Amsterdam and TomTom building a smarter city

Navigation systems company TomTom and the City of Amsterdam will be collaborating on new tools to improve traffic flow and parking in the city. Using insights from TomTom’s traffic data, the city will now be able to make better decisions about accessibility and mobility. For example, road closures in the city centre will be monitored in more detail, leading to rapid intervention when changes occur in the traffic situation.

“This cooperation will make the city of Amsterdam smarter," said Deputy Mayor Pieter Litjens. "That’s good news for the accessibility, traffic flow and air quality in the city."    

How to make smart-city projects succeed

As a pioneer in smart-city initiatives, Amsterdam is also keen to find out the key factors behind successful projects. That is why researchers at the Amsterdam's University of Applied Sciences recently analysed 12 smart-city projects in Amsterdam, in the fields of energy, mobility and the circular economy. Their report (PDF) came up with a series of suggestions that can be applied to smart projects in Amsterdam and elsewhere. For example, it offers tips on how to get more users involved in these projects, how to create a viable business model and how to ensure that the project's scope is made clear to all involved partners at the outset.

The circular smart city

A key component of the smart city is a focus on the circular economy, which explains why the City of Amsterdam recently adopted 20 projects that are based on circularity. With these projects, Amsterdam will be the first city in the world to show that the circular economy is both possible and profitable. Some of these projects (Dutch link) include new construction techniques, the use of recycled concrete and the conversion of waste into valuable materials for the chemical industry.