Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Photo: Arenda Oomen

Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will lead a 90-member delegation to the Smart Cities New York 2019 conference May 14-15 in New York City.

Dutch participants to the conference will come from the government, business, academic sectors, and local municipalities representing the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, and the cities of Rotterdam, Eindhoven, and Amsterdam.

 Whether it’s climate change, population growth, or transportation issues, the Netherlands is recognized as a world leader in smart cities solutions. The Dutch approach to smart cities is based on a quadruple helix design where private parties, citizens, public stakeholders, and knowledge institutions work together to create integrated solutions by using advanced technology, such as big data and artificial intelligence.

For example, Brainport Eindhoven developed the Talking Traffic service in which private and public parties work together to make data on traffic speed, driving behavior, roadworks, traffic jams, accidents, and sudden changes in weather conditions available to road users in real time via a dashboard screen, navigation system, or smartphone.

The Talking Traffic service makes traffic safer, helps achieve CO2 reduction and reduces fuel consumption and noise. The service is now being used in the rest of the Netherlands.

 At the Smart Cities New York 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Ollongren will give a Lightning Talk, “Smart City Nation, the Netherlands.” Over the course of workshops and programming, the Dutch contingent will focus on three areas where the Netherlands is developing pioneering solutions:

  • Amsterdam representatives will bring their expertise in circular economy and how the city manages resource flows to develop resilient economic models;
  • Rotterdam participants will highlight sustainability and resilience efforts that also accelerate contributions to Sustainable Development Goals; and
  • Eindhoven officials will offer their experience in smart and green mobility as the city creates safe and efficient transportation systems.

The conference will showcase the Dutch smart cities approach in a number of sessions including:

Monday, May 13 (Pre-conference workshops at Cornell Tech)

  • 9 a.m.: Unlocking the Potential of the Circular Economy in Cities: Knowledge, Challenges and Solutions from Amsterdam
  • 10:30 a.m.: From Travelers Struggle to Customer Journey                            
  • 2 p.m.: Smart and Resilient Cities: the Dutch Approach
  • 3:30 p.m.: International Smart Cities

Tuesday, May 14

  • 8:30 a.m.: Opening of Dutch Pavilion
  • 10:30 a.m.: Lightning Talk with Deputy Prime Minister Ollongren
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch pitches on circularity at Dutch Pavilion

Wednesday, May 15

  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch pitches on mobility at Dutch Pavilion
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch pitches on resilience at Dutch Pavilion

For more information on Smart Cities technology in the Netherlands, and the delegation attending the conference, please see SmartNetherlands.com.

Members of the media and other interested persons are invited to visit the Dutch Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 14 and 15.  For more information, or to schedule a visit, please call Vera Kuipers at 917-438-8495 or Carla Bundy at 202-274-2632.