The Ambient, Sensitive, and Smart, City.

An Initial Look at potential and benefits of City Living Labs.

A Smarter City with a Living Lab

The Internet of Things and the uprise of the participatory society enable cities to rethink their organisation and how they service their inhabitants. Better infrastructure, logistics and services; tailor made and ‘just in time’-delivery are within our reach.

The Ambient, Smart and Sensitive City.

Uncovering City Innovation

Every city holds much potential to develop and offer smart solutions for better service, government and living; locally sourced solution tailor made for the city. This potential lies within the local ecosystem and people of the city together with smart technologies such as Internet of Things, big data and citizen science.

Local Benefit from Local Inspiration

A true Living Lab is built and run by local professionals and tailored to the DNA of the city and its communities. Glimworm did this in Amsterdam. We want make our expertise and experience with the Amsterdam Living Lab available to you to create a local Living Lab for your smart city ambitions.

By engaging this local ecosystem of professionals, businesses and citizens, an adaptive space of innovation, development and collaboration can be created; a Living Lab for smart technology serving the city and its people.

What is a Living Lab?

Smart city ambitions come to life in a Living Lab. It is an (online + physical) environment where local needs are researched with local partners and people so that smart city solutions can be developed and tested.

For maximum impact and durability of the Living Lab and the smart solutions that spring from it, the Living Lab is built upon a local ecosystem of professionals, entrepreneurs, citizens and officials.

The Living Lab provides an open sandbox environment for smart city innovations. It encourages experimentation and interaction between stakeholders through a rapid prototyping and design thinking approach.

An added benefit of having a Living Lab to locally source solutions and partnerships is that this stimulates new business and employment.

Why build a Living Lab?

Smart technology, data, sensors, apps, citizen science, all have the potential to change to way cities are organized and built.

There is an opportunity for cities to improve the quality of life for its people, stimulate economic growth and support a more sustainable future.

Every city has its own DNA which depends on its inhabitants, geospatial make-up, economics and history. This is why a Living Lab needs to be tailored to the needs and issues that are most relevant for every city while leveraging the existing local infrastructure and ecosystem of people, institutes and businesses.

To build a Living Lab means to enable your city to actively develop smart city, strengthen local partnerships and better service the people.

What you’re looking for in Smart City Living Labs

  • Leverage local skills and entrepreneurship to build an innovative, locally embedded Living Lab
  • Strengthen cohesion between local business, professionals and the city.
  • Learn about the opportunities of Internet of Things technology for your city, its people and businesses.
  • Integrate technology, design, creative industry and research in one innovation program
  • Build a local infrastructure & ecosystem that benefits city, business and people.
  • Learn how the Living Lab was created in Amsterdam and other cities

What is required of participating cities.

As Smart City practitioners we want to avoid the ‘not invented here’ — syndrome and maximise the impact and integration of the Living Lab activities and solutions in every city.

Therefore, the Living Lab needs to be locally sources, with local professionals, local knowledge and local businesses. In the creation of a Living Lab, every city is in the lead. The reason is simple: a locally sourced Living Lab is an effective and productive Living Lab.

A core Living Lab team is given the assignment to create a Living Lab that unlocks local potential and capacity of the local ecosystem — best of global; built local.

Adrian Kyle Blackwood is a Pioneer in Physical Internet: Award-Winning Product Designer, Researcher, Innovator | IOT | AI | Big Data | Blockchain |

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