Detection Kit

Keeping the city streets clean is a major challenge. Maarten Sukel from the City of Amsterdam developed an image recognition system that shows streets in real time maps. For example, garbage bags and other unwanted objects in
the street scene are recognized. The system is based on machine learning and ultimately, we can clean Amsterdam more efficiently and sustainably. The system is continuously improved and tested. In the future it might be used for the recognition of water puddles in the streets, track missing pets, link with a module that shows the value of objects on the streets and more.


Seenons believes in a future with 0% residual waste as a standard. Seenons makes it easy to separate waste and then pick it up separately and sustainably. Citizens and companies offer their separate flows via an app, the Seenons platform proposes the optimal route with the best transport options and delivers the residual flows to processors who make new products of them. Seenons also prevents contamination of flows through clear separation and fine-meshed collection. Environmental friendly transport is used, such as cargo bikes.

Mapping of material flows

Maintaining the value of the raw materials was a central topic at this Demoday. Martijn Kamps from Metabolic started with a presentation about recycling of materials. Based on cases in Rotterdam and Philadelphia he showed that there is a lot of construction and demolition waste that is still dumped or burned. This is issue is still not solved because there is too little data available about these materials. According to Metabolic, urban mining can help. A lot information about volumes of waste is available, but there is no business case yet. You can see where flows come from, identify them, decide where you store materials in the meantime and then, where you want to reuse them. The PUMA project was one of the first projects in this field and current projects are all a sequel to PUMA.

Arnout Sabbe from Geofluxus continued. Geofluxus is a startup which originates from REPAIR, a project with Metabolic and AMS Institute, among others. Geofluxus is working on a reclassification model for raw materials. Currently, there are many databases in which raw materials are registered. Geofluxus brings these together as a combination of data sources from industrial waste. In the Geofluxus monitor you can see how p.e. wood from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area eventually spreads all over the world. It shows the impact on the road network and CO2 emissions for certain waste streams elsewhere. Geofluxus is developing this monitor for the City of Amsterdam and expects to have it ready by the end of next year, although the municipality is dependent on the availability of data. New partnerships are therefore necessary. But a first success is already visible: through the monitor is clear that 70% of the waste in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is caused is used by only 7% of companies. A result worth continuing this work and something to hold on to!

Collaboration between governments and innovative companies

In order to innovate we have to work together; governments and innovative companies. That is not always easy. Various organizational cultures and interests collide. Everyone is in their own system and has its own pace. We had an open and honest discussion on this based on two cases. One of the companies started with some positive feedback: the region is at the forefront of circularity, there is a lot of attention and ambition. But collaborating is different. The company experiences a lot of reluctance, especially from governments. There is little willingness to take
responsibility and work outside existing frameworks. In addition, there is an enormous fragmentation of tasks and a fear of explicitly saying yes or no. For the other company this story is recognizable. They experience a lot of enthusiasm about their company, but still it takes a huge amount of time to involve different departments and decision making is very slow. They noted it is time to get out of the pilot sphere and important to mention business models early on.

There was a lot of understanding and recognition from the government side. They recognized the stories about the silos and indicated that it takes a lot of people and time to make decisions. Governments are less likely to think outside the box and both parties must invest in building trust. The advice that came out for both parties: embrace complexity, be persistent, be open to each other, be clear about expectations, go where the energy flows. And as a positive conclusion: once collaboration is there, governments are nice, loyal and reliable partners.

CleanMobileEnergy (CME)

Cenex The Netherlands is in the middle of the development of an intelligent Energy Management System (iEMS), based on three urban pilots in Nottingham (UK), Arnhem (NL) and Schwabisch Gmund (DE). The goal is to develop a transnational and generic iEMS. In these cities, the pilot elements are currently being put out to tender and connected to the iEMS. Cenex would like to know which mobility and energy initiatives could be suitable for integrating in this iEMS.

Sharing Energy in Almere Haven

The City of Almere joined Amsterdam Smart City as a partner and has many great initiatives to share with the network. In 2020 Almere started EARN-E to reduce the use of electricity and gas in people's homes. Next year, Wijkie will be launched: this combines the energy transition with social needs in a neighbourhood. The core is the sharing of energy with your neighbours in your neighbourhood. In order to set up Wijkie successfully, it is important to enter into dialogue with residents.

The Energy Transition Explained

The energy transition is "hot". Much has been reported in the media, but the reporting is not always easy to understand and sometimes even confusing. Knowledge is needed to critically follow the news about the energy transition. That is why Sanne de Boer wrote the book ‘De energietransitie uitgelegd’. The book provides all the basic knowledge needed to follow news and form informed opinions in discussions. Sanne is looking for suggestions for where to market her book to be able to transfer this knowledge.

