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‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’
That is the mission of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.

The strength of Wageningen UR lies in its ability to join the forces of specialised research institutes and Wageningen University. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach.

The scientific quality of Wageningen UR is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes.

The domain of Wageningen UR consists of three related core areas:
Food and food production
Living environment
Health, lifestyle and livelihood
Wageningen UR has branches all over The Netherlands and abroad. A large number of lecturers, researchers and other employees are based at Wageningen Campus.

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Erik Bos, MSc student Urban Environmental Management at Wageningen University and Research, posted

5 quotes you should not miss!

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We selected 5 interesting quotes from the past weeks on the online community of Amsterdam Smart City. Did you miss one of them? Read them here!

Do you have a nice quote or insight to share? Don't hesitate to do it on the Amsterdam Smart City community!

1. ‘’The smartphone will be the citizen’s personal node in the internet of things and gateway to the smart city’’ – Brian Zanghi

> ‘How smart cities will use the internet of things’, an interesting blog about the Internet of Things

2. “Imagine a fleet of autonomous boats for the transportation of goods and people, but also think of dynamic and temporary floating infrastructure like on-demand bridges and stages, that can be assembled or disassembled in a matter of hours” - Carlo Ratti, Professor at MIT and principal investigator about the Roboat-program of the AMS institute.

> The first prototypes of the autonomous Roboat will be visible in the waters of Amsterdam in 2017. More info about this project can you read here: Roboat

3. ‘’Chemistry has an important role in closing the circle and ensuring all this waste is used to produce novel resource materials that provide new molecular building blocks for new products’’ – Jacqueline Cramer

> Why chemistry is important for the circular economy, read it in here article about Chemistry for the Circular Economy

4. ''To become one of the most innovative regions of Europe we do need datatowers such as this one built by Digital Realty and opened today''Nina Tellegen, Amsterdam Economic Board.

> More and more international companies discover the power of the Dutch digital infrastructure and enter the European market via Amsterdam. More information can be found in the post about Datatowers

5. ''Cities basically go out and want to do everything. Free Wi-Fi, meter reading, environmental sensors, information screens, they want them all and they want them for free. Key is to begin by developing a road map of desired services and then prioritize them.'' - Tormod Larsen, CTO of ExteNet

> ‘Municipal governments overwhelmed with the endless choices for smart city projects need to take a breath and plan ahead’, read more in his article about Smart Cities

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Erik Bos, MSc student Urban Environmental Management at Wageningen University and Research, posted

Top 5 projects of September on Amsterdam Smart City

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Are you curious to know more about some projects on our community? Here you can find an overview of the 5 most viewed projects of Amsterdam Smart City of September. Do you have a project you want to show to the innovative community of Amsterdam Smart City? Share it!

Are you curious to know more about some projects on our community? Here you can find an overview of the 5 most viewed projects of Amsterdam Smart City of September. Do you have a project you want to show to the innovative community of Amsterdam Smart City? Share it!

1 Smart Lighting

Smart lampposts on the ‘Hoekenrodeplein’ contribute to a safer public square and it saves energy by regulating the lightning intensity trough sensors. For example, lighting can be dimmed or adjusted according to the weather. The saved energy is used to measure air quality or generating WiFi. This concept will be further spread over the city of Amsterdam, like in the port. Read more on Smart Lighting.

2 Smart Traffic Management

By a collaboration between traffic managers from the municipality, province and country, the percentage of vehicle loss hours in the Amsterdam area has declined by 10 percent. The traffic management system of Amsterdam is connected with the system of the national government. Both centres can see what is going on, on just one screen. This is how the centres can jointly and automatically manage traffic within the region. Read more on Smart Traffic Management.

3 TransformCity: Pilot in Amsterdam

With so many different people living and working in cities, why not include all their dreams, their ideas and their ambitions, to create our cities of the future – together? That’s where TransformCity comes in. TransformCity is an online urban transformation dashboard. Citizens, businesses, organizations and the government can directly exchange information and ideas and collectively plan, make and own their city or neighbourhood. One of the examples is a neighbourhood in Amsterdam Southeast: ZOCITY. Check out TransformCity

4 City-zen: Virtual Power Plant

In Amsterdam Nieuw-West 50 households have PV-panels on their rooftop in combination with a home battery. With the use of the home battery it is possible to store energy during low electricity prices and discharge the battery during high prices. This closes the gap between the availability of (renewable) energy and the actual energy demand. Do you have PV panels or do you plan to install them in 2016? You can still participate in this project, read more!

5 The Green Living Lab

How can nature be integrated with the urban environment where we work, live and play in a sustainable way that benefits our health? In The Green Living Lab in Amsterdam, scientists, entrepreneurs and creatives meet to explore, stimulate and promote healthy urban living. For instance the possibilities of making compost out of the organic waste in Amsterdam are investigated. Check out The Green Living Lab.

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Mara de Pater, Master Student at Wageningen University and Research, posted

This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste

If you live inside one of the houses in a new neighborhood being built in an Amsterdam suburb, your dining room might be next to an indoor vegetable garden. Outside, you'll have another seasonal garden. And down the street, almost everything you eat will be grown in high-tech vertical farms.

The neighborhood will be the first ReGen Village, a new type of community designed to be fully self-sufficient, growing its own food, making its own energy, and handling its own waste in a closed loop.

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Mara de Pater, Master Student at Wageningen University and Research, posted

Smart City Embassy is now online!

Smart City Embassy shows all smart city initiatives in the Netherlands that can be visited. So if you're interested in what is happening outside of Amsterdam or want to visit some projects, you should definitely take a look. Please reach out to me if you have a project or organisation to show on the embassy website and I'll send you the template.

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Mara de Pater, Master Student at Wageningen University and Research, posted

IoT Living Lab

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The IoT Living Lab provides public networks, open infrastructure and data for developers to accelerate emerging IoT innovations for Smart City solutions. We do this by engaging developers and citizens in public spaces using a bottom up, crowd sourcing approach to innovate by "sandboxing" the city.

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Mara de Pater, Master Student at Wageningen University and Research, posted

Rooftop Revolution

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Rooftop Revolution is an independent foundation and supports in sustainable roof projects.

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Energy Atlas

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The Energy Atlas stimulates the use of renewable energy, as citizens will become more aware of their own energy usage and realise that there are gains to be made.

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