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The Brussels Smart City strategy

Brussels Smart City is the smart city strategy of the Brussels-Capital Region. It aims to meet the challenges of urban development with the help of technologies by stimulating innovation and the involvement of public services, citizens, businesses and the academic world.

The projects included in the Brussels-Capital Region’s smart city strategy fall within the 5 dimensions set out in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) of the European Union and include cross-over, pooling, digital inclusion and European integration.


The Brussels-Capital Region’s definition of the smart city

Brussels Smart City is inspired by the definition of the smart city formulated by the researcher Anthony Townsend (New York University): “A Smart City is a place where ICTs are combined with infrastructure, architecture, daily objects and even our body, in order to tackle social, economic and ecological problems.”

The objective of Brussels Smart City is to meet the urban development challenges of the Brussels-Capital Region, according to three fundamental dimensions:

Technologies are not an end in itself, but a tool, in the Brussels-Capital Region’s conception of the smart city. The digital transition underpins these objectives to create added value for the people of Brussels, both citizens and entrepreneurs. Data play a central role in this.

Finally, Brussels Smart City adopts the model of an integrated city:

In concrete terms, the Brussels-Capital Region considers the smart city as an innovation and local participation platform where the public sector, the academic world, private interests and citizens can meet and exchange to generate new value and cooperate and create together. The Brussels Region Informatics Centre contributes to this model through its platforms pooling ICTs for public services.


Strategic directions and governance of Brussels Smart City

To accomplish its Brussels Smart City strategy, the Brussels-Capital Region:


The 9 strategic directions of Brussels Smart City projects

The actions and initiatives of Brussels Smart City either fall under one of the indicators of the DESI index of the European Union, or embody one of the necessary conditions related to the smart city.


The DESI indicators, 5 dimensions of a digital society and economy:

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) of the European Union has 5 criteria that the Brussels-Capital Region has included in its smart city strategy. These are:


The 4 conditions needed to achieve the Smart City:

In addition to the 5 dimensions of the DESI index, the Brussels-Capital Region has identified 4 conditions for achieving a smart city:


Smart City office: the Brussels Smart City governance body

The SCO oversees all initiatives related to the Brussels Smart City strategy across the region, playing a project manager role and implementing its technical skills.

This body in particular is responsible for:

The Brussels Smart City strategy is, more concretely, implemented by:


The official framework of Brussels Smart City

The Brussels Smart City strategy:

In addition, the Brussels Smart City initiatives fall more widely under the bedigital.brussels umbrella brand, which coordinates the action of the Government with the development of the Region as a digital capital.


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