Smart Cities Program from TU/e
The focus of the TU/e Smart Cities Program (SCP/e) is in line with the definition of Smart Cities used by the European Union: “how to best design and adapt cities into smart, intelligent and sustainable environments where living is comfortable”. SCP/e will focus on four key topics essential for a more sustainable development of city life and the city in the near future.
1. Smart Data, Urban Flows & Resources and the Circular City
Big data will enable a more sustainable design, planning and management of the public infrastructure of the city when it comes to resources, infrastructure and public space and facilities. This results in reducing the ecological footprint of the city regions on our planet. A circular city region in which resources, food, energy but also waste is produced, consumed and recycled locally balancing only surpluses and shortages on a more global scale.
2. Smart Mobility, Urban Transport Systems and Public Space
Electrical vehicles, smart traffic guidance and social sharing communities will fundamentally shift the urban and regional multimodal transport system and enable its citizens to adopt a more active travel behavior. It will reduce traffic, the amount and size of vehicles and thus the amount of space needed for it. This will create room in the public space for other non-infrastructural aspects of city life.
3. Smart Health, Healthy Urban Lifestyle and Urban Recreation System
Apps and social media communities increasingly play a role in directing people towards certain public facilities for sporting, active transport and recreation. This will enable us to create, design and manage people to certain recreational zones and facilities in the city region and contribute to their feasibility.
4. Smart Energy, Intelligent Energy Grids & Systems and Zero Carbon Cities
Intelligent personalized energy production- and control systems combined with de-central energy grids will enable citizens to share in a much more efficient and sustainable way. Creating a Zero Carbon City in which intelligent design of the cities public space and architecture is combined with hightech experimental technologies and systems. Together with the circular approach towards water, food or waste treatment this will enable us to create a whole new kind of public infrastructural domain.
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