Pieter Ballon on Brussels as a smart city
The Walloon newspaper La Libre Belgique ran a story on smart cities and what Brussels should do in order to not lag behind. ("Faire sauter le verrou des données ouvertes", LLB 04/06/2015)
They contacted Pieter Ballon for his views on the topic.
"Merely launching a website with certain 'smart functions' won't suffice", says Ballon.
In order to evolve towards an actual smart city, Brussels needs to do 3 major things.
- Motivate the city services to digitize all of the important information (traffic, ...).
- Make sure all the available data is reliable, useable and up-to-date.
- Provide citizens with a system where all this data is gathered, in order to provide intelligent solutions to current problems and improve the life quality of Brussels inhabitants.
Projects like EPIC are a good start, but Brussels will need to continue to rely on the expertise of researchers and institutes like iMinds and the VUB to ensure its competitive future.