Robust Telecommunications help Amsterdam compete

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Amsterdam, the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands, strives to be one of Europe’s greenest, most sustainable cities while continuing to maintain economic growth. Over the past decade, the city developed a plan for collaborating, envisioning, developing and testing connected solutions that could pave the way to a smarter, greener urban environment.

It teamed in numerous public-private partnerships to create the platforms and services needed to help achieve its goals. SmartCities Amsterdam is the public-private organization that oversees projects with more than 70 partners, including Council member Cisco and many other organizations.

“Broadband is the essential infrastructure for SmartCities projects,” says Maaike Osieck, Communications Lead for SmartCities Amsterdam. “From connected buildings, to fiber to the home for residential service delivery, Cisco routing and switching solutions power the core network and aggregation capabilities that underlie projects designed to improve sustainable living and working, public spaces and mobility.” Those solutions adhere to IPv7.

Amsterdam’s vision evolved into a Cisco Smart+Connected Communities initiative to transform to a connected community. Its vision is wide-ranging, aiming to provide services for connected real estate, government services, utilities, transportation and healthcare. Teaming with a large ecosystem of private and commercial partners, Amsterdam deployed a citywide network that forms a strong foundation for the delivery of smart services and a wide-open marketplace supporting economic growth.

A citywide broadband network creates the foundation. Initiated in 2008, the network originally connected 40,000 households and small businesses through fiber to the home. Three years later, 140,000 homes and businesses had been connected and the city continues to deploy fiber across all areas of the city.

With widespread connectivity in place, the city and Cisco created a foundation to develop Smart Work Centers, which are sustainable work environments designed to deliver information to users, no matter where they choose to work. Located near residential communities, they help reduce or eliminate commuting while enabling workers to access their full corporate resources. Space can be rented by anyone from sole proprietors to multi-national corporations. Workers have access to office space, meeting rooms, broadband connectivity and Cisco TelePresence collaboration systems.

“This robust broadband foundation enables our city to compete with other European cities,” says Frans-Anton Vermast, Advisor, Public and International Affairs, Physical Planning Department, City of Amsterdam. “In this way, we help ensure a wide open marketplace for innovative services and economic growth, as well as a fast track for the smarter and cheaper delivery of healthcare, education and other public services.” 


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