Working with residents to build a Smart City

Amsterdam Smart City provides opportunities for businesses located on IJburg and in the Districts of Nieuw-West and Zuidoost to test new products and services in a real-life setting; in a so-called urban Living Lab. ASC collaborates with a wide range of parties in order to achieve this aim and is dedicated to working closely with residents in order to develop and realise these projects.

Nieuw West

The district of Nieuw-West is a solid demographical representation of Amsterdam and an area with high energy consumption. Notably, however, the area is home to the first district-level Smart Grid in the Netherlands. Amsterdam Smart City partner Liander has invested significantly in this technology in recent years. The Smart Grid in Nieuw-West serves as the ideal backbone to realise new renewable energy sources, with decentralised energy generation taking the lead role.

The neighbourhood can be summarised as a modal Amsterdam district with a mixed building typology and above-average energy consumption. As such, the presence of the Smart Grid provides great potential for improvement. The neighbourhood is home to a mix of businesses (mainly offices) and residential properties. A total of 35,000 people live in an area of 5,610,190 square metres, of which approximately 2,783,890 square metres has been developed. Nieuw-West is representative of Amsterdam in regards to its occupational typology. It is a mix of large and smaller business units, private and social rental housing and owner-occupied properties.

A consortium of companies will experiment with revolutionary means of energy delivery in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. This new system allows for the renewable, decentralised generation of energy while allowing Amsterdammers to greatly influence both their energy consumption and production.



The emerging neighbourhood of IJburg is Amsterdam’s youngest district. It was only in the late 1990s that the decision was made to reclaim land and start construction of the neighbourhood. IJburg has been developed with a relatively high number of houses that are suitable for families, meaning the overall population is notably young. IJburg residents also have access to the fastest public fibre optic broadband internet in the world: up and down speeds of 500Mb/s are possible on the network. All of this makes IJburg an extraordinarily interesting area in which to develop new products and services: a young and ambitious population, high-level connectivity and modern surroundings.

Amsterdam Smart City is working together with IJburg residents to develop new products and services that will improve the quality of life in IJburg. Typical focal areas include transport, work, healthcare and energy. The user and their specific needs are always paramount.



The Amsterdam district of Zuidoost (Southeast) is 22 km2 and is home to approximately 80,000 residents. Zuidoost is a remarkably green neighbourhood with the massive lake Gaasperplas and its surrounding forest as its centrepiece. There are also many other parks, sport parks, private garden allotments and a golf course.

The urban core is centred on the Ajax ArenA football stadium, Amsterdam Poort and the newly-built Bijlmer train station which together has developed into a major shopping and entertainment zone complete with cinemas and concert halls.
Zuidoost has evolved into a major entertainment centre. Along with the Ajax ArenA, there’s Heineken Music Hall, Pepsi Stage, Pathé Arena, Bijlmerparktheater and Kratertheater.
The project Energiek Zuidoost wants to reduce the ecological footprint of roughly the area between Amsterdam Arena and the hospital AMC. Together with local companies, housing corporations and inhabitants project are developed which lead to reduction of carbon emissions.