Smart City Project

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 living, working, studying in and around Leuven. A crucial step in Leuven's goal to become climate neutral by 2030.

The Internet of Everything

Leuven is a historical city with an industrial past and a clean and healthy, tech-driven future. 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, research and technology development 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 translational research (bench-to-bedside) 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 smart technologies for sustainable, healthy living and moving in and around the city.

The challenges

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 in order to guarantee livability and accessibility. 

The Smart City project aims to focus on these five themes:

  • Optimising Flows (mobility & energy flows; information flows; materials flows)
  • Smart Services
  • Smart Health(&Care)
  • Experience (for both citizens & visitors/tourists)
  • Talent

visual - smart city & open data track © Els Vrints and Data Science Leuven, 2018