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Articles | Volume XLII-4/W3
25 Sep 2017
 | 25 Sep 2017

Making Sense for Society

J. J. van der Heide, M. M. Grus, and J. C. A. J. Nouwens

Keywords: Sensors, smart city, data platform, public space, open data, privacy, legal certainty

Abstract. The Netherlands is a densely populated country. Cities in the metropolitan area (Randstad) will be growing at a fast pace in the coming decades1. Cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are being overrun by tourists. Climate change effects are noticed in cities (heavy rains for instance). Call for circular economy rises. Traffic increases. People are more self-reliant. Public space is shared by many functions. These challenges call for smart answers, more specific and directly than ever before. Sensor data is a cornerstone of these answers. In this paper we’ll discuss the approaches of Dutch initiatives using sensor data as the new language to live a happy life in our cities. Those initiatives have been bundled in a knowledge platform called “Making sense for society”

1 (in dutch)