The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is exploring the potential of Smart Cities in the Netherlands and Europe. In this news update several experts like Hans Tijl, Neelie Kroes, Maarten Hajer en Ton Venhoeven (page 16-17) give their opinion on the Development of Smart Cities and Dutch initiatives and practices are shown. An extract on the design research VenhoevenCS has conducted commissioned by Atelier Stad can be read on page 14-15.
In 2015 the Ministry will cooperate with cities, enterprises and knowledge partners in order to explore the spatial effects of Smart City developments in the long run and to investigate the preconditions for Smart City developments. Smart Cities is the central theme of the Innovation relay that will take place during the Dutch EU Presidency in 2016.