Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) began in mid-2009 with the city’s residents, businesses, research facilities and local authorities focusing on five specific areas: Working, Living, Mobility, Public Facilities and Open Data. Their hope is to create programs and projects that can be implemented at a community level and later expanded to serve larger national or European scale.
is a city built below sea level, so a rising sea gives the Amsterdammers cause
In the area of mobility, ASC has three key projects within downtown
Amsterdam. The first project is Ship to Grid at the . Phase one installed almost 200 shore power
stations that allow Rivercruisers and inland cargo vessels to connect to the
city’s green energy instead of powering the moored vessel with the on-board
diesel generator. The goal was to increase energy efficiency, encourage the use
of Green energy, and reduce CO2 emissions.
Future extensions of this project could potentially allow large
ocean-going cruise ships to also connect to the city grid. Port
Moet je Watt (MJW) is a smart electrical battery charging system for electric cars which will prevent overcharging the car’s battery. The MJW works in combination with the smart meter, another ASC project that monitors household and office electricity usage. With the increase in electric cars, the hope is to find a solution on how to charge multiple cars at a single office location that works for the consumer and for the electrical grid managers.
The third mobility project is the WeGo car sharing program. WeGo is a neighbor to neighbor style car sharing which allows interested people to rent out their car to others while WeGo provides the insurance and technology. Considering that 62% of the citizens of
either walk, bike or use public transport to work, there an over-supply of cars
that are generally not in use during the day.
This program makes them available for rent by the hour or by the
day. The idea behind this program is to
reduce car ownership, congestion and pollution by stimulating car ownership. To encourage Amsterdammers to give up their
cars, the city has a program that rewards them with a three month public
transportation pass and a coupon for €300 at any of the city’s car-sharing
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