Type 1: Commercial partnership

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Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge

Relevant urban sustainability topic

sustainability strategy (strategy development at city level, urban planning,…)

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Brief project summary

During three weeks in February and March of 2015, a team of six IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on a key challenge defined by the Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Pascal Smet, and the State Secretary, Bianca Debaets, as well as their senior leadership team.

Short activity description

The Brussels Capital Region experiences some of the worst traffic congestion in Europe, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The region's rapid population growth, complex governance system over traffic and mobility issues, factors such the availability of many company cars and the varying logistical needs of the numerous international institutions based in Brussels, including NATO and the EU, have posed challenges to addressing this issue effectively. With a desire to include citizens and leverage open data in their response to the region's traffic congestion challenges, Minister of Mobility and Public Works Pascal Smet has asked IBM to recommend ways to improve mobility and collaboration across all modes of transportation and ease congestion in the city.

What are the main lessons learned during implementation?

As the Brussels-Capital Region moves toward a more integrated, multimodal transportation system that shares more information with its customers and stakeholders, citizens and visitors will enjoy faster and better services, cleaner air, as well as greater alignment and collaboration among transportation stakeholders. Citizens will take pride in knowing that the Region is economically competitive and is recognised for its livability and quality of life. 


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