Amsterdam Smart City program

Description

The Amsterdam Smart City program is about an integrated approach where citizens (which are also customers) are being facilitated by giving insights and access to new products and services. On their demand. The ASC program will contribute by sharing knowledge via the networks we are participating in (e.g. Covenant of Mayors, Green Digital Charter, Eurocities, ENOLL, C40, City Protocol, Eurelectric, etc.) and will have an active role in SCC projects like Transform (http://urbantransform.eu/) and City-Zen. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is part of the Randstad Region and will be linked with their and other Commitments of actors from the region.

Citizen Focus
Sustainable Urban Mobility, Sustainable Districts and Built Environment, Integrated Infrastructures and Processess across Energy, ICT, and Transport, Integrated Planning, Policy, Regulation and Management, Knowledge Sharing, Standards, Baselines and Performance Indicators and Metrics, Business Models, Procurement and Funding

 

Making Cities Smarter is not about putting all efforts into one priority. The Amsterdam Smart City program is about an integrated approach where citizens (which are also customers) are being facilitated by giving insights and access to new products and services. On their demand. The ASC program will contribute by sharing knowledge via the networks we are participating in (e.g. Covenant of Mayors, Green Digital Charter, Eurocities, ENOLL, C40, City Protocol, Eurelectric, etc.) and will have an active role in SCC projects like Transform (http://urbantransform.eu/) and City-Zen. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is part of the Randstad Region and will be linked with their and other Commitments of actors from the region.

Examples of Actions from the Operational Implementation Plan the integrated approach of ASC relates to:

Sustainable Urban Mobility:
Vehicle2Grid (store locally produced energy in their e-car batteries) and Moet-je-Watt (charging systems for e-cars) are two examples of how ASC stimulates clean power for transport and promotes use of cleaner vehicles. 
Furthermore, the region is preparing for sharing knowledge and making solutions widely available, for example via a Knowledge and Innovation Community for Smart Urban Mobility Open Data is made widely available for intelligent urban transport systems and multimodal mobility. eHarbours develops ports in a smart way. 

Districts and Built Environment:
Developing districts is key to ASC. Our FP7-projects TRANSFORM and CITY-ZEN are both aimed at districts and build environment. TRANSFORM provides the city with the EnergieAtlas monitoring tool, and CITY-ZEN involves citizens in the area of Amsterdam Nieuw-West to become part of the smart neighbourhood. 

Integrated Infrastructures, Integrated Planning and Management:
An integrated approach and shared infrastructure planning as well as developing business models for smart city solutions are essential in ASC. 

Citizen Focus:
The citizen is customer to and stakeholder in the Smart City approach.

Baselines, Performance Indicators and Metrics and Knowledge Sharing:
Performance is measured in various ways in the projects and ASC is sharing is knowledge wherever possible. In international cooperation but also by receiving research. The new institute Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions is part of these actions. 

Open Data and Standards:
Open infrastructures, open innovation, open knowledge and open data. This forms the basis for product and service innovations that can improve the quality of life. ASC works with the City Protocol Standard. 

Business Models, Finance and Procurement:
ASC looks at the development of replicable concepts that can be applied elsewhere in the region or nationally or even internationally. Next to this ASC has chosen a specific regional approach. By combining regional needs with the local investment agenda, there is potential to create new products and services, and to test or scale them up in our metropolitan living lab

i) The European scale is key for most products and services that make Cities Smarter, as well as for the challenges Europe faces. Via our communications and projects we will underline the importantance and opportunity the SCC program gives Europe to accelerate its ambitions.

ii) The City is an Open Platform where all users have equal access. Amsterdam has an unbundled market for energy and connectivity. This is something we foster and with the development of the Internet of Everything we will keep pushing Open Standards and protocols. Also within the City Protocol intiative.

iii) All data in Amsterdam is in principle open conform National and European regulations. The next years we will heaviliy work on the opportunities to disclose the data on a higher (5 star) maturity level.

iv) By combining existing infrastructure with new technology in an integrated and open approach Amsterdam Smart City works to structural change and contributes to the EU's 20/20/20 targets. 

The ASC program has a broad network. The ASC consortium decides about the strategy and implementation of actions. The ASC project organisation executes the actions. They relate to local policies. To help companies, mostly innovative SMEs, to accelerate we support accelerator programs like StartUp Bootcamp and Rockstart. We are also have strong partnerships with knowledge institutions including the new institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (www.ams-amsterdam.com). As said above, citizens are a key stakeholder to ASC.

Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
  • Integrated Infrastructures and Processes across Energy, ICT, and Transport
  • Citizen Focus
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Integrated Planning and Management
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Baselines, Performance Indicators and Metrics
  • Open Data Governance
  • Standards
  • Business Models, Procurement and Funding

 

The Amsterdam Smart City program shares all it's best and worst practices on www.amsterdamsmartcity.com. Together with other cities we collaborate on standards. As you can see for example on www.cityprotocol.org. 
Apart from shared actions in the European projects mentioned above, ASC actions cover the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. This area has 2,4 million inhabitants. Due to the diverse nature of the ASC activities we refer to the ASC website as a start for indicators of our further progress. They lay in the fields of reduced (fossil) energy consumption, increased competitiveness (from large companies and innovative SMEs) and the wellbeing of our citizens.

Results expected in

  • 2014 Smart City Agenda
  • 2015 First outline of Amsterdam framework of standards, Including measurement.
  • 2016 and beyond Continue to develop Amsterdam Smart City and to share knowledge, replication and upscaling of activities.