IBM is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with approximately 430,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. IBM helps clients become “smarter” as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. The company helps thousands of clients in the public and private sector around the world adapt new technologies such as Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile and Social Business. This includes working with organizations and governments to build systems that improve traffic congestion, managing water, and the health and safety of populations.
Cisco is a leading player in a large number of smart community initiatives around the world and at the bleeding edge of everything from smart grids, the internet of things to the more human-centric field of ‘smart work’, learning hubs and immersive video communication. Cisco’s experience in the design, manufacture and sale networking equipment as well as its understanding of impact analysis on networks allows it to predetermine the resilience of entire communities, facilitate the “greening” of cities and redefine the way we innovate. These factors are core to successful urban regeneration.
As a world-leading player in the oil and gas industry, Shell is concerned with meeting global energy demand in a responsible way. By using advanced technologies and taking an innovative approach, Shell helps to build a sustainable energy future. Energy is vital to our daily lives; it helps us to produce food, fuel transport and power communication channels across the world. Over the coming decades, more people will gain access to energy and enjoy higher standards of living. Shell operates at the forefront of unlocking energy and making energy accessible to a growing number of people and uses.
Accenture is a world leader in the provision of management consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Accenture’s global presence consists of approximately 280,000 employees in offices in more than 200 cities around the world. Accenture’s unparalleled experience, solid competence and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies is used to help clients, transform into high-performance enterprises and governments. With these skill set, Accenture helps city governments leverage new technologies to thrive in the emerging low-carbon economy while reducing costs.
Alliander is a utility company providing the development and maintenance of more than a third of the Dutch energy network and specialized in complex private energy grids and installations. Alliander is dedicated to contributing to new development within distribution of gas and electricity. This is reflected in its involvement in various innovation projects, such as developing systems to charge electrical vehicles and developing smart energy meters. Liander, part of Alliander, is one of the founding fathers of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is responsible for the development and execution of the European space program, and it ensures that the investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. Its European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) is located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, housing an operating and environmental test center for spacecraft supported by engineering laboratories. At this location, most of the ESA projects are born and guided through the various stages of development, as all managerial and technical competences and facilities are based here.
Waternet takes care of the entire water management cycle in the region of Amsterdam: from the provision of drinking water, the sewer and water management to cleaning of wastewater and maintenance of surface water levels. Waternet is always looking for sustainable solutions and new sources of energy with the aim of becoming climate-neutral by 2020. To this end Waternet collaborates with a number of research institutions such as TU Delft, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Wageningen UR, and KWR Watercycle Research Institute.
Port of Amsterdam
Port of Amsterdam manages, operates and develops the port. The main aim is stimulating economic activity and employment in the entire Amsterdam port region. Port of Amsterdam ensures a safe, swift and environmentally responsible management of shipping traffic within its working area. The exploitation is aimed at port sites (rental and leasing), quays and water. In the entire Amsterdam port region a yearly amount of over 94 million tons of goods is being transhipped.
KPN is the leading telecom & ICT provider in The Netherlands and is positioned at the heart of the ongoing digitisation of Dutch society. This rapid development is driven by a combination of improved telecom networks, the ever-expanding “internet of things” and the increasing availability of disruptive and innovative applications. KPN’s role in enabling this process is guided by the following strategic themes: high quality telecom and ICT infrastructure, healthcare of the future, the new way of living and working, energy-efficiency, security and privacy.