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The 5 themes of the portal

On this portal, the information is classified into five themes: Safe, Mobile, Social, Service, Infrastructure. What do these themes cover?

Smart & Safe

What contributions can a smart city make to safety, a day-to-day concern at least as important as housing, employment and heath?

The smart-city approach is basically twofold:
  • a high quality of life requires increased efficiency in the services that protect citizens, place and infrastructures;
  • for its part, a digital city requires that the challenges posed by digital data be met, in particular the inviolability of personal data, i.e. data relating to private life, their sovereignty, i.e. their protection, and their storage at local data centres.
See our information and projects relating to the Safe theme

Smart & Mobile

We now hold the whole world in our hand with our smartphones. What is the place of the city? Mobile technology must shape smart-city’s services so that they are available everywhere, at all times and to each of us.

Smart cities form a part of the mobile revolution in two ways:
  • by facilitating the use of mobile terminals and applications by the citizens and public-service staff, by means of infrastructures (Wi-Fi) and good design practices (user-friendly apps, responsive-design standards for fluid consultation of web pages on all terminal types: PCs, tablets, smartphones);
  • by rethinking public service, for instance using crowdsourcing apps sur as Fix My Street.
See our information and projects relating to the Mobile theme

Smart & Social

The greatest challenge smart cities need to meet is connection... to their demographic and sociological reality, i.e. the real world in which people live, travel, enjoy themselves, take care of themselves, train, do a job or set up a business.

How to give each of them, from childhood to old age, the tools to develop into a citizen of the digital age, free and equal? Smart cities also develop by encouraging people to participate, by supporting their involvement in projects and decisions, and by fostering social innovation. A smart city’s inclusion and education policies develop the access of each and every person to its digital technologies and services. See our information and projects relating to the Social theme

Smart & Service

Smart cities encourage their public services to switch to digital technologies as soon as possible. The key to change is administrative simplification. It requires that the “cut-and-paste” approach be dropped, as analogue administration cannot simply transfer its methods and procedures into a digital environment.

Beyond the new services (in particular the mobile services) it encourages – e.g. via open-data technology – a smart city can only flourish:
  • within an appropriate legal framework (in particular one that specifies the place of technology in society);
  • by incorporating digital culture and innovation into the DNA of its public services.
See our information and projects relating to the Service theme

Smart & Infrastructure

In 1835, Belgium opened the first continental railway line in Europe, triggering a new economic revolution.

Two centuries later, smart cities need to acquire infrastructures so that the Brussels-Capital Region can enable its citizens, enterprises and public services to take part:
  • in a mostly urban world and meet the concomitant challenges : mobility, environment, health, safety, etc.;
  • in a world where economics, communication and know-how have entered the Internet age;
  • in a world where energy has begun to transition to a post-carbon area.
Such infrastructures encourage the circulation, preservation and utilisation of data in the smart city: data centres, open data, high-bandwidth telecommunications networks (optic fibre), etc. See our information and projects relating to the Infrastructure theme

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