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Will The Netherlands meet the SDG-Goals

May 20, 2020:Minister of Finance reports on behalf of the Cabinet about the policy and finances of the past year.


At the same time, Statistics Netherlands published the Monitor Brede Welvaart and SDGs 2020 and  the fourth National SDG report With moderator: Harm Edens and 

Minister Kaag (Minister of Foreign Trade)

Utrecht Region Get Connected Annual Congress 10 October 2019


During the Utrecht Region "Get Connected annual congress" at Galgenwaard

Stadion the Utrecht Region organizes fifty sessions in festival style with partners between 12.30 pm and 4 pm. In the sessions (regional) developments are discussed within the themes smart and healthy cities and villages, circular economy, human capital agenda, internationalization, financing and the tasks of Health Hub Utrecht. You can be inspired in five 'squares' in the form of sessions, discussion tables or on the exhibition floor. The five squares are:

  • Future City Square
  • Green Square
  • Talent Square
  • Health Hub Utrecht Square
  • International Square

At the Future City Square Arjan Bosker (vice secretary Municipality Krimpen aan den IJssel) and  Olaf Müller (United Smart Cities UN Program)  will present the tooling of Benchmark how to focus and compare the transition to a Sustainable en Smarter Environment

True-Kare launch of Care Watch Pro Wearable for Elderly & Vulnerable

Assisted Care Wearable which combines SOS and GPS functionalities for the elderly and the vulnerable


True-Kare is excited to announce the launch of Care Watch Pro, a wearable, which combines SOS and GPS functionalities, that will help the elderly, lone workers & the vulnerable individuals to live independent with a 24/7 peace of mind. By pressing the SOS this device will connect the user to a care line or alternatively to their Next of Kin and provide the respective location. Features such as Geo-Fencing, Health sensors & built-in GPS / LBS are also included.

True-Kare believes that the Care Watch Pro, Equipped with the latest Digital Care Technologies, will innovate the care industry through a simple, and yet discreet device. The device also comes with a roaming SIM which covers 28 EU-countries and a fully monitored service which enables users to be only one click away from complete protection. More information is available at

CLASS: Developing technology for smart cities and connected cars

This video shows how smart communication between vehicles and cities is about to take a big step forward. The European project CLASS is making this a reality by converging and evolving high performance computing, low power embedded and big data analytics computing technologies into a unified software architecture, capable of efficiently coordinating and distributing computation resources along the compute continuum, from edge to cloud. More information:

CBS Monitor of Well-being

The figure on economic growth does not say everything about how we are in the Netherlands. That is why Statistics Netherlands has developed the Broad Prosperity Monitor at the request of the Second Chamber. Statistics Netherlands researcher Jan Pieter Smits explains what we can say about prosperity in the Netherlands now, later and elsewhere in the world

Climate impact in Financial Industry

The Dutch Banking Association (NVB) organised a conference about the climate impact in the financial industry. It has impact in all Industries.  

Working with sensors to measure health

Sensors have become an essential tool of everyday life. Think for example about the blood pressure monitor inside a smartwatch or the step counter on a smartphone. Sensors are accurate, which is why Statistics Netherlands (CBS) is exploring various ways to implement them – e.g. as a substitute for survey questionnaires. A number of experiments to this end were conducted at the second Sensor Data Challenge event in January 2019. The event was co-hosted by Statistics Netherlands, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Utrecht University.

(source CBS  Author: Miriam van der Sangen)

Mobile World Congres now named MWC

25-28 February MWC19 was hosted in Barcelona again and showed all new mobile building blocks for a Smart Society. The Dutch were present at the Orange Dutch Pavilion. Click on the photo for an impression of the 2018 booth. (source Dutch IT-Channel / Executive-people)

Quick conversion from Waste to Drinkable water (Dutch)

Samilla Sanitation Hubs converts urine quickly into clean drinking water and fertilizer. This Dutch invention is now continuing and with this hub it also converts black water into raw materials. A Perfect solution to contibute to the UN SDG 2 and 6. 

Municipality Vijfheerenlanden meets challenge of digitization and robotisation

January 4, 2019:

Mayor Jan Pieter Lokker of the brand new Municipality Vijfheerenlanden explains his challenge of the consequences of digitazation and robotisation for his residents in his maiden New Years Speech.

Virtual Reality

VRiend is a VR application to bring hospitalized people back in contact with their beloved ones outside the hospital!


VRiend uses a closed secure end-to-end ecosystem exist of a custom-built VR camera and a bespoke low latency streaming platform.


You can choose to use your own wifi network or to use the built in 4G modem where VRiend camera allows you to use the camera wherever there is 4G or wifi coverage!

Local residents in De Kiel put lampposts in their own garden (because the province took them away)

When the province removed lampposts between De Kiel and Schoonoord, dissatisfied local residents took action: if the province does not want to do it, they will do it themselves. And so they took on the public street lighting themselves.


