Open Science Meeting 2014
Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Agentschap NL, The Netherlands

Dutch Business Delegation

Background topic Session
The world is changing. The way we look at how we have to build our future cities is changing. As cities are growing we are continually facing new problems regarding sustainability, energy supply, traffic management, (potable) water management, logistics and public transportation. And they are all interconnected. The current solutions are far from optimal and need a different approach, where innovation is key. Industry and knowledge institutes have to work together to identify and come up with solutions for a better living environment. At this moment there is not one country that holds the solution to the problems. An international cooperation is required to move towards sustainable, modern Green Cities.

Report of session Smart Cities

In the Smart Cities session during the Open Science Meeting in Makassar there were 5 speakers. This session was a bit different from other sessions at the Open Science Meeting, as the speakers were from government (ministry of housing), local government (Mayor elect of Makassar, Amsterdam Smart City) and companies (Alliander, Almende).

The session was divided into a few parts. First the cities have presented their vision and what they are currently already doing. The conclusion is that the level of ambition is not that much different between the Netherlands and Indonesia. Amsterdam has already implemented a lot of Smart City concepts, of which some may also be applicable to Makassar.

The ministry of housing also held a presentation on the current focus of the Indonesian government on the housing situation in Indonesia. Interesting is that the schemes do require local investment and that the villages are able to organise themselves. This are key factors to enable smart villages to emerge.

Alliander is a Dutch grid company, which is also the grid company of Amsterdam. The presentation of Alliander was focussed on the Smart Grid. Technological solutions, together with a presentation of the running projects and how the golden triangle (or triple helix) has to work together to complete complex projects, gave interesting arguments to further  investigate the possibilities for companies, knowledge institutes and government to work together.

The last presentation was presented by Hans Abbin, the CEO from Almende. Interesting about Almende is that they are basically a private research company, which uses their research successes to setup new companies. The companies started (so far 9) are able to finance the research activities of their mother company Almende. Almende is active in agent based networking,

After the presentations there was a plenary discussion, which focussed on the development possibilities for Makassar, and how the Mayor Elect, Pak Danny, could proceed to take the next steps.