smart city? let’s go for it?
Internet of Things, Mobility as a Service, Blockchain…what can these and other new technologies do for your city or company? How could you innovate without spending huge amounts of money?
Our broad experience in the field of smart cities has made us aware that a good use of technology can be key without spending huge of money.
The key for a smart city: the capacity of a smart city to involve citizens and to create “innovation ecosystems” with other interested parties in which its different actors empower each other by working in the same direction.
URBAN PLANNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Participatory processes in urban planning are becoming something usual in urban planning. These kinds of processes are an answer to society’s democratic requirements and a way of improving planning through collective intelligence.
Participation is more than providing accurate and transparent information or receiving feedback from citizens. The more interaction there is between actors the closer to the needs of citizens will be your plan.
Think big and go further: gamification, focus groups, online tools, participatory budgets…there are many ways of “crowdsourcing” urban planning.
Our knowledge of Spanish and Dutch urban legislation together with the use of innovative decision-making processes are an asset to plan efficient, sustainable and livable cities.
Institutions and policy makers are aware that these classic instruments can be improved with the use of deeper qualitative and quantitative analysis. It is essential also to see that urban policies are not independent: they have to be integrated in a comprehensive strategy that a consultant has help to create or, in other cases, to understand and complement.