In a smart zone, companies test new innovations with feedback of the users. This way the city and the companies get smarter.

In the Sint-Andries district, the city of Antwerp and imec have set up a smart zone in close consultation with the district, residents and traders of the district. Technology companies will test new innovations with the feedback of its users. In the meantime, four concepts were chosen that could lead to concrete projects in the zone in 2019. Two concepts focus on smart lighting where sensors are placed on lamp-posts. This allows the lighting to be tailored to specific needs in real time. A third concept is a game via augmented reality on climate adaptation. The fourth and last concept is an app with an insightful map that gives you tips to cross the zone in a pleasant and healthy way during a heat wave or to find a shady spot.

In a smart zone, companies test new solutions with feedback from the users. This makes the city and the companies smarter. Via Digipolis, the technology parter of the city, the city and imec started a search for companies that want to offer answers to real challenges in the Sint-Andries district. They were asked to develop a technologically driven innovative concept that will lead to a concrete project in the smart zone in 2019.

Four concepts were chosen. The aim is to get companies to further develop the concept idea, together with target groups and experts, this autumn.

Topic: climate adaptation

How can we get people to behave climate-friendly via Augmented Reality? How can we increase the insight, involvement and commitment of the citizens? These are some of the questions that the city presented to the participants of the call.  

VITO takes up the challenge and wants to develop a game with focus on a better and greener living environment against a background of climate change. The zone is divided into streets that the player can redesign via Augmented Reality. 

For the development of the game, we are teaming up with IT company Cegeka.