Technology itself is not the problem; it is the way technology is used and integrated

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During our research it became clear that technology itself is not the problem. For example, WASTED is low technology-enabled social innovation project. One of the earlier research findings of this organisation was that the main focus of many projects lies on technological solutions and not on behaviour and awareness. Therefore, WASTED started a new project that employs a simple technology to engage citizens, stimulate public awareness of our global plastic waste problem and change behaviour at a local level. Starting, constructing and implementing the project itself was their main challenge. At the end their main concern was how to create a viable business case.

Another great example is RIGO Paint. The company is aware of the problems the paint and coating industry has created. Petrochemical (or solvent-based) paint and acrylic (water-based) paints are widely known to contribute to air pollution and health problems. Furthermore, the process of manufacturing results in significant energy use and waste products. Their aim was to produce an environmental sustainable paint, to reduce the organisation’s CO2 footprint and at the same time to stimulate the local circular economy. RIGO Paint started a circular economy project and developed a technical innovation of an artisanal product, a linseed oil based paint that is 100% environmentally friendly. The progress in durability is enormous. The crux of the project is that local wasteland and uncultivated ground are used successfully to cultivate flax and hemp to produce linseed oil and at the same time provide added value to the landowners. For example, a safer environment for air traffic at and around Schiphol Airport. Key insight: it is very well possible to grow eco-friendly crops and produce raw materials in a high density populated area through the use of local waste land / uncultivated ground.

Together with a team of five researchers of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA) we systematically analysed several smart city projects in Amsterdam. This post includes one of the key insights into the management of smart city projects. The report with all our findings will be published mid-November on the online platform Amsterdam Smart City.


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Anonymous

Hello Margot,
Very interesting. I'll make sure to download the report.
Fully agree with the findings. 10 years ago the technical part of an IoT solution was 95% of my work and today I would say maximum 10%. We can usually assume that devices, connectivity and IoT platform can be outsourced from proven vendors.
A lot of IoT pilots are still focusing too much on technology while they can also be used to test business and organizational impact, benefits etc. Those aspects can easily be added to the scope of the PoC.
Keep spreading the message! :=)
Gilles

Anonymous

Hi Scott, Thank you for your interest. I will send you the report as soon as it is available, but you will also find it on this website next week. Will you also publish your post on this website?

Best,
Margot Frederiks

Scott Bourke

Hi Margot - I'm about to publish a post on LinkedIn regarding the techno-utopian focus of many if not most smart city strategies and in turn projects. You research appears both interesting and relevant to my post. Would it be possible to share your research paper and findings with me? My contact details are scott@beachcity.com.au. I am connected to one of your ASS colleagues Frans Vermast for validation.

Best Scott
Dr Scott Bourke
COO
Beach City Group

Scott Bourke

Hi Margot - I'm about to publish a post on LinkedIn regarding the techno-utopian focus of many if not most smart city strategies and in turn projects. You research appears both interesting and relevant to my post. Would it be possible to share your research paper and findings with me? My contact details are scott@beachcity.com.au. I am connected to one of your ASS colleagues Frans Vermast for validation.

Best Scott
Dr Scott Bourke
COO
Beach City Group

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