Urban Planning

The Hague winner of the 2021 World Smart City Award

LivingLab Scheveningen is the winner of the international World Smart City Award. This prize is awarded every year to cities that make the world more livable and sustainable. The Dutch city of The Hague was in the final with New York and Konya (Turkey) in the energy and environment category.

LivingLab Scheveningen

The Smart City approach of the Municipality of The Hague is reflected in the LivingLab Scheveningen, a coastal town that is part of the municipality. Since 2020 Scheveningen’s new boulevard has been a special learning area for the city of the future. The municipality is testing smart, digital inventions here that solve social problems.

For example, there are experiments with self-driving waste robots and the construction of a local smart network for clean energy. Another example is the digital sign that lets visitors know whether the seawater is safe for swimming.

The LivingLab uses a new digital infrastructure that has been installed on the boulevard. This includes smart lampposts and underground fiber optic connections. In the coming years, the lab will be expanded to the rest of the boulevard.

World Smart City Award

The World Smart City Award was presented during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, where some 700 cities from countries around the world participate.

The Hague is well known internationally as a ‘smart city’. In the global Smart City ranking list of the educational institute IMD, The Hague is this year in 23rd place, just below London. You can read the report, containing the analyses per city, here.


Written by: editors Smart City Hub
Header image: boulevard of Scheveningen (Shutterstock)

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