Research theme – Connected City
Smart and sustainable mobility, and the hardware and software supporting the movement
of people and goods in and to/from urban areas are of increasing importance in densely populated urban areas. Urban areas and public functions (streets, transport hubs, etc.) are complex places, where the conflicting demands of many users must be balanced. Our ambition is to create a physically and digitally connected city (goods, people, data) that is accessible, seamless, efficient, inclusive and empowering, and eliminates pollution and negative environmental impact. The theme’s focus is on urban mobility, citizen sensing & empowerment and intelligent infrastructures. It includes research to try to both reduce the number of vehicles, change travel behaviour and reallocate the car in the urban systems configurations, and to
put the emphasis on walkability, bike-ability and dedicated low-emission mobility, preferably attached to services, data, community building and empowerment.
Besides creating a city that is well connected and accessible in a physical way (urban mobility), connections between people, devices and organizations in cities are increasingly digitized which enables more accurate information sharing and decision- making, contextual intelligence, (self-)organisation, empowerment and optimization. The era of internet ubiquity has arrived. We are moving beyond standalone devices into a world where everything is connected: the era of the ‘Internet of Everything’. Houses, cars, appliances, watches, phones, computers, buildings and infrastructures, will get the ‘smart’ pre x when they become interconnected ecosystems of devices, software and services. There are, of course, important issues to deal with, for example safeguarding privacy and democratic values, social inclusiveness and accessibility, security, and robustness and compatibility. The potential of the ‘internet of everything is huge, however, to empower citizens to create better cities.