Building a smart society
The Future City Foundation is the first smart city network in the Netherlands that focuses on the demand of the city. It is an initiative of companies and governments that want to stimulate the exchange of knowledge, ideas and solutions between technology professionals, administrators and urban developers. Situated in the space between all the different actors, bridging the gap, we are in essence a movement of communities.
The Future City Foundation is also a FIWARE iHUb. FIWARE is a composite framework of open source platform components to accelerate the development of smart solutions. Their mission is: ‘to build an open and sustainable ecosystem around public and implementation-driven software platform standards that facilitate the development of new smart applications in multiple sectors.’ For further information visit www.fiware.org
At the heart of a city is its community, consisting of a broad group of actors all providing valuable inputs in working towards a smart city. Bringing together citizens, industry, science and policy is a potent mixture for innovation. The key being collaboration between all these actors, using all available knowledge, while not reinventing the wheel. A prerequisite for successful collaboration is openness: open data, open technology, open source, and open standards. The technology is a facilitator, an enabler, a means to an end.
This is our point of departure for the projects we are engaged in. The projects we want to highlight are:
- A Smart City, This is How You Do It
- We are working on City Deal, a network of companies, governments, academia that will develop, test and implement tools that relate to practical questions of becoming a smart city. It goes under de name ‘A Smart City, This is How You Do It’. (link – in Dutch)
- We are working on a toolbox for the smart city. Tools relating to the smart city are collected and made accessible through an online toolbox, for all to access. Are you aware of such a tool? Did you develop one? Let us know by filling out this form – available in English and Dutch
- It resulted in the book ‘A Smart City, This is How You Do It’
(download for free here – in English)
SCOREwater is a EU Horizon2020 research and innovation project, working towards a smart water society. It’s main mission is to connect governments, universities, urban developers and technology professionals within the water society to develop and test water-smart digital solutions and best practices to strengthen cities’ resilience. The project started in May 2019 and will continue until April 2023.
SCOREwater vision is to link the physical and digital world for city water management solutions. To reach the ultimate goal to play a part in solution for climate change and urbanization, addressing several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the new Urban Water Directive.
Three demonstration cities
SCOREwater focuses on enhancing the resilience of cities against climate change and urbanization. The three demonstration cities, with their varied climate and social conditions, cover most of the city typologies in Europe. Therefore, they are good places for the SCOREwater validation.
The demonstration cities are: Amersfoort (Netherland), Barcelona (Spain) and Gothenburg (Sweden). Each city has their own focus, however the data gathered across all cities will be gathered in one, central location: the SCOREwater data market. It will combine heterogeneous data from various sources into easy to use API’s by harmonizing and standardizing the metadata and data, publishing them in an easy to use data market.
The Amersfoort case focuses on flood prevention and climate resilience. The Gothenburg case focuses on water-safe infrastructure projects. And the Barcelona case focuses on resilient sewer systems through sewer sociology. Read more about these cases by clicking on them, or download the overview of the first year of the SCOREwater project (PDF).
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A Smart City, This is How You Do It
In 2019 the many partners that make up te Future City Foundation wrote the booklet ‘Een slimme stad, zo doe je dat’ (A Smart City, This is How You Do It). This generated a lot of attention and ultimately led to the the City Deal aptly titled ‘ A Smart City, This is How You Do It’.
The Dutch Ministry of Interior has asked to set up a network of companies, governments, academia, citizen movements and other organizations, so that the entire quadruple helix is represented. They will sign a so called City Deal (a program connected to the EU Urban Agenda). This network will develop, test and implement provide a toolbox with tools that respond to the practical questions arising from the book A Smart City, This is How You Do It. The tools must be feasible, scalable and shareable. The next three years the network will be working on those tools. With this toolbox urban designers get the tools to design real smart cities.