Brainport Smart District (BSD) is a smart city district in the city of Helmond, the Netherlands
Brainport Smart District (BSD) is a smart city district in the city of Helmond, the Netherlands. The latest insights and techniques about participation, health, data, mobility, energy and circularity are used here to create a sustainable and beautiful environment. BSD will be a smart living and working area in which residents play a central role in the development of their own living environment. The development of BSD is a co-creation process between residents, professionals and other stakeholders.
participation; health; data; mobility; energy and circularity
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The realization and development of BSD takes place via eight different program lines, namely,; Circular district, Participation, Social and safe district, Healthy district, Digital district, Mobile district, District with Energy and District with water. The mixed-use district, set on 380 acres, will use technology to create an environmentally and socially sustainable community.
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A living lab where new ideas will be tested and adapted, the district will not be built according to a set design plan but developed in response to the needs and habits of its 4,500 future residents and what is learned along the way.
“One of the key elements in realizing this district is that we have future inhabitants participating in the project from the very beginning,” said Cathalijne Dortmans, a member of the City Council of Helmond and head of the foundation’s board, “We also want them to feel co-responsible for the social cohesion and the community when the district has been finalized.”
The district will be designed with new forms of energy generation:; emissions-free mobility (an electric-car sharing program is being tested); and data sharing.
Built into the infrastructure like the plumbing and electricity, neighborhood-wide smart technology (a network of sensors) will be grounded in a data platform hosting services related to living, mobility, food and health.
Ultimately, the planners believe that such data sharing can improve residents’ quality of life.
For example, energy and food consumption habits can be tracked, leading to adjustments in supply and disposable income savings, which can then be used for more enjoyable activities.
The project is led by the Brainport Smart District Foundation, a partnership among the municipality of Helmond, Eindhoven University of Technology, Brainport Development, the Province of North Brabant and Tilburg University.