To share thoughts and experiences and to come to further cooperation, ‘smart cities’ is one of the 8 themes during the economic mission to Paris on 10 and 11 March 2016, which coincides with the state visit of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen
Both French and Dutch cities are increasingly facing challenges of sustainability and quality of life and therefore need smart metropolitan solutions. Making the city ‘smart’ – or similarly ‘intelligent’ or ‘innovative’ – can help to tackle and mitigate these challenges. To share thoughts and experiences and to come to further cooperation, ‘smart cities’ is one of the 8 themes during the economic mission to Paris on 10 and 11 March 2016, which coincides with the state visit of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen. AMS’ scientific director and professor at Delft University of Technology, Arjan van Timmeren, is asked to lead this theme.
Defining ‘smart’ and smart challenges
Although there is no clear and absolute definition of the smart city – one of the items to be discussed during the trade mission – the adjective smart focuses on urban innovations and the implementation and integration of information and communication technology (ICT) to optimize processes, infrastructure and everyday life in cities. This encompasses many themes, e.g. (smart) mobility, (smart) energy, (smart) waste and related opportunities such as citizen empowerment.
Through interactive conversations during an expert breakfast meeting and workshops with Dutch and French participants of knowledge institutes, government and business partners, we aim to answer questions like: What are the main challenges for smart cities in France and the Netherlands? Which common challenges can be found and where can synergy take place between French and Dutch organisations? How can we cooperate on solving (one of) these challenges and make a research project or business case out of it?
In the afternoon Memorandums of Understanding will be signed with <a>Suez </a>and La Fabrique de la Cité to collaborate in future projects, and other supportive activities in the field of (future) metropolitan solutions. AMS Institute, Suez, and La Fabrique de la Cité are active in this field through engaging in (scientific) research activities, projects and / or organizing events, and perform their activities in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders. Combining these activities will provide synergies in knowledge building, broaden the area of living lab locations, and amplify the impact of solutions provided to metropolitan challenges.
Furthermore, at the Innovation Parade – which will be visited by the Dutch King and Queen – we will present the crowd monitoring research during SAIL2015, the 3D Building Fieldlab as well as ‘City-zen’ and ‘Prêt-à-Loger’ (related to solutions for sustainable and future-proof retrofitting of cities and buildings).
Existing initiatives and cooperation
In the French Dutch context many interesting initiatives have been started in recent years. Both in France and the Netherlands institutes and organisations have been set-up to work on urban challenges (e.g. AMS Institute, <a>Amsterdam Smart City</a>, La Fabrique de la Cité,Advancity, Renaissance Urbaine, and several others). Collaboration between such institutes is key as many of the challenges have an international scope.
Related to (smart) energy solutions a great example of international collaboration is the <a>City-zen </a>project, which aims to develop and demonstrate Zero Energy Cities with a central role for citizens. In this research 23 partners are working together to achieve a future-proof grid, innovative heat and cold solutions and energy efficient retrofitted buildings. Both Amsterdam and Grenoble are the living labs for these innovations.
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