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Marc Dijk, SmarterLabs coordinator, Maastricht University
The ‘Smart City Living Lab’ is an emerging approach in European cities. It brings together citizens, policymakers, businesses, and researchers to test smart, ICT-based solutions to urban problems in real-life contexts. However, for urban mobility problems, solutions that ‘work’ in the particular reality of a Living Lab may not be adopted at a large scale. Urban infrastructure is interwoven with the daily lives of citizens and therefore difficult to change, and large groups may not even have access to ICT-based solutions. The SmarterLabs project develops a novel approach that anticipates such problems in upscaling, and tests the approach through smart mobility Living Lab experiments in four cities: Bellinzona, Brussels, Graz and Maastricht.
The SmarterLabs consortium includes universities with complementary knowledge, cities committed to implementation of smart mobility concepts, companies developing such innovations, and organizations representing stakeholder interests.