Curtailment for solar panels

As an energy platform, Vandebron is an innovative player in the field of sustainable energy. They took us along in the story of solar panel curtailment: remotely on and off switching of energy. A well-known phenomenon in the energy world is that the electricity demand is reasonably stable, but due to the volatility of renewable energy there are significant peaks in the electricity supply every year. The result is that the energy grid becomes full due to the surplus of electricity. This creates problems for the grid operator, who is then forced to hand out a fine. In this case, this means a possible fine for Vandebron, who then has to pass it on again to the producer. Nobody is happy about that.

Curtailment could be a solution. Curtailment makes sure that a surplus can be avoided, when solar panels are switched off in time. The central question is: "How to do this effectively?" It is clear that some degree of curtailment is inevitable, but it is also important to determine whether the energy surplus can be reduced in another way. There is still a world to be won with out-of-the-box thinkers on board.

Energy from braking power

The engine of a train or tram is comparable to the dynamo of a bicycle. In addition to powering the train, the motor is also able to generate energy. This happens, for example, during braking. How can we return the energy that is generated to the grid? And what are the options to apply this in neighbourhood hubs? Arcadis told us that energy generated with the brake of a train, can provide an average household with energy for 2.5 weeks.

This offers a lot of opportunities. Braking energy can be deployed immediately in your own system, it can be stored and then deployed, it can be made available to other parties via neighbourhood hubs. And there is more. Suggestions at that popped up at the demoday: returning energy to grid operators, making a link with buses, ferries and taxis, supplying shops at the station, neighbourhood batteries. To get a step further, possible obstacles have to be overcome as well of course. Experts will work on technological challenges and the saving of a lot of energy in a short time among others. In January, Arcadis, the City of Amsterdam, AMS Institute and Alliander will continue working on this topic. Interested? Then contact us.

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Future Fitness Garden

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Getting fit and healthy again in 2021? Since the citywide lockdown, members of local sport-clubs have been forced outdoors. One of the most popular (outdoor) fitness areas on the Amsterdam waterfront has been the Marineterrein. In our latest project “Future Fitness Garden” we explore how smart lighting can remind us of safe distancing and capacity in public space during Corona.

Using algorithms we can anonymously detect proximity and density of people working out. For example if they come within 1,5 meters to one another the LED strips turn BLUE. If there are too many people occupying the area the LED will turn RED. This system gently reminds guests to respect each other’s space while sharing the future fitness garden.

Thanks to project partners Marineterrein Amsterdam.  Compliments to AI genius Markus Pfundstein, Electrical Mechanical Wizard Werner Pfundstein

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Digitale transformatie blijft kwestie van mensenwerk

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De afgelopen paar jaar dook een term steevast op in bestuurskamers, managementartikelen en -boeken: digitale transformatie. Vaak werd dat in een technologische context geplaatst. Toch blijft het digitaliseren van (bedrijfs)processen, diensten en producten voor een groot deel mensenwerk, zegt Menno Lanting, expert op het gebied van de impact van de snel veranderende wereld op innovatie, organisaties en leiderschap. Hij sprak met Frenk Storm, sales director bij Eurofiber Nederland, over de rol van de mens in het speelveld van digitale transformatie.

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Check the recording of our event 'Data Dilemmas: Digital twins - hype or necessity?'

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With the growing availability of data and technology, digital versions of objects or systems are getting more interesting. Pairing the virtual and physical world, it is possible to continue critical physical processes while digitally experimenting and looking for improvements. The ‘digital twin’ therefore is an interesting feature, also in urban development.

In a discussion with a number of digital twin projects, we addressed opportunities and barriers. Are current projects more than 3D models? What are the key enablers and challenges in starting digital twins for urban applications? Which steps are the most difficult to implement? Do we fully trust on the system and will reality be handled by a computer? How are decisions for further development made?

- Wietse Balster - geo information advisor at City of Amsterdam
- Eric Jeansson - project manager at City of Gothenburg
- Paolo Pileggi - IT program developer & Walter Lohman - project lead at TNO

- Leonie van den Beuken - program director Amsterdam Smart City

Catch the presentations here:

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Two Communications vacancies at Metabolic

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Before we can transition to a circular economy, people need to be inspired and engaged. We're looking for two communications professionals want to dedicate their career to a sustainable cause!

We're looking for a digital communications manager, who can help us get the right messages to the right people to galvanize real change. From social media to big speaking events, digital advertising and email newsletters, spreading key ideals, ideas and messages as effectively as we can:

We're also looking for an experienced science journalist or environmental PR professional who can be the core pillar of our content engine:

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