Incidentally, with community money: what the province takes away, the other government (Coevorden) finances again. The last lampposts have now been placed.


(source Dagblad van het Noorden)

Smartcity World Expo 2020 Cancelled

Mobile World Congress Barcelona, planned on February 22-24, attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year has been cancelled due to the break out of the corona virus.


This virus brake out on December 2019 in the Wuhan region of China, has now also emerged outside of it.  Telco manufacturers have withdrawn their participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to ensure the safety of their employees and the public. 


Despite all the precautionary measures taken by the GSMA, CEO John Hoffman states in his statement that the outbreak of the virus has made it "impossible" to hold the event.

10 October 2019: Google offers tool for cities to measure emissions

Above: Range of data showed  of Birmingham

A tool Google offered in the US to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels is now available in Europe.


It compiles transport and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions


Google will initially offer the tool to Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Coventry, Dublin and Copenhagen.


It plans to add more cities on other continents in coming weeks and any city can to nominate itself via an online form.


The Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) offers data in four categories:


building emissions

transport emissions

general emissions

solar potential



Tree saving sensoring at Maastricht (NL)

Of the thousands lime trees on top of Maastricht A2 tunnel, none have died yet during the latest dry period. This is because sensors constantly monitor the growth and flowering of the trees.


Three sensors are located at the roots of the trees and measure three things: minerals, oxygen and moisture content. On the computer you can see whether action must be taken. Last year the trees were watered 22 times: each linden tree received an average of 200 to 300 liters. This year too, with its long, hot and dry summer, watering was much more frequent than expected.


source: 1Limburg, September 15 2019

Amsterdam Business Awards and United Smart Cities

This year was a more important criterion of the Amsterdam Business Awards sustainability. In addition to the performance of the Earth Anthem at the gala, a film was also made especially for the Awards with Secretary General OiER (UN part) and director of United Smart Cities, USC, Kari Aina Eik.

The vision of United Smart Cities is to encourage innovative collaborations and to work with local / regional governments, industry, financial institutions and the United Nations to build influential, transformational and scalable solutions for cities. Towards a livable and sustainable metropolitan region of Amsterdam. For more information regarding Edwin Bijl projects: or Olaf Müller:

Gamechanger for cities to understand data, implications and solutions

Geneva & New York: Offshore Simulator Centre AS showed simulation to UN and 10 members of the World Bank:  Using simulation to understand big data is child's play... 

Healthy drinking water & environment

In general the quality of the water supply network in the Netherlands meets the qualified standards, but is it healthy enough for use of the recommended 2 liters per person per day?


Marcel Luijendijk of Tradeline explains how to improve the quality standard, how vitalize and to filter inclusions like medicine remains. Looking at the SDG's he shows  how everyone can attribute in reducing waste of plastic disposable bottles.  

Roeselare & Antwerp (B): Award winners

A 'smart city' is not a label or goal in itself, but it is of course very nice to receive recognition for a beautiful, innovative project in the municipality. Every year Agoria, the Belgium federation of the technology industry, presents its Smart City Awards. With these awards people want to put cities and municipalities in the spotlight that use innovative technological solutions.

Roeselare is "Smartest City" this year thanks to the project "Increasing road safety through machine learning." Roeselare wants to increase road safety through cameras mounted on constantly driving cars: traffic signs are registered digitally, damage is reported digitally, the condition of the road is digitally reported.

The city of Antwerp won two prizes. In the Energy category, the 'Waterlink' project won, with which the city wants to replace all water meters (around 200,000) in the city with digital meters. Antwerp also won the Smart City Award for 'Smart to Antwerp', the online mobility platform with multimodal route planner.

Undiscovered Potentials - Best Practices around the Wolrd

How can cities around the world become smart and sustainable? In order to provide a valid answer, UNECE and OiER developed the global platform United Smart Cities (USC).


In 2016, UNECE initiated the worldwide initiative United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 16 UN agencies are involved in this. Using 92 performance indicators (Key Performance Indicators, KPIs, for smart sustainable cities), cities are evaluated according to their performance and their potential.


Forbes presents an exclusive list of five project cities that were examined by UNECE within the USC framework. What is striking is that the cities listed are not the ones that are typically famous worldwide, but rather are cities from developing countries, emerging markets and transition countries.

12th november 2018:

The Dutch & Smart Cities (SCEWC2018)

On Monday November 12th the business event ‘The Dutch & Smart Cities” took place.

During this business event workshops, deep-dives and roundtable discussions did focus on societal challenges and technological concepts in cities. Major John Jorritsma of the City of Eindhoven as Mission Leader and Kari Aina Eik of United Smart Cities / OiER (UN) will express the Internationa opportunities and challenges for the Dutch delegation.


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