The internet of things has found its way to the city streets. Leuven MindGate participates in Leuven's Smart City project, where urban renewal and data are combined to increase sustainable mobility in and around Leuven. A crucial step in Leuven's goal to become climate neutral by 2030.
Leuven is a historical city with an industrial past. The industrial revolution brought many factories and breweries to Leuven and up to this day Leuven still houses the world's largest brewer: AB-InBev.
However, Leuven's history is more than just industry. Centuries of science and knowledge are also rooted in the history of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). Down the years, KU Leuven has produced hundreds of spin-offs and keeps on investing in innovation. Add research by the University Hospital (UZ Leuven) strategic research centers such as imec and that number only increases. In 2016, the city of Leuven rounded up several members of Leuven MindGate to use this technology for sustainable mobility in and around the city.
Population growth in the Leuven region is above average. As a result, traffic has also increased, causing congestions. New technology and smart solutions are part of the solution for local governments across the globe. A sustainable modal shift is necessary order to guarantee livability and accessibility.
The Smart City project aims to work around these four points: