Theme: Smart City as a whole
Pitch line: Brainport Smart District: a successful testing ground for tomorrow’s society.
The Netherlands has an international reputation for participation and for early adoption. This is why it is the ideally suited to set up a National Smart City Living Lab (www.slimstestad.nl) for practical Smart City applications within a network of municipalities. This is a collaboration of local, regional and national authorities with private and non-profit organisations and educational institutions focused on solving concrete puzzles to improve the quality of life in and around the city, representing the next step in the development of Smart Cities.
Seven municipalities are participating in the Smart City Living Lab, one of which is Helmond, where the Brainport Smart District foundation (www.brainportsmartdistrict.nl) is the initiator and facilitator that is shaping an innovative, sustainable and circular new district. Between 2018 and 2028 a new district of over 12 hectares will be built with some 1500 new homes and a business park. Together with the residents the Brainport Smart District foundation wants to realise a beautiful environment with a high quality of life.