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Amsterdam wins Smart City World Congress Award

For making Amsterdam more accessible through opening public data to optimize mobility and transportation.

The C40 City of Amsterdam was chosen as the winner of the City Award at the second edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, held November 14 in Barcelona, Spain. Amsterdam’s winning submission was an innovative Open Data Program for transport and mobility, with the motto: We the data, you the apps.”  The program aims to improve the accessibility of the city and is part of the Amsterdam Smart City Approach.

Amsterdam joined forces with app-developers on this new initiative to identify problems and implement solutions. The goal: To create applications for the smartphone that supplies the traveler real-time multimodal transport and travel-information to his or her destination. Examples of new apps that have been created are Parkshark (Glimworm) and Bike Like a Local. The Department of Infrastructure and Transportation of the City of Amsterdam (Dienst Infrastructuur Verkeer en Vervoer – DIVV) makes traffic and transportation data publicly available, in the hope that the open data will stimulate innovation for new products and mobile services to make trips more efficient.

Since March 2012, the city reports, DIVV has made data available on parking (tariffs, availability and time), taxi stands, cycle paths and more; next to this, real time information is given on traffic jams on main roads around the city. According to DIVV’s data, a full 50,000 kilometers are driven each day while drivers search for their destinations. Since drivers are programmed to follow routines, new obstacles – like roadwork – can increase congestion city-wide.

The Smart City Expo World Congress awards recognize the most innovative projects in the categories of Initiative, Project and City. A total of 106 entries were submitted this year from 65 cities in 18 countries. Last year, the city of Yokohama, also a C40 city, won the City award.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.
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