A large number of Dutch cities, companies and scientists have contributed to the National Smart City Strategy. In January 2017, the Strategy was presented to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who had requested a consolidated Smart City Vision. The G5 of the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven) and the G32 (middle to large sized Dutch towns) are keen to take a leading role and have asked the central government in The Hague for support.
The National Smart City Strategy aims to improve the overall quality of life in Dutch cities and introduce innovative solutions to increase our international competitive strength. As Dutch towns and cities are expanding and the pressure on public services and infrastructure increases, it is vital to take action now.
The cities involved agree that investment in smart technology is necessary to respond to these major social challenges. It can potentially also contribute to the economic vitality.
The contributors of the National Smart City Strategy perceive a great need for high-end digital infrastructure and room to experiment. This will allow pilot programs to develop into large-scale projects across a range of different areas. These include mobility and accessibility of cities, sustainable and low-energy homes and buildings, improvements of air quality and smart, healthy urbanization.